BCA Strasbourg, France

BCA Strasbourg, France

WHY BCA STRASBOURG
• Challenge yourself to strengthen your French language skills by enrolling at a university in northeastern France with fewer study abroad students than you will find in larger cities. Strasbourg is a great place for language learning because you’re unlikely to hear English spoken in your daily interactions.
• Gain an increased understanding of the local culture, meaningful interactions with local people and field experience in a variety of disciplines such as education, social services, health care or the arts through the required Integrative Cultural Project. 
• Live and study at the crossroads of Europe. Strasbourg is home to the European Parliament and is conveniently located near Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium. It offers unique opportunities for language learners and students of business, international relations and European studies.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
Your BCA Strasbourg Resident Director will help you maximize your time by quickly connecting you to the local culture. You will find yourself visiting cafés and walking down streets that look much as they did 200 years ago. Together with your RD, you will delve into the history of Strasbourg that led to the classification of the city’s historic center, the Grand Île (Grand Island), as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As part of the BCA signature excursion you will travel to Paris to walk along the River Seine and learn about the art, food, architecture and culture of the City of Light.

ACADEMICS
The Université de Strasbourg is the second-largest university in France with more than 46,000 students and 4,000 researchers. You’ll study primarily in the Université de Strasbourg L’Institut International d’Etudes Françaises (IIEF) and Institut des Études Politiques (IEP). BCA has two separate academic tracks available for intermediate and advanced French students. Intermediate language students study at IIEF and take language and elective courses. Advanced language students can take regular university courses with French students. All BCA students will participate in the Integrative Cultural Project designed to create a structured hands-on learning experience that reflects each students academic, career or extracurricular interests.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
While in France, you can choose to become a language buddy with a Université de Strasbourg student, so you can improve your French and help other students with their English. You can also connect with local students through the more than 75 clubs available at the university. Additionally, your host family will show you around the city, introduce you to local cuisine, take you to festivals and events, share family customs and celebrations, and help you perfect your French!

Subjects

  • European Studies
  • History
  • Literature
  • Political Science
  • French
  • French Language Literature And Studies
  • French History & Culture
  • International Relations

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BCA St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago

 WHY BCA ST. AUGUSTINE
• Live and study in a place known for its religious tolerance and multiculturalism in the Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago – often called the “Rainbow Country” in part due to the ethnic mix of Amerindians, Africans, Asians, Europeans and Middle Eastern Trinbagonians.
• Connect with local organizations or non-governmental organizations focused on disability services, the environment or gender and women’s rights by volunteering during your time in Trinidad.
• Gain a fresh perspective and experience a different teaching style at the University of West Indies, St. Augustine, which offers more than 300 accredited programs across 24 schools, centers and institutes. The university’s faculty and students come from more than 40 countries creating a diverse and exciting learning environment.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
As a native of Trinidad, your BCA St. Augustine Resident Director is the perfect cultural guide for your semester abroad. Through activities in St. Augustine and around Trinidad, your RD will help you have a Trinidadian experience and connect to the cultural and ecological diversity of the country in locations like the Caroni Swamp, a large mangrove wetland, or beaches that are the nesting grounds for the endangered leatherback sea turtle. The BCA signature excursion varies by semester, but may include a multi-day excursion to the autonomous island of Tobago known for its wide, sandy beaches and biodiverse tropical rainforest.

ACADEMICS
The University of the West Indies (UWI) offers world-class accredited academic programs. The campus provides modern teaching and learning centers with committed lecturers who are highly accessible to you. You will experience a diverse learning environment with faculty and students from more than 40 countries. The university offers programming in business, humanities, engineering, gender studies, natural sciences and social sciences. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to take courses such as The History of Carnival in Trinidad and other courses in the Department of Festival Studies to explore Trinidadian culture and carnival year-round!

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Trinidad and Tobago is the most southern Caribbean nation positioned off the northern edge of South America. The city of St. Augustine in Trinidad is the birthplace of soca and calypso music as well as the steel pan. It’s also home to the largest Caribbean carnival which showcases the country’s creativity and talent as participants wear extravagant handmade costumes and dance in the streets for hours. As a BCA student, you can learn about the significance of carnival through courses and activities at the university. You can also join in on campus activities and clubs, or volunteer in the local community to further connect with local people.

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BCA Barcelona, Spain

WHY BCA BARCELONA
• Refine your Spanish skills while also learning about Spanish culture and history during BCA’s pre-semester course. This three-week course ensures that you’re set to succeed in your Spanish-language courses abroad and helps you begin to acclimate to life in Barcelona – one of the most beautiful and culturally rich cities in the world.
• Join intercambio – a program designed for English and Spanish language students to meet throughout the week to practice their language skills together. This program provides you with an opportunity to meet Spaniards of different ages, origins and diverse life experiences.
• Get to know your new home and meet new people by volunteering with local organizations working in the city. The BCA Resident Director can help connect you to a local community partner to learn more about the work they do and ways that you can be of service to their mission. 

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
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 Gaudí, 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. The BCA signature excursion may vary by semester but in the past has included visits to the port city of Tarragona, famous for its ancient Roman ruins and Cistercian monasteries, the 10th century
Benedictine monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes and the city of Gerona known for its Romanesque and Gothic influences.

ACADEMICS
There are approximately 66,000 students enrolled in the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) across six campuses, including 12,000 international students. As an advanced language student, you can challenge yourself to 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.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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 joining 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.

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