Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Fall Semester Elective 2018
12 - 15 credits

Visiting semester students in UPF’s Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) enroll in upper division elective courses in communication, humanities, business, international relations, and social sciences, with an emphasis on European, Spanish and Catalan realities. Students select 4 to 5 courses, with options for English or Spanish instruction, for a total of 12 to 15 US credits. While there is no requirement to enroll in a Spanish language course, UPF offers all levels of Spanish language, which can be combined with subject courses.

Application Deadline
May 1, 2018
Apps accepted until May 15 as space permits

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (JPEG; passport style)
EU privacy consent form


  • Courses in liberal arts, Spanish language, Hispanic and European studies.
  • Site visits, tours, and speaker sessions.
  • Unique opportunities for involvement in the local community.

Program Dates
September 19, 2018 – December 12, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: Junior (3rd year) or above.

Cumulative GPA:* 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP)

Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP)

3.0 Credits
Catalan Studies | Course #: 51600 | Open
Once labeled by Newsweek magazine as the coolest city in Europe, Barcelona enjoys the reputation of a cosmopolitan city with a great international projection. Like all places, however, it is not without its complexities and contradictions. Behind a glossy and tourist-friendly facade, the city has a complex history.

This course introduces the student to the city of Barcelona by studying its past and analyzing its present. This interdisciplinary course covers subject in history, geography, art, architecture, and urban planning. Materials include images, maps, academic and literary texts, videos, field studies, and documentaries. We will also discuss issues relevant to people living within the city of Barcelona today.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Catalan Studies | Course #: 51601 | Open
Pre-requisite: Taught in Spanish - four semesters of college level Spanish required.
Barcelona ha sido etiquetada por Newsweek Magazine como la coolest city in Europe, otorgandole a su vez la reputacion de una ciudad cosmopolita con una gran proyeccion internacional. Sin embargo, al igual que sucede con otras ciudades, esta ciudad tambien presenta sus propias complejidades y contradicciones.

Este curso pretende introducir la ciudad de Barcelona al estudiante mediante el estudio de su pasado y el analisis de su presente. Este estudio interdisciplinar constituido por la historia, la geografia, el arte, la arquitectura y el urbanismo cubre los multiples angulos que han conformado esta ciudad. Para ello se usaran imagenes, mapas, textos academicos y literarios, videos, estudios de campo y documentales. Asimismo, tambien se discutiran los asuntos mas relevantes para la gente que en la actualidad conforma esta ciudad.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Catalan Studies | Course #: 51622 | Open
'Barcelona, the Rise of a Design City' looks at one of the most exciting periods of the city's recent history: what is known as the 'Barcelona design boom', a cultural phenomenon that helped define the Spanish transition to democracy in the 1980s and the city's Olympic dream in the 1990s. For a few years and in sharp contrast to the preceding decades, design became one of the main cultural frameworks of Barcelona's identity, both locally and abroad. Paired with architecture in a seemingly unavoidable partnership, it provided the seeds from which ultimately emerged the narrative of the city as it is seen today: that of a sophisticated European metropolis, miraculously emerging from the ashes of a decaying post-industrial provincial capital.
Initially addressing local design practice and design retail, and later embracing architecture as well, this course follows the way in which these disciplines turned ideas about local identity, modernity, social and cultural value into everyday material artefacts and environments. Design and architecture were placed at the heart of the city's popular culture, and of its international success to this day.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Catalan Studies | Course #: 51656 | Open
Pre-requisite: Taught in Spanish - four semesters of college level Spanish required.
Este curso esta indicado para todos aquellos alumnos que quieran conocer un poco la lengua y la cultura de la ciudad en la que vienen a hacer sus estudios desde un enfoque contrastivo con el espanol y otras lenguas romanicas. Este conocimiento les permitira sin duda situar mejor la lengua y cultura catalana en relacion a la espanola y la europea en general.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Catalan Studies | Course #: 51665 | Open
Pre-requisite: Taught in Spanish - four semesters of college level Spanish required.
El objetivo del curso consiste en introducir al estudiante en los principales episodios del arte del siglo XX. Con un tema de fondo: las complejas relaciones entre tradicion y vanguardia, clasicismo y modernidad, revolucion y reaccion artisticas a lo largo de todo un siglo.

