Each summer, Maynooth University hosts more than 120 students. The majority of the summer students are from abroad, but there are a few Irish students as well, so you can gain a unique perspective from both local and international students. Each class includes at least one field trip giving you the opportunity to venture beyond the classroom and visit sites relevant to your course material. You’ll select two courses to take this summer from a variety of subject areas. On BCA’s website, you can find up-to-date course listings and descriptions for the upcoming summer.
Maynooth University is regularly identified as Ireland’s friendliest campus in national and international polls. Throughout the summer, the university runs weekly activities such as archery, ultimate Frisbee, trampolining and trivia night giving you the chance to connect with local and international students. You can also step out of your comfort zone and participate in traditional Irish activities such as Gaelic football and Ceili, a traditional Irish dance. As a university town, Maynooth is known for its warm and friendly nature, welcoming new students and residents from all over the world.
IKI Vienna hosts students from all over the world interested in improving their German. Class sizes are small, so that you’ll have the best opportunity to strengthen your language skills. Prior to your departure, you’ll take a language placement test to determine your German proficiency and ensure you’re placed in a class that challenges you. Professors emphasize speaking, reading, writing and communication skills with efforts placed on fine-tuning grammar and vocabulary. You will also take a history course focused on Vienna as a geographical, political, cultural, and artistic crossroads at the heart of Europe and uses the city itself as a classroom.
Confront current world events and discuss opinions with your international classmates at Internationales Kulturinstitut Wien (IKI) in Vienna. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself in a café with a group of friends from Italy, Brazil, Syria, China, Croatia, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Japan and Egypt. IKI Vienna is located in Vienna’s historic First District, so you’ll have easy access to a variety of leisure and cultural activities such as open-air film shows, museums, opera houses and cooking and dancing classes.
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.