Academics

The Trinity in Barcelona programs has three language tracks to accomodate students of all language levels.  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).

Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 4 credits and a maximum of 6.  Two courses are mandatory for all students and the remaiming courses are electives. 

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.

In addition, all students must take the program core course,
Barcelona: In Search of the Structure of Its Daily Life. 

Students can choose from a variety of electives through Trinity and UPF for their remaining courses. 
Trinity offers a photography elective called "Visual Barcelona". 

There are two types of  electives at UPF:  HESP
(Hispanic and European Studies Program)  and direct enrollementHESP 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.
Direct enrollment courses consist largely of native Spanish students and are also offered in English and Spanish. 

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.

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

Please see  the left side bar for more information on the Trinity and UPF courses.

Academic overview for  the beginner track
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 class, taught in English (UPF)                                                 Mandatory                                                                 1.0 credit
Hesp class, taught in English or Spanish                                       Optional                                                                      1.0 credit
Visual Barcelona Class                                                                               Optional                                                                      1.0 credit
Total credits:         4.0 credits- 6.0 credits
 
Academic overview for the  intermediate track
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 class, taught in Spanish                                                                    Mandatory                                                              1.0 credit
Hesp class, taught in Spanish or in English                                     Optional                                                                    1.0 credit
Visual Barcelona Class                                                                                   Optional                                                                   1.0 credit
Total credits:         4.0 credits- 6.0 credits
Academic overview for  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                                                                  Mandatory                                                            1.0 credit
Direct enrollement class, taught in Spanish                                       Mandatory                                                            1.0 credit
Hesp or direct enrollement class                                                               Optional                                                                  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
 *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 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.