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CIEE-Barcelona: Business & Culture

Program Location Barcelona, Spain
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31019
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Spring 2016 01/03/16 to 04/21/16
Fall 2015 09/01/15 to 12/18/15

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Eligibility Academics
Housing Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
Returnee Info Resources

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This program is administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), a 200-university academic consortium. Purdue University has been a member of CIEE since 1972.

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, one of Spain's seventeen provinces. The distinctive history and language of this port city are the products of a continuous influx of different cultures. on courses.

The CIEE Study Center in Barcelona, Spain, is located in two adjoining historic buildings on Passatge Permanyer, near Passeig de Gràcia and Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona’s main square. This historic passageway provides a quiet haven in the city center and houses CIEE classrooms, a computer lab, and student lounges.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:CIEE.


The program is open to any Purdue undergraduate student who has reached sophomore standing (completed two full semesters of university) by the start of the program and who has completed at least three semesters of microeconomics, macroeconomics, finance, accounting, marketing, management, or statistics courses.

Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 0-6 Sem Spanish

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts][Krannert School of Management]

If students complete courses while abroad from Purdue colleges that have not approved the program, they might be able to earn transfer credit for those courses. Students interested in pursuing transfer credit should discuss this with both their academic advisor and their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program
  • Students with beginner- to intermediate-level Spanish skills, up to three semesters, take business classes in English at both CIEE and ESCI.
  • Students with intermediate-advanced Spanish skills, four and five semesters, take a combination of business classes in English and Spanish at CIEE and ESCI.
  • Advanced students, with six or more semesters of Spanish, take all of their classes in Spanish, with business classes at CIEE and ESCI.
  • Students at all levels must take at least two business courses.


Company site visits, field trips to art and history museums, monuments, and guided tours of the city will be organized for participants. Three one-day trips through Catalonia, and one extended weekend excursion to another Spanish city such as Madrid and Seville, with business and cultural-based guided tours and activities will be offered.


Participants can choose to live in either Spanish homestays or in a student residence hall with other Spanish and international students. These are located in urban settings throughout the city.

Students living in a homestay will have breakfast and dinner provided at home, while lunch is at the students’ expense. Kitchen space is allotted to students should they wish to make lunch to bring to campus. Many students choose to eat at one of the university-run cafeterias. Students in homestays will have their laundry done for them once a week.

Meals and laundry are not included in the student residencia option, but students share fully equipped kitchens where they can prepare their own meals, and laundry facilities are available.

All homestays and residencias are located in the city of Barcelona and within 30 minutes, by public transportation, of the CIEE Study Center and host institutions.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The Program and Housing Fees include: Tuition, on-site orientation, housing, and excursions. Depending on the housing choice, some meals might be included.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2016

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$14,132.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.00
Purdue Study Abroad Scholarship (Semester) [More Info]- $3000

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,250.00
Local Transportation$400.00
Books and Supplies$300.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$2,800.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

Country map courtesy of The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin