Live and intern on the Mediterranean. Participate in an internship in almost any field. Integrate with Spanish people and Catalan culture, relax in beautiful city parks, cheer on FC Barcelona, and delight in Gaudí's and Dalí's art and architecture.
|Term||Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Session|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|GPA||2.5 (2.8 minimum required for internships)|
|Student Type||UofM Students|
|Student Year||Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
Live and study in the international city of Barcelona. Explore Catalan and Spanish working life through an English-speaking internship. Begin the day with a papaya smoothie in Barcelona’s biggest food market, La Boqueria. Climb to the top of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. Delight in Gaudí's artRelax in a beautiful city park. Cheer on FC Barcelona among 100,000 screaming fútbol fans. Gaze into the glistening Mediterranean Sea. Get ready to live like a barcelonés.
The Study & Intern in Barcelona program offers courses that deepen your understanding of Spanish and Catalan culture. The strength of the program is the internship experience, which allows you to integrate with Spanish people, experience the culture firsthand, and gain professional work experience.
Between 5 and 7 students usually share apartments, which include single or double bedrooms, bathrooms, and laundry. Meals are not included, but each apartment has a full kitchen.
If you choose the homestay option, you will have your own room. Breakfast and dinner are included during the week; you are responsible for lunch and meals on weekends.
Guided academic activities and tours in and near Barcelona, as well as networking events with European and other international students, are included in the program fee.
Students can also take advantage of MyEducation events, a calendar of events centered around key themes that provides students a tool to help personalize their experience in Barcelona.
Deepen cross-cultural understanding through interaction with local community via internships and community engagement
The Centres for Academic Programmes Abroad (CAPA) provides housing, program classrooms and study areas. CAPA also arranges on-site orientation and program excursions, as well as social and cultural events. Classes are taught by Spanish and European faculty who are specialists in their academic field and in the field of teaching foreign students.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Type||Host University Study, Study Abroad Center|
|Program Level||Upper-division coursework on Spanish and European Area studies, art history, literature, marketing, finance, economics, political science, and many more|
12–18 credits for fall or spring semester, 6 credits for summer session
This program appeals to students who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of Spanish culture, need to fulfill liberal arts requirements, and want to participate in an internship related to their field of study. This program offers three different tracks:
Courses are with other study abroad students and are held at the CAPA Barcelona Center located in the Gothic quarter of downtown Barcelona. The courses are taught by local professors and will be designed for students coming in with a US perspective. Participating in a 3 or 6 credit internship is also an option. Course descriptions and syllabi can be found on the Full Course List page. This track option is available for Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.
This track will allow you to be enrolled directly in the Barcelona Program For Interdisciplinary Studies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). UPF is a public university located close to the center of Barcelona. You will take classes in English with local and other international students. Courses offered in this track will address specific topics from the perspective of a variety of disciplines usually in the social sciences, humanities and cultural studies. UPF course options available here.
A few notes about this option:
University Study and Study Center
This track will allow you to take study center courses, participate in an internship and take courses in the Barcelona Program For Interdisciplinary Studies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. At UPF you will choose from a variety of interdisciplinary classes in English with local and other international students. UPF course options available here.
A few notes about this option:
Located in the heart of the city, this program offers courses in a wide variety of topics, complemented by tours in and around the city. Further immerse yourself in Catalan and Spanish life through an internship. On-site staff provide housing, classrooms, study areas, an orientation, excursions, Metro de Barcelona passes, and social and cultural events.
Check the course list for more information and syllabi.
All students participating in an internship will enroll in the Global Internship Program course and work 20 hours per week. The 6-credit internship will require additional projects, assignments and activities that make up the additional contact and work hours spent on the course. Students participating in the 6-credit internship are eligible for a 12 credit reduced course-load due to the time commitment required for the internship. Students have the option of participating in a 3-credit internship, but the preference is for students to complete the 6-credit internship. Students participating in the 3-credit option are not eligible for the 12-credit reduced course load. If you anticipate taking 12 credits, rather than 13 or more, the Learning Abroad Center recommends that you submit a “13 Credit Exemption Request” to your college advising office. This form can be found on the One Stop Student Services website.
The reduced credit load approval does not alter standards of eligibility established for financial aid awards (loans, grants, scholarships), student-athletics, visa status, or any other agency requiring enrollment of 13 or more credits. It is your responsibility to consult with the appropriate office to ensure that a reduced credit load will not adversely affect your eligibility or student status. Your college will review your 13-credit exemption request and will ultimately determine if your request is approved.
Learn more about the internships on this program on the Internship tab. All internships are for resident credit and are unpaid.
