SPRING 2025 (Tentative dates)
Early Start Program (optional): arrive Monday Jan 13
Program Dates: arrive January 14 - depart April 26, 2025
Application Deadline: September 25
Costs with Early Start Program: $TBD
Early Start Program (optional): arrive Monday Aug 26
Program Dates: arrive Sep 2 - depart Dec 14, 2023
Application Deadline: March 15
Costs with Early Start Program: $18,955
Please note that if you see dates or costs for a prior term above, that future terms will have similar dates and costs. We will update info as soon as it becomes available.
Located along the Mediterranean Sea, the city allows students to experience the wonderful culture of Catalunya. The mild climate, famed cuisine and breathtaking arts give this Mediterranean region a distinct feel, unique from anywhere else in the world.
There’s no better way to improve one’s knowledge of the Spanish language and its customs than by interacting with the local community. Students in Barcelona will have the opportunity to practice their language skills in the classroom and also with native Spanish speakers through language exchange programs and cultural events. Over the course of their time abroad, students can expect to participate in field study trips associated with specific classes, study tours, and day trips, as well as cultural activities like Catalan cooking courses, Flamenco classes and cava tastings. A city tour of Barcelona and its architecture as well as visits to local markets and enterprises round out the experience.
The Institute for American Universities (IAU) is located in Aix-en-Provence, France situated on the Mediterranean coast.
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This program is sponsored and administered by the College of Staten Island CUNY.
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IAU's semester in Barcelona program centers on Spanish Language and Culture with courses in architecture, art history, studio art, business, communication studies, economics, education, environmental science, film studies, geography, history, international relations, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, Spanish language and culture, and wine studies.
Academic programs include Spanish honors, humanities and social sciences, business and international relations, art and art history and internship offerings.
Through the Business & International Relations Program, students will have the unique opportunity to learn about international business strategies and procedures with a specific focus on the global market. Disciplines taught include, but are not limited to, economics, finance, international business, management
To complete the course curriculum, IAU hosts a plethora of guest speakers and lecturers from a wide breadth of disciplines including journalists, musicians, and political activists. Panels and conferences that are hosted throughout the summer allow students to hear a full spectrum of opinions about both Spanish and Catalan politics and lifestyles. Students who participate in this program will develop a deeper understanding of the Spanish language and its relationship to Catalan history and culture. Full of masterpieces by the famous artists Salvador Dalí and Antoni Gaudi, the city is a classroom in and of itself, exposing students to Modernist and Surrealist architecture and paintings.
IAU offers numerous internship opportunities for students in Barcelona at a wide range of businesses and organizations throughout the city. No previous Spanish experience is required.
IAU’s campus in Barcelona is centrally located in the downtown Plaça de Catalunya area, just steps from the nearest metro stops, Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter, and many more of Barcelona's famed attractions. The facilities have been completely renovated with modern amenities to suit the needs of the 21st century college student. IAU Barcelona employs a full-time student affairs and academic affairs staff to advise, place, house, and otherwise support incoming students for full semester, year-long, and summer programs.
Travel and Study Tours
Students will engage in daily classes which are enhanced by local field studies tours around Barcelona and Catalunya. The Barcelona program includes activities that integrate Spanish cuisine, music, dancing, language, and culture. Students meet daily with professors, local artists, and scholars. Study tour sites may include: Montjuic, Parc Güell, Center for Contemporary Culture, MACBA (Modern Art Museum), the Gothic Quarter, the Born District, the Museum of the History of Barcelona, Picasso Museum, and the Sagrada Familia Basilica. Trips in the region may include: Costa Brava, Cadeques, Sitges, Tossa del Mar, or Figueres.
Students will have the option to be housed in shared homestays with Spanish families, which include daily breakfast and six dinners per week, or in shared apartments, where students will be responsible for their own meals. Students will be placed together and may request roommates on the housing application form.
Study Abroad - Early Start Program
Students are invited to join IAU for an optional week-long, early-start program before their fall or spring semester abroad. Students studying in France or Spain are encouraged to participate. Please review the Early Start Program as an example to learn more!
Students can expect to:
· Earn one course credit
· Jump-start the French or Spanish immersion process and ease into the new and exciting culture
· Gain confidence in their language skills and feel comfortable in everyday communication with locals
· Participate in a hands-on environment with small classes and personal attention
· Learn to navigate the city of Aix-en-Provence or Barcelona through local excursions in a fun and relaxed setting
· Attend lectures on local culture to get the most out of their abroad experience
· Begin their French or Spanish accommodation a week early
· Learn important intercultural differences such as body language, etiquette, do’s and don’ts, French or Spanish culture and housing expectations, stereotypes and misunderstandings
· Meet local and foreign students through IAU
· Learn where to buy the best croissant or paella in town
· Become a French or Spanish insider!
**If you are also taking courses at a local university, your arrival and departure dates may need to be adjusted based on their academic calendar. Please consult with your CCIS representative to confirm.
Please know if you see dates and costs for a term that has passed, know that future terms will be similar. We will update info as it becomes available.
All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Contact the program sponsor to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.
- Minimum class standing - students must have completed at least one semester (minimum 12 semester credit hours) of college-level coursework at the time of application.
- 2.5 GPA or higher
- Students must be at least 18 years of age
Applications to Include
- Official transcripts
- One letter of recommendation from a teacher who knows the applicant from a classroom setting
- Statement of purpose
Fall: March 15
Spring: September 25
Semester and academic-year students will need a passport and student visa* to study in Spain. All visa processes go through the Spanish Consulate. To find out which consulate you will visit to apply for your visa, please refer to the Spanish embassy website. IAU will provide the necessary documentation needed to prove you will be a student abroad, but the remaining application and materials are the responsibility of the student. Additional information is available on the IAU Passports & Visa page.
Located along the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona allows students to experience the culture of Catalunya. The mild climate, famed cuisine, and breathtaking arts give the Mediterranean region a distinct feel, unique from anywhere else in the world.
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