Academics

​The Program


All courses are taught in Spanish and the Trinity in Barcelona program is a language and culture immersion program.

The Trinity in Barcelona programs has two language tracks and all students take a combination of courses taught by Trinity-appointed faculty at the Trinity Program site and university classes taught at Trinity's host institution, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).  All classes, both taught by Trinity and at the UPF, are in Spanish for both language tracks.

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

In addition, all students must take the program core course,
Barcelona: In Search of the Structure of Its Daily Life.  There is another Trinity elective called Visual Barcelona which students may elect to take.  Both of these courses are taught at the Trinity space and are for students on the Trinity program only.

To complete their academic schedule, all students take 1-2 classes at the UPF.  There are two different types of classes at UPF depending on the language track.

Intermediate students take their class(s) through the HESP (Hispanic and European Studies Program) program at the UPF.  These classes are in Spanish but with other study abroad students.

Advanced students take at least of their UPF classes with Spanish students and may opt to take their other university class through the HESP program.

Please see "Courses by Semester" in the left side bar for Trinity course descriptions.

Academic options for students on the intermediate track
Intensive Spanish Language (UPF)                                                                                                                                Mandatory    2.0 credits
Trinity Core Class – BARC 300  Barcelona: In Search of the Structure of Its Daily Life  (Trinity)                  Mandatory    1.0 credit
Hesp class, taught in Spanish (UPF)                                                                                                                              Mandatory    1.0 credit
Hesp class, taught in Spanish or in English (UPF)                                                                                                     Optional    1.0 credit
Visual Barcelona Class (Trinity)                                                                                                                                      Optional    1.0 credit
Total credits:         4.0 credits- 6.0 credits
 
Academic options for students on the advanced track
Advanced Spanish Language                                                                                                                                           Mandatory    1.0 credit
Trinity Core Class – BARC 300  Barcelona: In Search of the Structure of Its Daily Life (Trinity)                   Mandatory    1.0 credit
Hesp class, taught in Spanish (UPF)                                                                                                                              Mandatory    1.0 credit
Direct enrollement class, taught in Spanish (UPF)                                                                                                     Mandatory    1.0 credit
Hesp or direct enrollement class, taught in Spanish or in English (UPF)                                                              Optional    1.0 credit
Visual Barcelona Class (Trinity)                                                                                                                                      Optional    1.0 credit
Academic Internship with Research Paper                                                                                                                    Optional    1.0 credit
Total credits:        4.0 credits –6.0 credits
 *Note that at least 4.0 credits must be taken in Spanish – students who take beyond 4.0 credits may take their additional course(s) in English.

The Universities

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 an inter-university institute 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 and is available through the UPF.