University Study & Study Center:
This course provides an exploration of basic knowledge of global marketing, focusing on the impact of environment on the strategies used by firms, and the understanding of consumer behavior management as it relates to the development and implementation of global marketing strategies. Worldwide business represents real opportunities for a firm but also creates difficulties, challenges and new ways of implementing marketing. Global marketing is a specific kind of marketing applied to international firms in order to implement the same strategy within the entire market taking into account cultural, economic, social, political, etc., specifics for each area.
This course will provide the basic knowledge of global marketing focusing on the impact of environment on the firm strategy, the development and implementation of a global marketing strategy and the understanding of consumer behavior management in a global strategy. Case studies applied to worldwide business contexts as well as more specific European contexts will provide concrete illustrations for the students.
Approved for a MTKG elective & IB Foundations course
Equivalent to RM 4217 International Retail Markets
This course is designed to introduce students to concepts and fundamentals of international management. The course will consider aspects of management within an international and culturally complex environment, while considering the business influences within the global workplace. Students with or without prior international management knowledge will benefit from the course. Organizational effectiveness demands that personnel do the right things efficiently. Therefore, the role of management is to strive for and maintain the goals of the organization. Being an effective manager is not just telling others what to do. It is also about effective leadership, training, and communication. Having effective managers can be a cost saving tool for all organizations of all sizes. Corporation executives, supervisors, and managers are aware of the importance of and difficulty in finding and retaining highly skilled employees (a time-consuming role of management).
Today’s managers need a systems-view of the organization. This course will help you think of the organization as a system rather than as a work unit where tasks are performed. Most of you will, after graduating, become supervisors and managers and be required to provide training and leadership for your personnel. In just about any organization, you will be working with people who will have a different cultural background that your own, you may be working as an expatriate in a different country or you may experience any of a number of multicultural challenges. This course will help you prepare for these eventualities.
Approved for IB Foundations course
Satisifes the Retail major's required elective area
The International Finance module provides an understanding of finance in the international context. In a globally integrated world, it has become imperative to trade, invest, and conduct business operations internationally. This course exposes students to the opportunities and risks associated with international finance. As the world has become more integrated due to deregulation of financial markets, product innovation, and technology, capital markets have kept pace with this integration. Building upon the understanding of theoretical concepts of finance and their adaptation to the international context, the study of international finance has become essential. The course coverage includes historical perspectives and foundations of international finance, the foreign exchange markets and exchange rate determination, exposure management, and financial management of the multinational firm. The course also helps students examine the current economic landscape through discussions of current economic and political development and their impact on international finance.
With its global presence, CAPA offers students the opportunity to enrich their academic experience by exposing and exploring the localized context of the CAPA Barcelona Centre. Barcelona is a member of the Eurozone (countries using the Euro currency), and it has deep economic and financial links with other European countries.
Approved for FINA 4622, IB Foundations course, & Writing Intensive
Marketing channels are sets of interdependent organizations involved in the process of making a product or service available for use or consumption. Marketing and distribution channels management is an essential aspect of commercial activities. In today’s ever-more complex and challenging competitive scenario, it is necessary for organizations to know how to effectively select and manage marketing channels so that they can create partnerships that are capable of generating value and trust and avoiding conflicts.
As Peter Drucker has said, “The greatest change will be in distribution channels, not in new methods of production or consumption.” Choosing the right channels, convincing them to carry your merchandise, and getting them to work as partners is a major challenge. Too many companies see themselves as selling to distributors instead of selling through them.
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Approved for MKTG 4060
Satisfies the Retail major's Marketing course core requirement (MKTG 3001) or the course can count towards the Retail Merchandising major required elective area
In today’s global supply chains, manufactured products often travel across multiple countries and multiple states, using multiple modes of transportation, before reaching final customers. Along the way, these products are processed at a variety of inventory transfer points, and reconfigured and combined with other products with the goal of arriving intact at the right place and right time. Effectively managing these flows requires understanding the underlying economics of weight, volume, distance, and velocity. It requires taking an end-to-end view of the logistics and transportation network to understand how changes in one link impact others. It also requires openness to change, including adopting new network designs and other innovations that promise to improve processes in fundamental ways.
This course uses a combination of lectures, case discussions, interactive classroom activities, and guest speakers. Students are expected to have read any assigned readings and cases before the corresponding class session so they are prepared to actively take part in class discussion.
Approved for SCO 3048
Satisfies the Retail major's required elective area
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Approved for Historical Perspectives LE
This course will look at the history of architecture and urban design in Spain. Beginning with a brief introduction to the ancient styles (from the first civilization of the Iberian Peninsula), it will focus upon developments in architecture and urban planning in Spain from the 1st Century AD to the present. Special attention will be paid to the 19th and 20th Centuries in Barcelona, and several relevant field visits will be made.
