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Set in Catalonia, Spain, on the Mediterranean coast, the Barcelona Summer Study Abroad Program continues Georgetown University's philosophy of educating the whole person. The city and its surroundings offer infinite resources that allow for the development of this Content Focused Language Program, comprised of an innovative curriculum that focuses on the subject matter (i.e., politics, business, sociolinguistics and visual arts) through the language, giving students the best opportunity to improve their proficiency in Spanish. (Photo of Barcelona from the Telefèric courtesy of Richard Ishida).

Program Details

The program offers advanced courses in art history, sociolinguistics, business and history, all taught in Spanish. Participants take three courses, either one or two of the courses regularly offered in the Spanish Department (Bilingualism and Advanced Business Spanish), History and Politics of Identity (HPI), and Catalan Art History (CAH) for a total of 9 credits. Students sign a language pledge, according to which they are required to speak only Spanish while in the program.

Classes run for 5+ weeks, meeting in the morning. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and all day Tuesdays and Thursdays. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday classes take place at UPF, and are followed by conversation exchanges with UPF students. Tuesday and Thursday classes consist of day long organized outings leading to sources of primary data (including but not limited to interview recordings, photographs, library materials, internet, and museums). The emphasis of these activities is on research (gathering primary evidence), reflection (through journal writing), analysis of the data, and writing. Completion of daily written assignments and journal writing is also required, which connect classroom lectures, reading assignments and primary evidence gathered.

In designing the program, Professor Sanz has combined her experience as Director of the Intensive Spanish and School of Foreign Service Spanish programs, her intimate knowledge of the city and the region (she was born and raised in Barcelona), and her expertise in adult second language acquisition to develop a curriculum on the cutting edge of pedagogy. The program's design is characterized by its emphasis on writing, on the development of students' autonomy as language learners, and on conceptual connections between experience both within and outside the classroom, as well as across the disciplines of art, history, politics and language.

If you have further questions, please contact the Office of Global Education or email Dr. Cristina Sanz, Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Director of the Barcelona Summer Program.

Specifically, for questions related to application, admissions, conditions of participation, visas, and health and safety matters, please visit https://myguabroad.georgetown.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10110.