Language & Area Studies Program

The Barcelona Get Set predeparture guide prepared by IES Abroad provides important information about the program, and you should read it with care. The following supplemental information pertains to Indiana University students only.

IES and IU

IES Abroad is a nonprofit organization that administers 140+ study abroad programs in more than 34 global locations worldwide. More than 250 U.S. colleges and universities, including Indiana University, have formal agreements with IES, and their representatives work with the Institute to set academic policy and approve curricula. Through its office in Chicago, IES administers the Barcelona Language & Area Studies Program.

The IU Office of Overseas Study has made special arrangements with IES to recruit and orient IU students for this summer program. A number of IU students will be enrolled in the Barcelona program. You will, however, have many classmates and flatmates who come individually from other U.S. universities.

Financial Arrangements

You pay all program fees directly to Indiana University. Any questions regarding finances for the program, including financial aid, should be addressed to the Office of Overseas Study at Indiana University. Students from other U.S. universities have different arrangements with IES regarding fees and housing deposits.


  1. Students who have completed two or three semesters of Spanish are required to take a 4-credit Spanish Language course and can select one 3-credit Area Studies course taught in English.
  2. Students who have completed four or more semesters of Spanish will take a 4-credit Spanish Language course and a 3-credit Area Studies course taught in Spanish.
IES CourseIU EquivalentCOLL
Spanish Language Courses (based on placement exam)

SP 101 Spanish Language in Context

Novice Abroad I

HISP-S 100

SP102 Spanish Language in Context

Novice Abroad II

HISP-S 150

SP201 6W Span Lang in Context:

Novice Abroad III

HISP-S 200

SP301 6W Span Lang in Context

Emerging Independent Abroad I

or HISP-S 280

(w/ prior 250 credit)

SP302 6W Span Lang in Context:

Emerging Independent Abroad II


SP351 6W Span Lang in Context:

Independent Abroad I

HISP-S 317

SP444 Creative Writing Workshop:

Short Stories in Spanish

HISP-S 308
Area Studies Courses in ENGLISH

Sports and Society in Spain

SPH-OS 100*
or SOC-OS 300*

Great 20th Century Artists of Catalonia:

Picasso, Miró, Dalí

or COLL-OS 103
(Gen Ed AH)

Barcelona: The Cosmopolitan City


Int'l Marketing: A European Approach

FRST-F 400

Politics of Spain

POLS-Y 350
Area Studies Courses in SPANISH

Language, Culture, and Communication:

Hispanic Cultures and their Societies

MSCH-F 413
or HISP-S 324
or HISP-OS 300*


*DEPT-OS 100 (-OS 300) is the default designation to identify courses recorded as 100-level (300-level) undistributed credit that can count in total hours toward graduation and may be able to satisfy major, minor, or distributional requirements with the approval of the participant’s school.

  • CASE SH – Social & Historical credit for COLL
  • CASE AH – Arts & Humanities credit for COLL
  • Gen Ed SH – Breadth of Inquiry, Social & Historical credit

General Education Requirement: This program will satisfy the International Experience option of the World Languages & Cultures general education requirements.

Final enrollment will not be confirmed until you arrive in Barcelona. If you have any questions about how Barcelona courses fit into your degree program, contact Overseas Study.

Courses cover a great deal of material rapidly. Do not let the excitement of Barcelona distract you from your studies. Prepare your papers and reports far enough in advance to avoid the last-minute crunch.

Language Placement

You will be assigned to language classes on the basis of an IES placement test. Since IES students come from many different U.S. colleges, each with its own textbooks and class sequence, IES language classes cannot match IU's courses perfectly. Nevertheless, every attempt will be made to place you in a level that challenges you sufficiently and does not repeat previous coursework.

We anticipate that you will, based on the placement examination, be placed into the next highest level of language ("Intermediate" if you have completed 2 or 3 semester of language OR "Advanced" if you have completed 4 or more semesters). If you test into a language course at a lower than anticipated level, you will receive elective credit. You may petition IES to be re-assigned to a higher level language course, but the final decision would be at their discretion.