BCA Barcelona, Spain

BCA Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is perfectly situated between the ocean and the mountains, so you can go to the beach, hike or take advantage of city life. The city is known for its vibrant street life, incredible food and amazing architecture. You can enjoy Spain’s cultural dances such flamenco, salsa or swing by visiting a local theatre or partaking in community classes. Plus, you’ll live with a host family who can provide you with opportunities to discuss Spanish politics, social issues, pop culture and family traditions. Interested students can volunteer with local organizations or local festival committees to further connect to the city and people of Barcelona. 

Your Resident Director is your guide throughout the semester and will help you maximize your time in Spain. Together you will behold the works of world-famous architect Antoni Gaudi, including Cascada Fountain at Parc de la Ciutadella – inspired by Rome’s Trevi Fountain – and his most famous work, La Sagrada Familia – the unfinished Catholic church. After your RD has familiarized you with the city, you can spend time navigating the maze-like streets of the Gothic Quarter and exploring El Raval on your own. Excursions outside of the city vary by semester but in the past have included Salamanca, Segovia and Cadaqués. 

There are approximately 66,000 students enrolled in the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) throughout six campuses, including 12,000 international students. As an advanced language student, you can challenge yourself and take UB courses alongside local students. If your Spanish is not as advanced, you can take a combination of BCA and UB courses. BCA classes are taught in Spanish, but are designed for students for whom Spanish is not their first language. Between the BCA and UB courses, students can find a wide variety of options in many academic disciplines including the arts and humanities, business, professional studies, social sciences and STEM. 

Subjects

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Biology (General)
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Media And Cultural Studies
  • Design
  • Economics
  • Education
  • European Studies
  • Finance
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Humanities
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Liberal Arts
  • Languages / Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

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BCA Valladolid, Spain

Enjoy churros and hot chocolate – a favorite snack in Valladolid – as you meet with your language exchange group, which includes study abroad students and local English-language learners of all ages. You’ll quickly share your country’s customs, traditions, slang words and sense of humor with each other. Spend time with your host family sharing meals, learning about their traditions and experiencing some of Valladolid’s celebrations, such as La Feria, a fall celebration dedicated to the patron saint of Valladolid, or the spring celebration of Semana Santa, one of the largest holy weeks in the world. You can also volunteer with organizations working in the community.

Your BCA Valladolid Resident Director was born and raised in the city and is committed to helping you find all the treasures it offers – even some unknown to many residents! Your RD helps you plug into festivals and activities going on in area. You’ll also venture outside of Valladolid with your RD as a guide. Excursions vary each semester but in the past have included Segovia, known for its iconic ancient Roman aqueduct; and Salamanca, home to one of the most beautiful plazas mayores in Spain

As an educational center focused entirely on Spanish language and culture, Universitas Castellae offers individualized attention to its students. The school hosts a small number of U.S. and other international students each semester. Universitas is in the heart of Valladolid with classrooms in the historic and culturally significant Plaza del Viejo – the city’s first bullring. Classes usually occur in the morning, so you can use the afternoon to pursue volunteer or internship opportunities in a variety of disciplines or interact with native speakers and explore the city independently. 

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BCA Cheltenham, England

Cheltenham is a small city of about 80,000 situated in the picturesque Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty, which annually attracts six million tourists from all over the world. Cheltenham is centrally located, and not far from much larger cities such as London (two hours), Birmingham (40 minutes), Bristol (40 minutes) and Oxford (40 minutes) with direct rail links to all.

Community Connections
Cheltenham is a cultural hub! The city hosts more than 40 festivals throughout each year, attracting top international professionals. During the fall literature festival, Cheltenham welcomes more than 600 of the world’s best writers, actors, politicians and poets. In the spring, the city premiers international jazz legends and rising artists. Cheltenham is also home to the famous horse race, “The Cheltenham Gold Cup.” During one week in March, this event attracts more than 200,000 people from around the world – turning the whole city into one big celebration. 

Cultural Activities & Excursions
Experience Cheltenham and England as a local with the help of your Resident Director, who was born and raised there. Journey with your RD to different local treasures, historic sites and famous landmarks, designed to enhance and deepen your understanding and appreciation of your new home. Excursions outside of the city vary by semester but in the past have included Bath, with its famous Roman bathhouses, the infamous Neolithic stone formation Stonehenge, and London, the capital of the UK and one of the most famous cities in the world. 

Academics
At the University of Gloucestershire, you will study alongside British students and be among a diverse student body comprising international students from more than 40 countries. BCA students are often the only American students in their classes, making it easy to connect to local students and faculty. The university’s wide array of courses in many disciplines makes it an excellent location for you to fulfill major or general education requirements. Film studies, Sport & Exercise Science and Education are some of the top disciplines at the university. 

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