Equivalent to a 3xxx level AHST course
Approved for Historical Perspectives LE
The course will provide a structured approach to address different media systems. It will explore the dynamics of news, politics, conflicts and freedom of the press. Focusing on ongoing, international crises of global importance, we will examine how various international media report on topics including armed conflicts, human rights abuses. study the dynamics governing news media environment and structures. We will try to understand why different audiences from different cultural spheres perceive the same news in sometimes a diametrically opposed way. We will examine the rich arsenal of repression tools used by authoritarian and even democratic regimes to suppress press freedom or spin news to their advantage. We will look at the ways and means by which courageous journalists try to circumvent these obstacles.
Equivalent to JOUR 4801
Approved for Social Sciences and Civic Life and Ethics LE
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Satisies the Retail major elective area
Approved for Civic Life and Ethics LE
This course will explore digital photography as a tool to view different aspect of Spanish society (and ourselves within that society) through various photographic exercises and assignments. At the end of the course the students will produce a portfolio of the work done. Lectures will cover the History of Photography, with a special attention to photo-reportage, Italian photographers, technical aspects related to photography production. The course introduces technical process of digital photography, from camera operation and the essential techniques of image capture with camera, image management with imaging related software. Classroom discussions and assigned readings will help student develop the critical skills used to understand how photographs function aesthetically and conceptually as how they are used in contemporary society and culture.
Approved for Arts and Humanities LE
The work of these three international artists with distinct cultural roots is explored on an individual basis within the wider framework of European art movements. In each case, we will study the acceptance and/or rejection of tradition, the interaction with French art and artists, and personal experience. We will also pay attention to the role of both outside stimuli (war, relationships) and inner forces (memory, imagination). The course will include course related excursions to the Picasso Museum, the MNAC (Catalan National Museum of Art) as well as a Friday trip to the Dalí Theatre Museum in Figueres.
Equivalent to a 3xxx level AHST course
Approved for Arts and Humanities LE
This course studies the relationship between states and nations in both a theoretical and comparative perspective with a particular focus on the Catalan, Basque and Spanish experiences. It analyzes state building processes and the development of nationalism, as well as the social, economic and technological conditions behind its emergence, transformation and contrasting discourse. The course aims at providing a solid theoretical background on the subject of nationalism as well as introducing the students into the social and political reality that permeates in Spain's daily life and shapes Spaniards' political mind-frames and identities.
Social Sciences, and Civic Life and Ethics LE
Equivalent to a 3xxx level topics course in POLS
This course will investigate the ways in which “Spanish” films participate in the creation of contemporary identities through cinematic form. So much film production in the 21st century is the result of inter and intra-national collaboration of funds, actors, talent. The course will address the following general questions: a) what it means to speak of a "national cinema;" b) how cinema constructs and/or contests of his or her-story; c) cinema's impact on shifting notions of what constitutes the human condition; d) how the formal qualities of cinematic narrative shape on-screen stories; f) where and how issues of gender, sexuality, class, and ethnicity surface in cinematic articulations of the relationship between national identity, global trends and personal history.
Approved for Arts and Humanities LE
The Global Internship Course (GIC) provides a unique and innovative opportunity for students to engage in an internship (and living abroad experience) while supported by academic in-class and online educational sessions to further develop their personal and professional skills while earing academic credit. GIC students also partake in out-of-class guided and self-guided activities and excursions that have been devised to enable them become more comfortable with, and knowledgeable of, their internship locations/neighbourhoods. Furthermore, a day-long field trip illustrates how socio-political and economic factors, such as effects of housing costs in global cities, necessitate commuting and changing work practices such as flexible working hours and working remotely that embody best practice in well-being.
The course explores the craft of creative writing in relation to the city and investigates the particular challenges of writing about place. Students will examine different aspects of the city in relation to Barcelona narratives, including the old city, travel, urban spaces, solitude, politics, ethnicity, particular boroughs, and characters (both fictional and real), as well as making use of practical exercises and fieldwork.
Equivalent to a 3xxx level topics course in Creative Writing Minor
Approved for LIterature, and Writing Intensive LE
This course is designed to provide students the vocabulary and grammar necessary for basic expression in Spanish using a communicative approach. In this course, students will learn to introduce themselves, talk about daily routine and plans, discuss past events, use vocabulary related to food, family, and everyday life and activities, negate, and use other expressions necessary for basic communication such as greetings, ordering at a restaurant, or asking for directions.
After completing this course, the student will understand phrases and expressions of frequent use related to areas of experience that are especially relevant to him (basic information about himself and his family, purchases, places of interest, occupations, etc.). Will be able to communicate when carrying out simple and daily tasks that do not require more than simple and direct exchanges of information on issues that are known or usual. Can describe in simple terms aspects of their past and their environment as well as issues related to their immediate needs.
