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Global Cities

SUMMER TERM IN BARCELONA

Go Beyond in Barcelona, Spain

Apply by December 15 and save $300 off of your program fee!

Explore and thrive in this eclectic city. A summer spent studying abroad and interning in 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 six-week summer 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, plus an optional global internship. Earn 6 or 9 credits.

June 2, 2019
thru July 13, 2019
Program Fee: $6,495
Application Deadline March 8, 2019

The Barcelona Experience

Soak up the summer sun, culture, and history in one of Europe’s most exciting cities! From the masterpieces of Gaudi to the lively public markets, your senses will come alive as you live, learn, and make this global city your own.
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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.

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Learn

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

Program Inclusions

  • TuitionEarn 6-9 credits in the Summer (courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted; internships are 3 or 6 credits). Credits are issued by the University of Minnesota.
  • HousingYou can opt to 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 PassA local transit pass is included for the length of the program.
  • ActivitiesSocial events and program activities include an arrival lunch and a farewell dinner with a flamenco show. Volunteer opportunities are also available.
  • InternshipParticipate 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 CityCAPA-led events each term 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 term and reflect what is on at the time.
  • ExcursionFull-day excursion to Girona and Figueres, where you will visit the Dalí Museum.
  • 24/7 Emergency SupportCAPA maintains a comprehensive health and safety plan with staff available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.
  • InsuranceYou’ll receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.
  • SupportThe CAPA team is available throughout your program to help you make the most of your experience.

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. This course examines the emergence of this elegant, creative city as Spain's gateway to the Mediterranean, and analyzes the role of population dynamics, industrial change and globalization in shaping the city and the lives of its inhabitants. The course traces the changing nature of Barcelona's relationship with the rest of Spain, Europe, and the wider world, and examines the major urban challenges facing the city today. Students will analyze the city's historical development, the impact of political repression under Franco and the city's emergence as a model for community participation and urban citizenship. Topics will include the interplay of urban, regional and national politics in shaping the cityscape; resurgent nationalism and innovations in art and architecture; the role of the 1992 Olympics as a catalyst for urban regeneration; the impacts of gentrification, tourism, and the recent economic crisis on the city and its inhabitants; and future scenarios of urban change. The course also aims to help students contextualize their travels and encounters in Barcelona, and to develop informed interpretations of their experiences, as well as enhance their understanding of recent Spanish and Catalan history, politics and society. Syllabus is coming soon; contact us for more details.

BCLA URBS 3345

Global Internship Workshop (3 credits)  

The Global Internship Workshop is a unique and innovative opportunity for students to combine their internship placement (and living abroad) experience with a weekly in-class educational and mentoring experience (session), which aims to develop students' personal and professional skills while earning academic credit. The Global Internship Workshop fits in with CAPA's philosophy and practice of Globally Networked Learning, whereby students can learn about the social and cultural context of their internship placement and the host region and country, as well as other Global Internship Workshop themes, through comparative global analysis. At times, this analysis will be facilitated through a selection of CAPA Masterclasses given by leading professionals from a diverse range of fields. Thus, the weekly discussion-based sessions with their active learning approach, gives students the opportunity to discuss and analyze theories and models of work, critical thinking and organizational behavior and management in a cross-cultural context.

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BCLA INTP 3347

Global Marketing  

This course will provide the basic knowledge of global marketing focusing on the impact of environment on the firm strategy, the development and implementation of a global marketing strategy and the understanding of consumer behaviour management in a global strategy. Case studies applied to worldwide business contexts as well as more specific European contexts will provide concrete illustrations for the students.

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BCLA BUSN 3372

Intercultural Management  

This course is designed to introduce students to concepts and fundamentals of international management. The course will consider aspects of management within an international and culturally complex environment, while considering the business influences within the global workplace.

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BCLA BUSN 3370

Introduction to Photography  

This course is designed for beginning students in photography, and specifically presents digital camera techniques as a means of personal expression. Observing/capturing, digital process, printing and screen presentation will be addressed in relation to specific subjects, intentions and aesthetic judgements. The particular study abroad experience of each student will be one of the main focuses throughout the semester. Students are expected to bring a digital camera and a laptop with some means of editing (although computers and basic Photoshop is available in the computer lab.)

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BCLA ARTS 1107

Nationalism in Comparative Perspective (taught in Spanish)  

This course studies the relationship between states and nations in both a theoretical and comparative perspective with a particular focus on the Catalan, Basque and Spanish experiences. It analyzes state building processes and the development of nationalism, as well as the social, economic and technological conditions behind its emergence, transformation and contrasting discourse. The course aims at providing a solid theoretical background on the subject of nationalism as well as introducing the students into the social and political reality that permeates in Spain's daily life and shapes Spaniards' political mind-frames and identities.

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BCLA PSCI/SPAN 3365

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

This course will investigate the ways in which Spanish films participate in the creation of contemporary identities through cinematic form. We will address the following general questions: a) what it means to speak of a national cinema; b) how cinema constructs and/or contests of his or her-story; c) cinema's impact on shifting notions of what constitutes the human condition; d) how the formal qualities of cinematic narrative shape on-screen stories; f) 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  

Spanish 101 is a course designed for students who have never received any Spanish instruction and/or who, in theory, do not know any Spanish. This course will offer you 1) the development of your Spanish communicative proficiency in the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing); 2) acknowledgement and awareness of Hispanic cultures; and 3) the opportunity to use Spanish in real-world situations. In order to achieve these goals, Spanish will be the language of communication in the class. Therefore, your instructor will strive to use only Spanish in class, and students are expected to use Spanish as the means of communication. This course is 45 contact hours and worth 3 credits.

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BCLA SPAN 1101

Spanish 102  

Spanish 102 is a course designed for students who successfully completed Spanish 101 or its equivalent. It is the second semester of elementary Spanish. This course will help you reach different goals: 1) the development of your Spanish communicative proficiency in the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing); 2) acknowledgement and awareness of Hispanic cultures; and 3) offer you the opportunity to use Spanish in real-world situations. In order to achieve these goals, Spanish will be the language of communication in the class. Therefore, your instructor will strive to use only Spanish in class, and students are expected to use Spanish as the means of communication. This course meets for 45 contact hours and is worth 3 credits.

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BCLA SPAN 1102

Spanish 201  

This course is designed for students with some prior knowledge of Spanish. Students who can already use a few basic words and phrases, and who can understand very simple requests and responses are appropriate for this level. Students entering this course are also able to read and interpret the basic meaning of simple sentences and phrases. Students who have studied basic Spanish in high school or in college but never continued to build their skills may find this level appropriate. Students who have studied another Romance language may also be capable of entering this level. The language assessment process will determine the appropriate level for each individual student. This course is 45 contact hours and worth 3 credits.

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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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