DATES & DEADLINES
- Application & Deposit Deadline: Monday, June 24, 2019
- Early Bird Deadline: Apply by March 31, 2019 & save $100!
- Balance of Program Fees Due: Friday, August 23, 2019
- Tuition Due: Check your campus’s calendar
- Program Dates: September 25 – November 30, 2019
Contact your WCCCSA Campus Coordinator for more information about spending the fall in Barcelona.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
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 you the unique opportunity to both surround yourself with Spanish language and tradition while at the same time taking advantage of its mixture of Spanish and Catalan cultures. With Barcelonans fluent in both languages, you have the opportunity to perfect your 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.
Along with earning a full quarter of transferable college credits, you will live with a Spanish family and immerse yourself in day-to-day Spanish life. Frequent field trips and travel opportunities enable you 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.
Classes will be held at the facilities of International House and the Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS). The school is located in the city center, just steps from Plaça Urquinaona, five minutes from Plaça Catalunya, and five minutes from the Arc de Triomf. You will live with a homestay family and breakfast and dinner will be included.
CAMPUS & CLASSROOMS
- Wifi is available throughout the school and you will have access to computers and a printer.
- Photocopies can be made close to the school.
- The building also has a sun-drenched terrace to study, eat, or just hang out.
You will stay in a homestay in a double room, sharing a room with another study abroad student or host sibling. A homestay can be part of a meaningful cultural integration and increase safety of the study abroad experience. Homestays are designed to be a mutually valuable experience for both the hosts and the student. BSAE works to find homestays that want to share their culture and language with 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 BSAE to monitor the safety and quality of the homestays. 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.
An unlimited three-month public transportation pass will be provided to you. The pass is good for the metro, bus, train, and trams within Barcelona city and nearby surroundings.
FACULTY & COURSES
You will register for your courses at your home campus. See your campus coordinator for course numbering. You will take a total of three classes for a total of 15 credits including a Spanish Language class taught by local faculty.
Spanish Language (5 credits) is required for all students. Students of all language levels will be accommodated.
The language professors at the Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS) are specialized in teaching Spanish as a foreign language, accredited through Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. SIS is located inside of a prestigious language school called International House (IH). IH is a top leader in Spanish language acquisition, not only in Barcelona but internationally.
SIS combines different methods of communicative language teaching to reach every type of student. The main aim is to teach the students all the skills and concepts needed to feel comfortable in a Spanish-speaking atmosphere where different cultures of both sides of the Atlantic come together.
SIS gears its Spanish Language and Culture classes towards developing linguistic skills but also attitudes, knowledge, and awareness needed to:
- Communicate in an intercultural context
- Interact with other people in any situation
- Increase confidence in order to encourage more direct contact with native speakers, leading to a better understanding of the culture
Primary Faculty – Tobias Peterson, Clark College
Tobias Peterson earned BA’s in English and Spanish Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. While there, he was a participant in the school’s first Tracking Cultures study abroad program. This allowed him to trace literary influences from the flooded deserts of North Africa (Morocco) through the ornate cathedrals of Spain and on to the ancient temples of central Mexico. He then went on to receive an MA in English Literature from George Mason University and an MFA in Poetry from Texas State University. After completing his formal education, he returned to Europe to teach creative writing in a study abroad program in Cambridge, England – with forays to London, Paris, and Venice. He is now a tenured instructor of English at Clark College in Vancouver, WA and taught Creative Writing and Shakespeare for WCCCSA’s London program in the fall of 2016. He is thrilled to be returning to WCCCSA and to Spain, the country where his love of study abroad was born.
ENGL& 236: Creative Writing I – The Ten-Week Travelogue (5 credits)
This course will allow you to record and process you experiences abroad as a creative practitioner. You will be exposed to views of Spain by writers as wide-ranging as Miguel de Cervantes, Ramón del Valle-Inclán, Federico García Lorca, and Elena Quiroga. As you do so, you will also set into words you own reflections, both poetic and fictional.
ENGL& 254: World Literature I – Fantastic Spain (5 credits)
This course focuses on genres that are characterized by bold departures from “traditional” forms in order to achieve particular artistic goals. One need look no further than the first Spanish novel, Don Quixote, to find an example of literature that uses fantasy to reflect and comment on social realities. In addition to excerpts from this text, you will also be reading several other Spanish science fiction and fantasy writers in translation (Elia Barceló, Félix J. Palma, Rafael Marín, and others) to examine how these artists use their respective imaginations to reflect Spanish society.
If 25 or more students enroll, a second faculty will join the program.
