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Global Cities

SPRING SEMESTER IN BARCELONA

Go Beyond

Experience Barcelona like the locals do.

Explore and thrive in this eclectic city. Barcelona offers something for everyone – enjoy a Flamenco performance, tour Gaudi architectural masterpieces, or delight in a gastronomic adventure at La Boqueria, and much more!

This immersive study abroad program gives you insight into the significant ways in which Barcelona has been imagined, invented, and transformed by globalization. Choose from a range of courses covering a variety of disciplines such as business, Spanish language, history, political science, art, urban/global studies, and film. Earn 12-18 credits.

January 19, 2020
thru May 2, 2020
Program Fee: $16,995
Application Deadline October 21, 2019

The Barcelona Experience

 

This cultural powerhouse on the Mediterranean will keep you busy for the whole semester. Stroll the beaches, climb the Sagrada Familia, try something new in La Boqueria, brush up on your Spanish, and cheer on the hometown football club. Barcelona truly has it all!

 

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Experience

Explore the diversity of eclectic Barcelona with our My Global City events: learn about Mediterranean cuisine with a Tapas tasting, explore the Gothic Quarter, or tour Gaudi architecture.
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live

Live like a barcelonés and stay in shared apartments or opt for a homestay, all within commuting distance to the CAPA center. Plus, CAPA offers students Health & Wellness support.
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learn

Choose from a range of courses covering a variety of disciplines such as business, Spanish language, political science, communications, history, urban/global studies, film, art history, and much more!
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intern

During your internship, you'll acquire real-world professional skills. This is a great way to enhance your classroom experience, not to mention your resume! learn more

Learn About Studying with CAPA in Barcelona

 

CAPA program fees are comprehensive and include tuition, housing, excursions, My Global City events and activities, 24/7 emergency support, insurance, and more!

Tuition

Earn 12-18 credits in the Spring (courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted; internships are 3 or 6 credits). Credits are issued by the University of Minnesota.

Housing

Live in shared apartments or a homestay (with your own room and two meals a day), all within commuting distance to the CAPA Center. Homestays incur a supplementary fee.

Local Transit Pass

A local transit pass is included for the length of the program.

Excursions & Activities

Full-day excursions to Montserrat, and to Girona and Figueres, where you will visit the Dalí Museum. Social events and program activities include an arrival lunch, mid-term dinner featuring traditional Catalan cuisine, and a farewell dinner with a flamenco show.

Internship & Volunteer

Participate in an internship opportunity, earn credit and gain valuable skills! Placements are in English or in Spanish. You must have at least 4 semesters of Spanish language to participate in a Spanish internship. 

My Global City

CAPA-led events each semester include a walk through the Gothic quarter, with its labyrinth of streets in the oldest parts of the city, and a visit to Santa Maria del Mar, an excellent example of Catalan Gothic and Barcelona's "forgotten" cathedral. Other activities vary by semester and reflect what is on at the time.

24/7 Emergency Support

We maintain a comprehensive health and safety plan with staff available 24/7 in the event of an emergency. 

Insurance

You’ll receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.

Support

The CAPA Barcelona team is available throughout your program to assist and support you 24/7 with any urgent situations.

spring Courses

Analyzing and Exploring the Global City: Barcelona  

Cities around the world are striving to be ‘global’; Barcelona, the capital of Catalunya, is one of the largest and most cosmopolitan cities in Spain. It is globally-renowned for its art and architecture, possessing no fewer than nine UNESCO-designated ‘world heritage’ sites, and has become a major destination for global tourism. In this interdisciplinary course, students will examine the emergence of this elegant, creative city as Spain’s gateway to the Mediterranean; analyze its history and evolution since its foundation by the Romans; explore the role of population dynamics, industrial change and globalization in shaping the city and the lives of its inhabitants; and investigate the ways in which the interplay of urbanism, politics, and society has addressed challenges of social, political, and technological change in the past and today.

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BCLA URBS 3345

Architectural History of Spain  

This course will examine the history of architecture and urban design in Spain from the first century AD through contemporaneity. Students will develop an understanding of ancient styles, focusing on Barcelona in the 19th and 20th centuries; acquire the ability to distinguish key architectural features and symbols; compare modern and contemporary movements; apply basic historical tools to describe an architectural style; and participate in relevant field visits.

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BCLA ARTH 3319

Business Ethics in the Global Market  

This course will introduce business ethics. Students will develop an understanding of major ethical issues businesses face today; discuss moral philosophy; and explore topics that have the biggest impact on business ethics, such as accelerating globalization, evolving technology, and the proliferating of scandals. Students will gain an appreciation of the importance of ethics in business; engage with classical and contemporary ethical theories; and analyze the ways in which businesses and society interact.

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BCLA BUSN 3371

Global Environmental Politics: Balancing Human and Ecological Welfare  

This course will identify core environmental issues faced by the international community, focusing on those caused by human activity, and the resulting biodiversity loss and climate change. Students will analyze the roles that states, international organizations, multinational corporations, and civil society play in the cause and solution process; discuss environmental issues from philosophical and ethical perspectives; evaluate the effectiveness of global environmental governance; and develop an understanding of how governments attempt to balance national, economic, and corporate interests with environmental welfare.

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BCLA PSCI 3360

Global Internship Course (3 credits)  

The Global Internship Course is designed to be completed alongside an internship placement, allowing students to earn academic credit. Students will attend weekly, discussion-led sessions that include educational support and mentoring in a classroom environment; develop personal and professional skills; contextualize their internship experience socially and culturally; and employ Globally Networked Learning technology to conduct a comparative global analysis with other CAPA students. At times, this analysis will be facilitated through CAPA Masterclasses led by professionals in a diverse range of fields.

