Central Oregon Community College is one of seven community college members belonging to the Oregon International Education Consortium (OIEC), whcih sponsors the Spring Quarter in Barcelona program. The OIEC accepts up to 30 students for the program from the member colleges in Oregon. Students from other Oregon colleges and residents of contiguous states (CA, ID, NV, WA) are welcome to apply through one of the OIEC colleges and also qualify for in-state tuition rates.
Applicants from other states may also participate, but pay out-of-state tuition. In any case, all students are accepted on a first-come basis. Barcelona Study Abroad Experience (SAE) is our partner institution that makes all program arrangements, from travel to insurance to housing. But program payments are made to OIEC, which also makes all academic arrangements, including course offerings, grade reporting and faculty selection. You are taught by Oregon instructors who accompany you to Barcelona. All tuition costs are paid to COCC, and you register from the list in COURSE OFFERINGS by first receiving clearance from the OIEC campus representative, Sara Henson.
10 Week Program: March 24 - June 2, 2013
Program fees of $6,445 includes almost everything but COCC tuition and food:
- round trip flight Portland to Barcelona and airport transfer for group flight arrival and departure
- double rooms in apartments with shared living room, kitchen, bath
- 4-credit Spanish language, four hours weekly, two levels possible (e.g. 103 and 203)
- welcome and farewell dinners
- 3-credit Spanish Life and Culture course taught by local faculty (such topics as History of Spain, contemporary culture, Spain vs. Catalonia, sports, youth, festivals, immigration)
- weekly cultural activities, such as cooking class, soccer stadium tour, salsa dance, tours of Gothic quarter and Gaudi's works, concert or opera, Flamenco show
- day-trip to Dali museum and medieval city of Girona, with Spanish/Catalan lunch included
- cross-cultural activities, such as Spanish-English language partners and orientations for intercultural competence
- activities at local universities, discounts and subsidized cultural events
- comprehensive medical insurance
- 24-hour emergency cell phone on-site with Barcelona SAE staff, and institutional support from Rich Kurtzman, Director, student services and activities coordinators
- Re-entry workshop to articulate study abroad experience in resumes, application letters and interviews; preparation for return culture shock
- Student target of 10-14, but second instructor will participate with 20 students or more
Financial aid can be applied to program (revise your FAFSA as soon as possible).
Fulltime enrollment (12-15 credits) required. Academic coursework (besides the required language and culture courses) selected from Western Civilization, American History, and Communication. With sufficient enrollment, Spanish literature and composition courses will be added (pending course approval). All courses are fully transferable to your Associate of Arts Degree.