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Texas State Mass Comm Spain Program

Texas State University graduate and undergraduate students start their program off in Madrid, where they learn about the city through a literary lens and then head off on visits to the most important private and public communications firms in Madrid. After a week of firm and cultural visits broken up by delicious Spanish meals, the group travels to Barcelona, where they visit premier communications firms in Catalunya and its amazing historical and cultural sites. This program gives students a unique, insider perspective of the creative and cutting edge Communication field in Spain while also teaching students about the vibrant culture of these global cities.

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UT|GO Barcelona Program

The UT|GO Barcelona Program gives Liberal Arts students the opportunity to learn about business fundamentals through a customized course taught by local faculty at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and to take courses at the International Summer School at the UPF. Throughout the program, students improve their Spanish language skills and learn local customs by living with host families. They enjoy the Catalan cuisine and go out on weekly adventures guided by local students who are our ESA Mentors. This is a fantastic program that teaches students about Spanish and Catalan cultures while studying at a top European University.

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Texas State Barcelona Business Program

In this program, Texas State University McCoy College of Business students diversify their educational experience and prepare to compete in the global economy. Participants take courses in marketing, production and operations management, and enterprise IT taught by Texas State faculty. The group visits companies to apply their coursework to the local environment. They also participate in weekly cultural outings and lectures on the economic and cultural conditions in Spain.

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University of Richmond Barcelona Semester Exchange Program

University of Richmond students live and study in Barcelona on a semester exchange program studying business, political science, communications, and other subjects. The program combines coursework either at ESADE or at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra with cultural outings, excursions, and intercultural workshops.

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Texas A&M Barcelona Cultural Studies Program

Texas A&M students participate in a total immersion learning experience in Barcelona. The program places excursions and cultural outings at the core of instruction and offers students the possibility to learn on-site about the city from its Roman origins to its modern days. Classes are imparted in different historical locations (museums, medieval cities, architectural landmarks) as well as at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Following the four-week program, students can choose to extend their stay in Barcelona to participate in the six week International Summer School at the UPF.

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Texas A&M Barcelona Global Health Program

Texas A&M students study global health at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra with two courses: Comparative Health Systems and Medical Spanish. Students live with host families and participate in weekly cultural outings and excursions to develop cross-cultural skills and improve their Spanish language abilities. Participants can opt to extend their stay for an additional 5 weeks and do an internship with a primary care physician or in a laboratory.

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Texas A&M Barcelona Semester Architecture Program

Texas A&M architecture students spend a semester in Barcelona studying architecture at the Barcelona Architecture Center. The courses include urban planning, Spanish and European architecture, design studios, and construction science. They participate in an intensive orientation session upon arrival and enjoy a group meal to experience the local cuisine.

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Texas A&M Barcelona Art and Architecture Program

The Texas A&M Barcelona Art and Architecture Program emphasizes the interlinking roles of art, culture, and architecture, enabling students to explore the rich historic and multi-cultural context of Barcelona. The group visits the city’s cultural institutions and important architectural and historical sites, while learning about communication and design philosophy. The students travel to Madrid for the Photo España festival and to Bilbao, Sevilla, or Santiago de Compostela to photograph and learn about the art and architecture of these cities.

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Texas A&M Barcelona Construction Science Program

Texas A&M construction science students visit local construction companies, law firms, and city development organizations to learn about the laws and policies of construction, development, and historical preservation in Spain. After mid-day meals at some of Barcelona’s best cafés, the group visits cultural and historical sites to learn about Barcelona’s history and culture.

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Texas A&M Mays Barcelona Business Program

Texas A&M Mays students take courses in international business and European integration. The students visit local companies and participate in cultural activities to gain international exposure and develop cross-cultural skills.

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Texas A&M Semester Direct Enrollment Barcelona Program at the UPF

Texas A&M students from all colleges live and study in Barcelona for a semester studying at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. The program is designed to immerse participants in the city and culture. Students live with a host family, study with local and international sutdents, and participate in exciting activities and excursions throughout the semester.

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Meadows Museum of Art Barcelona Program

Meadows Museum of Art students participated in a two-week program based in Barcelona that brought them face to face with the works they discussed in seminars at the museum. There were guided visits of Gaudí, Dalí, Picasso, and Miró, in addition to traveling to Montserrat, Montblac, Poblet, Santes Creus, and Sitges. The group dined daily at top restaurants and stayed in select hotels. A unique feature was the visit to the home and studio of the renowned Catalan sculptor, Xavier Corberó.

