Application Deadline: June 19th, 2015
Program Dates: Fall 2015 September 28 – December 5, 2015
Barcelona is the capital and most populous city of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain. Barcelona is today an important cultural center and a major tourist destination and has a rich cultural heritage. Particularly renowned are architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner that have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona houses the seat of the Catalan government. Along with earning a full quarter of transferable college credits, students live with Spanish families and immerse themselves in day to day Spanish Life. Frequent field trips and travel opportunities enable students to experience the culture and history of Spain. The teaching team tailors courses to the European environment and structures the coursework around several themes common to the locale.
Program led by WA state community college faculty teaching 10 credits at the facilities of Barcelona International College (BIC). Additional Spanish language course taught by local faculty. BIC is located in the heart of the Eixample; a centrally-located, residential neighborhood known for its 19th century Mondernist design. Students will live with homestay families, with breakfast and dinner included. A thorough on-site cross-cultural and health and safety orientation will be provided upon arrival. Full comprehensive medical and accident insurance included. Participate in cultural activities which may include local food and market tours, salsa classes, Spanish and Catalan cooking classes, language exchange with local student and more! Experience the Barcelona lifestyle Fall 2015!
Barcelona is simply a spectacular city in which to study and live. It is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe and by far the most modern city in Spain. Situated on the Mediterranean, it is a city of contrasts; mixing the best of old and new, traditional and trendy, religious and secular, conservative and progressive. As such, this vibrant city offers students the unique opportunity to both surround themselves with Spanish language and tradition while at the same time taking advantage of its mixture of Spanish and Catalan cultures. With Barcelonians fluent in both languages, students have the opportunity to perfect their Spanish while also learning some Catalan! People in Spain are passionate fans of football (soccer), delicious food, family, and celebrating and enjoying life to its fullest. Festivals and holidays are important in Spanish life, and have their own distinctive flavor depending on local customs and the time of year.
We hope you enjoy your stay in Barcelona and have a chance to explore and take advantage of all its spectacular offerings!
Classrooms are situated at the building of Barcelona International College, located in the heart of the Eixample; a centrally-located, residential neighborhood known for its 19th century Modernist design. Students from around the world take classes here in Spanish language and courses such as Spanish Civilization and Culture, Great Artists of Spain: Dalí, Picasso, Miró, Cross-Cultural Psychology and Early Childhood Development and many more.
Wi-fi is available throughout the school and students (and faculty) also have access to computers and a printer. To make photocopies, there is a copy shop just across the street. The building also has a sun-drenched terrace to study, eat, or just hang out.
TRANSPORTATION: An unlimited 3-month public transportation pass is provided for all students on this program. The pass is good for the metro, bus, train & trams within Barcelona city and near surroundings.
Dr. Jesús Pérez received his BA in interdisciplinary studies–a hybrid of Mexican, Latino, and Chicano history, art, and culture–from California State University, Fresno, and the Universidad Compluntense de Madrid. He holds a MA in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in Mexican History from the University of California, San Diego. He has taught at the University of California, San Diego, San Diego State University, and San Diego City College. Jesús is currently a full-time faculty member at Cascadia College, has served as chair to the Global Education Committee for two years, and is an avid advocate of student experiences abroad. He is currently developing a program to Oaxaca, Mexico, for the summer of 2015 and will be the instructor for the Barcelona WCCCSA program in the fall of 2015.
COURSES: Students register for their courses at the home campus. Students will take 15 credits including Spanish (5 credits), Latin American history, and Multicultural Societies. These courses are intended to present students with an opportunity to rethink their beliefs about multiculturalism, diversity, and world events, while situated in a modern city with a strong sense of culture and identity. Students will be encouraged to develop their Spanish language skills with locals, classmates, and members of their host-families.
Included in the program students will have:
– 3 day trips outside of Barcelona potentially including: Tarragona, Montserrat or Dalí Museum
– Weekly cultural activities to get to know Barcelona and local life such us: Guided tours, Cooking class, and more
– Optional weekend excursions with other students for an extra cost
– Welcome & farewell meals
– Re-entry professional workshop: “How to use this experience to help you land your dream job”
Students will stay in homestays in double rooms. A homestay can be one part of meaningful cultural integration and increased safety of the study abroad experience. Homestays are designed to be a mutually valuable experience for both the hosts and the participant. We work to find homestays that want to share their culture and language with the students and create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. A homestay “family” does not always mean a husband and wife, two children and a cute dog. In fact, what is more common is to live in the apartment of an older, widowed woman who enjoys the company. The thorough screening process, regular family check-ins and homestay reviews allow us to monitor safety and the quality of the homestays we place our students with. Homestays include breakfast and dinner every day, laundry services once a week, a set of keys to the apartment to come and go as you please.
INCLUDED IN THE COST:
-Housing facilities (breakfast and dinner every day, laundry services once a week)
– Airport Pick-up included for those who arrive on the assigned day and time
-Welcome & Farewell lunch
– A thorough cross-cultural and health and safety orientation
– Full, comprehensive medical and accident Insurance through CISI
– 24‐hour emergency cell phone on‐site with Barcelona SAE staff
– Experiential education, ICC, and language acquisition built-in to all activities
– Professional workshop: “How to use this Study Abroad Experience on Your Resume to Land Your Dream Job”
– Weekly cultural activities
– 3 day trips outside Barcelona
– Unlimited 3-month public transportation for zone 1 in Barcelona
– Space for 2 WCCCSA clases
– 50 hours of Spanish language class taught by local professors
NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST:
– Flights for students
– Items of a personal nature
– Passport or travel fees
– Most meals are not included unless specified
WCCCSA Barcelona participants are all eligible to apply for the $1,000 WCCCSA scholarship. Applications are due on or before June 27, 2015. Requirements include a 250 word essay answering the following question: “What do you believe to be the value in studying abroad? When you look back on your study abroad, what do you hope to say that you have gained from the experience, academically, personally, and professionally?”
To apply send completed applications Scholarship Application Study Abroad Barcelona 2015 to Jesse Aspree firstname.lastname@example.org on or before July 6, 2015. This scholarship is open to all students applying to the WCCCSA Barcelona Fall 2015 program.
When: Saturday, August 29, 2015
Where: Edmonds Community College
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
What to bring: Students need to bring (a) a signed copy of the Student Guidelines, (b) 4 passport photos, (c) a copy of your passport, (d) flight itineraries for students not on the group flight, (e) a notepad to take notes, and (f) questions. Student participants should also invite parents, guardians, or whomever they feel should attend with them.
Coffee will be provided in the morning and lunch will be served. The faculty will be available to discuss their courses and expectations.