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SMU Abroad Application Cycle:
August 15-October 1 for Spring, November 15-March 1 for Fall
Spain BCA Abroad Barcelona University of Barcelona Barcelona, Spain Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is set on the Mediterranean coast within easy reach of the Costa Brava and the Pyrenees Mountains. Founded in 203 B.C., the city has long provided a base for Catalan culture. The Catalan traditions survived two dictatorships in Barcelona and continue to flourish today.
BCA Barcelona students benefit from truly countless cultural options. Barcelona boasts an extensive cultural life, including an opera company, symphonies, dozens of museums and festivals throughout the year. Throughout the semester, BCA provides information on exhibitions, concerts, theaters and other cultural activities available to students. The University of Barcelona also hosts concerts, conferences and student gatherings that BCA students are welcome to attend.
BCA Barcelona is located in the campus of the University of Barcelona, which is the oldest institution of higher learning in Catalonia and one of the most prestigious in Europe (www.ub.edu/homeub/en/).
Since 1972, more than 1,500 BCA students have studied at the University of Barcelona. BCA is one of the few American programs whose students may enroll in regular classes at the University. In addition, BCA students receive a University of Barcelona student ID that allows them to use all the University's libraries and facilities.
Courses BCA Barcelona students take an intensive course on Spanish language and culture during the three weeks before their semester classes start. The course includes grammar and conversation classes, Spanish art and history lectures. It also includes a five-day academic trip to Leon, Astorga and Burgos in Northern Spain (in the fall) or a seven-day trip to Andalucia in the south of Spain (in the spring).
The BCA Barcelona program offers three options for you to select your classes: You may choose to take only University of Barcelona courses along side Spanish students. In these courses assessment is mainly based on a final exam (some classes may also require a paper). This option is advised to students with advanced Spanish language skills. You may choose to enroll in BCA core courses held in Spanish by University of Barcelona associate and full professors. Assessment in these classes, taught to BCA students only, is based on a midterm, a final exam and a written paper.
You may also opt for a combination of the two above: you may take some University and some BCA classes. This option is an asset to the program and many BCA Barcelona students take advantage of it.
Excursions The several-day art history trip at the beginning of the semester is a distinctive feature of BCA Barcelona. During the first semester, the trip takes place in Leon, Astorga and Burgos, in the North of Spain. In the spring, the group goes to Andalucia, to the cities of Granada, Sevilla and Cordoba.
In addition, excursions organized by BCA have included day trips touring the medieval town of Besalu and the Olympic lake of Banyoles, visiting Cistersian monasteries in Tarragona, exploring the volcanic area of Gerona, cooking a traditional "calcotada" in a Catalan country house or visiting Picasso's museum in the land of his first cubist painting.
During the semester, as an integral part of classes, BCA organizes visits to relevant political or historical sites of the city. In the past, students have visited the History Museum of the City of Barcelona, the National Museum of Catalunya, the Miro Museum, Barcelona's City Hall and the "Palau de la Generalitat" (the Catalan government headquarters), among others. BCA Barcelona also organizes a semi-formal social gathering during the semester for its students and the University of Barcelona students who have studied in the U.S. through BCA.
Accomodations After the orientation period is complete, students will attend a welcome gathering to meet your Spanish host family. BCA places one student per family to optimize language and cultural learning. Students often point out living with their family as one of the highlights of the program. BCA families play an integral role in helping students learn more about Barcelona, Spain, and the various aspects of Spanish culture.
The location of the housing varies with some families located near the campus and others a bit farther away. All students will have access to the subway or bus system for easy transportation to the university and around the city.
Students do not have to pay for their lunch - all three daily meals will be provided by your host family. BCA students usually praise the Spanish home cooking (based on the Mediterranean diet), and enjoy most of their meals at their host homes. Alternatively, according to the students' schedule, families will provide them with a packed lunch to eat on campus.
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** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.