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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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About the Location

Spain is located in Southern Europe and shares land borders with Portugal, France, Andorra, and Gibraltar.  Spain is also a short ferry ride from Morocco.  Barcelona is the second-largest city in Spain and the capital of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia.  In addition to being an important business center, Barcelona is one of the most popular cities in Europe for tourists because of its beautiful art and architecture and colorful residents. 


Academics

Please note: The Barcelona program is not suitable for Spanish majors.

Who is this program right for?

Students majoring in economics, finance, and some management specializations who have completed the 300-level economics requirement within the major should also consider the Economics & Culture program as it offers a more diverse selection of electives within those majors.  The E&C program may also be a good choice for students minoring in supply chain management.

The Business & Culture program is right for students in some Love School of Business majors who have completed the foundation courses in their business majors and who also need to fulfill some Elon Core Curriculum requirements.  This program offers upper-level electives in international business, marketing, finance, and economics.  Courses may be available in entrepreneurship and management conditional to departmental approval.  Though similar to the Economics & Culture program, this program is distinct because of its focus on international business and related disciplines as opposed to some of the more quantitative disciplines.  Students considering this program should be comfortable in, or willing to become comfortable in, a very large city.  This program is open to students at any level of Spanish.

What is this program like?

The CIEE Business & Culture program in Barcelona is an island-style program, which means that CIEE owns space and hires instructors to teach primarily an audience of U.S. study abroad students.  However there are immersion opportunities available to students including homestays, courses at local institutions, and internships.  The more opportunities a student takes advantage of, the more immersive the experience will be.

This program requires students to take five courses for a total of 20 Elon credit hours.  One key feature of the program is that it is designed to push students to improve their language skills, therefore students with prior Spanish study may be required to take some or all of their courses in Spanish.  The required intensive Spanish course is mostly completed after the first two weeks of the semester, but does meet occasionally after the first two weeks.

After the first two weeks of the semester students take four additional courses, at least two of which must be business courses and at least one of which must be a culture course.  The fourth course can be either business or culture.  An internship (no language experience required) may substitute for one business course.  Students on this program will likely take most of their courses at the CIEE study center in central Barcelona.  Students are also required to take at least one course from a local host university.  Students can choose from courses at either the Escola Superior de Comerç Internacional (ESCI, a branch of Universitat Pompeu Fabra) or Universitat de Vic (UVic).  Course information can be found at the links below.  CIEE courses will be exclusively with students from U.S. universities, while ESCI or UVic courses will be with a mix of U.S., international, and Spanish students.

Students may choose from a variety of housing options, including single or shared homestay, residence hall (single room only), or shared apartment.  Homestay housing includes two meals per day and laundry service; residence halls and apartments include neither.  According to CIEE, all housing is within 30 minutes by public transportation to the CIEE study center.  Students should expect to commute either on foot or by public transportation each day.

Academic Notes

  • Students intending to take upper-level economics courses while on this program should have a solid foundation in economics.  In addition to ECO 111: Principles of Economics and ECO 203: Statistics for Decision-Making, students are recommended to have completed ECO 301: Business Economics and also have a solid foundation in calculus in order to be successful in 300-level economics courses on this program.
  • Students with beginner- to intermediate-level Spanish (up to three semesters) take classes in English. Students with intermediate to advanced Spanish (four and five semesters) take a combination of classes in English and Spanish. Advanced students (those with six or more semesters of Spanish) take all of their coursework in Spanish.
  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
  • View the course listings for the Business and Culture program.
  • Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available on the Course Planning Registration for Study Abroad and Study USA page.

General Program Dates

Fall semester – September to mid-December
Spring semester – early January to late April


Cost

Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:


Scholarships/Travel Grants

Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC.  For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program.  Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.

CIEE offers scholarships to students studying abroad on CIEE programs. Information is available on the CIEE website.


Housing

The recommended housing option for the Barcelona program is with Spanish-speaking host families.  Students may choose to be the only student in a host family, or to be paired with another student.  Homestay housing includes breakfast and dinner daily as well as laundry service.  All host families are carefully screened by CIEE. Alternative housing options are international residence halls or shared apartments, but space is limited.  All housing options are centrally located in Barcelona, and students will be expected to use public transportation to get to and from class.  Meals and laundry service are not included in the residence hall or apartment options, but students will have access to a kitchen where they can prepare their own meals.

Additional Eligibility Notes

No previous Spanish is required, but students are required to have three semesters of college-level economics, accounting, finance, management, marketing, or statistics.


Applications

Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline.  See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.  Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.

Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by CIEE.


Visa

A visa is a special page inserted into a passport to show that the holder has received permission from the government to remain in the country for an extended period of time. CIEE is an incredibly helpful ally in the application process for student visas, and provides extensive guidance and support. However, it is the student's responsibility to make sure that they apply for their visa in a timely manner. 

Depending on consulate jurisdiction, students may be required to appear in person at the Spanish embassy with jurisdiction over their home state  or school. In many cases this will require transportation to and a hotel stay in the appropriate city.  Students should take these expenses and time commitments into account when applying for this program.  Students should also be aware that the visa process will require surrendering their passports for a period of up to eight weeks, during which time students will not be able to travel outside of the United States.  There is also a fee associated with applying for the visa.
 
To find the consulate with jurisdiction over your home state, please click here.

Students whose consulate of jurisdiction is the Miami, New York, Chicago consulate or the D.C. Embassy will need to plan to apply in person at the Embassy in D.C.

Orientations

A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.  Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad.  These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety.  Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program.  Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.

Click here for the semester programs pre-departure orientation schedule.


Additional Information and Links

Want to know more?  Like the Global Education Center on Facebook to chat with alumni and prospective students and receive study abroad updates.

Study Abroad Student Ambassadors (SASAs) are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current SASAs via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources

Spanish Embassy in D.C.

U.S. Embassy in Madrid

U.S. Consulate in Barcelona



Testimonial:
Testimonial:
Elon students should study abroad because it opens up your awareness about things that you cannot experience in the United States. You learn about the perspectives, the beliefs, the culture of other people; from that, you even have to challenge your own beliefs. Ultimately, you become a changed person from this experience.
     — Avery Bebout, Spring 2012
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/18/2018
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Rolling Admission 01/03/2019 04/14/2019
Fall 2019 02/14/2019
**
Rolling Admission 09/04/2019 12/21/2019
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: October 9 to 11:59 p.m., November 15. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by December 4 and GEC Access Scholarship support by January.

Rolling Period: December 4 to 11:59 p.m., February 14. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by February 14 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by April.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, April 9. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

Academic Year 2019-2020 02/14/2019
**
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: October 9 to 11:59 p.m., November 15. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by December 4 and GEC Access Scholarship support by January.

Rolling Period: December 4 to 11:59 p.m., February 14. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by February 14 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by April.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, April 9. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

Spring 2020 09/12/2019
**
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: April 2 to 11:59 p.m., May 2. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by May 21 and GEC Access Scholarship support by early summer.

Rolling Period: May 21 to 11:59 p.m., September 12. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by September 12 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by October.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, November 7. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.


** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.