Origins of Barcelona come from I B.C. when Romans settled on a small colony around the mountain Taber. Since IV B.C. to XII A.C, Barcelona was consolidating as an urban nucleus. Furthermore, Barcelona began its process of expansion getting stronger politically, religiously and commercially. In XX century, Barcelona became the capital of cultural avant-garde and also the capital of new technological and scientific techniques. Moreover, in 1992, Barcelona received the Olympic Games and the city could show around the world that it was a modern and advanced city besides welcoming, supportive and warm. Nowadays, Barcelona has become a multicultural and cosmopolitan city, which is eager to receive new people, the ideas of whom make the city shine.
IQS is engaged in the personal, academic and professional education of people, both ethically and comprehensively, on the basis of social commitment. Owing to its scientific tradition, IQS provides a practical and rigorous education. IQS has a strong relationship and association with science and business/industry. This provides great flexibility, dynamism and constant evolution through innovation and adaptation to academic, business and social reality. Being an IQS student means much more than following a syllabus, because the driving force of IQS is Excellence. This is inseparable from the effort, discipline and scientific rigor that will enable you to grow as a Person.
Students take classes at IQS, one of the two Jesuit universities in Barcelona. Their academic program begins with a three week Spanish language course. During the semester, IQS has a variety of Business courses in which students can enroll. Students must be academically engaged four days a week. Students will take three courses, three credits each, in addition to taking a three credit internship, for a total of fifteen credits.
Students will be placed in fully furnished apartments a short distance from the IQS campus. Students may request one roommate following their approval to study abroad.
The International Relations Office at IQS assigns a mentor for all foreign students. The mentor is an IQS student who offers to the newcomer his/her support. All foreign students can ask the mentor all doubts and questions they have, before coming and once they are in Barcelona. Usually, mentors receive new students in the airport and they go with the international student to their new accommodations. Mentors are the guides for new students. They will help their foreign mates in everything they are able about IQS, public transport in Barcelona, nice places to visit, etc.
The International Relations Office offers a “Welcome dinner” and a “Closing dinner” for all foreign students. The first one is useful for meeting all foreign students and the last one for saying good bye to everybody. During the course, there are different activities for the International Students. Information is posted in the International Relations noticeboard which is located in the hall of the 2nd floor.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND POLICIES
In order to participate in this program, each student must first complete all application requirements at their home university. Each university has different application requirements so be sure to speak to your study abroad advisor.
After the initial application has been processed by the Study Abroad Office, students will receive an e-mail regarding their application status and instructions on the next steps.
Spring: October 1
Students applying to study abroad at IQS must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 as well as meet the remaining Fairfield University study abroad approval requirements. This program is competitive and applicants are expected to exhibit a high level of maturity, independence, and seriousness of purpose.
PROGRAM FEES AND CANCELLATION
Semester program cost includes:
- Airport pick-up and transfer
- Comprehensive orientation
- Onsite student support with 24-hour emergency assistance
- Visa assistance
- Cultural excursions
- Insurance, including full medical coverage and medical emergency evacuation
Students are required to submit a non-refundable $1,000 deposit for their program after committing to going abroad for a semester or summer, and are subject to a cancellation fee if they withdraw from the program after the deposit deadline. The deposit is part of the students overall tuition and will be reflected on their invoice.The Deposit Deadline is as follows:
Spring: October 15
The amount of the cancellation fee will be determined by the Fairfield University Office of Study Abroad after a review is conducted of the non-refundable expenses that have already been incurred. These direct non-refundable expenses will begin to incur as soon as commitment is made to the study abroad program; they may include tuition, housing, and orientation fees. The cancellation fee may be as high as $12,000 or more.
Please see additional program cancellation policy information.
All participating students are automatically enrolled in Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) health insurance for the duration of their study abroad program. This insurance is included in the program fee, and there is no additional cost to the student. This coverage should not replace your primary insurance.
Fairfield University requires that all travel done independently from the program be registered with CISI for emergency purposes. Independent travel can be registered by logging into individual CISI accounts. Students will be able to log-in once insurance cards are issued (within a month of departure).
To view detailed information regarding the Fairfield University Office of Study Abroad program agreement with CISI, please see the following CISI website.
If you have additional questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact our office.
The Trustees of the University reserve the right to change tuition rates and make additional changes whenever necessary.