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Study Abroad

Barcelona, spain | FALL 2021


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Barcelona is simply a spectacular city in which to study and live. It is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe and by far the most modern city in Spain. Situated on the Mediterranean, it is a city of contrasts; mixing the best of old and new, traditional and trendy, religious and secular, conservative and progressive. As such, this vibrant city offers you the unique opportunity to both surround yourself with Spanish language and tradition while at the same time taking advantage of its mixture of Spanish and Catalan cultures. With Barcelonans fluent in both languages, you have the opportunity to perfect your Spanish while also learning some Catalan! People in Spain are passionate fans of football (soccer), delicious food, family, and celebrating and enjoying life to its fullest. Festivals and holidays are important in Spanish life, and have their own distinctive flavor depending on local customs and the time of year.

Classes will be held at the facilities of International House and the Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS). The school is located in the city center, just steps from Plaça Urquinaona, five minutes from Plaça Catalunya, and five minutes from the Arc de Triomf. You will live with a homestay family and breakfast and dinner will be included.


  • Wifi is available throughout the school and you will have access to computers and a printer.
  • Photocopies can be made close to the school.
  • The building also has a sun-drenched terrace to study, eat, or just hang out.


Along with earning a full quarter of transferable college credits, you will live with a Spanish family and immerse yourself in day-to-day Spanish life. Frequent field trips and travel opportunities enable you to experience the culture and history of Spain. The teaching team tailors courses to the European environment and structures the coursework around several themes common to the locale.

This program is run through a third party provider on the ground in Barcelona. Find all the program details on this website. Just be sure to apply for the program through our office at Edmonds College to ensure the credits you take abroad will transfer over at our school!

Check out Fall 2019 Advisor Newsletter - Barcelona!

To apply, please fill out and submit this application to the Study Abroad office at Snohomish Hall 301. You will also need to turn in the following documents:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A one page essay

Your unofficial Edmonds College transcript 
Our office will review your documents and let you know if you have been accepted to the program and how to proceed. Please note that students that have been sanctioned by the college are disqualified from applying to, or participating in an Edmonds College study abroad program.

Set up an appointment with us here if you have any questions!

Primary Faculty – Tobias Peterson, Clark College

Tobias Peterson earned BA’s in English and Spanish Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. While there, he was a participant in the school’s first Tracking Cultures study abroad program. This allowed him to trace literary influences from the flooded deserts of North Africa (Morocco) through the ornate cathedrals of Spain and on to the ancient temples of central Mexico. He then went on to receive an MA in English Literature from George Mason University and an MFA in Poetry from Texas State University. After completing his formal education, he returned to Europe to teach creative writing in a study abroad program in Cambridge, England – with forays to London, Paris, and Venice. He is now a tenured instructor of English at Clark College in Vancouver, WA and taught Creative Writing and Shakespeare for WCCCSA’s London program in the fall of 2016. He is thrilled to be returning to WCCCSA and to Spain, the country where his love of study abroad was born.

***If 25 or more students enroll a second faculty will join the program***

Secondary Faculty-Amy Edwards, Skagit Valley College

Amy Edwards earned her BA’s in Fine Arts and Statistics from George Washington University in D.C. and an MA in Statistics from University of California at Berkeley. She is a full time instructor of Mathematics and Art at Skagit Valley College since 1997. Her interests include connections in math and
art, two visual disciplines wherein the practitioner observes and interprets
the world around them. Amy began her travels abroad in her early 20’s
with a solo 3-month trip through Southern Europe, including a week stay
with a family in Barcelona. She is excited to return to Barcelona and renew
her fascination with the mathematical art of Islamic Spain and Modernist
architecture of Antoni Gaudi.

You will take 15 credits total through the following classes:

ENGL& 236: Creative Writing I – The Ten-Week Travelogue (5 credits)

This course will allow you to record and process you experiences abroad as a creative practitioner. You will be exposed to views of Spain by writers as wide-ranging as Miguel de Cervantes, Ramón del Valle-Inclán, Federico García Lorca, and Elena Quiroga. As you do so, you will also set into words you own reflections, both poetic and fictional.

