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Language, Literature, and Culture in Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Sponsor: University of Kansas Study Abroad 
Program Cost: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 03/15/2014 
03/17/2014 06/30/2014 08/09/2014
Start date is the on-site arrival date. Students will need to leave the U.S. on 06/29/2014.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-Led Housing Options: Host Family
Study Abroad Program Coordinator: Mari Keyser
 Language of Instruction:
 Minimum GPA Eligibility:
2.5 GPA Academic Discipline: Spanish
Open to Non-KU students: Yes Open to graduate students: No
 Fulfills KU Core Advanced Education Goal 4.2 - Culture and Diversity:
Program Description:

**New Housing Option for Summer 2014.  Please see the  “Accommodations” section for more information.**

Program Overview2

The Summer Institute in Barcelona, Spain is designed for students with intermediate and advanced levels of Spanish proficiency to earn six credits and improve their Spanish skills. Courses are taught by KU faculty and staff and a native instructor from Spain. Students will live with host families to further improve their Spanish. KU has partnered with IES Abroad, a study abroad program provider with more than 20 years’ experience in Spain. IES Abroad will arrange the homestays and some of the cultural activities, and classes will be held at the IES Abroad Barcelona center.


Barcelona, the capital of the Autonomous Community of Cataluña, is one of the most prosperous and dynamic cities in Europe today. Students are encouraged to explore the cultural riches that this modern, western European city offers: concerts, museums, theaters, and outstanding architecture. Areas such as the Barri Gòtic and L’Eixample are filled with examples of history and architecture ranging from ancient to modern times.


Six hours of academic credit are granted by The University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program. Participants take courses at the intermediate or advanced Spanish level, depending on prior study. Classes meet Monday through Friday.

Intensive Intermediate Spanish Language

SPAN 220 Intensive Intermediate Spanish. The course is an intensive review and continuation of grammar study. It fulfills the third and fourth semesters of the four semester general education language requirement. Students are required to use a personal laptop. Taught by KU staff.
-Language pre-requisite: SPAN 108, SPAN 111, or SPAN 212.

NOTE: Students who will have completed SPAN 212 prior to departure will enroll in SPAN 216 (3 credits) and SPAN 270 (3 credits). Regardless of enrollment, the course content is exactly the same, but students enrolled in the 216/270 sequence will not be able to take the courses credit/no credit.

Advanced Spanish Studies

SPAN 446 Spanish Culture. A study of the development of Spanish culture with particular emphasis on history, customs and traditions, literary trends, and artistic tendencies that constitute Spain’s specific contribution to Western Civilization. Taught by a native instructor from Spain.

SPAN 440 Hispanic Studies: Hispanic Minorities in Barcelona. This course studies and analyzes minority cultures in Cataluña. Course materials include both Peninsular and Latin American cultural products. This course fulfills literature requirement. Taught by KU faculty. A grade of “C” or better in SPAN 340 is strongly recommended for students enrolling in this course.

-Language pre-requisite: SPAN 340.

Cultural Activities1

Students will participate in cultural activities in Barcelona as well as go on two weekend excursions.  Examples of cultural activities within Barcelona include a walking tour of the neighborhood, visits to museums, and a tour of the Sagrada Família. Students will receive a transportation pass so they can explore other parts of Barcelona on their own. Tentative excursions include a weekend in the Pyrenees mountains and a weekend in Madrid.


Students will live with a host family, who live within a short metro commute to the IES Abroad Center. There could be one or two students per host family, but all students will have individual rooms. Two meals a day are provided by the host family and internet access is also included.

During the weekend excursions, students will stay in double or triple-occupancy hotel rooms. Breakfast is included; most of the time students are responsible for lunch and dinner.


Open to students from accredited U.S. colleges or universities who have completed the required pre-requisites (or the equivalent) of college-level Spanish. Minimum 2.5 GPA. Exceptions considered after submission of a petition.

Financial Aid

KU students who qualify for summer financial aid in the form of Stafford and/or other loans, Pell or SEOG Grants, and scholarships may apply the aid to the cost of a Study Abroad Program.

KU Study Abroad supplemental scholarships are available to KU degree seeking students. Applications are available online. The scholarship application deadline is March 1 for Summer programs.

Non-KU students should check into the financial resources available to them at their home institutions.

Application Procedures

All applicants will be required to complete several documents for each study abroad application.  Below is a list of documents that will need to be completed for an application. 

        a. Statement of Purpose
        b. Verification of Minimum GPA Requirement
        c. Spanish Courses
        d. Unofficial Transcript or Advising Report
        e. 1 General Recommendation and 1 Language Recommendation
        f. Authorization to Release Student Information
        g. Student Conduct Verification
        h.  Financial Aid Questionnaire


For more detailed information about the application process, please visit our Application Process page.

For more information, contact:

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Assistant Professor Verónica Garibotto
2614 Wescoe Hall

Associate Professor Isidro Rivera
2636 Wescoe Hall

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Program Reviews:
Summer 2012 Participant
I learned a lot about myself in general, and I learned so much about the culture in Barcelona.
Summer 2012 Participant
My favorite part of the program was the weekend excursion to the Pyrenees. It was absolutely gorgeous!
Aaron Hopkins Elston, Summer 2012 Participant
Being able to travel to other countries, either on the excursions or not, were the most rewarding experiences. Each country has a different culture, and being able to see so many different cultures in such a short time/distance was remarkable.
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