Academics

Language Tracks

All students must be enrolled in a minimum of 4 credits and a maximum of 6 credits for the students.  Students take a combination of Trinity-taught classes and classes offered at our partner university, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).

Academic Overview of the beginner track = 0-1 semester of college level Spanish
Intensive Spanish Language                                                                 Mandatory                                                                 2.0 credits
Trinity Core Class – BARC 300  Barcelona: In Search
of the Structure of Its Daily Life                                                          Mandatory                                                                 1.0 credit
Hesp elective, taught in English (UPF)                                          Mandatory                                                                 1.0 credit
Hesp elective, taught in English or Spanish                                Mandatory                                                                 1.0 credit
Visual Barcelona Class                                                                               Optional                                                                      1.0 credit
Total credits:         5.0 credits- 6.0 creditshe
 
Academic overview of the  intermediate track= 2-4 semester of college level Spanish
Intensive Spanish Language                                                                      Mandatory                                                              2.0 credits
Trinity Core Class – BARC 300  Barcelona: In Search
of the Structure of Its Daily Life                                                              Mandatory                                                              1.0 credit
Hesp elective, taught in Spanish                                                             Mandatory                                                              1.0 credit
Hesp elective, taught in Spanish or in English                              Mandatory                                                              1.0 credit
Visual Barcelona Class                                                                                   Optional                                                                   1.0 credit
Total credits:         5.0 credits- 6.0 credits
 
Academic overview for  the advanced track=5+ semesters of college level Spanish
Advanced Spanish Language                                                                         Mandatory                                                            1.0 credit
Trinity Core Class – BARC 300  Barcelona: In Search
of the Structure of Its Daily Life                                                                  Mandatory                                                            1.0 credit
Direct enrollement elective, taught in Spanish                                Mandatory                                                            1.0 credit
HESP or direct enrollement elective                                                        Mandatory                                                           1.0 credit
Visual Barcelona Class                                                                                      Optional                                                                  1.0 credit
Academic Internship with Research Paper                                        Optional                                                                  1.0 credit
Total credits:        4.0 credits –6.0 credits
 

Language classes

 All students take a Spanish language course for the entire semester.  Students in the beginner and intermediate tracks take this course at the UPF with other study abroad students.  Students in the advanced track take this course with a Trinity professor at the Trinity program space.
 

Trinity courses

All students must take the program core course, Barcelona: In Search of the Structure of Its Daily Life.  This is taught in English, to accomodate all language tracks, and students in the advanced track complete their written work in Spanish.  In addition, stduents can elect to take another elective through Trinity called "Visual Barcelona".
 
Students will automatically be enrolled in the Trinity courses and will receive in-house credit for both.  If students want major or minor credit for the Trinity courses, they must get approval from the respective department Chairs at Trinity. 
 

University courses

 
There are two types of  electives at UPF:  HESP (Hispanic and European Studies Program)  and direct enrollement
 
HESP courses are available to study abroad students from all over the world and are offered in English and Spanish .  These classes are geared towards non-native students in terms of content material and language level. 
Beginner and intermediate students take their elective class(s) through the HESP program at the UPF.  These classes are in English for the beginner track and in Spanish for the intermediate track and will be with other study abroad students from around the world.
Direct enrollment courses  consist largely of native Spanish students and are also offered in English and Spanish.  Advanced students must take at least one of their electves at UPF as a direct enrollment course with Spanish students but may opt to take their other university elective through the HESP program .

Students will enroll themselves in the university courses upon arrival in Spain.   These courses will be awarded as transfer credit but, because they are in conjunction with a Trinity program, they will calculate into the student GPA, as the Trinity courses will.
 
Please see  the left side bar for more information on the Trinity and UPF courses.

The University

 
a (UPF)

Founded in 1990, UPF is one of Spain's highest-ranked and most selective educational institutions.  UPF has an enrollment of 7,200 and is a modern, international university located in central Barcelona.  It offers courses in Hispanic Studies, the humanities, and the social sciences.

Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals

(IMBEI)

The IBEI is part of UPF and was created in 2004 to provide postgraduate training and research in politics and international relations. The IMBEI is highly recognized at a European and international level.  This option is limited to a small number of highly motivated, qualified students in International Relations or International Studies.