This course is designed to improve a student’s ability to communicate in Spanish. Building on knowledge from previous courses, this course will introduce students to grammatical topics such as the subjunctive mood, the imperative mood, the pluperfect of the indicative, and expressions regarding the passage of time. This class is based on the communicative approach and stresses the use of these grammatical structures in real and relevant communication.
After completing this course, the student will understand extended speech and lectures (TV, movies, newspapers,...). Will be able to communicate with a degree of fluency that will let students interact with locals with spontaneity. The information presented will be precise when talking in a field of interest and quite clear when writing or speaking in other range of subjects.
This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.
Internship placements are available in almost any field and in three languages: English, Catalan, and Spanish. For internship applicants, second-semester sophomore, junior, or senior status with a minimum 2.8 GPA is required. You will earn 3 summer or 6 semester credits through the internship combined with the Learning through Internships course.
All students find out their internship placement about 2 weeks prior to departure. Students are required to submit additional application materials in order to apply for the internship. These material can be found under the Apply tab. Note that internships are not open to Freshmen.
All students participating in an internship will enroll in the Global Internship Program course and work 20 hours per week. The 6-credit internship will require additional projects, assignments and activities that make up the additional contact and work hours spent on the course. Students have the option of participating in a 3-credit internship, but the preference is for students to complete the 6-credit internship during the semester.
Within the CAPA application, students will indicate that they would like to participate in an internship. Students will provide CAPA with the required application materials and give them their top 3 areas of interests for potential placements. Students are encouraged to speak to CAPA directly or work with their academic advisers to determine their 3 choices. CAPA uses this information to find a placement. Students are informed of their placement 2 weeks prior to departure.
See sample internship placements and information about the internship process. Past internships have been in the fields listed below, but this is not a complete list. If you do not see the field you are interested in, inquire at the Learning Abroad Center about the possibility of doing an internship in that field.
Review the CAPA Internship Handbook for additional information about the internship process and expectations.
|Program Term||App Open Date||Deadline*|
|Spring 2021||May 1||Oct 15|
|Arrive in Barcelona||Jan 30|
|Departure from Barcelona||Apr 30|
|Summer 2021||Aug 1||Mar 1|
|Arrive in Barcelona||Jun 3|
|Depart from Barcelona||Jul 17|
|Fall 2021 (Study & Intern)||Dec 18||May 1|
|Arrive in Barcelona||Sep 5|
|Depart from Barcelona||Dec 18|
|Fall 2021 (UPF Direct Enroll)||Dec 18||May 1|
|Arrive in Barcelona||Sep 21|
|Depart from Barcelona||Dec 18|
|Fall 2021 (Study & Intern/UPF)||Dec 18||May 1|
|Arrive in Barcelona||Sep 5|
|Depart from Barcelona||Dec 18|
*Applications after this deadline may be considered. Contact Kate Johnson at email@example.com to inquire.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||See Dates page for term options|
|Program Name||Study & Intern in Barcelona|
Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.
All students, both UofM and Non-UofM should use this apply button if applying for a program Fall 2021 or beyond (academic year, winter break etc.). You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.
After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:
If you do not meet the GPA requirement for this program, submit two additional application items—the Low GPA Essay and Special Circumstances Recommendation. Both items will be added to your checklist after you start your application, and you will be notified once the items are added.
If you are interested in participating in an internship, contact Kate Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org before submitting your Low GPA materials.
Applicants participating in the Internship must also submit the following items through CAPA's online application:
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
After your application checklist is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application system and submit a Cancel Request.
You must obtain a passport to enter Spain. Your passport must be valid for at least seven months after your return to the US. US citizens spending fewer than 90 days in Europe will only need a passport. A Spanish tourist visa, which is valid for 90 days, is automatically issued to all US citizens who enter Spain. If you have not already obtained your passport, see Passports for more information.
US citizens participating on the Study & Intern in Barcelona program for a semester or year, or US citizens staying in Spain for more than 90 days, must obtain a student visa. US citizens participating in the Summer session do not need a visa. Non-US citizens should check with the Spanish embassy to determine any special regulations pertaining entry into Spain at any time.
Remember to read all information that you receive regarding student visas carefully. Requirements could change at any time and vary from consulate to consulate.
The Spanish consulate in Chicago has graciously granted the University of Minnesota the ability to both drop off Spanish student visa applications and pick up the completed student visas on behalf of students studying abroad in Barcelona who also live within the Consulate of Spain in Chicago jurisdiction: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
This is an optional service, and is only available to students on the Barcelona program. Each student MUST inform the Learning Abroad Center of their plans for obtaining the student visa whether they chose to use this service or not.
To date, the following items are required to apply for a student visa through the Chicago consulate. If you are applying through a different consulate, requirements may differ.
Academic Year students (students going for more than one semester) must also provide the following:
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toKate Johnson or call at 612.625.6076.