Secondary Faculty – Amy Edwards, Skagit Valley College
Amy Edwards began her travels abroad in her early 20’s with a solo three-month trip through Southern Europe, including a week stay with a family in Barcelona. Living with a family unit other than her own and travelling with people she met along the way, provided enduring lessons of the need for flexibility and acceptance of the diverse habits of others. Her most recent travels have taken her to Iceland, the Netherlands, and back to Spain and Portugal. She is excited to return to Barcelona and renew her fascination with the mathematical art of Islamic Spain and Modernist architecture of Antoni Gaudi. And she looks forward to participating in your own eye-opening experiences.
Her interests include connections in math and art, two visual disciplines wherein the practitioner observes and interprets the world around them. It is not unusual to find art skills utilized by mathematicians and math concepts incorporated by artists. She is also interested in memory, learning, and cognitive behavioral strategies to build concentration and relieve stress. She is an avid dancer, and enjoys music and literature.
Amy earned her Bachelors in Fine Arts and Statistics from George Washington University in D.C. and a Masters in Statistics from University of California at Berkeley. She has taught in the Western U.S. and Canada. She is a full time instructor of Mathematics and Art at Skagit Valley College since 1997.
ART& 100: Art Appreciation (5 credits)
What better place to appreciate art than in Barcelona, a vibrant city full of fantastic architecture and memorable museums. In this inspirational environment, we will cultivate the language, concepts, and principles of visual art. We will analyze works of art, identifying subject matter, themes, composition, and media. We will examine the links between the shaping of cultures and artistic development.
We will explore art from various cultures historically residing in the Iberian Peninsula as well as cultures historically controlled by Spain. Group research and presentations will allow for further discussion of historical importance of the style, form, and content. We will focus special attention on work from Spanish and Catalan artists such as Goya, Velazquez, Gaudi, Picasso, Dali, and Miro. We will learn more about contemporary artists through exploration in Barcelona.
MATH& 107: Math in Society – Visionaries and Heretics: Math in Western Culture (5 credits)
The word “math” came from ancient Greek, and meant “learned knowledge”. Mathematicians were the philosophers of their age, and they used the subjects of number, geometry, music, and astronomy to understand their world and the cosmos.
We will look at the impact of multi-cultural centers of Cordoba, Toledo, and Zaragoza in preserving this ancient knowledge. Through research projects, we will learn about mathematicians from the last millennium who added to this knowledge. We will discover mathematicians with breadth of interests and personal idiosyncrasies to rival any “Renaissance Man (or Woman)” of the art world. We will practice the skills that they developed (yes, we will do math) and learn about the cultural context in which the ideas formed.
Throughout this course, we will visualize the beauty of math and communicate in the language of math. We will explore the geometry of Euclid, the mosaics of Islamic tradition and mathematical curves in Gaudi’s architecture. This is a “hands-on” class. Be prepared to cut up pieces of paper and put them together in new, exciting and meaningful ways.
This is an academic program and students are required to enroll in a full-time course load (15 credits). Failure to participate in the academic coursework may result in dismissal from the program. Students are encouraged to make the most of their classroom learning, as it will enhance understanding of all the local area has to offer.
- Three day-trips outside of Barcelona potentially including Tarragona, Montserrat, or Dalí Museum
- Weekly cultural activities to get to know Barcelona and local life such as guided tours, cooking class, and more
- Optional weekend excursions for an extra cost
- Welcome & farewell meals
- Re-entry professional workshop: “How to use this experience to help you land your dream job”
Use free weekends to travel in Spain and to Europe’s great cities including London, Amsterdam, Florence and Paris.
Early bird special! Register by March 31, 2019 and save $100!
- Airport pick-up for those who arrive on assigned day and time
- Homestay with daily breakfast and dinner and weekly laundry service
- 24/7 emergency contact service
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- Onsite Orientation
- Weekly cultural activities and three day-trips
- Welcome and Farewell meals
- Public transportation pass
- Comprehensive Health Insurance
- $250 refundable damage deposit
- College tuition & fees for 15 credits
- Course books/materials
- Passport & visa fees, if applicable
- Meals not mentioned above
- Personal expenses
- Anything not specified as included in the program
- Optional personal effects coverage and medical insurance upgrade
WCCCSA Barcelona participants are all eligible to apply for the $1,000 WCCCSA scholarship. Applications are due on or before June 24, 2019.
PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION (mandatory)
- Date: TBD (on a Saturday about one month prior to departure)
- Time: 10am-3pm
- Location: TBD
What to bring:
- Signed copy of the Student Guidelines
- Four passport photos
- Copy of your passport
- Flight itineraries for students not on the group flight
- Notepad and pen to take notes
- And questions
You should also invite parents, guardians, or whomever you feel should attend with you. Coffee will be provided in the morning and lunch will be included. The faculty will be available to discuss their courses and expectations.