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COURSE FEES

Fees for the academic year 2017-2018

Hispanic Studies courses have two rates; normal rate and reduced rate

Normal rate:

This applies to first-time Hispanic Studies students.

Reduced rate:

This applies to:

  • University of Barcelona students.
  • Returning Hispanic Studies students.
  • Students who register in two or more courses (reduced rate does not apply to the most expensive course).

Fees for the academic year 2018-2019

Students who enrol in more than one course will receive a discount of 10% on all courses of an equal or inferior length or cost. This discount is not retroactive and cannot be applied to fees already paid.

 

COURSES IN SPANISH LANGUAGE

Hispanic Studies is a University of Barcelona institution that has focused on teaching Spanish language and culture to international students for over sixty years. Throughout the academic year, it offers a wide range of language and culture courses.

Spanish language courses are adapted to the levels in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) and programmes are based on the Cervantes Institute Curricular Plan (PCIC).

In the classes, work on grammar points is closely associated with language practice, in a communicative, dynamic, flexible framework.

Group levels

Students will be put into groups at the five language levels, through a Spanish level test taken at the start of the course.

Levels

Hispanic Studies offers five language levels that are further divided depending on students' starting point and the time required to pass the levels:

Beginner I – A1.1 (CEFR)

Beginner II – A1.2 (CEFR)

Beginner III – A2 (CEFR)

Elementary I – B1.1 (CEFR)

Elementary II – B1.2 (CEFR)

Intermediate I – B2.1 (CEFR)

Intermediate II – B2.2 (CEFR)

Advanced I – C1.1 (CEFR)

Advanced II – C1.2 (CEFR)

Proficiency – C2 (MCER)
Proficiency: Particularly aimed at heritage speakers

Credits (ECTS)

Hispanic Studies courses provide European Union university accreditation, based on the European Credits Transfer System (ECTS)

Year-long course (220 h): 28 ECTS
Autumn course (110 h): 14 ECTS
Spring course: (110h): 14 ECTS

Assessment system

The year-long (220 h), autumn and spring (110 h) courses are assessed as follows:

Class participation grade: 20%
Final examination: 80%

In the year-long course, the grade for the autumn course will be worth 30% of the final grade; and the grade for the spring course will be worth 70% of the final grade.

Attendance

Students must attend at least 80% of classes. If they do meet the attendance requirement, they may lose up to 10% of their final grade (class participation + final exam).

 

COURSES IN SPANISH CULTURE

The Spanish Culture programme offered by Hispanic Studies at the UB offers international students the chance to learn more not only about Spain but also about Europe as a whole and aspects of Latin America through courses in a range of subjects including history, art, geography, politics and film. Students may also choose to practice their Spanish language skills by taking core subjects such as “Conversation and Pronunciation in Spanish” and “Everyday Spoken Spanish”.

Courses in Spanish culture are adapted to the students’ level of language skills, with each group studying the content to the same level of detail, drawing on the expertise of our staff. Initial guidance is given on the recommended level of Spanish for each course, and some subjects are offered in English to those students who prefer it.

Culture subjects have a duration of either 90 (year-long) or 45 (semester-long) hours. Students may choose to take one or more subjects independently or to follow one of the recommended pathways.

Timetable

The general timetable for courses in Spanish culture is between 2 and 8 p.m., Monday to Thursday. Subjects are taught in two 1.5-hour sessions per week.

Credits

All of the courses offered by Hispanic Studies lead to the award of European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits: 12 credits for 90-hour courses, 6 credits for 45-hour courses.

Pathways

The table below shows a selection of subjects organized into suggested course pathways (the subjects may also be taken independently):

Pathway 1. Politics, society and economics
— Barcelona and its Creative Industries
— Contemporary Spain: Geography, Society and Institutions
— Spain and Europe: Origins and Evolution
— Spanish for Economics and Business

Pathway 2. Art, film and literature
— Barcelona: A Meeting Place for Spanish and Latin-American Arts
— Catalonia: Language, Culture and Society
— Spanish Cinema · Art in Spain: From the Mezquita of Cordoba and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela to Gaudí, Picasso and Dalí

Pathway 3. Spanish language
— Comprehension and Writing in Spanish
— Conversation and Pronunciation in Spanish
— Everyday Spoken Spanish
— Spanish for Economics and Busines

