Barcelona Semester Courses

IAU's semester in Barcelona program centers on Spanish Language and Culture with courses in architecture, art history, studio art, business, communication studies, economics, education, environmental science, film studies, georgraphy, history. international relations, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, Spanish language and culture,  and wine studies. Students are required to enroll in at least one 3-credit Spanish course during their semester to facilitate engagement with the local culture. Select content courses are taught in Spanish as a part of their regular course load of 15 credits.

The following is a sample list of courses and disciplines available to students during the semester program. Please contact your enrollment counselor at to plan your semester courses and confirm enrollment. Additional disciplines are available at local univerisities upon request, and students needing specific courses for major, minor or core credit at their home university may have access to additional courses and/or independent studies.


ARC 320 Architectural History of Barcelona

Art History

ARH 231 Survey History of Western Art: Prehistory - Middle Ages
ARH 232 Survey History of Western Art: Renaissance - Present
ARH 320 Picasso, Matisse, Dali, and the Mediterranean

Studio Art

ART 105 Painting & Drawing
ART 110 Photography
ART 151 Contemporary Studio Inquiry & Practice I
ART 306 Advanced Painting & Drawing
ART 341 Islamic Art & Architecture of Spain
ART 351 Contemporary Studio Inquiry & Practice II


BUS 301 International Business Today & Tomorrow
BUS 302 Global Brand Management
BUS 303 Intercultural Management
BUS 304 Business Ethics in the Global Market
BUS 305 Global Marketing
BUS 308 Digital Marketing
BUS 309 International Entrepreneurship
BUS/SPAN 311 Business Spanish
BUS 323 Food, Business, & Culture in Europe
BUS 326 The Business of Sport
BUS 327 Leadership and International Business
BUS/SPAN 341 Internship

Communication Studies

COM/IR 316 Media & Conflict


ECO 301 International Economics & the European Union
ECO 311 Globalized Economy & Migrations


EDU 397 Education in a Global Society

Environmental Science

ES 200 Ecology of the Mediterranean
ES 220 Ecology of Spain & the Mediterranean Environment

Film Studies

SPAN/FLM 305 Globalization in Spanish Cinema
SPAN/FLM 356 Spain as Seen Through its Movies: 1980's - Today


GEO/SPAN 303 Urban Barcelona


HIS 301 European History: 1870 - 1918
HIS 304 Muslim Presence in Europe

International Relations

IR/COM 316 Media & Conflict
IR 319 Cultural Event Creation & Management
IR/PSY 333 Sports & Society in Spain and Europe


PHIL 312 Political Ethics

Political Science

POL 309 Global Environmental Politics
POL/SPAN 357 Nationalism in Comparative Perspective
POL 322 Defiances to Globalization: From Brexit to the US Election


PSY 333 Abnormal Psychology

Religious Studies

REL 312 The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, & Islam


SOC 304 Muslim Presence in Europe


SPAN 101 First Semester Spanish
SPAN 102 Second Semester Spanish
SPAN 201 Third Semester Spanish
SPAN 202 Fourth Semester Spanis
SPAN 301 Advanced Grammar & Composition
SPAN/GEO 303 Urban Barcelona
SPAN/FLM 305 Globalization in Spanish Cinema
SPAN 306 Cross-Cultural Studies in Food & Culture
SPAN/BUS 311 Business Spanish
SPAN 316 Readings in Spanish Literature II
SPAN 331 Contemprary Spain: Society, Politics, & Culture
SPAN/BUS 341 Internship
SPAN/POL 357 Nationalism in Comparative Perspective
SPAN 402 Translation & Structure I
SPAN 412 Contemporary Spanish: Linguistics of Everyday Language
SPAN 413 Crossing Spaces in the Intercultural Context

Wine Studies

WS 101 An Overview of Wine (1 credit)
WS 302 Wine Marketing & Analysis
WS/ECO 303 Regional Wine Trade & Economics