Todo ello se realizara a traves de la aproximacion a cinco artistas catalanes o estrechamente vinculados a Cataluna, pero de indudable relevancia universal. Y, como se desprende del titulo del mismo, tomando como punto de partida sus obras mas significativas, con un metodo que alejandose del discurso historiografico o biografico situa en primer plano las obras concretas y parte siempre del lenguaje plastic.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
European Studies | Course #: 51617 | Open
The course is aimed at introducing the main institutions and the structure of the EU to US students. Module 1 of the course will examine the origin and the development of European integration process, the main theories behind the process of integration and the institutional structure of the EU. Module 2 is more policy-oriented and it will focus on some of the most relevant issues surrounding the contemporary debate on European integration: formulation of the EU budget, enlargement, neighborhood policy, the EU in the international scenario and the democratic deficit.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
European Studies | Course #: 51664 | Open
European football (soccer) has become a major cultural vehicle in the global world, both in terms of economical impact and social influence. This course focuses on how this sport shapes the social, economical and cultural realms, and tries to interpret the different links between the game itself and the dimensions surrounding it: media coverage, aesthetic value, political targeting, public and corporate policies... In that context, FC Barcelona remains a unique case, studied in business schools as an example of global market branding, while passionately lived by millions of fans all over the world. Moreover, Barcelona city offers a privileged standpoint to better understand football as a growing issue within contemporary culture.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Global Studies | Course #: 51620 | Open
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the worldwide media panorama has undergone structural changes which have dramatically changed the relationship between global politics and the transnational communication system. The former Anglo-American dominance over global news flow has been replaced by a new circuit of cultural, regional and national systems all competing in what former French president Jacques Chirac called the “global battle of images”.

In this sense, the present course looks at world news management up until now before analyzing the consolidation of global media such as Al-Jazeera in the Arab world, Tele Sur (Latin America) or Zee TV (India) to look at their role in the global news story and the development of “South-South” communication.

Through the analysis of case studies such as the media coverage of Islam, the Africa story, the European Union and finally the image of Spain in the foreign press, we can analyze the role of the foreign correspondent as an intercultural mediator, the media construction of the “Other”, the new actors in the global news narrative and ask the question: how does the future of the world news system shape up?
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Global Studies | Course #: 51667 | Open
Cooperation for development is a fundamental objective for various international actors such as the United Nations (UN), more concretely the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); the World Bank; and the European Union. International cooperation, from a multilevel and integral point of view, implies not only the participation of intergovernmental and State institutions but also of local governments and non governmental organizations. In this context, all actors have to contribute from their own areas of expertise in order to improve the system.

The European Union is a paradigmatic illustration of this multilevel approach and commitment to international cooperation for development. Currently, Europe is the main source of funds for cooperation. The European Commission and governments, both at national and at local level, conduct several development programmes and projects that not only seek to provide funds but also to exchange experiences in relation to governability and public policies.

