Spanish Study Abroad
Pablo de Olavide University in Seville
Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO), founded in 1997, is one of Spain’s youngest and smallest public universities. The University’s Hispanic Studies Program, offering courses in Spanish and English from a wide range of subjects, caters to students of all majors,as well as to those with a strong interest in Spain and Latin America. A placement exam determines the Spanish language level for each entering student. A number of social and cultural activities are also provided, including Spanish Tables,” where American exchange students can meet local students and practice their Spanish.
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Barcelona International College
University of Barcelona
This program offers students three options in Barcelona: at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona International College (BIC), or the University of Barcelona (UB). All three programs offer intensive Spanish language study, along with elective courses taught in English. The electives at UAB focus on business, international relations, and politics; courses at BIC focus on business and Barcelona-related humanities courses; courses at UB focus on Spanish culture and history, allowing students to have the full immersion experience. Students in any program mingle with other local international students on campus, enjoying extensive support services and planes activities. Internships available.
For the first seven weeks of this program, students travel to the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, where they enroll in intensive Spanish courses, take one course with an accompanying North Central College professor, and live with a family in the town of Quepos. Students take Spanish classes for four hours every morning at COSI (Costa Rica Spanish Institute), an intensive language school overlooking the beaches and just a few miles from Manuel Antonio National Park. Local buses bring students from their homes in Quepos to COSI and the nearby beaches. After a three-day excursion to Nicaragua in the ninth week, students have a mid-semester break before moving to the capital city of San Jose, where they live with a new host family; beginning students continue language study and engage in volunteer community work, while advanced students begin a six-week internship. Students learn about and become immersed in Costa Rican culture not only by living with two host families, but also by participating in weekly cultural events and weekend excursions around the country. No prior knowledge of Spanish is required, though many students study Spanish before going. The program is open to all majors and upper-level academic credit is awarded for internships.
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