UBarcelona a “positive experience” for students abroad


The spring semester marked the launch of a new study abroad program with 34 Hurricanes living in Barcelona, ​​Spain. According to Sebastian Beaulieu, a senior finance specialist, “the opportunity to live in Europe was unprecedented”.

Before this year, Sam Glaser didn’t know much about Antoni GaudIor its dramatic impact on the city of Barcelona.

But after a semester of studying Spanish architecture and living where GaudIGlaser’s influence is revered, Glaser can churn out a host of sites designed by the eccentric architect. His famous work, the Church of the Holy Family, or La Sagrada Familia, is one of the largest churches Glaser has ever seen. Its scale makes the structure visible throughout the coastal metropolis.

“It is also a church that has been in the process of being built for almost 140 years,” said Glaser, a junior finance student. “Although Gaudí planned to finish it many years ago, when he died [in 1926]committees were formed, and they still vote to decide how he would have built it.

This is one of the most interesting facts Glaser can now share about the town he has lived in for the past few months. He was one of 34 students who took the first UBarcelona program this spring semester, organized by the University of Miami’s study abroad office and Barcelona Study Abroad Experience (SAE) – a company that manages the program locally and offers a wide range of Spanish lessons. and European professors from its center for university studies. The trip allowed university students to immerse themselves in Spanish culture while living in the city and helped students like senior Olivia Humpel hone her Spanish skills, while exploring Spain and the rest of Europe. Europe at the weekend.

“The opportunity to live in Europe was unprecedented, and my perspective on both my diet and my lifestyle changed,” said Sebastian Beaulieu, a finance student who also attended the University of Barcelona. this semester. “Living in Spain has made me a healthier person.”

Formed after years of student interest in the city, UBarcelona is the latest addition to nine U programs, which allow students to study abroad with a group of other Hurricanes. The University has also established a strong partnership with Barcelona SAE, which provides students with accommodation and personal assistance (if needed) during their stay in Barcelona, ​​said Anna Kenney, Deputy Director of Study Abroad.

“Students asked for this, so we were happy to finally be able to launch this program and provide another option in a Spanish-speaking country,” Kenney said. “Having 34 students abroad for our first semester at Barcelona is more than we could have hoped for.”

Natalie Gee, a young business tech student, is already missing Barcelona. And she said she was lucky to make a lot of friends there. One of the best parts of the academic experience, Gee added, was the fact that Barcelona SAE instructors incorporated field trips into most courses. Thus, the students were able to learn to find their way around the city while studying its architecture.

“I loved Barcelona so much that I would love to move there,” said Gee, a New York native and self-proclaimed travel enthusiast who enjoys visiting the city’s wonderful museums and historic sites. “It was the most positive experience of my life so far.”

Almost all study abroad programs are active again after being halted two years ago when the COVID-19 pandemic began to unfold. A limited number of programs were offered in fall 2021, according to Kenney. But, as of January 2022, more than 200 students have been enrolled in study abroad programs in 13 countries, including Spain, Italy, France, Brazil and Singapore. This summer, students will travel to seven different countries on 11 faculty-led study abroad programs in places like the UK, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Greece.

Glaser and two friends took full advantage of the opportunity to travel across Europe from Barcelona. They have visited nearly 10 countries planning trips each weekend – to France, Italy, Hungary, Portugal, Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day and the Netherlands for the annual Tulip Festival. He said the choice to study in Barcelona was perfect for him as the city has similarities with Miami.

“If you want an easy acclimatization to a city, Barcelona is the best way to go,” he said. “The people are friendly, the food is excellent and the airport is central. So you can get anywhere in Europe within hours.

The study abroad office has nearly 100 programs available to students in various countries around the world. There are more than 60 semester and full-year programs at partner universities, as well as 35 short-term programs.

For students interested in studying abroad, applications for Spring 2023 will open in late May or early June and deadlines vary by program, but most are due between mid-July and October 2022. Learn more or to attend an information session, visit the University of Miami Study Abroad websiteand make an appointment with an advisor.


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