The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the principal issues related to development and international cooperation, with a special emphasis on the role of the EU as main donor in the field of official development assistance (ODA). The main thrust of the course will be on outlining the institutional and political mechanisms of international development, as well as examine their impact in developing territories. At the same time the course aims to offer students a deepened insight into some of the most controversial debates surrounding the current state of affairs of international cooperation.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Global Studies | Course #: 51712 | Open
The course represents a systematic introduction to major political ideas that emerged and developed from the French Revolution to globalization The classes will be based on analyzing and debating political ideas and arguments of representative authors such as E. Burke, A. de Tocqueville, J. S. Mill, K. Marx, F. Nietzsche or Hannah Arendt. Relevant documentaries and films will be discussed in order to better grasp the historical context and the power of ideas in shaping political events.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hispanic Studies | Course #: 51606 | Open
Pre-requisite: Taught in Spanish - four semesters of college level Spanish required. Students should have strong command of the language.
El curso esta planteado para que el estudiante gane seguridad y fluidez en su produccion e interaccion oral en espanol. Para ello, se hace especial hincapie en el vocabulario asi como en los marcadores discursivos y expresiones con funcion fatica. Las clases estan pensadas para que el estudiante se sienta comodo hablando en espanol sobre temas muy diversos. El curso se plantea a partir de las necesidades individuales de cada estudiante; asi­, a partir de un primer diagnostico del profesor y de una concrecion de objetivos por parte del estudiante, se formula una evaluacion individualizada para cada estudiante.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hispanic Studies | Course #: 51607 | Open
The objective of this course is to offer a survey approach to the history of artistic developments in Spain from Goya to Barcelo. A background on this specific field is not required. For this reason not only the main artistic events will be covered, but also some political, historical and cultural issues that might be relevant. Landscape art, gender production, the Spanish take on Primitivism and the dynamics between artistic creation and finance capital are some of its more relevant aspects. Classical examples of oil painting will be combined with references to such contemporary media as performance, videoart or installation art. Although this course is mainly based on lectures and class debate, three visits to galleries and exhibitions plus a self-guided visit will be also part of the course requirements. These visits will be made during the class time, and are equivalent to a usual in-class session.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hispanic Studies | Course #: 51608 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course taught in Spanish - intermediate Spanish language required. Students must have taken at least 4 semesters of college-level Spanish, or be native speakers.
Este curso se proyecta como una panoramica de la literatura espanola del s. XX, a partir del analisis de textos breves de algunos de sus autores mas representativos, y siempre teniendo en cuenta el marco historico e ideologico en el que se llevaron a cabo. Asimismo, se facilitaran algunas pautas para que el alumnado disponga de las suficientes herramientas conceptuales y procedimentales como para poder abordar los textos, por lo que se trataran desde cuestiones de genero hasta estilisticas. El curso incluira un breve apunte sobre narradores hispanoamericanos, por la profunda huella que dejaron en el imaginario de los autores peninsulares, y en tanto que genuinos fundadores de la literatura contemporanea en lengua castellana.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hispanic Studies | Course #: 51609 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course taught in Spanish - intermediate Spanish language required. Four semesters of college level Spanish prerequisite.
El curso ofrece una introduccion al cine espanol desde el inicio de la democracia, en los anos setenta, hasta la actualidad, con una atencion particular hacia aquellos cineastas que destacan tanto por su valor artistico como por su capacidad para reflejar los rasgos mas destacables de la realidad y la cultura espanola contemporanea. Las diferentes sesiones del curso exponen el imaginario plural del cine espanol mas reciente, a traves de la obra de autores como Pedro Almodovar, Victor Erice, Julio Medem, Alejandro Amenabar, Jose Luis Guerin, Pilar Miro, Isabel Coixet, Iciar Bollain, Judith Colell, etc.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hispanic Studies | Course #: 51612 | Open
Pre-requisite: Taught in Spanish - four semesters of college level Spanish required.
This course is designed to give both political science and non-political science majors a robust overview of key features of Spanish Politics. The core of the course is the study of the nature and functioning of the Spanish democratic system established by the late seventies. It pays special attention to the main political processes, institutions, actors, belief systems and political behavior in the country, including contemporary political violence and international immigration.