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Chinese University of Hong Kong Barcelona Spanish Language Program

Students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong spent two weeks in Barcelona participating in a Spanish language intensive taught by local faculty and visiting important sites throughout the city. The students learned about local cuisine in group meals, the Catalan cooking workshop, and explored the city with architecture and historial tours, and visiting all Barcelona’s neighborhoods and monuments.

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University of San Diego Barcelona Law Program

University of San Diego law students spend four weeks in Barcelona taking courses related EU law, international contracts, international criminal law, and international environmental law. The group visits relevant governmental institutions and participate in activities designed to introduce them to the Spanish legal system.

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The Ongoing American Experience in Barcelona

Since I was young, one of my upmost goals was being able to study abroad in the USA. I had already been there before a couple of times. When I just turned sixteen I spent one month in a host family nearby Los Angeles, in the Orange County. Throughout this month abroad, I visited a couple of university campuses, which made up my mind about studying there at some point in my life. That was my first contact with America, but I knew it would not be the last one. New York, the city that never sleeps, that was my second destination. When it came the moment to decide what to do with my future, among other obvious reasons, I chose a degree that allowed me to study abroad at least three academic months. Following this goal, I managed to get the minimum GPA required to apply for one of the best public universities in the States, the University of California in Santa Barbara. I spent there six months and I really felt like home. One of the things that I valued the most while I was abroad was having local people helping me and showing me around. I was really interested in their cultures, lifestyles and traditions. Back to Barcelona, feeling homesick, I got the offer to continue being "abroad" in my home country. Along with another Catalan girl, we were in charge of an American group of students who were about to begin their studies in Barcelona. One of the activities was a trip to Costa Brava, a region in Catalonia with the most precious villages and beaches in all Spain. Back in the States, I was used to do a lot of weekend trips with local people, so even though I went to this one as a tour guide it was as exciting for me as it was for them. We had plenty of activities scheduled throughout the weekend, from historical and cultural to more chilling and relaxing activities. This combination of activities made the weekend very enriching and worthwhile. We started off the weekend by going to the Dali's Museum, which is in his hometown Dali, Figueres. Dalí said: "I want my museum to be a single block, a labyrinth, a great surrealist object. It will be totally theatrical museum. The people who come to see it will leave with the sensation of having had a theatrical dream" What an impressive building! After this we went to one of the most famous beach villages in Costa Brava, Cadaqués, where we had some spare time to go to the beach and enjoy its streets and shops. At night we had a pleasant family dinner altogether at the hotel where we were staying. The aim of it was to make them experience what is a “menu” in Spain. It consists on three courses, a first course, a second course, which normally is fish or meat, and a third course, the dessert. They got the chance the try out some of the most typical dishes in Spain. The second and last day of the trip we went to the Empuries’s Roman ruins. Empurion was an ancient colony founded by the Greeks in the 6th century BC, later occupied by the Romans, who created their own town in the 1st century BC. We ended up our short trip in a beach nearby, where all the Americans got crazy about “Bocadillos”. Their excitement at every little detail of our daily life and their willingness to learn the Spanish culture reminded me about my time in the US. On top of everything, one of the best parts was how this trip really brought us together and let us get to know each other in a more casual manner.

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Introducing… ESA Mentors!

