Academic Training

Seminars and subjects

Throughout the programme 10 seminars in Spanish will be held on different general interest topics in different academic disciplines. These seminars are led by academic staff.

Compulsory subject:


  • Urban planning & Smart Cities
  • History of Catalonia
  • An introduction to Finance
  • Robotics
  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • Culture, Society and Health
  • Critical Thinking
  • Spanish Contemporany Art
  • Intercultural Communication
  • How the Brain Works

*Seminars may vary according to teacher availability.

This session provides an all-encompassing view of the concept of Smart Cities and in particular focuses on the development of Barcelona as one of the most important examples of this global urban movement. Smart cities emerged some years ago in response to questions posed by global processes such as: migrations from the countryside to the city, population growth, the increase in CO2 due to the expansion of vehicles and industry, consumption rates, the impact of tourism and the economic inequalities existing in the city.

This session offers an introduction to the History of Catalonia beginning with the settlement of Greek colonizers on the coast of Girona over 2,500 years ago. The first section of the session will cover people living in what today is Catalonia, such as Greeks, Iberians, Romans, Visigoths, or Muslims. The second section of the session will cover the development of the Catalan identity as an independent territory at first, to then be integrated into the Spanish lands. In the last minutes of the session the main issues affecting Catalonia today will be covered.

Today, companies, especially multinationals, face challenges and opportunities.  One of the biggest challenges in the area of finance is the exchange rate risk.

Through this seminar, the student will learn the basic concepts related to global finance and exchange rate risk, as well as the main hedging instruments due to exchange rate fluctuations.

The objective of this seminar is to understand the main concepts through theory, exercises and a case study.

Join our Masterclass on Critical Thinking to begin a revolutionary journey of intellectual discovery. This session is intended to give students embarking on an academic career the fundamental abilities they need to critically analyze, assess, and query material. Develop your ability to think critically, make wise judgments, and confidently handle dilemmas. You will improve your problem-solving skills and sharpen your sense of logical thinking through interactive conversations and hands-on exercises. Get ready to realize your full potential as a critical thinker and get a competitive advantage in both the academic and non-academic worlds.

The session provides an introduction to Spanish Contemporary Art from the beginning of the 20th century to the present as it examines key philosophical ideas and theoretical concepts behind the work and evolution of Spanish art in relation to similar movements in Europe and the United States. 

With our Masterclass on Intercultural Communication, enter a vibrant world of cultural interaction and communication skills. Students in the foundation year will gain priceless knowledge and abilities to successfully navigate various cultural landscapes through this immersion experience. Learn the importance of cultural quirks, foster empathy, and gain a thorough understanding of multicultural dynamics. You will learn useful techniques to promote cross-cultural understanding, settle problems, and forge harmonious relationships via engaging activities and real-world case studies. Join us as we enable you to embrace the richness of global variety and become a culturally proficient communicator.