Study Abroad

Barcelona, Spain

Valencia, Spain

Fall Quarter
15 Green River credits
September 28, 2015 - December 5, 2015

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)

Modern Latin American History (5 credits)
This course surveys the Spanish colonial presence in Latin America from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century and the modern history of Latin America from the period of independence, to the present by foucing on the inter-related phenomena such as the influence of Spain during the conquest colonization and the development of democracy in most nations to American economic influence in the region.  Some of the topics that will be discussed include the formation of Latin American countries, the formation of class and race during Spanish presence, Spanish religious and cultural influence in Latin America, the dictatorships, military in politics, labor movements, immigration, liberation theology, wars in Central America, human rights, environmental consciousness, the current debt crisis, and current Spanish Latin American relations. 

Multicultural Societies (5 credits)
This course examines the multicultural history of the United States from pre-European contact with North America to the present alongside the much older multicultural experience of Spain.  It focuses on the contributions and experiences of various peoples, as they interact with the historical manifestations of power and privilege.  Students will develop historical thinking skills and draw conclusions from contradictory primary sources and historical interpretations as they examine the history of American diversity and the creation of a pluralistic society.  This class looks at the complex histories that are left out of offical or traditional American history.  It focuses on recontructing history from diverse perspectives and understanding the complexities that make history so much richer and more complete.  While focusing on the history of American multiculturalism, we will simultaneously sutdy the diversity and complexity that we encounter in Spain.

Dr. Jesus Perez received his BA in interdisciplinary studies-a hybrid of Mexican, Latino, and Chicano history, art and culture--from California State University, Fresno, and the Universidad Compluntense de Madrid.  HNe holds an MA in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University and a Ph.D in Mexican History from the University of California, San Diego.  He has taught at the University of California, San Diego, San Diego State University, and San Diego City College.  Jesus is currently a full-time faculty member at Cascadia Community College, has served as chair of the Global Education Committee for two years, and is an avid advocate of student experiences abroad.  He is currently developing a program to Oaxaca, Mexico, for the summer of 2015.


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

-PROGRAM FEE:  $6,425


-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 a3-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