ENGL& 254: World Literature I – Fantastic Spain (5 credits)

This course focuses on genres that are characterized by bold departures from “traditional” forms in order to achieve particular artistic goals. One need look no further than the first Spanish novel, Don Quixote, to find an example of literature that uses fantasy to reflect and comment on social realities. In addition to excerpts from this text, you will also be reading several other Spanish science fiction and fantasy writers in translation (Elia Barceló, Félix J. Palma, Rafael Marín, and others) to examine how these artists use their respective imaginations to reflect Spanish society.

Spanish Language (5 credits) is required for all students. Students of all language levels will be accommodated.

The language professors at the Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS) are specialized in teaching Spanish as a foreign language, accredited through Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. SIS is located inside of a prestigious language school called International House (IH). IH is a top leader in Spanish language acquisition, not only in Barcelona but internationally.

SIS combines different methods of communicative language teaching to reach every type of student. The main aim is to teach the students all the skills and concepts needed to feel comfortable in a Spanish-speaking atmosphere where different cultures of both sides of the Atlantic come together.

SIS gears its Spanish Language and Culture classes towards developing linguistic skills but also attitudes, knowledge, and awareness needed to:

  • Communicate in an intercultural context
  • Interact with other people in any situation
  • Increase confidence in order to encourage more direct contact with native speakers, leading to a better understanding of the culture

***If 25 or more students enroll a second faculty will join the program and the following courses will be options as well***

Art& 100: Art Appreciation (5 credits)

What better place to appreciate art than in Barcelona, a vibrant city full
of fantastic architecture and memorable museums. In this inspirational
environment, we will cultivate the language, concepts, and principles of
visual art. We will analyze works of art, identifying subject matter, themes,
composition and media. We will examine the links between the shaping of
cultures and artistic development.

We will explore art from various cultures historically residing in the Iberian Peninsula as well as cultures historically controlled by Spain. Group research
and presentations will allow for further discussion of historical importance
of the style, form and content. We will focus special attention on work from
Spanish and Catalan artists such as Goya, Velazquez, Gaudi, Picasso, Dali,
and Miro. We will learn more about contemporary artists through exploration in Barcelona.

MATH& 107: Math in Society, “Visionaries and Heretics: Math in Western Culture” (5 credits)

The word “math” came from ancient Greek, and meant “learned knowledge”.
Mathematicians were the philosophers of their age, and they used the
subjects of number, geometry, music and astronomy to understand their
world and the cosmos. We will look at the impact of multi-cultural centers of Cordoba, Toledo and Zaragoza in preserving this ancient knowledge. Through research projects, we will learn about mathematicians from the last millennium that added to this knowledge. We will discover mathematicians with breadth of interests and personal idiosyncrasies to rival any “Renaissance Man (or Woman)” of the art world. We will practice the skills that they developed (yes, we will do math) and learn about the cultural context in which the ideas formed.

Throughout this course we will visualize the beauty of math and communicate in the language of math. We will explore the geometry of Euclid, the
mosaics of Islamic tradition and mathematical curves in Gaudi’s architecture.

  • Three day-trips outside of Barcelona potentially including Tarragona, Montserrat, or Dalí Museum
  • Weekly cultural activities to get to know Barcelona and local life such as guided tours, cooking class, and more
  • Optional weekend excursions for an extra cost
  • Welcome & farewell meals
  • Re-entry professional workshop: “How to use this experience to help you land your dream job”

Use free weekends to travel in Spain and to Europe’s great cities including London, Amsterdam, Florence and Paris!

An unlimited 3-month public transportation pass is provided for all students on this program. The pass is good for the metro, bus, train & trams within Barcelona city and nearby surroundings.

