Catalan Language Program


The Catalan program offers students a wide range of complementary activities to practice the language and engage with the Catalan speaking community around the world.Catalan is a Romance language spoken by 11 million people in Catalonia, Valencia, the Balearic Isles, Andorra and the town of Alghero in Sardinia. It is a language that dates back to the 9th century. In Catalan literature we find an array of renowned writers such as Maria Mercè Marçal, Salvador Espriu, Montserrat Roig, Miquel Martí i Pol and Ramon Llull; all of whom have contributed to creating a vivid and rich compendium of literary works throughout the centuries.

Catalan Language and Culture I (SPANISH 11A) and Catalan Language and Culture II (SPANISH 11B) provide an introduction to the Catalan language and culture based on a wide range of activities that focuses on the task-based and the communicative approach to learning a language. The classes involve a variety of activities, which are designed to develop the learners’ listening, reading, speaking and writing skills.


The Catalan meeting group meets every other week to practice the language and engage in interesting conversations. The Catalan students have the opportunity to meet members of the Catalan community abroad and get further insights into the current situation in the Catalan countries.


The Catalan institution Institut Ramon Llull along with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese organize every year the Catalan official exams to certify the language level around the Catalan speaking community. Students can take an exam according to their language level.


The program offers the opportunity to study Catalan in Barcelona, Girona or Andorra. The students can enroll in the Barcelona study abroad program of the Spanish and Portuguese Department at UCLA during the month of July to learn more about the Catalan culture. The program includes field trips and classes at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. The Institut Ramon Llull organizes a Catalan language program in Girona and Andorra in which the students of all the universities around the world can meet and exchange experiences while learning Catalan and discovering the Catalan culture from their intercultural perspective.

Sant Jordi – A celebration of books and roses

On the 23rd of April – the Saint George’s day – the Catalan community sells books and roses in the streets of Catalonia. To celebrate this tradition, the Catalan community at UCLA organizes a cultural event where books are exchanged and roses are given out. Students on campus are invited to the interesting talks on Catalan literature and culture that are followed by short gastronomy workshops.

Catalan cinema at the UCLA Latinamerican and Iberian Film Festival

Catalan films are featured in the Latinamerican and Iberian Film Festival at UCLA. The 4th Film Festival opening offered a double feature of two recent of Catalan movies: Bajarí – the story of gipsy dancing in Barcelona, and The Virus of Fear – a kiss as a source of troubles between parents and workers in a swimming pool.