[caption id="attachment_808" align="alignnone" width="515"]ESA Sevilla mentors Amalia, María and Cristina. On the right, Matt, UNE student ESA Sevilla mentors Amalia, María and Cristina. On the right, Matt, UNE student (photo: Sarah Hoover)[/caption] One of the most exciting additions to ESA programs in 2015 are the new ESA Mentors. ESA Mentors are local university students that are sharing their culture and vision of their city with students on our programs across Europe. What is an ESA Mentor? According to Wikipedia, «mentorship is a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person». In our case, ESA Mentors are more knowledgeable about the local culture. That's why we think including them in our programs is a great way to help American students have an outstanding experience abroad. ESA Mentors:
  • Support the goals of ESA
  • Invite ESA students to get involved in local activities
  • Organize and lead certain ESA activities
  • Propose activities outside of the planned ones
  • Communicate with students through social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram
Meet the ESA mentors of our programs in Sevilla and Barcelona for this Spring 2015: Sevilla ESA Mentors Maria María de las Heras Jiménez My name is María de las Heras Jiménez and I am 21 years old. I was born in Sevilla. I have always loved languages and this is the reason why I decided to study a Double Major in Translation, Interpreting & Humanities. I speak English, French and a little German. I also love music and I finished a Degree on clarinet 3 years ago. Hobbies: rollerblading, photography, music, meeting friends, traveling, tennis, concerts, reading, going to the beach... Interests: archeology, history, sports, culture, movies, nature & environment... Cristina Cristina Esquivel I am 20 and I am a junior working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Translation and Interpreting at the UPO. I mainly study English and French, although I love languages in general. I am interested in journalism, politics, economics, and education systems. I enjoy taking part in debates concerning these matters, being highly critical of the current situation of Spain. Concerning my free time, I often go out for dinners or meriendas and take part in language exchanges many times a week. I like traveling, going to the cinema and watching movies and series in original version. Captura de pantalla 2015-01-12 a las 12.19.02 Amalia Ordoñez Hi! My name is Amalia. I am a Translation & Interpreting student here in Sevilla. I study English and German, and I would like to study a master’s degree in the US or Canada. Eventually, I would like to become an interpreter and work at the United Nations, though I’m aware that’s pretty difficult. My passion has always been sailing. I started sailing when I was 5 years old, and I soon liked competing. I won some championships and I was part of the Spanish national team, attending European and World Championships. Sailing allowed me to make lots of friends from all over the world and travel to many places. It was more than hobby for me, but due to an accident I got an injury and had to give up my dreams. However, I started working as a sailing instructor, so I never lost contact with this sport. I love reading and going to the cinema. My favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye, which I had to read in school, and I keep watching reruns of Friends and Gilmore Girls. I never get tired of doing so! Among my other hobbies, I have always been very keen on learning languages. When I was in high school I learned Italian for two years, then dropped it and picked up German, and in February I will restart learning French. As a kid, I was also in a painting workshop and I was in some drama clubs. I love being busy! Barcelona ESA Mentors Clàudia Sandé Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset My name is Clàudia and I am a senior Law student at UPF. My main areas of interest are criminal justice and political philosophy. I love traveling and meeting new people from all over the world; it helps me keep an open minded attitude towards things and I also learn a lot. My hobbies are singing, reading mystery novels and baking, and you could say that I am the kind of person who is game for anything.

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Is this F.C. Barcelona? Even better….Pompeu soccer!

You never really appreciate your own language until you are suddenly lost in translation, and in my case, lost on the soccer field. When I thought about joining the club soccer team at my University here in Barcelona I knew it wouldn't be easy. First of all, it's always hard being the new girl on a team. I was anxious that these girls would not like my style of play or in general just not accept the "American girl from the Jersey Shore". After my first practice, I realized that these would be the least of my worries.  I like to think that I am a semi-advanced Spanish speaker, but Catalan is a whole different story. Mostly all of the 20 girls on the team speak Castellano but when Pat, our coach, is describing drills she of course speaks in Catalan. Afterwards I get a brief and struggled attempt at a translation by one of the girls who are brave enough to practice their English. (I really appreciate the effort though.) Needless to say, communicating is not easy. I have realized that fortunately humor and food is universal across cultures.  Of course knowing a little Spanish is a big help, but also all the girls think the Jersey Shore is hilarious and they were just as excited to get McFlurries to celebrate our games in Girona as I was  I'm looking forward to playing in the championship finals this week! Let's go Pompeu! Samantha Cicconi, University of Richmond

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The Adventurer of the Year: Kilian Jornet

Truth is stranger than fiction! Are you motivated to go running when it’s pouring outside? How about in a snowstorm? Can you imagine running 500 miles in 7 days or 165 miles in 28 hours? Well, the Catalan outdoor sports superman, Kilian Jornet has done it! He crossed the Pyrenees Mountains from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic! This sums up to 27 miles of positive grade. I can't even wrap my head around that idea. This endeavor is comparable to climbing several times up and down Mount Everest!! Does the Tahoe Rim trail, sound more familiar? 165 miles of single track, winding from peak to peak around Lake Tahoe. Kilian did it in 28 hours flat!! What about sleep? Well, 1 hour was enough for him. Each person has a hero: Superman, Spiderman, Gandhi. Mine is Kilian Jornet! Read more about him at: www.kilianjornet.cat and in Adventurer of the Year 2014: www.adventure.nationalgeographic.com

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Barcelona and the Chocolate Factory

In Spain, kings, queens and clergymen were originally the only people who delighted in the cacau beverage when it arrived from the Americas from 1492. Later it was prescribed to people to recover from illness. Soon after its arrival, Barcelona became an important center for the production and consumption of chocolate. Have you seen the amazing Casa Amatller in Passeig de Gracia? Yes, that beautiful Modernista House next to Gaudi's Casa Batllò. It belonged to the owners of Xocolates Amatller, open since 1797! Their posters and advertisements became an icon for the Art Nouveau movement. Nowadays, you can taste a warm cup of chocolate caliente con churros handmade in Carrer Petritxol, where new generations continue to carry on this chocolate loving tradition.

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