IFSA Summer in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

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Term
Summer
Language of Instruction

English

Language Prerequisite

None

Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Summer: March 15
Min. GPA for Consideration:
2.0
Typical Credit Load:
3 - 7

About Summer in Barcelona

Spend your summer in Barcelona! This charming Catalan city will inspire and empower you to live your best life. Whether your passion is for design, business or politics,the city of Barcelona holds important lessons to be learned for those curious enough to explore.

Summer in Barcelona Benefits

  • Build your own curriculum with IFSA-taught courses - take either the first or second session, or combine them for a six-week experience
  • Develop your independence as you explore the easy to navigate city streets and live in your own apartment with international and American roommates
  • Travel and see the rest of Europe in your free time - Paris, Rome, London, and Prague (and many more) are only a short and inexpensive flight or train away
  • Jump start your career journey with an internship

The IFSA 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 Summer in Barcelona

Courses

Customize your summer in a way that works best for you!  

Choose one 3 U.S. semester credit hour class from one or both of our shorter summer sessions—or stay for the full summer to complete an IFSA internship with the support of Essential Catalan language learning for a total of 7 U.S. semester credits.  

IFSA-taught courses explore disciplines through the lens of the self and the city, helping you to understand the subject in the context of Barcelona, and to apply lessons learned to your future self. Not all courses may be offered in a given summer depending on enrollment.  

Session 1 

Design Thinking (3 U.S. semester credit hours)  

Design thinking is a powerful approach to solving a wide variety of problems across many different disciplines. In this experiential course, students will learn how to flexibly sort through and solve challenges and pursue opportunities. At its core design thinking relies on creativity. Therefore, in this truly interdisciplinary course students will build their creative confidence, learn design thinking, and apply these skills to a variety of challenges as they actively engage in the creative process individually and in teams.     

Food Culture and Spanish Society  (3 U.S. semester credit hours)  

This course invites students to consider the importance and roles of food in our personal and social lives. Even though food is present in every society and culture, we cannot take for granted that we eat the same food for the same reasons at the same time; or assume that food is available everywhere with the same quality and under the same conditions. Situated in the fascinating culinary setting of Barcelona, students will examine food as part of national heritage, cultural identity, and as a sometimes-controversial product for tourist consumption.    

Session 2 

Catalan Identity and Politics  (3 U.S. semester credit hours)  

This cross-disciplinary course analyses the drivers behind the emergence of contemporary political separatism. It begins with the historical origins of Catalan identity and moves into the fields of political sociology and political science to address constitutional arrangements, political parties, linguistic normalization, immigration, and minority rights. The pivotal secessionist events of recent years are examined as students develop an understanding of identity issues in Catalonia, including important nuances of Barcelona's role as both a traditional regional capital and a global city.     

Social Media Marketing in the Age of Self  (3 U.S. semester credit hours)   

This course will outfit students with the tools and expertise to develop strategic and comprehensive social media marketing plans that integrate with overall marketing and communications efforts to achieve business goals. Through case studies and hands-on exercises, students will develop a deep understanding of social media platforms and best practices, leveraging these channels to elevate one’s reach and reputation. Topics include choosing appropriate platforms, creating effective and engaging social media content, and developing social media policies and content management strategies. The class emphasizes social listening, ethics, and diversity.   

Internship 

Internship  and  Methodology Seminar  (6 U.S. semester credit hours)  

Individually tailored internships are supported by a group seminar that prepares students to understand expectations, set personal objectives, identify and strengthen specific skills, critically reflect on their progress, share experiences, and learn from one other throughout the summer. A focus on the application of theory to practice supports students as they develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their goals, their professional areas, as well as Spanish work culture. In this seminar, students gain real world work experience while developing intercultural agility—skills and experiences which are critically important to personal, academic and professional success.      

Essential Catalan (1 U.S. semester credit hour)  

This required course is taught intensively during the first weeks of the summer term to complement the internship experience. By introducing key words and phrases in the classroom —and venturing out into the city to practice them—this class also provides insights into daily life in Barcelona and local business culture. 

Experiential Learning
Internships are available in a variety of fields. Interns are engaged for 30 or more hours per week through a combination of onsite placement hours and associated academic seminars. When applying for the program, you should complete the Internship Intent Form, and be prepared to interview for your internship placement in the first or second week of the program. Internships are jointly supervised by your site supervisor and Internship and Methodology Seminar Instructor, and coordinated by the Resident Director. 
Faculty
IFSA courses are taught by English-speaking faculty from various higher education and professional institutions throughout Barcelona, who combine theoretical and practical expertise in their chosen subject area. Most courses also incorporate guest lectures and field visits with Spanish scholars, government officials, community organizers, and local influencers.  
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
Subjects offered at Summer in Barcelona
Anthropology Architecture and Design Business Communications Community Studies Cultural Studies Economics Entrepreneurship and Innovation European History European Studies Finance History Hospitality & Tourism Human Resources International Business Linguistics Management Marketing Media/Multimedia Studies Policy Studies/Public Policy Political Science Population Studies/Demography Psychology Sociology Women and Gender Studies

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Apartment/Flat
Meals
Self-catered
Details
All students live in centrally located, fully furnished flats in Barcelona. Students have shared bedrooms and bathrooms. Apartments include a common dining area and kitchen with a microwave, refrigerator, oven and stovetop. There is no meal plan; students purchase their meals or cook for themselves. 

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Sandra Rodriquez Pareja

Resident Director, Barcelona

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Academic Affairs Director

Dates and Fees

Summer 2020 - Session 1

Program Dates

Program Start Date
May 18, 2020
Program End Date
June 12, 2020

Program Fees

Tuition
$3,195
Housing
$800
Insurance
Included
Total Program Fee
$3,995
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Airfare
$1,200
Meals
$360
Local Transportation
$50
Personal Expenses
$285
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
$1,895

Summer 2020 - Session 2

Program Dates

Program Start Date
June 15, 2020
Program End Date
July 10, 2020

Program Fees

Tuition
$3,195
Housing
$800
Insurance
Included
Total Program Fee
$3,995
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Airfare
$1,200
Meals
$360
Local Transportation
$50
Personal Expenses
$285
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
$1,895

Summer 2020 - Sessions 1 & 2 | Internship

Program Dates

Program Start Date
May 18, 2020
Program End Date
July 10, 2020

Program Fees

Tuition
$5,395
Housing
$1,600
Insurance
Included
Total Program Fee
$6,995
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Airfare
$1,200
Meals
$720
Local Transportation
$95
Personal Expenses
$445
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
$2,520