The Center of Your Study Abroad Experience

Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS) is Spanish institution with U.S accreditation through Jacksonville University in Florida. Jacksonville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. The courses offered at SIS encompass international and cross-cultural topics, focusing on the city by discussing local history, art, architecture, literature and geography. Our Spanish Language courses focus on spoken language skills and include useful tools for students to debrief their experiences both in and out of the classroom.

Experimental and individualized learning are at the heart of our mission because we are dedicated to providing each student with the most immersive cultural experience, a focus on Spanish language acquisition, and uncompromising quality academics, while gaining U.S. university credit.

Great Location

Right in the heart of Barcelona city center.

Technology Tools

Computers, printers, and free wifi available for student use

Room to Relax

Comfortable student lounges and café

On Your Schedule

Extended hours for late nights and weekends

Cool and Comfortable

Air-conditioned class rooms

Designed for Learning

Spacious fully-equipped classrooms

International House, Barcelona

Where We Are Located

We are located in the heart of Barcelona within International House, a stunning six floor art nouveau building, only a 5 minute walk from Plaça Catalunya. We provide students with ample classroom space, available late nights and Saturday mornings, as well as a modern student lounge, equipped with computers and printers.

Year-round Program Options to Fit with Your Academic Goals

Semester Abroad

A semester at Barcelona School for International Studies is filled with high quality academics including electives taught in English, and plenty of Spanish language classes for students at every level. At Barcelona SIS students also have the opportunity to participate in many cultural immersion activities, including guest speakers, local neighborhood tours, museum visits and a four day trip to Morocco! We strive for the highest quality of academics while still providing students with all the tools needed to explore and get to know the local culture.

Summer Abroad

Summer classes are offered in two sessions of four or eight weeks. Students take classes in English but with a Spanish twist, meaning lectures are the main focus, with some teamwork and many opportunities to take learning outside of the classrooms and into the streets of Barcelona. Summer classes are a great way to get university credit while exploring and enjoying the sunny Mediterranean city of Barcelona.

January Abroad

This short term, three week program is perfect for those who can not be away from their home university campus for an extended period of time. Enjoy all that this vibrant city has to offer while still earning 3 credits in just 3 weeks! Make the most of your winter break!

Spanish Courses

A1 Elementary Spanish Language and Culture

Among the many objectives, after completion of this course, the student will able to:

  • Produce simple sentences
  • Ask and answer questions about him/herself and others, and about things/he has or needs
  • Produce simple statements concerning his/her needs or usual subjects
  • Answer questions of this type when they are directed to him/her
  • Use culturally appropriate non-verbal communication

(3 credits)

A2 Upper Elementary Spanish Language and Culture

Among the many objectives, after completion of this course, the student will able to:

  • Use frequent polite structures and speak in short social exchanges
  • Describe what s/he does at work or in his/her leisure time, arrange an appointment
  • Ask for information in different situations (in shops, banks, travel agencies…)
  • Describe personal experiences in the past
  • Describe objects and places
  • Explain what s/he likes or prefers

(3 credits)

A1-A2 Intensive Elementary Spanish Language and Culture

Among the many objectives, after completion of this course, the student will able to:

  • Produce simple sentences
  • Ask and answer questions about him/herself and others, and about things/he has or needs
  • Produce simple statements concerning his/her needs or usual subjects
  • Answer questions of this type when they are directed to him/her
  • Use culturally appropriate non-verbal communication
  • Use frequent polite structures and speak in short social exchanges
  • Describe what s/he does at work or in his/her leisure time, arrange an appointment
  • Ask for information in different situations (in shops, banks, travel agencies…)
  • Describe personal experiences in the past
  • Describe objects and places
  • Explain what s/he likes or prefers

(6 credits)

B1 Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture

Among the many objectives, after completion of this course, the student will able to:

  • Tell detailed accounts that occurred in the past
  • Understand the main ideas in semi-complex Spanish debates
  • Justify an opinion in informal debates
  • Ask for specific information, complain, ask for an explanation
  • Give detailed instructions about how to do something

(3 credits)

B2 Upper Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture

Among the many objectives, after completion of this course, the student will able to:

  • Tell detailed accounts of events that occurred in the past
  • Speak in detail about future and possible future events
  • Argue and communicate effectively in a speech,
  • Explain his/her point of view about current issues arguing all of the points and counter-points