At the beginning of the course, some sessions will be devoted to study the previous Spanish democratic experience (1931-1936), its collapse (1936-1939), the authoritarian rule imposed afterwards and the Spanish transition to democracy (1975-1978), episodes that have left their mark on the features of the current Spanish political system.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hispanic Studies | Course #: 51621 | Open
Pre-requisite: Taught in Spanish - four semesters of college level Spanish required.
¿Como es posible que hoy gobiernen las ciudades de Barcelona o Madrid proyectos politicos impulsados por activistas provenientes de movimientos sociales enfrentados a las instituciones? ¿Como es posible que en el Parlament de Catalunya haya una mayoria a favor de la independencia de Espana? En 2011 las movilizaciones del 15M en Espana reivindicando democracia real dieron la vuelta al mundo. No era un caso aislado, tambien era tiempo de movilizaciones en Islandia, Tunez, Egipto, Grecia, Estados Unidos... Cada pais tiene su realidad, pero hay elementos de conexion. Espana vive hoy un periodo de cambio politico-cultural en el que los movimientos sociales tienen un gran protagonismo. Esta asignatura busca analizar estos cambios desde una perspectiva interdisciplinar (filosofia, etica, sociologia, ciencia politica, economia...) y con un interes principal en sus contribuciones a la democracia, los derechos, la etica y la politica. Atendiendo, tambien, a otros paises donde en este inicio del siglo XXI han surgido movimientos sociales con estas reivindicaciones.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hispanic Studies | Course #: 51695 | Open
The course presents an itinerary around the human, historical and cultural heritage of the Spanish Jews, from the Middle Ages to present day. The first part of the course focuses on the cultural history of Sepharad, from the origins of Jewish presence to the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. Next, the delves into the concept of identity, understood broadly from the impact on Jewish/non Jewish identity of issues such as: Cryptojudaism under the Inquisition, a new Diaspora (the Sephardic), the return of the Jews from the late 19th Century, during the inter-war period and during the Shoah. Finally, the course will also analyze the cultural, architectural and human recovery of the Spanish Jewish heritage. Different private and public initiatives aimed to develop tourism or marketing projects revolving around the “myth” of Sepharad will be
analyzed as case studies. Students will work on individual or group projects to explore into questions such as: How is Jewish heritage and history presented in Spain? What are the strategies and outcomes of such projects? What is the prevalent discourse in these cultural initiatives? How does the Spanish society face its Jewish cultural roots today?
Contact Hours: 45
6.0 Credits
Language | Course #: 51637 | Open
Students take a placement test upon arrival to determine their Spanish language level.
Contact Hours: 90
6.0 Credits
Language | Course #: 51638 | Open
Students take a placement test upon arrival to determine their Spanish language level.
Contact Hours: 90
6.0 Credits
Language | Course #: 51639 | Open
Students take a placement test upon arrival to determine their Spanish language level.
Contact Hours: 90
6.0 Credits
Language | Course #: 51640 | Open
Students take a placement test upon arrival to determine their Spanish language level.
Contact Hours: 90
6.0 Credits
Language | Course #: 51641 | Open
Students take a placement test upon arrival to determine their Spanish language level.
Contact Hours: 90
6.0 Credits
Language | Course #: 51642 | Open
Students take a placement test upon arrival to determine their Spanish language level.
Contact Hours: 90

Courses & Schedule
UPF Semester courses are generally offered Monday through Thursday. SAI students are free to enroll in any combination of elective courses, but prerequisites must be demonstrated through students’ transcripts. Students wishing to enroll in content courses in Spanish must be heritage speakers or have at least completed three semesters of college level Spanish.

Course Registration
As soon as the UPF semester schedule is confirmed, students are asked to complete a Course Approval form, which is used to specify first-choice and alternate-choice courses. SAI’s Barcelona Admissions Counselor will help guide students through this process. Students choose classes based on a preliminary schedule that is subject to change. The final course days and times are published just ahead of the program start date.

Placement Tests
Students who register for Spanish Language courses and for courses taught in Spanish must complete a placement test upon arrival in Barcelona.

Pre-Departure Calendar
May 1 2018
Application Deadline
Applications accepted until May 15 as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
May 1 2018
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
June 1 2018
SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for an SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
July 1 2018
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
July 1 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
August 1 2018
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
September 19 2018
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into El Prat Barcelona (BCN) airport. SAI airport pickup is provided between 10:00am and 3:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
September 20 2018
SAI Orientation
Mandatory SAI orientation is held at the SAI Barcelona office and introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
September 21 2018
Academic Orientation & Spanish Placement Test
UPF orientation provides details on academic policies, and allows students to meet one another and their professors. Students enrolled in Spanish language courses also complete the placement test.
September 25 2018
Classes Begin
December 6 – 7 2018
Holiday (no class)
December 11 2018
Final Exams End
December 12 2018
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
Program Fee: 12 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
Program Fee: 15 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
Optional / Additional Fees:  
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
Optional Visa Processing Fee
Available for some jurisdictions.
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.

*prices are subject to change

Note: certain SAI-affiliated US universities require specific payment arrangements. These may require that some fees are paid by the student directly to SAI, and other fees are paid to SAI by the affiliated university on behalf of the student. If you attend an SAI-affiliated university please contact your study abroad office or speak with your SAI Admissions Counselor for details.

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from Barcelona
$950 $1,200
Visa fees, paid to Consulate.
$160 $160
Books, Supplies & Course Fees $100 / course $200 / course
Includes groceries and eating out.
$700 / month $1,000 / month
Personal Expenses $300 / month $350 / month
Transportation within Barcelona
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$100 / month $150 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI Signature Services Program; it includes our full services!

