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​Course ​Credits
​Program Core Course—BARC 300: Barcelona—Cultures in Context ​1.0 credit
​Intensive Spanish Language (2 week course at begininning of semester)
​.50 credit
2 classes at one of Trinity's host universities (UPF, UB  or UAB) ​1.0 credit
​Semester Spanish Language class (for Intermediate level) ​1.0 credit each
​Internship (for Advanced level - strong language skill required)
​.50 credit

The program combines classes taught by Trinity-appointed faculty at the Trinity Program site with reqular university classes taught at Trinity's host institutions, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB).
All students take a short, intensive Spanish language course at the appropriate level upon arrival in Barcelona that is designed to prepare them for the semester.
Upon completion of this class, intermediate students will take a semester Spanish language class, and the advanced students will engage in an internship for credit with a local NGO, business, or other organization.
All students on the program also take a program core course, "Barcelona: Culture in Context", which examines the important points of contact between Barcelona's various linguistic and cultural repertoires and explains what effects these clashes have had on the spatial and social "design" of the city.
For their remaining course, students take regular university courses at the UPF, the UB or the UAB. Intermediate students will take their classes at the UPF while advanced students will choose between the UB or the UAB.
The program is open to students from all U.S. colleges and universities, as well as Trinity students. 


The Universities

Universitat de Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

UPF is a modern, urban university that was founded in 1990; it is located in central Barcelona. UPF has an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students and is one of Spain’s most highly regarded universities.  It offers courses in the humanities and social sciences, including Art History, History, Hispanic Studies, Philosophy, Public Policy & Law, and Economics. UPF has a special program for international students, which offers classes in Spanish for intermediate-level students in a variety of academic areas. 

Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB)

Founded in 1968, the UAB is a distinguished public university that offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the humanities and social sciences with good offerings in Hispanic Studies. The UAB has an undergraduate enrollment of 28,000 with three campuses in and around Barcelona. Students who study at the UAB will be based at the Bellaterra campus, approximately 40 minutes from central Barcelona. 

Universitat de Barcelona (UB) 

The UB is a highly distinguished, public, urban university that has three undergraduate campuses spread across the city.  Founded in the 1400s, the university has over 91,000 students including 28,000 undergraduates.  It offers a full selection of courses in many areas, including Hispanic Studies, History, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Studies, Anthropology, and Educational Studies.  

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.


Program Prerequisites

The program is open to students with a grade-point average of 2.7 or higher and at least one year of college-level Spanish or the equivalent. In addition, Trinity students who are able to do so should take HISP 233-04, "The Alchemy of Identity: Culture-Planning and Civil Society in Barcelona, 1850-2000," prior to studying in the program. 

Program Dates

  • Fall semester: early-September - late-December
  • Spring semester: early-January - early-May

Housing and Meals

All students live with Spanish families. Homestays are an integral component of the program that enable students to rapidly improve their Spanish language proficiency while learning about the culture and people of Barcelona. Students eat breakfast and dinner with their host families and prepare their own lunches or eat in local restaurants or cafes. 

Expenses and Financial Aid

Students participating in the Barcelona Global Learning Site are billed for Trinity tuition, housing, and fees. Students who receive financial aid from Trinity College will have that aid transferred to the Global Learning Site semester. Application for the transfer of financial aid must be made early and in consultation with the Office of Financial Aid

Application Information

All Trinity students who wish to study away are required to submit a Request to Study Away.
Once approved to study away, students should submit their Trinity-in-Barcelona application​ by October 1, 2013 for Spring 2014.