May Term Program
Dates and Fees
2020 Barcelona May Term at Universitat Autonoma in Barcelona
Apr 2, 2020$3,600
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Offering content courses in English in Humanities, International Business and Marketing.
The May Intensive Term with Spanish Studies in Barcelona is an excellent opportunity to experience the culture and beauty of Catalonia. This term is ideal for beginner students of Spanish, that do not have the necessary language level to take content courses in Spanish, but want to have a rigorous academic experience abroad in a prestigious local university with international students.
- Dedication to academic excellence
- Classes meet Monday through Friday for a total of 45 contact hours
- Average class size: 15-25 students
- 3 semester credits
- 2.75 overall GPA
All courses are taught in English at the historic Casa de la Convalescència (Sant Pau Campus) at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, by highly qualified Spanish university professors with extensive experience in teaching US college students.
All students live with local host families.
- Double occupancy room & full board
- Local study visits & cultural activities
- Health Insurance
- Spanish Studies Abroad transcript
- Support of onsite Spanish Studies staff
Special Dietary Needs
- Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other medical conditions that require a special diet may incur an extra fee to cover related dietary expenses. Please contact us for additional details.
All fees are in U.S. dollars and based on current exchange rates. Any considerable decrease in the value of the dollar will affect fees.
Your Spanish home will be the focal point of your social experience– where you will sleep, eat, study, and relax. A homestay gives you a unique insight into Spanish culture by allowing you to become part of a Spanish family.
Your homestay includes full room and board as well as laundry and the cleaning of your room. Special dietary or housing accommodations may be made, but may require an additional fee. To ensure that your home will provide a warm and tranquil atmosphere, one conducive to learning, Spanish Studies Abroad staff discusses norms and policies with hosts and regularly inspects the homes.
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Spanish Daily Routine:
Breakfast/Desayuno is not a major meal, consisting of small amount of food and is generally eaten early in the morning.
Lunch/Almuerzo is the biggest and most important meal of the day and is generally eaten between 2:00 and 4:00PM.
Dinner/Cena is a small meal, although more substantial than breakfast and is generally served between 9:00 and 10:00 PM.
Siesta is a time to rest. It starts around 1:30 PM when all the shops begin to close, and lasts until 5:00 PM. Almost all shops are closed during siesta while Spaniards may sleep or watch TV, leaving you no choice but to also relax.
Traditional Spanish Dishes:
Paella is a rice dish commonly mixed with a variation of seafood, meat, vegetables, and beans.
Tortilla is a dense omelet full of fried potatoes (sometimes onions or another vegetable as well).
Jamón Serrano is a salted, cured ham that is sliced thin and is typically served either on its own or in a bocadillo (sandwich).
Spanish culture is not particularly vegetarian/vegan friendly due to the importance of ham and other pork products in their diet. While the salads may not be filling, Spain offers delicious breads, cheeses, and vegetables dishes.
How to Dress in Spain:
Most Spanish people dress up more than the average American. Young men wear jeans and t-shirts or soccer jerseys, but you’ll also see men wearing nice pants and shoes. Women generally wear very feminine clothing.
To fit in with your surroundings, avoid wearing grubby jeans, sweatshirts, and sneakers. Nice, fitted clothing is what most people wear.
Life Outside the Classroom:
Spanish people tend to be very friendly and open. However, you will need to make an effort to introduce yourself. Some of the best ways to do so are by signing up for a local speaking partner, attending Spanish Studies cultural activities, or by going to the places Spanish students hang out.
Spanish Studies Abroad wants you to have fun while studying abroad; however, you are expected to meet all of your academic responsibilities. Spanish nightlife is probably unlike the social scene you have experienced in the U.S. The Spanish often plan to go out at midnight or later, which is just the start of the evening. Many friends you meet will stay out until six or seven in the morning, then go straight to breakfast, and rest during siesta.
All Spanish Studies semester programs include day trips to neighboring cities. Additional activities and excursions within the city of Barcelona will also be made available to students on these programs. Specific destinations and trip dates will be announced closer to the start of the spring semester.
Examples of Study Visits include:
Modernist tour (Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and Part Güell); olimpic tour (Mnac museum, Montjuic castle, stadium, cable car); overnight trip to Figueres and Cadaques (Dali's house and museum); excursion to Montserrat; tour to Freixenet's winery; local activities (concerts, sports, museums) with your local speaking partners.