- Classes taught in Spanish & English
- Volunteer and community involvement activities
- Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
- Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
- Open to all levels of Spanish speakers
- Completed API application
- University contact information form
- One letter of recommendation
- Official transcript
- Additional application forms (including a housing form and a course form)
- One (electronic) passport-sized photo
- Entry Documents: valid passport
Dates & Fees
Summer Course Offerings
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SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSES
Students take 2 of the following courses. All classes are worth 3 U.S. semester credits.
100, 200 & 300 Level Spanish Language (EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK Levels A1, A2, B1.1, B1.2, B2.1, B2.2 C1) (3) – Conducted in Spanish
This course gives a general review of the most important grammar points in the Spanish language, systematically reviewing verb tenses and adding the subjunctive and conditional forms. Vocabulary expansion is stressed as an important aid to fluency. Courses are taught at the appropriate level (beginning, intermediate, advanced) and are similar in structure. Each level consists of multiple sub-levels (100 – A1/A2; 200; 300 – B2.1, B2.2 400 – C1) C1 is available based on enrollment.
Barcelona – City Planning and Architecture (3) – Conducted in English
This course wants to explain the History and the evolution of the City of Barcelona. The perspective used will be that of Urbanism, Politics and Society, understanding them as the result of the same historical process. Architecture will be treated when necessary, like studying Modernisme or Noucentisme. As well as studying the evolution of the City of Barcelona students will compare this city to other realities and cities like Madrid, Paris, London, Moscow, New York or Washington DC. This class is aimed at all these students who want to understand the elements that build a city but also at those who consider important the city of Barcelona specifically.
Cross-Cultural Management (3) – Conducted in English
This course provides students with the theoretical and practical tools in order to improve their effectiveness in international business activities. Course objectives include: to make students more aware of the impact of national cultures on business; to give students a sound knowledge of the most significant cultural dimensions; to analyze the consequences of each cultural dimension on key management functions; and to make students aware of their own cultural preferences and to give them the opportunity to compare them with those of major economies.
Digital Photography for Beginners (3) – Campus may vary – Conducted in English
Students in this course will gain in-depth knowledge of digital cameras, learn the basics of composition, retouch images, and learn about the historical masters of photography for inspiration. Students will apply what they learn in the first part of the course for an individual photography project. Note: Students must bring their own DSLR Camera, Bridge Camera, Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. [Shoot cameras or mobile phones will not be accepted.]
E-Commerce and Online Businesses (3) – Conducted in English
The increasing development of information technologies (IT) has significantly affected both firms and markets. IT is currently changing the world in a more permanent and far reaching way than any other technology in the history of mankind. A new economy, where knowledge is the most important strategic resource, is forcing firms to review their traditional routines and take advantage of the tools able to create new value. The objectives of the course are to become familiar with the technologies, strategy and management issues associated with eCommerce as well as to develop a good understanding of the risks in its use.
Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation (3) – Eixample Campus – Conducted in English
The purpose of this course is to explore business creation and growth as a multidimensional phenomenon in both independent and corporate (entrepreneurship) settings. By linking theory and practice the course aims to provide students an entrepreneurial perspective and a hands-on experience in the development of new business ventures.International Business (3) – Conducted in English
This course covers the cultures of European countries. Business relationships, economics and business environment, protocol rules, European politics, negotiation strategies and export procedures are evaluated. Countries such as Spain, France, Germany, UK, and Italy are analyzed in great depth.
Español para los negocios (3) – Eixample Campus – Conducted in Spanish
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the world of Spanish business. Students are provided with a wide range of business vocabulary, but they also must use it appropriately in a wide variety of contexts. Themes covered include: types of companies; organization of companies; various departments (marketing, sales, finance, manufacturing/production, transportation, etc.) and their functions; the Spanish tax system. This course is offered in Spanish and is open to Intermediate and Advanced level students only.
International Business (3) – Eixample Campus – Conducted in English
This course develops international and European knowledge about the cultures of the different European countries. Business relationships, economics and business environment, protocol rules, European politics, negotiation strategies and export procedures are evaluated. Countries such as Spain, France, Germany, UK, and Italy are analyzed in great depth.
International Finance (3) – Eixample Campus – Conducted in English
In order to provide a global picture of financial interactions and increasing interdependence, this course delves into the macroeconomic aspects of international economics with special emphasis on monetary issues. As the tendency is for countries to become more open over time, doing so makes them subject or potentially vulnerable to external events that can substantially affect their performance and that of the firms within them. A good understanding of open-economy macroeconomics is therefore crucial. Specific cases of integration schemes and monetary experiences, such as the European integration, are also debated.
International Marketing Strategies (3) – Eixample Campus – Conducted in English
The course is an introduction to international marketing. Topics include: analytical techniques used in international market research; determining prices; and distribution channels in an international context; marketing across linguistic and cultural borders (EU, NAFTA, Mercasur, Asia).
Managerial Skills for International Business (3) – Eixample Campus – Conducted in English
This module teaches students about the basics of management and leadership. It also intends to develop the participants’ managerial skills that are necessary for a successful career. Students develop their managerial skills through different ways, including business cases, debates, teamwork, role playing, etc.
Spanish Art and Cultural Heritage (3) – Conducted in English
Through the remains of different cultures that have occupied the peninsula, students see the styles of art and the relation between these and the cultural richness of the country. Gothic, Romantic, Arabic, Modernism: all of these styles are clearly represented and some of them even share the same geographical content.
Spanish Civilization and Culture (3) – Conducted in English
Students learn about the profound social transformation and changes that have occurred in Spain with the disappearance of the old political regime created from the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). This class studies the transition to a Spanish democracy, the political parties, the function of different institutions such as the Crown, the Courts, judicial power, and the comunidades autonomas; Spain and its international relationships, such as with the EU; the comparison of Spain’s transition to democracy with those of other countries; the economy; customs and daily life in Spain today. Students are briefly exposed to Spanish art and cinema, to trace some common threads of Spanish culture and how changes in society are depicted in art and film.