Program Overview

Spend your summer discovering Barcelona, Berlin, and London as you explore the exciting process of starting a new business. From start-up incubators and co-working spaces to already thriving multinational businesses, students will be exposed to a full spectrum of business cultures across Europe. You’ll take the three-credit class Start Ups & the Emerging Economy: Creating Your Own Business while living in the exciting city of Barcelona and traveling to some of Europe’s hottest economic centers: Berlin & London.

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
March 15
Avg Course Load
1 course (3 U.S. credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English

Key Program Highlights

  • Logistical and cultural orientations to all three cities
  • Cultural activities such as cinema nights, museum visits, dance lessons, and cooking class in Barcelona
  • Learn why Berlin and London are two of Europe's hottest entrepreneurial hubs
  • Excursions to popular locations such as Costa Brava, Tarragona, Pompeii, or Capri
  • Portobello Road Market Walking Tour

Your Journey Begins Here

  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Academics

WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?

At Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS), you'll enjoy innovative courses in the heart of the vibrant, playful city of Barcelona. The city center is just a ten-minute walk from campus. SIS prides itself on offering unique curriculum, allowing you to fulfill courses in languages, culture, history, art, and the humanities. At SIS, you can immerse yourself in the local culture, make Spanish and international friends, and have easy access to all that Barcelona has to offer.

SIS shares its facility with a renowned language school, providing you with the opportunity to meet students from around the world. The campus is located in the Eixample district of the city, where many of Barcelona's distinct neighborhoods are just a walk away, including the old city, La Rambla, and the Barceloneta beach.

The program focuses on immersion in the Spanish language, but mostly offers classes taught in English. Your diverse international professors are all highly qualified, and they are used to adapting their courses for study abroad students. You’ll get to enjoy the use of spacious classrooms, multimedia equipment, and other modern amenities during your time in Barcelona.

Accreditation(s): Barcelona School for International Studies is accredited by Jacksonville University.


How to Choose Your Courses

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

GPA Requirement

If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

Your three credit course will be taught in English. This means courses will be primarily lectures with some teamwork involved. For the European Entrepreneurship Studies: Barcelona, Berlin, & London summer program, students will take the following course:

  • Start Ups & the Emerging Economy: Creating Your Own Business

Syllabus Coming Soon!

Life in Barcelona, Berlin, & London

Welcome and Orientation

Once you arrive to the capital of Catalonia, CISabroad staff will meet you at the airport and help get you to your apartment or homestay. Upon arrival, you’ll take part in the CISabroad Logistical, Cultural and Academic Orientation with other students and interns on the program. The on-site staff will introduce you to this dynamic and cosmopolitan city that you will call home, giving you tips on to how to be safe and healthy as well as how to make the most of your time in vibrant Barcelona.

After our fun, interactive orientation sessions, we’ll have a welcome lunch in a traditional restaurant, giving you your first culinary experiences in the new city by trying the staple, “pan con tomate,” along with other delicious Mediterranean food!

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to London and England.

Housing Options

Combination of hotels, upscale hostels, and shared apartments

city intersection with cars and buildings in Berlin

Local Life

  • Soccer match: Barça, Barça, Baaarça! Experience one of the best football clubs in the world and cheer like “culés,” fans from Football Club Barcelona.
  • Barrio tours: Staff will take you on a tour of a neighborhood in Barcelona, showing you the history but also where locals hang out. Each tour includes a chance to try some local treats.
  • Berlin Flea Markets: Most shops are closed on Sundays in Berlin, but you can quench your shopping thirst at one of many flea markets. The one in Mauer Park is especially popular!
  • Portobello Road Market Walking Tour: Hear the angelic voices of the Westminster Abbey choir during the traditional afternoon service that takes place every day in this famous UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Picnic in the Park: Londoners love their green spaces and are avid picnickers. Bring a blanket, we’ll bring the food!

More About Barcelona, Berlin, & London

A large and vibrant metropolis with a rich and alluring culture, Barcelona is anything but a sleepy seaside city. Tourists and locals alike adore the social and artistic buzz that permeates Barcelona - in its plentiful plazas, boardwalks, distinct neighborhoods, funky architecture, and pristine beaches. The second-largest city in Spain, Barcelona is unique in that it blends the bustling nature of a large city with an emphasis on the "life" side of "work-life" balance (the beaches probably don't hurt in that regard...)

Competing with London to be one of Europe's best place for startups, Berlin offers a contrast between the historical and modern. From the museums, orchestras, and theatre to Berlin's reputation for the latest trends in lifestyle, music, and art, you'll experience so much while in Germany. Enjoy Berlin's relaxed vibe and numerous forests, lakes, and sprawling parks.

A hotspot for art, fashion, film, history, music, theater, and nightlife, London is an experience in itself. Explore the many diverse markets across the city, including the punk-rock-inspired Camden market and colorful Portobello Road. Visit the Globe Theatre to see some of Shakespeare’s most famous works performed live. Many of London’s museums are free and house some of the most renowned works of art and artifacts. Cruise down the River Thames or find a rooftop with a sweeping view of the spectacular city below.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

Sagrada familia construction in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia

The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is a large unfinished Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Construction started in 1882 and is still going on to this day.

Reichstag Dome

Enjoy a panoramic view of Berlin from the city's parliament building. As you climb to the top of this architectural miracle, see all 360 mirrors reflecting light in different directions. What a memorable view!

Brighton

Join us for a daytrip to one of England’s most famous seaside towns. With its iconic pier and beautiful pavilion built by King George IV, Brighton is a popular, easy to reach destination for those looking to escape London’s bustle. Spend time walking along the rocky shore or playing in one of the many arcades. And complete the trip with a bit of fresh fish and chips!


Student Feedback

Studying abroad gave me a different perspective. I felt like all I cared about before I went was problems with me, my family, and my friends. Now, after being abroad, I realize there are so many bigger things to focus on. It also gave me the want to travel more.

Alexis Heckman, The London Semester , Westchester University

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Molly Bond
Senior Program Coordinator - Italy, Mediterranean Culture (Summer)

Travel Tip: The first chance I have in a new place, I like to either rent a bicycle or go running to get a better feel for my surroundings. Not only does this feel refreshing after time spent on the road or in the air, but it also gives you a great orientation to your destination.

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Elena Villaescusa
Site Director in Barcelona

Travel Tip: When traveling make sure to use humour and start conversations with local people, they are the experts of the places you visit and you can learn so much from them; particularly the older generation can be a wealth of information. Try to enjoy every single minute of your travels!

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Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Summer 2019
    Arrival
    July 1 (Estimated)
    Departure
    July 21 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $5,590

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • In-depth orientation and guided tour of both cities
  • Cultural activities such as cinema nights, museum visits, dance lessons, and cooking class in Barcelona
  • Mentor program and cultural dinner
  • Flights from Barcelona to Berlin and Berlin to London
  • Logistical and cultural orientations to all three cities
  • Medical & Accident Insurance
  • Jacksonville University transcript
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program