Academics

At-a-Glance

  • Trinity in Barcelona is a “hybrid” study abroad program, meaning that students enroll in a combination of Trinity-taught and local university courses. Depending on language level, participants will enroll in 1-3 classes at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). 
  • No previous language experience required. The program offers two different tracks, depending on previous language experience: beginning/intermediate and advanced. All students must enroll in a Spanish language course (at appropriate levels).
  • All students enroll in a program core course that whenever possible makes use Barcelona as a classroom allowing students to become immersed in their host city through site visits, walking tours and academic excursions.
  • Students are encouraged to consider enrolling in "Visual Barcelona (BARC 259)," a Trinity-taught photography elective that fulfills the Art distribution requirement.
  • Classmates are Trinity and international students, with the majority coming from North America.


Academic Overview: Language Tracks

Beginner/Intermediate Track (0-4 semesters of college-level Spanish):

Trinity Core Course: Barcelona: In Search of the Structure of its Daily Life (BARC 300)
(Taught in English; required for all students)............................................................................1.0 Trinity credit (3.5 credit hours)

Trinity Elective: Visual Barcelona (BARC 259)
(Taught in English; optional photography elective).................................................................1.0 Trinity credit (3.5 credit hours)
 
Intensive Spanish Language
(Required UPF-taught course).........................................................................................................2.0 Trinity credits (7 credit hours)

1-2 UPF Courses
(Required).......................................................................................................................................................................credit varies by course


 

Advanced Track (4-5+ semesters of college-level Spanish):

Trinity Core Course: The Modernization of Southern Europe: The Case of Catalonia within Contemporary Spain (BARC 330)
(Taught in Spanish; required for all students)............................................................................1.0 Trinity credit (3.5 credit hours)

Trinity language course: Spanish Writing and Speaking in Context (BARC 223)
(Required Trinity-taught course )..........................................................................................1.0 Trinity credits (3.5 credit hours)

Trinity Elective: Visual Barcelona (BARC 259)
(Taught in English; optional photography elective).................................................................1.0 Trinity credit (3.5 credit hours)

1-3 UPF Courses
(Required).......................................................................................................................................................................credit varies by course


Special Academic Options

Economics - Economics majors should consider enrolling in “International Economics,” a Universitat Pompeu Fabra course that has been pre-approved by the Trinity College Economics department as fulfilling the 200-level elective requirement.
 
Photography - Students are eligible to enroll in “Visual Barcelona,” a Trinity-taught elective that is unique academic feature of the Trinity in Barcelona program. Taught by New York Times contributing photojournalist Lourdes Segade, this course centers on the transmission of basic photographic concepts and genres intended to enhance students’ ability to analyze the city of Barcelona, its inhabitants and the nature of visual representation itself. In addition, independent studies in intermediate and advanced photography can also be arranged.