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BCLA INTP 3347

Global Internship Course (6 credits)  

The Global Internship Course is designed to be completed alongside an internship placement, allowing students to earn academic credit. Students will attend weekly, discussion-led sessions that include educational support and mentoring in a classroom environment; develop personal and professional skills; contextualize their internship experience socially and culturally; and employ Globally Networked Learning technology to conduct a comparative global analysis with other CAPA students. At times, this analysis will be facilitated through CAPA Masterclasses led by professionals in a diverse range of fields.

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BCLA INTP 3348

Global Marketing  

This course will introduce the fundamentals of global marketing. Students will investigate the impact of an environment on a firm’s marketing strategy; explore the challenges of developing and implementing global marketing strategies that must navigate social, cultural, economic, and political specificities in individual areas; and develop an understanding of consumer behavior management. Students will also customize a product for entry into the international market, analyzing case studies as concrete examples before commencing this project.

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BCLA BUSN 3372

Intercultural Management  

This course will introduce the concepts and fundamentals of international management in a diverse and culturally complex workplace. Students will develop an understanding of the qualities and benefits of effective leadership, team dynamics, motivation, and power; examine cultural dynamics as they apply to intercultural work environments; explore methods for implementing management strategies, structures, and systems; and prepare themselves for future management roles that involve multicultural challenges.

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BCLA BUSN 3370

Introduction to Photography  

This course will introduce the origins of photography, and explore digital photography techniques. Students will develop an understanding of how to create, print, and present an image; use manual and automatic camera modes; acquire knowledge of camera lenses and editing software; take photographs of their own; and critique the work of their peers. Students are expected to bring a digital camera and laptop with some means of editing. Note: Basic Photoshop will be available in the computer lab.

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BCLA ARTS 1107

Media and Conflict  

This course will provide a structured approach to media systems, and explore the dynamics of news, politics, and freedom of the press. Students will examine how international media report on ongoing, international crises of global importance; investigate the dynamics governing news media; develop an understanding of why audiences from different cultural spheres perceive news in diametrically opposed ways; and gain an awareness of press repression tools used by some regimes and the courageous journalists who try to circumvent these obstacles. Given the rapidly evolving nature of subjects studied, this syllabus is subject to change.

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BCLA COMM 3350

Nationalism in Comparative Perspective  

This course, taught in Spanish, will examine the relationship between states and nations, taking students on a deep dive into the state of nationalism in Spain, particularly in the Basque and Catalan regions. Students will explore the topic of nationalism as it manifests itself globally alongside other ideologies and attitudes, such as internationalism, racism, liberalism, and communism; and analyze specific case studies that demonstrate different contemporary types of nationalism as well as the types of institutions addressing the surrounding issues.

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BCLA PSCI/SPAN 3365

Picasso, Matisse, Dali and the Mediterranean  

This course will investigate the work of early 20th century modern artists in relation to Mediterranean myth and culture, with particular emphasis given to the work of Picasso, Matisse, and Dalí. Students will explore the elements that impacted the work of these artists, such as climate, vegetation, quality of life, and lifestyle; examine particular treatments of themes such as nudity, landscapes, and life along the sea; and develop an understanding of the impact of regional influences on these artists and their work.

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BCLA ARTH 3318

Spain as Seen Through Its Movies: 1980s to Today (taught in Spanish)  

This course, taught in Spanish, will investigate the creation of contemporary identities through “Spanish” films and cinematic form. Students will critically examine the notion of a “national cinema”; the role cinema plays in constructing our stories; cinema’s impact on shifting ideas of what constitutes the human condition; and where and how issues of gender, sexuality, class, and ethnicity surface in cinematic articulations of the relationship between national identity, global trends, and personal history.

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BCLA FILM/SPAN 3316

Spanish 101  

This introductory course is designed for students who have never received formal Spanish instruction or who do not know any Spanish language. Students will develop Spanish communicative proficiency in four key areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing; gain an awareness of Hispanic cultures; and have opportunities to practice Spanish language skills in real-world situations. The instructor will strive to use only Spanish as a means of communication, and students are expected to do the same.

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BCLA SPAN 1101

Spanish 102  

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish 101 or its equivalent. Students will develop Spanish communicative proficiency in four key areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing; gain an awareness of Hispanic cultures; and have opportunities to practice Spanish language skills in real-world situations. The instructor will strive to use only Spanish as a means of communication, and students are expected to do the same.

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BCLA SPAN 1102

Spanish 201  

This course is designed for students with some prior knowledge of Spanish, who can already use basic words and phrases, and understand simple requests. By the end of this course, Students will have built a solid foundation in five key skill areas: intercultural communication, reading, writing, listening, and speaking, in order to accomplish a variety of everyday needs in the host culture. The instructor will strive to use only Spanish as a means of communication, and students are expected to do the same.

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BCLA SPAN 2201

Spanish 202  

El propósito principal de este curso es revisar y practicar ciertos puntos gramaticales del español. La práctica de esos puntos gramaticales se basará en actividades comunicativas que mejorarán las habilidades orales y escritas de los estudiantes. El estudio y práctica de estos puntos gramaticales se hará a través de varios medios (ej. la lectura de textos, tecnología, etc.) y usando diferentes metodologías. De esta se intentará cubrir las diferentes necesidades de los estudiantes y sus diferentes estilos de aprendizaje.

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BCLA SPAN 2202

Spanish 301  

Span 301 incluye un estudio detallado de la estructura gramatical de la lengua española enfocado en las expresiones idiomáticas y la sintaxis. También se desarrollan modos diversos de redacción y de conversación alrededor de temas actuales pertinentes al mundo de hispanohablantes en las Américas y en Europa.

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BCLA SPAN 3301

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