Suggested Flight to Barcelona:

Students must arrive before noon on September 25 if they decide to book another flight, and the suggested departure is on November 30.

SEA – BCN, found on Expedia for $945 (well below our estimate!)

  • Search Departure date Tuesday, Sept. 24 11:05 a.m. from Seattle to Barcelona on American Airlines  arriving Wednesday, Sept. 25 10:50 a.m. 
  • Search Return date Saturday, Nov. 30 10 a.m. from Barcelona to Seattle on Iberia Airlines arriving Saturday, Nov. 30 10:57 p.m.
You will stay in a homestay in a double room, sharing a room with another study abroad student or host sibling. A homestay can be part of a meaningful cultural integration and increase safety of the study abroad experience. Homestays are designed to be a mutually valuable experience for both the hosts and the student. BSAE works to find homestays that want to share their culture and language with students and create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. A homestay “family” does not always mean a husband and wife, two children, and a cute dog. In fact, what is more common is to live in the apartment of an older, widowed woman who enjoys the company. The thorough screening process, regular family check-ins, and homestay reviews allow BSAE to monitor the safety and quality of the homestays. Homestays include breakfast and dinner every day, laundry services once a week, a set of keys to the apartment to come and go as you please.

Costs: $6,650.00


  • Airport pick-up for those who arrive on assigned day and time
  • Spanish Language & Culture class (5 credits)
  • Homestay with daily breakfast & dinner and weekly laundry service
  • 24/7 Emergency contact service
  • Onsite Orientation
  • Weekly cultural activities and 3 day trips
  • Welcome and Farewell meals
  • Public transportation pass
  • Comprehensive Health Insurance

Not Included:

  • $250 refundable damage deposit
  • Airfare
  • College tuition & fees for 15-credits
  • Course books/materials
  • Passport & visa fees, if applicable
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not specified as included in the program
  • Optional personal effects coverage and medical insurance upgrade

WCCCSA Barcelona participants are all eligible to apply for the $1,000 WCCCSA scholarship. Applications are due on or before June 24, 2019.

For quarter-long WCCCSA programs, WCCCSA awards two $1,000 scholarships to selected program participants. Complete this application form and attach the requested documents, then turn in to Emily Schifferling at the front desk of Snohomish Hall, Room 301.

WCCCSA Scholarship Rules:

  1. You must have applied to a WCCCSA study abroad program and paid the deposit in order to be eligible to apply for this scholarship.
  2. You must write an essay on a topic chosen by the WCCCSA Scholarship Committee. You will find more information about the essay on the WCCCSA Scholarship Application Form. The essay must be typed and submitted by 5pm on or before the application deadline for the program.
  3. Scholarship recipients will be announced at the Pre-Departure Orientation.
  4. Each scholarship recipient must agree to help WCCCSA promote the study abroad program after they have completed their program. The assignment given to them will require no more than four hours of work and will be a project mutually agreed upon by both the award recipient and the WCCCSA campus representative.

Projects may include (but are not limited to):

  • tasks such as sharing of photos and personal reflections of your program
  • help with orientation of the next program
  • talking with classes on your campus to help promote the program
  • making a video to help promote study abroad
  • visiting other nearby campuses to talk about the program, etc.

Program Dates: September 25-November 30, 2021

Application Deadline: June 24, 2021

Early Bird Deadline: Apply by March 31, 2021 and save $100

Program Balance Due: August 23, 2021

Tuition Due: Check academic calendar 

For information on deadlines contact

Pre-departure meetings are mandatory for program participants.

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: TBD

What to Bring:

  • A signed copy of the Student Guidelines
  • A copy of your passport
  • Flight itineraries
  • A notepad to take notes
  • Questions

You should also invite parents, guardians, or whomever you feel should attend with you.

Coffee will be provided in the morning and lunch will be included. If you have any specific food needs contact

To find out more, make an appointment with your study abroad advisor!

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