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* WWU Global Learning Program: Summer, Spain- Discover Language and Culture in Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 05/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission 06/28/2015 08/01/2015

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Global Learning Faculty-led
Language of Instruction:
Language Prerequisite: No
Fields of Study:
Linguistics, Philosophy
Housing Options: Other
Program Description:
WWU Global Learning Programs Program Details Instructor Cost

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Global Learning

Spain - Barcelona

LING 237B 5 credits
INTL 205 4 credits

Discover Language and Culture in Barcelona

Pre-departure session dates: TBD
Travel dates: June 29 - August 1, 2015
Return session dates: TBD

Explore the diversity and complexity of language. Examine the key building blocks of all human language--phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. See these components at work in social contexts as we learn about and discuss various aspects of language variation, language change, and language acquisition. Question assumptions about language and consider the relationships between language and cultural attitudes. Barcelona will offer us a unique opportunity to explore aspects of language in a new environment and to compare English to Catalan and to Spanish throughout.

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Program Details

Explore the diversity and complexity of language in an international setting.

  • Spend 5 weeks immersed in Barcelona and Catalonia culture
  • Experience the nighttime festivities of Saint Joan during the summer solstice
  • Engage with local merchants and community members to discover the importance of language, culture, and national identity.
  • Explore cultural and historic places like the Raval, Montserrat, Tarragona and Girona
  • Earn 5 WWU GUR credits in this international mecca 
  • Choose from one of six international course electives and earn 4 international credits:
    • Contemporary Spanish Society
    • Great 20th Century Artists: Dalí, Picasso, and Miró
    • Sports and Society in Spain
    • Management Across Borders
    • Cross-Cultural Psychology and Early Childhood Education
    • Spanish language (at any level)

Click here to download a detailed, printable itinerary.

LING 237B: Course Syllabus
INTL 205: Contemporary Spanish Society Syllabus
INTL 205: Great 20th Century Artists Syllabus
INTL 205: Sports and Society in Spain Syllabus
INTL 205: Management Across Borders Syllabus
INTL 205: Cross-Cultural Psychology and Early Childhood Education Syllabus
INTL 205: Spanish (at any level)

Barcelona Slideshow
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Kristin Denham is Professor of Linguistics in the English Department at Western Washington University. She hails from the hills of Virginia, studied Linguistics and French at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, received her MA in Linguistics from the University of Arizona, and her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Washington. During college, she spent a year studying in Grenoble, France, and enjoyed traveling around Europe.

In addition to linguistics, Kristin’s other passions are exploring the outdoors, eating fine food, enjoying her three teenagers’ and their activities, and traveling.

Phone: 360-650-3217
Office Location: HU 341
Barcelona SAE:


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To learn more about the Faculty-led Global Learning Programs and to see Information Session details please visit Western Washington University's Travel Abroad page.


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