Pathway 4. Politics, economy and society (taught in English)
— Barcelona, Mediterranean Metropolis
— Consumer Behaviour
— New Topics in the Spanish Media
— Spain’s Economy Highlights
— Spanish Politics

Courses by semester

Autumn and Spring (90 h)
— Barcelona and its Creative Industries
— Barcelona: A Meeting Place for Spanish and Latin-American Arts
— Catalonia: Language, Culture and Society
— Spanish Cinema
— Comprehension and Writing in Spanish
— Conversation and Pronunciation in Spanish
— Art in Spain: From the Mezquita of Cordoba and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela to Gaudí, Picasso and Dalí
— Contemporary Spain: Geography, Society and Institutions
— Spain and Europe: Origins and Evolution
— Everyday Spoken Spanish
— Spanish for Economics and Business

Autumn (45 h)
— Barcelona and its Creative Industries I
— Barcelona: A Meeting Place for Spanish and Latin-American Arts I
— Catalonia: Language, Culture and Society I
— Spanish Cinema I
— Comprehension and Writing and Spanish I
— Conversation and Pronunciation in Spanish I
— Art in Spain: From the Mezquita of Cordoba and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela to Gaudí, Picasso and Dalí I
— Contemporary Spain: Geography, Society and Institutions I
— Spain and Europe: Origins and Evolution I
— Everyday Spoken Spanish I
— Spanish for Economics and Business I
— Barcelona, Mediterranean Metropolis (in English)
— Consumer Behaviour (in English)
— New Topics in the Spanish Media (in English)
— Spain’s Economy Highlights (in English)
— Spanish Politics (in English)

Autumn (45 h)
— Barcelona and its Creative Industries II
— Barcelona: A Meeting Place for Spanish and Latin-American Arts II
— Catalonia: Language, Culture and Society II
— Spanish Cinema II
— Comprehension and Writing and Spanish II
— Conversation and Pronunciation in Spanish II
— Art in Spain: From the Mezquita of Cordoba and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela to Gaudí, Picasso and Dalí II
— Contemporary Spain: Geography, Society and Institutions II
— Spain and Europe: Origins and Evolution II
— Everyday Spoken Spanish II
— Spanish for Economics and Business II
— Barcelona, Mediterranean Metropolis (in English)
— Consumer Behaviour (in English)
— New Topics in the Spanish Media (in English)
— Spain’s Economy Highlights (in English)
— Spanish Politics (in English)

Subjects recommended for each level of language competence

BEGINNER
— Catalonia: Language, Culture and Society
— Spanish Cinema
— Spain and Europe: Origins and Evolution
— Everyday Spoken Spanish

From INTERMEDIATE
— Barcelona and its Creative Industries
— Barcelona: A Meeting Place for Spanish and Latin-American Arts
— Art in Spain: From the Mezquita of Córdoba and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela to Gaudí, Picasso and Dalí
— Contemporary Spain: Geography, Society and Institutions
— Spanish for Economics and Business

Various levels
— Comprehension and Writing in Spanish
— Conversation and Pronunciation in Spanish

In English
— Barcelona, Mediterranean Metropolis
— Consumer Behaviour
— New Topics in the Spanish Media
— Spain’s Economy Highlights
— Spanish Politics

Hispanic Studies reserves the right not to run the class should the number of the registered student be insufficient.

Hispanic Studies reserves the right to change the timetable of a subject should circumstances require.

 

CANCELATION OF ENROLMENT

Enrolment establishes a formal commitment between the student and Hispanic Studies. As such, enrolment fees cannot be returned, unless a student is denied a visa (in which case 75% of the fee will be reimbursed). If only the deposit has been paid, no amount will be returned. Requests for cancelation of enrolment should be sent to eh.informacion@ub.edu (accompanied by supporting documentation if the student has been denied a visa).

Students who cannot start their course when planned due to reasons of employment, academic commitments or poor health can choose to delay enrolment. In this case, the fee is reserved and enrolment is transferred to a later course. Requests should be sent to eh.informacion@ub.edu within 7 calendar days of the start date for year-long and semester-long courses and within 2 calendar days of the start date for intensive or summer courses.

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