(3 credits)

B1-B2 Intensive Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture

Among the many objectives, after completion of this course, the student will able to:

  • Tell detailed accounts that occurred in the past
  • Understand the main ideas in semi-complex Spanish debates
  • Justify an opinion in informal debates
  • Ask for specific information, complain, ask for an explanation
  • Give detailed instructions about how to do something
  • Tell detailed accounts of events that occurred in the past
  • Speak in detail about future and possible future events
  • Argue and communicate effectively in a speech,
  • Explain his/her point of view about current issues arguing all of the points and counter-points

(6 credits)

B2-C1 Intensive Intermediate/Advanced Spanish Language and Culture

Among the many objectives, after completion of this course, the student will able to:

  • Tell detailed accounts of events that occurred in the past
  • Speak and write about personal judgements and values
  • Speak in detail about hypothetical events in the past or the future
  • Debate effectively with a native speaker arguing all sides of an argument
  • Explain his/her point of view about current issues arguing all of the points and counter-points in a logical sequence both orally and written

(6 credits)

C1 Advanced Spanish Language and Culture

Among the many objectives, after completion of this course, the student will able to:

  • Speak and write about personal judgements and values
  • Speak in detail about hypothetical events in the past or the future
  • Debate effectively with a native speaker arguing all sides of an argument
  • Explain his/her point of view about current issues arguing all of the points and counter-points in a logical sequence both orally and written

(3 credits)

Elective Courses

Architecture and Urban Design: The Barcelona Experience

This course takes an analytical look at the present-day cosmopolitan city of Barcelona politically, economically and socially and looks back through over 2000 years of history to see how it has taken shape. This course will reflect on the definitive events in the history of Barcelona and how they have shaped today’s society. Special attention will be focused on its urban development and its reflection in how we interact with the city today. We will determine which historical events most impacted the transformation of this Catalan capital city’s physical, architectural and cultural heritage, and discuss the importance of its location in the Mediterranean.

(3 credits)

Contemporary Spanish Society

Why are Spaniards currently exhuming mass graves of the Civil War? How can the country tolerate an unemployment rate of 20 percent? Why has Catalan and Basque nationalism dominated politics for decades? Why does a country with a historic reputation for machismo boast such progressive laws on gender and gay marriages? How come political corruption remains so prevalent?

This course examines political and social issues relevant to Spaniards today. It begins by discussing recent history in order to contextualize the major themes of the past few decades. It then moves to those subjects that emerged out of the transition to democracy – regionalism, terrorism, and linguistic pluralism – and still account for many of the peculiarities of Spanish politics. The second half of the course analyzes “Spain’s Second Transition” under José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero by focusing on immigration, Islamic fundamentalism, foreign policy, gender and family relations, historical memory, political corruption, and the economic crisis.

The course is multi-disciplinary, consisting of a mixture of readings from political science, history, and cultural studies. Each session will consist of a lecture and a class discussion.

(3 credits)

Cross-Cultural Psychology and Early Childhood Education

Psychology has conventionally situated itself as universally applicable science, however, it can be described as a “modernist” and European-American phenomenon. This course explores the cultural aspects of psychology, examining how biology, psychology, and culture interact in the context of contemporary Spanish and North American societies.

One of the key contributions of cultural psychology is thematizing the different filters that moderate how psychological phenomena are understood. These filters, which operate at both conceptual and epistemological levels in large part circumscribe how psychology is studied and applied. This course will provide a conceptual foundation for the understanding of psychology and culture, with a focus on human development, the self, intergroup relations, and cross-cultural communication.

The study abroad experience will be used to experientially examine and apply the material covered in class. Finally, wider application of the material in the context of mental health and its care will be explored.

(3 credits)

Great 20th Century Artists: Picasso, Dalí & Miró

The course is centered on surrealist theory and how these theories were manifested in artistic works. The theories and poetry of Andre Breton and Sigmund Freud form the basis for the analysis of visual works by a selection of painters and sculptors but focusing on the works of Miró, Dalí and Picasso primarily, and how Catalonia influenced their works. Students will study both Breton’s Manifesto of Surrealism and Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams Dreams and how the artists conformed to or rejected, the artistic tradition where their background comes from. Other questions to be explored are:

  • What level of interaction existed with international artists?
  • What elements of their personal lives were portrayed in their works?
  • What stories of Spanish and Catalan history are told through their art?
  • What elements could we find in nowadays art?

