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Strategic Global Communication: Barcelona, Spain

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Barcelona, Spain
Course # SA 10334
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2017 07/02/17 to 07/31/17

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Program Leader

Name Brian Smith

Program Description

      Study Global Communication in Barcelona Spain!
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Application Deadline: February 1, 2017, or until full      


This is the Brian Lamb School of Communication's Official Study Abroad Program in Barcelona Spain. The program is designed for students with interest in learning and experiencing strategic communication in a global city.
Barcelona is one of the world's leading global cities, and is a major hub for international communication in Europe. A leading tourist destination, Barcelona is home to some of the world's most popular international exhibitions, sports centers, and tourist sites.
This program offers students the unique opportunity to study global communication primarily in English! Students in this program will learn and apply international communication skills, including intercultural communication, interviewing, corporate communication and public relations. Coursework includes working directly with global companies in Barcelona to create communication material and experience global communication first-hand. Students will also interact with business professionals and students in Barcelona.
Program Highlights*:
Explore the top sights of Barcelona
Network and interact directly with top communication professionals and scholars
Meals and housing included
Open travel weekends to explore Europe
Earn 6 credits for your major or minor

*program highlights subject to change

Application Deadline: February 1, 2017, or until full


Participation is open to any major and at any level. Courses are designed to teach students global communication skills and principles. Following the 4 week session, students will have experience creating communication materials in and for global companies based in Barcelona.
GPA Requirement: Good Academic Standing on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: None. This program is conducted in English. Classes and course material are designed for English-speaking students with no experience or training in Spanish. Students will live with Spanish host families, in which minimal Spanish will be helpful, but it is not required.

Academic Program

Earn 6 course credits!
Direct credit is available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts][Brian Lamb School of Communication]
Students will have the option of choosing two of the following three course offerings:
Com 303: Intercultural Communication (Required): This course covers the essential principles and skills of communicating across cultures. Though the course covers multiple cultures and peoples, the Spanish and Catalan cultures prevalent in Barcelona will be a particular focus. Throughout the course, students will be immersed in multiple cultural experiences and events.
Com 253: Intro to Public Relations: Learn PR and communication strategies and tactics with a focus on global and international communication management!
Com 325: Interviewing Principles: Students will learn critical skills in interviewing, networking, and getting a job. In this course, students will also create material for their professional portfolio, and will have the opportunity to interact with business executives and other professionals in Barcelona.


Barcelona is a virtual melting pot of cultural treasures, artistic brilliance, and natural beauty. Students will enjoy excursions to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, historical landmarks, and, of course, the beaches and castles of the Mediterranean's top tourist site.
Tentative visits and cultural experiences are planned for:
La Sagrada Familia (the undisputed face of Barcelona)
Camp Nou: Home of FC Barcelona
Parc Guell
Day trip to Girona (Home to Game of Thrones)
Figueres and the Salvador Dali Museum
Group Dinners and a Cooking Class from a professional Spanish Chef
Plus Open Travel Weekends to see Spain and Europe Students will also visit companies and organizations in Barcelona, where they will have the chance to interact with business executives and build a global professional network.


Students will be housed with host families in Spain, who will provide the students with 2 meals a day and weekly laundry service. Students will also have access to the program's instructional center that includes Internet, a library, high-tech classrooms, and a computer lab.

Estimated Program Costs

Note: Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change.

Estimated Costs for Summer 2016
Program Fee$4,700
Housing & Laundry$0.00 (Included)
Excursions and Site Visits$0.00 (Included)
Meals (Breakfast & Dinner) $0.00 (Included)
Unlimited use Metro Pass (for those who pay their deposit by Jan. 31, 2016)$0.00 (Included)
Purdue Study Abroad Scholarship (Summer) [More Info]- $1000


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 Deadline

  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.

Application DeadlineFeb. 1, 2017, or until full


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