IFSA Engage Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

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Language of Instruction

Language Prerequisite

None

Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 15
Min. GPA for Consideration:
2.75
Typical Credit Load:
15

About Engage Barcelona

While mountains overlook the sea, you soak up sunshine at a café, chatting with your local mentor and mapping the learning journey for your internship. You passively absorb different languages spoken by passersby as you discuss top political, social, economic, or cultural issues in Catalonia, Spain and Europe. Let the city be your classroom!

Engage Barcelona Benefits

  • Gain practical experience from an internship (available in a wide range of areas) in a leading European urban center
  • A seminar with guest speakers, essays, and group discussions complement the student experience
  • The Exploring Barcelona: Identity in a Multinational Society course will help deepen your understanding of and participation in the greater campus environment and Barcelona community
  • No previous study of Spanish required
  • Early application is recommended, as the program is capped at 30 students

The IFSA-Butler Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at Engage Barcelona

Courses
Students enroll in a set curriculum that includes:
  • Exploring Barcelona: Identity in a Multinational Society (Required course — 3 U.S. semester credit hours)
    This Exploring Community & Culture course takes students' study abroad experience to another level. It includes a seminar, meeting for three hours every week, in which students learn the historical, social, political and economic context of Barcelona. As part of the course, students are encouraged to join a community of their choosing, participate in unique guided field trips and write essays on their daily experiences in Barcelona.
  • Spanish (6 U.S. semester credit hours OR 3 U.S. semester credit hours plus a UAB elective, required)
    Spanish is taught at all levels from beginning through advanced and are offered through the university's Study Abroad Program. Students with seven or more semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent, or who are native Spanish speakers, may opt out of this course and replace it with two electives at UAB.
    • Students with seven or more semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent, or who are native Spanish speakers, may opt out of this course and replace it with an elective at UAB for no additional fee.
  • Business and the Individual in Context and Internship (Required course — 3 U.S. semester credit hour)
    This course aims to facilitate the internship experience through mentoring and coaching with lectures. This combination of methodology helps students with the day to day difficulties they may have during their internship, developing their own potential and improving their self-esteem and self-confidence. Students are invited to reflect based on the professor's feedback while they transfer their knowledge into their internships.
  • One elective at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) - a second elective is also available for an additional fee)
    • Courses are available in the following tracks: International Business, Economics and Internship Humanities, Social Sciences and Internship Politics, Communications and Internship. See the UAB course catalog for up-to-date offerings. 
Experiential Learning
Internships are available in a variety of fields. Interns work for 14-16 hours per week and attend a related seminar every other week.
Internships are typically available in:
  • Small, private corporations
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Community development organizations
  • Local entrepreneurs
  • Consulting companies
  • Technology companies
  • Schools
Sample assignments include:
  • Information Technology/Multimedia
  • Social Sciences
  • Health Care (Fitness)
  • Health Sciences (Medical)
  • Applied Sciences
  • Business
  • Humanities
  • Tourism
  • Architecture
  • Communication
  • Social Work
  • Engineering
  • Arts
  • Education
  • Science
  • Design
Transcripts
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost

Housing & Meals

Meals
Most meals included
Some meals included
Self-catered
Details
Students who choose to live with a host family will have two meals per day included. In the residence hall option and in the apartment/flat option, students are responsible for their own meals. Linens are provided in all housing arrangements.

The IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team and staff who are here to help every student prepare and be ready to achieve their goals at every step of the way.

Program Advisor

Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Academic Affairs Director

Dates and Fees

Spring 2018

Program Dates

Program Start Date
January 8, 2018
Program End Date
April 26, 2018

Program Fees

Tuition
$12,065
Housing
$2,800
Insurance
Included
Total Program Fee
$14,865
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.
Supplemental Fees
The fees listed are for 12 credits. If a student enrolls in 15 credits, there will be a $1,000 supplemental fee charged after the program has started.

Estimated Costs

Airfare
$1,500
Meals
$1,300
Books & Supplies
$30
Local Transportation
$165
Visa
$100
Personal Expenses
$1,300
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
$4,395

Fall 2018

Program Dates

Program Start Date
August 30, 2018
Program End Date
December 20, 2018

Program Fees

Tuition
$12,450
Housing
$2,800
Insurance
Included
Total Program Fee
$15,250
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.
Supplemental Fees
The fees listed are for 12 credits. If a student enrolls in 15 credits, there will be a $1,000 supplemental fee charged after the program has started.

Estimated Costs

Airfare
$1,500
Meals
$1,300
Books & Supplies
$30
Local Transportation
$165
Visa
$100
Personal Expenses
$1,300
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
$4,395