“IFSA allowed us to have so much independence and flexibility, which allowed us to engage with the local culture and explore the city right from the start.”
- DATES AND FEES
Customize your summer in a way that works best for you!
Choose one 3 U.S. semester credit hour class from one or both of our shorter summer sessions—or stay for the full summer to complete an IFSA internship with the support of Essential Catalan language learning for a total of 7 U.S. semester credits.
IFSA-taught courses explore disciplines through the lens of the self and the city, helping you to understand the subject in the context of Barcelona, and to apply lessons learned to your future self. Not all courses may be offered in a given summer depending on enrollment.
Design Thinking (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
Design thinking is a powerful approach to solving a wide variety of problems across many different disciplines. In this experiential course, students will learn how to flexibly sort through and solve challenges and pursue opportunities. At its core design thinking relies on creativity. Therefore, in this truly interdisciplinary course students will build their creative confidence, learn design thinking, and apply these skills to a variety of challenges as they actively engage in the creative process individually and in teams.
Food Culture and Spanish Society (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
This course invites students to consider the importance and roles of food in our personal and social lives. Even though food is present in every society and culture, we cannot take for granted that we eat the same food for the same reasons at the same time; or assume that food is available everywhere with the same quality and under the same conditions. Situated in the fascinating culinary setting of Barcelona, students will examine food as part of national heritage, cultural identity, and as a sometimes-controversial product for tourist consumption.
Catalan Identity and Politics (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
This cross-disciplinary course analyses the drivers behind the emergence of contemporary political separatism. It begins with the historical origins of Catalan identity and moves into the fields of political sociology and political science to address constitutional arrangements, political parties, linguistic normalization, immigration, and minority rights. The pivotal secessionist events of recent years are examined as students develop an understanding of identity issues in Catalonia, including important nuances of Barcelona's role as both a traditional regional capital and a global city.
Social Media Marketing in the Age of Self (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
This course will outfit students with the tools and expertise to develop strategic and comprehensive social media marketing plans that integrate with overall marketing and communications efforts to achieve business goals. Through case studies and hands-on exercises, students will develop a deep understanding of social media platforms and best practices, leveraging these channels to elevate one’s reach and reputation. Topics include choosing appropriate platforms, creating effective and engaging social media content, and developing social media policies and content management strategies. The class emphasizes social listening, ethics, and diversity.
Internship and Methodology Seminar (6 U.S. semester credit hours)
Individually tailored internships are supported by a group seminar that prepares students to understand expectations, set personal objectives, identify and strengthen specific skills, critically reflect on their progress, share experiences, and learn from one other throughout the summer. A focus on the application of theory to practice supports students as they develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their goals, their professional areas, as well as Spanish work culture. In this seminar, students gain real world work experience while developing intercultural agility—skills and experiences which are critically important to personal, academic and professional success.
Essential Catalan (1 U.S. semester credit hour)
This required course is taught intensively during the first weeks of the summer term to complement the internship experience. By introducing key words and phrases in the classroom —and venturing out into the city to practice them—this class also provides insights into daily life in Barcelona and local business culture.
Internships are available in a variety of fields. Interns are engaged for 30 or more hours per week through a combination of onsite placement hours and associated academic seminars. When applying for the program, you should complete the Internship Intent Form, and be prepared to interview for your internship placement in the first or second week of the program. Internships are jointly supervised by your site supervisor and Internship and Methodology Seminar Instructor, and coordinated by the Resident Director.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost.
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What Our Students Say
“The biggest thing I learned is the value of immersing oneself in a culture unlike that which you come from. Even though Australia speaks English, the culture has taught me to relax and take everything one step at a time.”
“I enjoyed the academic and personal freedom of my IFSA program. Being able to take whatever classes I wanted/needed in order to satisfy my requirements for major and what happened to interest me set the foundation for my study abroad experience.”
Student, New Zealand
“For two years, I have tried to manage and exist with depression and anxiety. Coming to New Zealand enlivened me and gave me the tools to function and create the life I want and need. I was able to live somewhere for the first time away from family and friends and thrive in it. It allowed me to realize my potential and ability.”
“I’ve learned about the culture my family comes from, more about the world in general, and the different ways there are to simply live. Above all, I think I’ve learned a lot about myself and my behavior—how I tend to act and react in situations. I’ve also become more assertive, courageous, and confident through this experience.”
“My IFSA program was amazing. They really do a great job making sure you adjust well and are well equipped for your time abroad.”
“Through IFSA, I learned to enjoy the small things in life, was able to better understand a culture different from mine, developed intellectually through independent study, and improved my Spanish.”
“The connections I made during my time in Scotland was the most enjoyable aspect of my IFSA study abroad abroad experience. I was able to connect with peers on the program, IFSA staff, and the local culture. Being part of the St. Andrews basketball team really facilitated my relationship with the campus and its students.”
“Through my IFSA program, I volunteered at a travel startup where I initiated and developed a six-month lesson plan for the first English teaching program in a Mayan community, created a cost plan for program volunteers, and translated itineraries.”
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