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 three different tracks, depending on previous language experience: beginning, intermediate and advanced. All students must enroll in Spanish language at appropriate levels.
  • All students enroll in the program core course, “Barcelona: In Search of the Structure of its Daily Life (BARC 300,” 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.
  • Classmates are Trinity and international students, with the majority coming from North America.


Academic Overview: Language Tracks


Beginner Track (0-1 semesters of college-level Spanish):

Trinity Core Course: Barcelona: In Search of the Structure of its Daily Life (BARC 300)
(Required for all students).............................................................................................................1.0 Trinity credit (4 semester hours)

Intensive Spanish Language
(Required UPF-taught course )..................................................................................................2.0 Trinity credits (8 semester hours)

Trinity Elective: Visual Barcelona
(Optional photography elective)..................................................................................................1.0 Trinity credit (4 semester hours)
 
1-2 UPF Courses
(Required; courses may be taught in Spanish or English).......................................1.0-2.0 Trinity credit (4-8 semester hours)
 

 

Intermediate Track (2-4 semesters of college-level Spanish):

Trinity Core Course: Barcelona: In Search of the Structure of its Daily Life (BARC 300)
(Required for all students).............................................................................................................1.0 Trinity credit (4 semester hours)

Intensive Spanish Language
(Required UPF-taught course )..................................................................................................2.0 Trinity credits (8 semester hours)

Trinity Elective: Visual Barcelona
(Optional photography elective)..................................................................................................1.0 Trinity credit (4 semester hours)
 
1-2 UPF Courses
(Required; courses may be taught in Spanish or English).......................................1.0-2.0 Trinity credit (4-8 semester hours)


 

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

Trinity Core Course: Barcelona: In Search of the Structure of its Daily Life (BARC 300)
(Required for all students).............................................................................................................1.0 Trinity credit (4 semester hours)

Spanish Writing and Speaking in Context 
(Required Trinity-taught course ).............................................................................................1.0 Trinity credits (4 semester hours)

Trinity Elective: Visual Barcelona
(Optional photography elective)..................................................................................................1.0 Trinity credit (4 semester hours)
 
2-3 UPF Courses
(Required; courses should be taught in Spanish)...................................................2.0-3.0 Trinity credits (8-12 semester hours)


Special Academic Options

Economics - Economics students are highly encouraged to enroll 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.


 

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

In addition, all students will enroll in 1-3 courses at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), located a few minutes away from the Trinity in Barcelona Space.
 

About the University

The Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) was founded in 1990 and has already has risen to one of the elite universities in the world. The New York Times ranked it 13th among the top 100 universities under 50 years old, and Trinity in Barcelona students will be in the company of the 600 international exchange students a year that decide to study at this modern and elite university. Located in the urban center of Barcelona and steps away from the sea, the UPF offers students an unrivaled education in a variety of disciplines in a truly global environment. From volunteering to meeting with an advisor in your field of study, the UPF makes it easy for Trinity in Barcelona students to get the most out of their time abroad.
 

Sample Courses

Please see the tab on the upper right to access a list of sample UPF offerings. For more information, please contact the Office of Study Away.