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Featuring CCIS Programs

IAU Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain (Europe)

Quick Facts

FALL 2020
Early Start Program (optional): September 22 -  September 25, 2020
Program Dates: September 25 - December 13, 2020

Application Deadline:  July 15 (extended)
Costs: $14,842 CCIS Member | $15,242 Non-Member
Costs with Early Start Program: $15,732  CCIS Member | $16,132 Non-Member

IAU Virtual Programs - Spring Deadline is December 2

SPRING 2021 - New Dates
Early Start Program:  Cancelled
Program Dates: January 31  - April 29,  2021
Application Deadline:  November 20 (extended)
Costs: $15,930 CCIS Member | $16,330 Non-Member

Costs with Early Start Program: $N/A CCIS Member | $N/A Non-Member

*A required non-refundable deposit of $1,000 is due to IAU College separated into a $200 pre-acceptance deposit, and an $800 post-acceptance deposit due within two weeks of acceptance to the program. This deposit is applied towards the program fee. For the fall 2020 and spring 2021 term, IAU will allow for a 100% refund of the $1,000 non-refundable deposit if students cancel 30 days prior to the program start date.

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*Scholarships available. Apply HERE*
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Program Overview

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.


Contact Program Sponsor and Advisor

Brookdale Community College
Janice Thomas
Director, International Center

Questions? Contact me
Tel:(732) 224-2799

This program is sponsored by Brookdale Community College. 

Academics & Program

Specific course offerings at IAU Barcelona can be found here: IAU Spain.
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. Students are required to enroll in at least one 3-credit Spanish course during their semester to facilitate engagement with the local culture. Select content courses are taught in English or Spanish as a part of their regular course load of 15 credits.
IAU Barcelona also benefits from a very close relationship with the Seminari where students have access to classrooms, two libraries - with thousands of volumes in Spanish, Catalan, and English - and a language partner program. Academic programs include Spanish honors, humanities and social sciences, business, art and art history and internship offerings.
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. Service-learning options are also available for interested students. No previous Spanish experience is required.
Upon completion of the program, CCIS students will receive a transcript from IAU.

Student Life & Housing

Student Life
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.

Housing Options
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. 


Duration & Costs

Fall 2020
Early Start Program: September 22 – September 25, 2020

Program Dates: September 25 – December  13, 2020

Spring 2021 - New Dates
Early Start Program: Cancelled
Program Dates: January 31 - April 29, 2021
**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.

Fall 2020

Costs: $14,842 CCIS Member | $15,242 Non-Member
Costs with Early Start Program: $15,732 CCIS Member | $16,132 Non-Member

Spring 2021

Costs: $15,930 CCIS Member | $16, 330 Non-Member
Costs with Early Start Program: $N/A CCIS Member | $N/A Non-Member

Costs included
Tuition and fees, homestay (breakfast daily and six dinners included) or apartment (without meals included), pre-departure advising and orientation, textbook rental, insurance, field study tours, and scheduled cultural activities.

Costs not included: Airfare ($1,200 - $1,500), some meals (homestay option) or all meals (apartment option), passport/visa fees, and personal expenses ($2,500 - $3,000), courses that may incur an additional lab fee.
*A required non-refundable deposit of $1,000 is due to IAU College separated into a $200 pre-acceptance deposit, and an $800 post-acceptance deposit due within two weeks of acceptance to the program. This deposit is applied towards the program fee. For the fall 2020 and spring 2021 term, IAU will allow for a 100% refund of the $1,000 non-refundable deposit if students cancel 30 days or more prior to the program start date.
Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. Contact the program sponsor to verify fees.

Eligibility & Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall 2020: July 15 (extended)
Spring 2020: November 20 (extended)

Eligibility Requirements:
Prior Spanish experience is not required.
​Minimum GPA: Students must have at least a 2.50 GPA
Academic Standing: Open to Freshmen to Senior standing.

Entry Requirements
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.

* For Spring 2021, program dates have been adjusted. No visa is required.

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