  • Program tuition and U.S. academic credit
  • Accommodation in carefully selected student housing
  • Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Cell phone rental with free incoming calls and texts while in host country
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI weekend excursion
  • Frequent SAI cultural activities and day trips
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid and loan processing
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI offers activities, at no extra cost, for students to get to know their community, city and country. Following is a sample of the activities included in this program. Please note that actual activities may differ.

Welcome Lunch
Students are welcomed to their new city over a traditional 3 course Spanish lunch to mingle and get to know each other.

Discovering Barcelona: Born walking tour and Picasso Museum
Students enjoy a walk through the old Born neighborhood, going back to the old Medieval times in Barcelona, and discover one of the jewels of the city: Santa Maria del Mar church, in pure 14th century Catalan Gothic style. The group finishes the tour at the famous Picasso Museum.

Gaudí Modernism Architecture Walking Tour
Students join a walking tour to visit some of the best-known works of the world-renowned Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí. The Gaudí Modernist tour begins with an appreciation of the exterior of the Sagrada Familia, then on to Casa Batllò and Casa Milà.

Volunteering in a Primary School
Students visit a local primary school to participate in English classroom activities with children between the ages of 3 and 12. This enriching activity is available for students to continue throughout their term if they wish.

Weekend Excursion to Seville
Students take a weekend trip to enjoy the beauty of the city of Seville, which represents the Southern Spanish way of life, in its purest and most intense form. Seville is known for its narrow, winding, medieval lanes and romantic hidden plazas, as well as for its two traditions: flamenco and bullfighting. Students explore the city, eat great food, see beautiful art, and take a fun bike tour.

The Spanish Family Experience
Semester students are invited to participate in a unique volunteer activity in Barcelona. Under the guidance of SAI’s on-site Program Coordinator, students are introduced to a local family with the goal of facilitating cultural exchange. Students typically meet with their “families” once a week and spend time chatting with the children in English, followed by a family dinner. This allows students to get a glimpse of family life in Barcelona and to create lasting friendships. Additional cultural enrichment activities include language exchanges with young locals (19 to 30 years old).

Dalí and Girona Day Trip
Students take a day trip to visit the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Salvador Dalí’s hometown of Figueres, followed by a visit to the beautiful capital city of the province: Girona. Girona has more than 2000 years of history, and its highlights include the old Jewish quarter, its historical fortified enclosures, as well as the Palanques Vermelles Bridge, built by the Eiffel Company in 1827.

Spanish Cooking Lesson
Students take a cooking lesson designed to teach typical Spanish (mostly Catalan) dishes that are easy to make again independently. Dishes are prepared according to the season and include appetizer, main course and dessert.

Castellers “Human Castles” Workshop
The origins of the Catalan tradition of building human towers, or “castles” as they are called in Catalan, date back to the 18th century. Small town groups (colles) compete around the tallest and strongest castles. Students join one of the groups (colles) of Barcelona, where they are invited to join a training session to discover how the spectacular “human castles” are created!

Sitges Beach Day
Students visit the town of Sitges, which is a paradise of sun, sea and mild temperatures year-round, and a venue for international film and music festivals. Beautiful views and long beaches make Sitges a wonderful day trip.

Montserrat & Cava Cellar Day Trip
Students take a day trip to Montserrat, a spectacularly beautiful Benedictine mountain retreat. Its unusual rock formations and its natural beauty have made it a Catalonian icon. Students take the cable train up the mountain to visit the monastery and wander the mountain paths, with amazing views of the Catalonian countryside. After this, students visit a Cava cellar where the prestigious sparkling wine is made and exported around the world.

Farewell Dinner
Students celebrate the end of a successful semester abroad and say their goodbyes over a delicious Spanish meal.

Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient, clean, and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (upgrade to private bedroom available). Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless internet. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.

Passports should be valid for 6 months after planned departure from Spain.

Student Visas
In accordance with Spanish law students studying in Spain for 91 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Those with Spanish/EU citizenship are exempted. The Fall 2018 HESP semester program runs for 85 days, so SAI students attending this program are not required to obtain a visa. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for details on student visa requirements.

Students must appear in person at the Spanish Consulate to present their visa application. SAI is able to process visa applications (no trip to the Consulate required!) for students who live or attend school in some jurisdictions. Students who wish to use this optional service should contact SAI directly to confirm that they are eligible.

For those who prefer to present their visa application in person, SAI provides student visa consulting at no cost.

About SAI

SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.