Course Offerings | API Study Abroad
Course Offerings


  • Classes: taught in Spanish & English
  • FORUM on Education Abroad QUIP accreditation


  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to rising juniors and seniors
  • Open to students with one previous semester of college-level Spanish (or the equivalent)
  • 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 1 2018
Jun 18, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018


SUMMER 1 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Apr 10, 2018


If you require syllabi that are not listed above, please contact your API Program Manager.

Students will choose two courses (45 hours each – 3 U.S. credits each). Students who are interested in taking a third course may do so for an additional fee. All courses may include on-site activities that are mandatory and part of the course evaluation. Enrollment and participation require attendance, study, the fulfillment of course workload (exams, papers) and active class participation.

Click this link to navigate to syllabi on the UPF website.


Beginning Level (3) – Conducted in Spanish

The objective of this level is for the student to be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of expertise particularly relevant; to know how to communicate when carrying out simple and routine tasks requiring no more than simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters; and to develop the ability to describe in simple terms aspects of one’s past and surroundings, as well as issues related to their immediate own needs.

Intermediate Level (3) – Conducted in Spanish

The main objectives of this level are: to understand the main points of clear standard written language, dealing with known issues, either in work, study or leisure; knowing how to deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken, using the most common expressions of these functions in a neutral register; to produce simple connected text on familiar topics in which students have a personal interest; to describe experiences and events, dreams and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for their own plans and opinions; to be aware of the most important rules of courtesy and act appropriately; to know the most significant differences between the customs, manners, attitudes, values and beliefs prevalent in Spanish society and his/her own, and knowing how to respond appropriately to such differences.

Advanced Level (3) – Conducted in Spanish

The aim of this level is for the student to be able to understand the main ideas of complex texts that address both concrete and abstract topics, even if they are theoretical topics, provided they are within their own area of expertise; be able to interact with native speakers with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that the communication is done without effort; express themselves with conviction, clarity and courtesy in a formal or informal register appropriate to the situation and the person or persons involved; produce clear and detailed texts on various subjects and explain a point of view on a topical issue giving the pros and cons of the different options.


Students choose one course from the options below.

Barcelona on Stage/Barcelona Unveiled: Documentary Workshop (3) – Conducted in English

In this hands-on course students will prepare a documentary about Barcelona and its experience of the city, from the identification of the approach to editing the project, through the writing of the script and filming.

Contemporary Barcelona and its Cultural History (3) – Conducted in English

The cultural history of the city as a reflection of the contemporary cultural history of Spain, from the anarchist city to the cosmopolitan capital with international outreach. Focusing on the last two centuries and from a sociological/anthropological point of view, the course analyzes the Barcelona society, its most recent political history through its conflicts and cultural influences.

Current Issues on the European Union in a Global World (3) – Conducted in English

This course provides an overview of the European Union to ensure an understanding of the European construction and integration process( after the II World War and the successive enlargements of the EU in the 70s, 80s and 90s, after the fall of communism). The basic structure, institutions and decision and policy making processes of the EU today. The EU face to current and future challenges in a globalized world : economic and financial crisis, global power balance and world influence, next steps in economic and political integration.

Imágenes de España en el Cine Contemporáneo (3) – Conducted in Spanish

El curso ofrece una introducción al cine español desde el inicio de la democracia, en los años setenta, hasta la actualidad, con una atención particular hacia aquellos cineastas que destacan tanto por su valor artístico como por su capacidad para reflejar los rasgos más destacables de la realidad y la cultura española contemporánea. Las diferentes sesiones del curso exponen el imaginario plural del cine español más reciente, a través de la obra de autores como Pedro Almodóvar, Víctor Erice, Julio Médem, Alejandro Amenábar, José Luis Guerín, Pilar Miró, Isabel Coixet, Icíar Bollaín, Judith Colell, etc.

Modern Statistical Computing in R (3) – Conducted in English

Over the recent years, R has become the leading software tool for statistical computing and graphics. The software is greatly enhanced by numerous contributed packages submitted by users. The majority of computing in the leading applied statistical journals is done in R, and R is used almost exclusively in some of the leading-edge applications, such as in genetics and data mining. The purpose of this course is to set a foundation for full exploitation and creative use of the statistical language for computing and graphics R. The course will introduce students to the syntax and inner workings of R, to become proficient in everyday computational tasks with datasets of all kinds, skilled in applications of elementary statistical methods, with emphasis on (initial) data exploration and simple graphics. Focus will also be placed on opportunities to enhance the learning experience in other statistical courses by illustrating and applying basic statistical concepts in R.

Sketches of Spain (3) – Conducted in English

The course analyses the categories, political, social, anthropological or aesthetic, at work in the idea of a Spanish “typicality”, a “Spanish-ness” or “españolidad”, in the realms of visual and material culture and in the arts. Its goal is a critical reflection on the notion of what denotes (or qualifies) in an object, an attitude, an artifact, a work of art, a piece of literature the condition of being “spanish”. The point of departure is a critical deconstruction of the “Spanish” topic at different moments in history (basically modern and contemporary times), and not an essentialist interpretation of a presumed cultural and anthropological “identity” of Spain. The course would address questions such as: how has “Spanish-ness” been fabricated historically in Spain and outside? how does it function symbolically at different levels and times? which is it its efficacy in the political discourse? How does it relate to exoticism and primitivism, violence, devotion, solidarity, heroism etc.? Main areas considered in this course: arts, literature, music, publicity, audiovisual production, design, among others.

Society and Politics in Contemporary Spain (3) – Conducted in English

This course is designed to give both political science and non-political science majors an overview of fundamental issues in the study of Spanish politics. The core of the course is the study of the nature and functioning of the Spanish democratic system installed since the middle of the seventies, paying special attention to the main political processes, institutions, actors, political culture, electoral behavior, political violence, European integration and international immigration. Students spend also some time at the beginning of the course studying the previous Spanish democratic experience (1931-1936), its collapse (1936-1939), the authoritarian rule imposed by Franco) and the Spanish transition to democracy (1975-1978), which has strongly influenced the current features of the Spanish political system.

Spanish Postmodernism and Beyond (3) – Conducted in English

This course studies current artistic practices in Spain, mainly performance, video creation, creative actions, media and net art, music, and photography and their interrelation with other aesthetic practices. The course combines a theoretical approach and the direct contact with visits to museums, galleries, theaters and others