Study Abroad

Barcelona, Spain

Fall Quarter 2017
15 Green River credits
September 26 - December 2, 2017

Contact: Cindy Card, (253) 833-9111 ext. 2160

Barcelona, Spain 2017 brochure

Barcelona is simply a spectacular city in which to study and live. It is one of the most cosmolpolitan cities in Europe and by far the most modern city in Spain.  Situated on the Mediterranean, it is a city of contrasts; mixing the best of old and new, traditional and trendy, religious and secular, conservative and progressive.  As such, this vibrant city offers students the unique opportunity to both surround themselves with Spanish language and tradition while at the same time taking advantage of its mixture of Spanish and Catalan cultures.



Academic Program:

This is a study program. Students must carry a 15-credit load and are expected to fully participate in all class activities. Students will take Spanish Language, Literature and English Composition for a total of 15 credits. With enrollment of 25 students or more, Intro to Comparative Politics and Intro to Gender Studies will also be available to choose from. See detailed descriptions below.

Course Descriptions:

SPANISH LANGUAGE - All Green River levels (5 credits)

The language professors at the Barelona School for International Studies (SIS) are specialized in teaching Spanish as a foreign language, accredited through Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. SIS is located inside of a prestigious language school called International House (IH). IH is a top leader in Spanish language acquisition, not only in Barcelona but internationally.

SIS combines different methods of communicative language teaching to reach every type of student. The main aim is to teach the students all the skills and concepts needed to feel comfortable in a Spanish-speaking atmosphere where different cultures of both sides of the Atlantic come together.

SIS gears its Spanish Language and Culture classes towards developing the linguistic skills but also attitudes, knowledge, and awareness needed to:

  1. Communicate in an intercultural context
  2. Interact with other people in any situation
  3. Increase confidence in order to encourage more direct contact with native speakers, leading to a better understanding of the culture

Introduction to Literature: Barcelona in Literature (5 credits)

Students will explore a selection of poetry, short fiction, novels and drama that represent Barcelona in its pages. We will read both Catalan literature and works by Spanish and international writers set in Barcelona from the 17th century to the present day while learning about literary genre. Studying the literature of Barcelona in its setting will deeply enrich students' understanding that the Barcelona of literature is an imagined one, allowing them to explore how literature transforms the city into art. The class will also grapple with a question raised in much of the literature about Barcelona: What darkness lurks beneath the image of Barcelona as a romantic, artistic and cosmopolitan city?

English Composition: The Self in Barcelona (5 credits)

Personal narrative is a powerful tool for inquiry, understanding, and communication. This way of thinking and writing guides students to delve into their inner lives and their own stories in order to discover the meaning of their own experience; question their own ideas and beliefs as well as those of society; and connect personal experience and insight to the wider world. To this end, students will write stories about their Barcelona experiences and use them as a jumping off point for analysis, reflection, and research, which may lead them to new perspectives on the essential questions, "Who am I?" "Where am I going?" and "Why does it matter?"

Emphasis on specific writing and analytical techniques, assignments, some readings, and research requirements would differ from course to course. English 101 and 102 fulfill the general education core Communication requirement for the AA and AS degree; English 276 satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement for the AA and AS degree.

Additional courses offered with 25+ students enrolled:

Introduction to Comparative Politics (5 credits)

All European states, including Spain, and most states (countries) in the world are governed by parliaments and prime ministers. Spain is also a constitutional monarchy.  How do these systems compare with the presidential systems of the United States, Latin America, and elsewhere? We will undertake these and many other questions as we compare and analyze the politics and workings of political systems around the world.  We will place a special emphasis on Spain and the European Union. Social services aremuch more extensive in Europe (e.g., free or cheap health care) and college costs a lot less. Spain, however, is one of the states hit hardest by the 2008 Recession and austerity measures have made for some hard adjustments. Let's learn about this!  Additionally, we will focus on human rights issues in Europe and elsewhere. Lastly, students will also learn the basic methodologies for carrying out comparative politics research.

Introduction to Gender Studies (5 credits)

This class provides an introduction to the historical constructions - socially, politically, culturally, biologically, and legally - of gender (masculinity and femininity), sexuality and the body, and relations between the sexes. It also examines gender as informed by race, class, ethnicity, culture, religion, age, and nationality. Students will compare and contrast Spanish and European policies (i.e., same-sex marriage, paid child care), culture, and attitudes about sex and gender with those found in the United States, Latin America and the Philippines (former Spanish colonies), and elsewhere. We will draw on a wide variety of fields including political science, sociology, psychology, biology, medicine, history, anthropology, criminal justice, economics, and others. We will watch and analyze movies on a near weekly basis, including one or more by the Spanish director, Pedro Almodóvar. There is no essay in this class, but students will write analyses of assigned readings which will inform class discussions.





Barcelona is the capital and most populous city of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain. Barcelona is an important cultural center and a major tourist destination and has a rich culture.

Classes will be held at the facilities of Barcelona International House and the Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS). The school is located in the city center, just steps from Placa Urquinaona, 5 minutes from Placa Catalunya, and 5 minutes from the Arc de Triomf.


Students will live with homestay families, with breakfast and dinner included. 


Included in the program students will have:

-A thorough on-site cross-cultural and health and safety orientation will be provided upon arrival.
-Full comprehensive medical and accident insurance included.
-Weekly cultural activities to get to know Barcelona and local life such as: local food and market tours, salsa classes, Spanish and Catalan cooking classes, language exchange with local students and more.

Program Fees

PROGRAM FEE:  $6,575
Early Bird Deadline - March 31, 2017 (save $100)
Deadline - June 16, 2017


-Homestay, with breakfast and dinner every day, and laundry services once a week
-Airport Pick-up included for those who arrive on the assigned day and time
-Welcome and farewell lunches
-A thorough cross-cultural and health and safety orientation
-Full, comprehensive medical and accident insurance through SIS
-24-hour emergency cell phone on-site with Barcelona SAE staff
-Experiential education, ICC, and language acquistion built-in to all activities
-Professional workshop: "How to use this Study Abroad Experience on Your Resume to Land Your Dream Job"
-Weekly cultural activies
-3 day trips outside Barcelona
-Unlimited 3-month public transportation for zone 1 in Barcelona


-Green River College tuition
-Passport and visa fees
-Anything not specified as included in the program


Application Process

Application Requirements:

Students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher are eligible to apply. Transcripts are required. Minimum age is 18 (17 with parental permission).

You do not need to be a current Green River College student to participate in this program.

Students registering through Green River College should fill out the preliminary application and return it with the supporting documents to Cindy Card in the Study Abroad office (address below).  Upon acceptance into the program, students will receive further application instructions.  Please email to request a preliminary application.

Cindy Card
Study Abroad Coordinator
Green River College
12401 SE 320th Street
Auburn, WA  98092-3622

Phone: (253) 833-9111, ext. 2160
Fax: (253) 288-3419