Barcelona Semester Courses

IAU's semester in Barcelona program centers on Spanish Language and Culture with courses in architecture, art history, studio art, business, communication studies, economics, education, environmental science, film studies, georgraphy, history. international relations, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, Spanish language and culture,  and wine studies. Students are required to enroll in at least one 3-credit Spanish course during their semester to facilitate engagement with the local culture. Select content courses are taught in Spanish as a part of their regular course load of 15 credits. 

The following is a sample list of courses and disciplines available to students during the semester program. Please contact your enrollment counselor at to plan your semester courses and confirm enrollment. Additional disciplines are available at local univerisities upon request, and students needing specific courses for major, minor or core credit at their home university may have access to additional courses and/or independent studies.


 ARC 320  Architectural History of Barcelona

Art History

 ARH 231  Survey History of Western Art: Prehistory - Middle Ages
 ARH 232  Survey History of Western Art: Renaissance - Present
 ARH 320  Picasso, Matisse, Dali, and the Mediterranean

Studio Art

 ART 105  Painting & Drawing
 ART 110  Photography
 ART 151  Contemporary Studio Inquiry & Practice I
 ART 306  Advanced Painting & Drawing
 ART 341  Islamic Art & Architecture of Spain
 ART 351  Contemporary Studio Inquiry & Practice II


 BUS 301  International Business Today & Tomorrow
 BUS 302  Global Brand Management
 BUS 303  Intercultural Management
 BUS 304  Business Ethics in the Global Market
 BUS 305  Global Marketing
 BUS 308  Digital Marketing
 BUS 309  International Entrepreneurship
 BUS/SPAN 311  Business Spanish
 BUS 323  Food, Business, & Culture in Europe
 BUS 326  The Business of Sport
 BUS 327  Leadership and International Business
 BUS/SPAN 341  Internship

Communication Studies

 COM/IR 316  Media & Conflict


 ECO 301  International Economics & the European Union
 ECO 311  Globalized Economy & Migrations


 EDU 397  Education in a Global Society

Environmental Science

 ES 200  Ecology of the Mediterranean
 ES 220  Ecology of Spain & the Mediterranean Environment

Film Studies

 SPAN/FLM 305  Globalization in Spanish Cinema
 SPAN/FLM 356  Spain as Seen Through its Movies: 1980's - Today


 GEO/SPAN 303  Urban Barcelona


 HIS 301  European History: 1870 - 1918
 HIS 304  Muslim Presence in Europe

International Relations

 IR/COM 316  Media & Conflict
 IR 319  Cultural Event Creation & Management
 IR/PSY 333  Sports & Society in Spain and Europe


 PHIL 312  Political Ethics

Political Science

 POL 309  Global Environmental Politics
 POL/SPAN 357  Nationalism in Comparative Perspective
 POL 322  Defiances to Globalization: From Brexit to the US Election


 PSY 333  Abnormal Psychology

Religious Studies

 REL 312  The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, & Islam


 SOC 304  Muslim Presence in Europe


 SPAN 101  First Semester Spanish
 SPAN 102  Second Semester Spanish
 SPAN 201  Third Semester Spanish
 SPAN 202  Fourth Semester Spanis
 SPAN 301  Advanced Grammar & Composition
 SPAN/GEO 303  Urban Barcelona
 SPAN/FLM 305  Globalization in Spanish Cinema
 SPAN 306  Cross-Cultural Studies in Food & Culture
 SPAN/BUS 311  Business Spanish
 SPAN 316  Readings in Spanish Literature II
 SPAN 331  Contemprary Spain: Society, Politics, & Culture
 SPAN/BUS 341  Internship
 SPAN/POL 357  Nationalism in Comparative Perspective
 SPAN 402  Translation & Structure I
 SPAN 412  Contemporary Spanish: Linguistics of Everyday Language
 SPAN 413  Crossing Spaces in the Intercultural Context

Wine Studies

 WS 101  An Overview of Wine (1 credit)
 WS 302  Wine Marketing & Analysis
 WS/ECO 303  Regional Wine Trade & Economics