Study Abroad

Barcelona, Spain

Fall Quarter 2017
15 Green River credits

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 either 5 credits in Spanish Language and both of the English classes or 10 credits in Spanish Language and select one of the English classes for a total of 15 credits.  See detailed course descriptions below. Courses are scheduled Monday through Friday. The weekends are free.

Course Descriptions:

SPANISH LANGUAGE - All Green River levels (5 credits)

Two additional courses will be offered. Course descriptions to come



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 College (BIC).  BIC is located in the heart of the Eixample, a centrally-located residential neighborhood known for its 19th century Modernist design. 

Wi-fi is available throughout the school and students (and faculty) also have access to computers and a printer.  Photocopies can be made close to the school.  The building also has a sun-drenched terrace to study, eat, or just hand out.

Location is subject to change.


Students will live in homestays in double rooms.  A homestay can be one part of meaningful cultural integration and increased safety of the study abroad experience.  Homestays are designed to be a mutually valuable experience for both the hosts and the participant.  We work to find homestays that want to share their culture and language with the students and create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.  A homestay "family" does not always mean a husband and wife, two children and a cute dog.  In fact, what is more common is to live in the aprtment of an older, widowed woman who enjoys the company.  The thorough screening process, regular family check-ins and homestay reviews allow us to monitor safety and the quality of the homestays we place our students with.  Homestays include breakfast and dinner every day, laundry services once a week, a set of keys to the apartment to come and go as you please.


Included in the program students will have:

-3 day trips outside of Barcelona potentially including: Tarragona, Montserrat or Dali Museum
-Weekly cultural activities to get to know Barcelona and local life such as: guided tours, cooking class, and more
-Optional weekend excursions wiht other students for an extra cost
-Welcome and farewell meal
-Re-entry professional workshop: "how to use this experience to help you land your dream job"

Program Fees



-Homestays, 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 insurane 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 a 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.

Preliminary application for Green River College students

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