The new degree programme Bachelor in International Education (BIE) at Blanquerna-URL meets the current need to train prospective global educators, professionals with positive sensitivity and attitude towards interculturalism and plurilingualism and willing to explore educational diversity in the world.
The BIE programme, which is a unique educational proposal in Catalonia, can also complement the degree programmes in Primary Education and Early Childhood Education, because it encompasses a perspective more linked to the international educational reality, with participation projects at a European or intercontinental level; international educational cooperation programmes; comparative studies of educational policies; and responsibilities in teaching, assessing and managing for international organisations and institutions whose main focus in their vision, mission and values is intercultural education, the enrichment of shared knowledge, and the mutual comprehension and respect among peoples and cultures.
This new educational proposal involves taking a total of 180 ECTS and, although this could be a three-year course, in the academic year 2020-2021, the School of Psychology, Education and Sport Sciences Blanquerna-URL will implement the subjects so that they are compatible with the degree courses in Primary Education and Early Childhood Education (morning timetable). In this sense, BIE in-person classes will be held from 15:00 to 18:00 pm.
The BIE programme includes two intensive external practice periods, the International Placements (IP), which aim at putting the learning acquired throughout the course into practice and at integrating the international dimension of education in the different contexts. One of these placements has to be outside Spain.
Students have a Personal Supervisor (PS) who will advise, guide and accompany them. They will also be responsible for following students up individually throughout their degree course (groups of 10 students with personalised mentoring, from the second semester in the first year to the end of their studies). In this sense, the Personal Supervisor (PS) will be a key reference for the student and will guarantee that every student’s learning itinerary is personalised. They will also follow up the development of the final project individually (Bachelor Portfolio).