Psychology in Barcelona
Come to Barcelona, a metropolis known for its beauty, architecture and music, and explore some of the most important questions of the human experience. This program offers two upper-division psychology courses, which are taught in English and emphasize Spanish culture.
In addition to the academic component of the program, you will hear from guest speakers, partake in excursions and activities that will focus on the rich and unique culture of Barcelona and Catalonia. One of the excursions included on the program is an all-day trip to Terragona to visit northern Spain's famous Roman ruins.
Scholarship Opportunity: Applicants to this program will have the option to apply for a program-specific scholarship. Five awards of $1,000 each are available. If interested, please refer to the Scholarship Essay in the program application, and speak with your GEO advisor if you have questions. Award recipients are chosen based on their scholarship essay, overall program application related to academic merit, and financial need. The due date for the Scholarship Essay is February 15, 2024.
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PSY388: Human Sexuality (300 level Psychology Elective)
Second Class: TBD
Human Sexuality will cover the topic of human sexuality from a psychological perspective with an emphasis on both US sexuality and cross-cultural sexuality. A wide range of topics will be covered including sexual responses, sexual practices, and sexual dysfunctions and their treatments. There will be a focus on understanding common misconceptions regarding sexuality and current controversies in the field. Past and present analysis on research and historical underpinnings influencing the cultural evolution of sexuality across cultures will be discussed. Sexual behaviors and identity will be discussed through personal development, culture, biological influences as well as the influence of attitudes, behaviors, knowledge, practices and myths on human sexuality. Course content will also examine sexuality throughout different developmental stages, fertility, reproduction, sexual functioning and privilege, socialization, dating, marriage, family, sexual orientation, non-traditional relationships, contraceptives and sexual responsibility. Interviews and lectures with mental health professionals will be provided as opportunities to students. This course will be taught by Barcelona faculty.
You will take classes at the IAU center, which houses five classrooms, study areas, an open-air terrace, as well as a meditation and reading room. There are several cafes and restaurants nearby where you can study or relax before or after class. The center is within walking distance of four metro stops and three bus lines for easy access to all of Barcelona.
Note: There are no Spanish classes offered on this program.
UO students: please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.
Non-UO students: Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.
Note: Although useful, Spanish or Catalan language is not required to participate in the program. Both courses are taught in English, and most of the population in Barcelona speaks at least a little English.
This program has a rolling admission application process: GEO staff (and the program faculty leader, if applicable) will complete a review of the application materials of complete applications in the order that they are submitted (“first come, first serve”). Decisions about acceptance will be made shortly after you submit a complete application. There are some programs that fill fast, some even before the deadline. Students are encouraged to complete applications and commit to programs early.
Acceptance is based on a holistic review of your application. This includes a review of your GPA, transcripts (including courses taken and in-progress), any additional requirements or prerequisites (see section "Additional Requirements"), and the short statement. Some programs require a letter of recommendation from a faculty that is not the program's faculty leader. If a letter of recommendation is required, you will find more information in your GEO application portal.
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You will stay in student residence halls with other students on the program. The rooms are double occupancy with access to a shared kitchen to prepare meals and shared living spaces in the facility.