Over the past two weeks students in Pep Inglés’ course ‘The Culture of Food and Wine’ have been examining the age-old processes of food preservation, examining salting, curing and smoking as well as preserving in olive oil. Last week students got to try their hand at preserving cheese and anchovies in olive oil and at the end of the semester will taste the results of their gastronomic experiment. This week Pep’s students met at a wine and oil merchant’s shop at the legendary Boquería market to learn more…

Students in Carlos Rivadulla’s course ‘Theory and Practice of Management’ recently attended a talk by Jia Wang on being an entrepreneur. The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Jia spoke of how growing up poor and working from an early age alongside her parents formed her work ethic. After her studies in Economics and Business Administration at the UPF in Barcelona, she won a full scholarship to study International Economics at Harvard. Upon her return from the U.S. she decided to turn down a job at an international auditing firm…

This week students in Pipo Serrano’s Social Media course had the pleasure of meeting Marta Alonso, a young social media entrepreneur from Barcelona. At the age of 26 Marta has already founded Muuby, an online community management outsourcing service, as well as the very first Instagramers community. Marta’s innovative idea to create online communities based in individual cities using the Instagram platform has since spread around the world and now exists in 350 cities. Following her passion for photography, Marta gave up her job in online advertising to…

This week students in Michael Kennedy’s course Communication and Global Competence attended  a talk by guest speaker Dr. María Sabaté entitled ‘A Historical Perspective on the Values, Use and Role of Catalan in Catalonia’.  Dr. Sabaté, a member of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona’s CIEN (Intercultural Communication and Negotiation Strategies) research group, spoke at length about the impact of the Franco dictatorship and successive waves of immigration on the status of Catalan in Catalonia.   The goal of this talk was to give students an insight into the bilingual…

This past week all students in CEA’s intermediate and advanced level Spanish courses participated in a language exchange with local students of English at the Sant Gervasi branch of the Escola Oficial d’Idiomes (EOI).  These exchanges provide CEA students with a great opportunity to meet locals, practice their Spanish and learn more about Catalan and Spanish culture in a fun, social context. We wish to thank our Spanish Language Co-ordinator Sonia Priego for organizing this valuable partnership with the EOI which enriches our language program and fosters greater…

Last week the Barcelona Global Campus Director Enric Figueras and Assistant Academic Dean Dr. Ana Martínez held a reception for all participants in the new Global Career Development Certificate program launched this Fall 2012. Students, mentors, and the seminar instructor, Maydo Arderiu, shared their thoughts on the externship component of the Career Development Seminar.  Our first class of students had the opportunity to learn from professionals about a broad range of fields, including film production, marketing, sports management, psychology, business, and international relations. The reception was closed with…

Language exchanges form an integral part of language learning at our Barcelona Global Campus.  They provide our Spanish students with the opportunity to meet locals and put into practice vocabulary and grammar learned in the classroom.  Over the course of this semester students have participated in language exchanges with English students of the Sant Gervasi EOI (Escola Oficial d’Idiomes) – the publicly-run network of language schools in Catalonia – as well as with English students at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB).  This week CEA students met with their…

One of the signature courses at CEA is Communication and Global Competence.  In this course students learn about the role that culture plays in perception and communication and are encouraged to become more aware of their own culture and identity in order to better interpret other cultures and identities.  This course provides invaluable opportunities for reflection to those studying abroad.  Moreover, the insights gained abroad are meant to be relevant at home as well, in light of increasing cultural diversity within the North American context. This week in…

This past weekend a group of CEA Barcelona students and staff travelled to Madrid, a city equally famous for both its exceptional museums and vidilla (liveliness). On the first day of the visit we took part in a tour of Spain’s capital provided by official city guides, during which we saw some of Madrid’s most emblematic sites, such as the Parque del Buen Retiro, the Prado, the Cibeles fountain and the Gran Vía. We went on to see Plaza de España, where students were shown the monument to Miguel de Cervantes…

Yesterday students in Dr. Karen Smyth’s course Intercultural Interactions: A Psychological Perspective had the chance to hear a talk given by Dr. Huma Jamshed, founder and president of the Cultural Educational and Social Association of Pakistani Women (ACESOP), an NGO that works to improve the quality of life of Pakistani and other immigrant women living in Spain. A recipient of a bronze medal from the Catalan Ministry of the Interior, Dr. Jamshed is also vice president of the Barcelona Municipal Immigration Counsel and a secretary of the platform…