The Best of Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain, is a lively cultural center bursting with theaters, opera, museums, and entertainment appealing to almost any interest. It is home to the Picasso Museum, a Tapies museum, and just a short train ride away from Figueras, the Salvador Dali museum, one of the destinations of the program's educational tours.
Barcelona is also one of the oldest cities in Spain -- a fact reflected in its architecture and artwork, which are often seen as one and the same. As you explore this beautiful city, you'll discover architectural wonders like Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell and the modernist Palau de la Musica.
As a student in the Knox Program in Barcelona, you'll study in the downtown campus of the Universitat de Barcelona, (Patio de Letras), the oldest university in Barcelona and the second largest in Spain. After classes, stroll a few blocks to the famous Ramblas and the Plaza de Catalunya or take the short walk to the Gothic Quarter (Barrio Gotico) -- the pulsating core of Barcelona since Roman times.
Students in the program can choose from a number of different program options, which offer flexibility in both length of stay and course of study. At the Universitat de Barcelona, you'll have the option to take university courses with native Spanish speakers or Knox program courses taught in Spanish by Universitat de Barcelona professors with experience in teaching non-native Spanish speakers.
And while you'll find your classes to be engaging and stimulating, we know you'll also be excited by the fact that there are no Friday classes, giving you more opportunities to explore the bustling metro of Barcelona or nearby destinations throughout Europe and North Africa.
Some of the highlights -- and certainly some of your favorite photographs -- of your time abroad will come from the educational excursions you'll take as part of the program. Depending on the time of year you participate, you'll experience the beauty of Costa Brava (Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar), and the history and ingenuity of such sites as Girona (a medieval city), Poblet (a Cistercian abbey), and Ripoll (a Romanesque monastery). Each destination is planned to help you gain first-hand experience in the subject of your study and is guided by your Resident Director and a Universitat de Barcelona professor.
Unique to the Knox Program in Barcelona is a two-week December trip, complete with luxury hotel accommodations, that stops in cities such as Valencia, Granada, Sevilla, Salamanca, and Madrid. This trip is included in the cost for students studying for a full year or two terms in Barcelona (Fall/Winter or Winter/Spring.) Parents and students studying during the Fall term only may also pay to join the trip.
Life, Barcelona Style
Barcelona is located on the Mediterranean Sea, which means it has an especially enjoyable climate -- and beach weather that lasts for several months. When you're not hitting the books or the beach, soak up Spanish culture with soccer games, movies, and plays -- half the price of which are reimbursed by the program -- and take advantage of many other culturally rich opportunities within the city. Or, practice your Spanish conversation skills while relaxing at one of Barcelona's many cafés.
Students often take advantage of the three-day weekends -- Knox courses take place only Monday through Thursday -- to travel around Spain, Europe, and elsewhere. Just two hours from France and a short ferry ride from the Balearic Islands, Barcelona's location provides a convenient connection to other parts of Spain as well as the rest of Europe.
During your stay in Barcelona, you'll live with a Spanish host family -- whose unique perspective and lifestyle offer you a more personal engagement with the people, history, and culture of Barcelona. Each family is experienced in hosting American students and most have welcomed students from the Knox Program into their homes for many years.
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