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Knox College Program in Barcelona

Knox College has maintained its prestigious program in Barcelona since 1968 with the Universitat de Barcelona, the largest and oldest of the city’s six universities, and the second largest university in Spain.

As a Knox Program student you can take university courses with native Spanish speakers or Knox Program courses taught by Universitat de Barcelona professors experienced in teaching students at the intermediate level of Spanish language proficiency.

Program Options
Curriculum
Course Listing
Internships and Fellowships

Program Options
Knox offers four program options, allowing you to choose the one that fits with your academic goals and schedule. You also have the flexibility to take courses on either a semester or trimester calendar. Knox courses, which are based on a trimester calendar, typically transfer to semester colleges as 3.33 credits each. However, it is up to the home institution to make the final decision.

  • Option 1: Full-year (mid-September to early June; 30 semester credits or 9 Knox credits)
    A complete academic year gives you the greatest opportunity to become fully immersed in all aspects of Spain's social, cultural, and academic life. Stretch your Spanish skills and engage in a different college environment by enrolling in university courses. Or, improve your intermediate Spanish skills and knowledge of Spanish art, literature, cinema, theater, and politics with Knox Program courses. Scheduled educational excursions are included in the cost of the program, plus a unique two-week trip throughout eastern and southern Spain. This trip begins in late November and ends in mid-December. Students are also awarded a holiday travel allowance of $200 each for the December holiday break and spring break.
  • Option 2: Fall Term (mid-September to late November; 9-13 semester credits or 3-4 Knox credits)
    Students who choose the Fall term option enroll in Knox Program courses, rather than university courses at the Universitat de Barcelona. Knox Program courses cover a wide variety of topics, taught in Spanish, to increase your knowledge of Spanish history, art, literature, cinema, theater and politics, as well as your language skills. Scheduled educational excursions are included in the cost of the program. Fall term only students may also pay to join the two-week trip throughout eastern and southern Spain. This trip begins in late November and ends in mid-December.
  • Option 3: Fall and Winter Terms (mid-September to mid-March, 20 semester credits or 6 Knox credits)
    Stretch your Spanish skills and engage in a different college environment by enrolling in university courses. Or, improve your intermediate Spanish skills and knowledge of Spanish art, literature, cinema, theater, and politics with Knox Program courses. Scheduled educational excursions are included in the cost of the program, plus a unique two-week trip throughout eastern and southern Spain. This trip begins in late November and ends in mid-December. Students are also awarded a holiday travel allowance of $200 each for the December holiday break and spring break.
  • Option 4: Winter and Spring Terms (early January to early June; 20 semester credits or 6 Knox credits)
    Stretch your Spanish skills and engage in a different college environment by enrolling in university courses. Or, improve your intermediate Spanish skills and knowledge of Spanish art, literature, cinema, theater and politics with Knox Program courses. Scheduled educational excursions are included in the cost of the program. Students who select this option receive an allowance of $200 for travel within Spain during the university's spring break.

Curriculum
Universitat de Barcelona Courses
Universitat de Barcelona courses offer a classroom experience different from the American college environment. These courses run according to a semester calendar and may be held at different locations throughout Barcelona. Working with your Resident Director, you can identify and enroll in courses that will engage your interests and challenge your Spanish comprehension and reading skills.

Knox Program Courses
Knox offers courses designed for students with an intermediate level of Spanish language proficiency. These courses run according to a trimester calendar, typically meet twice a week -- leaving Fridays open for travel or exploration of the city -- and are conveniently located at the central campus.

Knox Program courses encompass historical, cultural, and political aspects of Spain and the Spanish language and include educational excursions to nearby cultural highlights such as Figueras, Girona and San Pedro de Rodas,Tossa de Mar, Poblet, and Besalú. The classes -- usually consisting of no more than 15 students -- are taught by Universitat de Barcelona professors who are patient with foreign accents, writing, and questions.

Knox Program courses in Barcelona include:
Spanish Cinema
A review of the development of Spanish cinema without discarding the cultural context of the country, as well as its inclusion in Europe. This approach does not center itself on North American cinema.

Contemporary Spanish Theater
A study of the "classic" Spanish theater during the 20th century and the innovations Spanish playwrights brought to the stage in Spain and Europe. When possible, the class attends performances to include in classroom analysis.

Spanish Art I, II, III
A three-part series that studies the art and architecture of Spain from the prehistoric caves of Altamira to Picasso. Includes lectures and slide projections of architectural examples and paintings; and periodic educational excursions with the professor to museums and buildings in Barcelona as well as to the surrounding provinces in Catalunya.

Contemporary Spanish Novel
A survey of the principal works and movements through the reading of representative authors: Cela, Laforet, Delibes, Marsé, Vásquez Montalbán, Martín Gaite. Class lectures, discussions, and a paper.

Don Quixote
A study of Cervantes' text, with emphasis on the literary traditions it embodies (Classical, Medieval, Renaissance); analyzing both the direct and indirect influences of the novel since it first appeared. Class lectures, discussions, and a paper.

Picaresque Novel
A survey of the picaresque Spanish narrative through a reading of representative texts: Lazarrillo de Tormes, Guzmán de Alfarache, El Buscón, Rinconete y Cortadillo. Class lectures, discussions, and a paper.

Generation of 1898
A survey of the most representative authors of this generation, with emphasis on the novel: Unamuno, Baroja, Valle-Inclán, Azorín, Machado. Class lectures, discussions, oral presentations and a paper.

Golden Age Poetry
A study of the poetic language, themes and structure of representative works by Garcilaso de la Vega, Francisco de Quevedo, Fernando de Herrera, and Luis de Góngora. Examination of the texts will be done through a historical-literary approach. Class lectures, discussions, and a paper.

Language and Culture
A study of historical, cultural, social, and economic factors that play a role in the process of structuring the Spanish language: traditional influences and modern changes and additions. Class lectures and discussions.

Advanced Syntax and Composition
An advanced study of Spanish grammar and syntax including the practice of writing.

History of Europe and Spain I, II
A two-part series that studies European history and Spain's place within it. The series covers the span between the first settlers of Europe/Spain and the modern era. Class lectures, discussions, and a paper.

Contemporary Spain
A study of the political, cultural, and societal development of 20th century Spain from before the Civil War to the present. Class lectures, written exams, discussions, and a paper.

Spanish Political System
An analysis of the modern, post-dictatorship political society and structure in Spain, including explanations of the various political parties and autonomous regions. Class lectures, discussions, and a paper.

Comparative European Governments
A study of Western European political systems: conceptual definitions; the socio-political-economic origins of political parties and electoral systems; the parliamentary models (England, France, Germany, Spain, Italy); and European institutions (e.g., European Council). Class lectures, discussions, and a paper.

Internships and Fellowships
Internships
Over the years, a number of students in the Knox Program in Barcelona have sought out and conducted internships at businesses in the city. Although these internships are non-paying and non-credit earning, having an international business internship may prove to be an invaluable experience for you and your resume.

If you’re interested in conducting an internship while studying in Barcelona, it will be your responsibility to make the contacts and arrangements. Your Resident Director can provide a presentation letter that confirms your participation in the Knox Program in Barcelona and our support of your participation in the internship.

Though the program cannot guarantee an internship for any student, Knox does have a longstanding relationship with the company Prous Science, which includes at least two Knox College alumni among its staff.

Fellowship for Extended Stay
By submitting a proposal for a research project or internship, you may apply for the Eleanor W. Stellyes Fellowship Fund for International Studies, which allows you to continue your studies in Barcelona for one month beyond the regular length of the program. The $750 award is designed to help you pay for room and board while you carry out your research or conduct your internship.

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