The course will take advantage of the museums of Barcelona to use the city as a classroom by including some guided tours throughout the term.

(3 credits)

International Business

In today’s world, all business is international business. Whether you are buying a book, a phone or a new car, the chances are that at some point in the life of that product, several countries or cultures, were involved.

The questions that we look to explore and answer throughout this course are:

  • What factors make studying International Business unique to studying “regular” Business?
  • Why does understanding international business mean so much more than just speaking another language?
  • How are Marketing and Management affected when we talk about international business?
  • What developments of the last few decades have propelled business to become international?

This course is meant to be an overview of the tests that businesses face as globalization becomes even more entrenched in everyday life. The primary focus throughout the course is on the economic, political, cultural and legal forces that challenge businesses.

(3 credits)

International Marketing

International marketing is more than a simple application of marketing principles to more than one country. In a world that becomes increasingly globalized, marketing strategies become absolutely essential.

Both global and international marketing are attached to each other. In one hand, international marketing involves the firm in making one or more marketing mix decisions across national boundaries. In the other hand, global marketing involves the firm in establishing manufacturing facilities overseas and coordinating marketing strategies across the globe. Cross cultural differences have an important role in both internal and external ways.

This course provides the knowledge of the fundamental concepts of international marketing from a European perspective. It is organized so that each class is either a lecture or a case discussion. In this course you will learn to look at international marketing problems through the lens of an analytical framework that will help you better understand:

  • How to anticipate and take advantage of surprising inconsistencies in the customer decision process.
  • How to evaluate the attractiveness of different markets.
  • How to manage the tradeoff between risk and information in the product development process.
  • A structure for thinking about the design and management of distribution channels.
  • Why pricing decisions are complex and how they get made.
  • How to manage an advertising campaign.

(3 credits)

Management Across Borders

The focus of the present syllabus is the analysis of how a business must adapt to different cultural contexts. For this purpose, we study the interaction between the culture and the company’s structure, processes and human resources. In this way, the student will be able to understand strategies used to optimize such interaction.

The general objective of the course is to learn the main business practices in different cultures, through the analysis of the differences in various countries. This will provide the background to understand and identify threats and opportunities to do business in a global context.

Based on the definition of culture, this course provides students a broad understanding how to deal with international cultural issues. The course focuses on the main approaches in intercultural management and cross-cultural management research. (Theories of Geert Hofstede, Fons Trompenaars and Edward T. Hall)

(3 credits)

Management and Ethics

This course is designed to develop the student’s capacity to recognize and reason about ethical issues connected with international business management. Specifically, students will be able to 1) recognize potential ethical dilemmas arising from a cross-cultural context, 2) understand the factors in a cross-cultural context that inform a manager’s choice of action, and 3) apply knowledge of the cross-cultural context to come to a solution of the ethical dilemma. Students are expected to prepare for each lecture/ discussion session by mastering the assigned reading and/or case material. Those enrolling are expected to participate actively in class analysis and discussion. The various pedagogical venues will include guest speakers, American and Spanish literature/film, and cases.

(3 credits)

Spanish Civilization and Culture

The objective of this course is to acquire general knowledge of the main events of the history of Spain and their influence upon contemporary Spanish life and culture. Additionally, we will discuss the major areas of Spanish life and how they have changed in the last century so as to better understand principal current ideological, political and cultural tendencies. Finally, by comparing U.S. and Spanish cultural trends, students should gain a new understanding of their own culture and cultural adaptation. We will look at far-reaching social issues such as politics, gender, class and religion, as well as issues facing Spain today such as the economic crisis, the role of the European union, the new social movements, regionalism, etc.
(3 credits)

Sports & Society in Catalonia

This course will examine various aspects of the relationship between sport and society in Spain, with a particular emphasis on sports with a long tradition in Catalonia. We will examine both the impact of sport on Spanish society and the influence of society on the practice of sport in Spain. The course begins with a consideration of general theoretical questions in the study of sport before moving on to an account of the historical development of sports in Spain in general and in Catalonia in particular. We also examine the reciprocal influences of sport violence, gender, race and ethnic and national identities in Spain.

(3 credits)

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