** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments
Please be advised that the Barcelona School for International Studies requires a student’s official transcript when considering applicants. Ordering an official transcript can take up to a few weeks. Students applying near or on the program’s application deadline should plan to have their official transcript on hand.
Barcelona boasts more World Heritage listed sites than any other city in Europe. Culture vultures will go gaga over the amazing architecture, some of which is 2,000+ years old. There are a ton of museums, churches, cathedrals, concert halls and of course the modern art of famed artisans like Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso.
This program is managed by our third party provider CIS Australia and the courses delivered by the Barcelona School of International Studies. Lessons are tailored to meet individual needs and are taught in English. So if you’re after a true immersion experience you’ll love this program – it will be your best ‘European summer’ of a lifetime!
January 2nd - January 19th, 2019
Did you know?
Each year, 8 million tourists visit Barcelona, making it Europe’s third most-visited city after London and Paris.
Barcelona is on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula (which includes Spain and Portugal) and on the shores of the stunning Mediterranean. With a population of 1.5 million, it is Spain's second largest city and one of the central hubs for business in Europe. Barcelona is located in the semi-autonomous Spanish region of Cataluña and has two official languages: Castilian Spanish and Catalan. English is very commonly spoken.
Barcelona’s prime location on the Mediterranean Sea creates a pleasant climate not too different from Australia. A fantastic public transport system makes all the great places and sites Barcelona has to offer easy to visit.
Barcelona is world class when it comes to culture, including art, cuisine and traditions. From the Spanish tradition of tapas to frequent festivals, human pyramids called castellers, and a naturally healthy appetite for food, drink and social company, Barcelona pulsates with life.
Spain’s diverse landscapes stir the soul. The Pyrenees and the Picos de Europa are as beautiful as any mountain range on the continent, while the snowcapped Sierra Nevada rises up improbably from the sun-baked plains of Andalucía; these are hiking destinations of the highest order. The wildly beautiful cliffs of Spain’s Atlantic northwest are offset by the charming coves of the Mediterranean. And everywhere you go, villages of timeless beauty perch on hilltops, huddle in valleys and cling to coastal outcrops as tiny but resilient outposts of Old Spain. Food and wine are national obsessions in Spain, and with good reason. You may experience the best meal ever via tapas in an earthy bar where everyone's shouting, or via a meal prepared by a celebrity chef in the refined surrounds of a Michelin-starred restaurant. Either way, the breadth of gastronomic experience that awaits you is breathtaking. For all the talk of Spain's history, this is a country that lives very much in the present and there's a reason 'fiesta' is one of the best-known words in the Spanish language – life itself is a fiesta here and everyone seems to be invited. Perhaps you'll sense it along a crowded, postmidnight street when all the world has come out to play. Or maybe that moment will come when a flamenco performer touches something deep in your soul. Whenever it happens, you'll find yourself nodding in recognition: this is Spain.
You will be studying the following unit:
Contemporary Spanish Society: From Dictatorship to Democracy This program has been assessed as a level 2 elective for 1 Deakin credit. Please note this course cannot count towards a Spanish Major.
Approved by Arts and Education
Why are Spaniards currently exhuming mass graves of the Civil War? How can the country tolerate an unemployment rate of 20%? Why has Catalan and Basque nationalism dominated politics for decades? Why does a country with a historic reputation for machismo boast such progressive laws on gender and gay marriages? How come political corruption remains so prevalent? This course examines political and social issues relevant to Spaniards today. It begins by discussing recent history in order to contextualize the major themes of the past few decades. It then moves to those subjects that emerged out of the transition to democracy – regionalism, terrorism, and linguistic pluralism – and still account for many of the peculiarities of Spanish politics. The second half of the course analyses “Spain’s Second Transition” under José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero by focusing on immigration, Islamic fundamentalism, foreign policy, gender and family relations, historical memory, political corruption, and the economic crisis. The course is multi-disciplinary, consisting of a mixture of readings from political science, history, and cultural studies. Each session will consist of a lecture and a class discussion.
Cost and Funding
Costs $5,399 (TBC) + $55 Deakin Abroad application fee
The program costs include:
CISaustralia support before, during and after the program
Assistance with travel arrangements
Pre-departure guide and session
Airport pick-up (on specified program arrival date within designated arrival times)
Accommodation – shared apartment or local homestay*
Cultural and recreational trips and activities in Barcelona
One guided weekend excursion outside of Barcelona
CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support – Site Director
Please note you will have to pay for flights, visa/ travel costs and personal expenses.
This is a study abroad program, meaning no tuition is paid to Deakin University.
OS- HELP loan
Overseas Student HELP loans (OS-HELP) are provided by the Commonwealth government to eligible HECS-HELP students undertaking various international experiences for credit. This loan is added to your HELP debt and can be up to $6,665.
The following link will provide more information on the OS-Help
Youth Allowance and Austudy
If you are currently receiving Youth Allowance or Austudy you can continue to receive payments while studying overseas as long you have a full time study load for the year. The following link will provide more information on the Youth Allowance or Austudy
You can choose from either apartment accommodation or connect with a local family and enjoy the experience of a homestay.
If you chose apartment accommodation, you will live in the city (approx. 25 minutes away from campus). Apartments are fully furnished and you will share a room with another student. There can be up to six students in each apartment so the opportunity to make new friends and have a great experience is all there for you to take advantage of. Apartments include a well-equipped kitchen, a shared living room and bathrooms. Located in the heart of the city means you and your new roommates will be able to make the most of your time living in this vibrant metropolis. Right on your doorstep you will find shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and just about everything you need.
If you decide to choose the homestay option, you could live with a mature or senior adult or couple, a young professional or a lively Spanish family. Homestay is not for everyone, but it is a truly amazing way to completely immerse yourself in the Spanish culture. You will likely share a room with another student and you’ll have access to a shared bathroom and living space. Linen is provided and you’ll be spoilt with laundry service as well as home cooked breakfasts and dinners. Via the application process we will endeavour to match you with the right homestay family.
Please note that bed linens and towels will be provided for students at both homestays and apartment accommodation.