Summer at Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona

Take courses in English and Spanish and enjoy the 2,000 years of architectural and cultural splendor that Barcelona has to offer. You’ll study on the beautiful new campus of this internationally known university.

We’ve got culture, business, and Spanish courses at a dynamic university! Study Spanish abroad in Barcelona. Take a variety of exciting classes in Spanish language, art history, cultural studies, international business, political science, and other disciplines. You’re sure to find interesting, applicable coursework when you study abroad in Barcelona for the summer.  

We know Barcelona is the place to be in the summer. At CISabroad, all our advisors have studied or lived abroad, and we’re here to help you get the most out of your experience.  Barcelona comes to life in the summer. We think it’s one of the coolest cities in Europe, and we can’t wait for you to see what we’re talking about!

We care about the environment. CISabroad is green-friendly. Your round-trip flight to Barcelona will be offset by the work of CISabroad’s environmental partnerships around the world so you can have peace of mind when you spend your summer abroad in Spain. 

Beaches, culture, Spanish-language immersion, and a university with a strong international reputation await you when you study abroad in Barcelona! Summer at UAB lets you earn 6 credits in 6 weeks while living in one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities. 

Spend a summer studying abroad in Spain studying at an internationally renowned university in the cultural hub of Mediterranean Europe. On Summer at Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, you can soak up all that Barcelona has to offer both inside and outside the classroom. You’ll experience:

The most pristine white-sand beaches in Western Europe – Barcelona enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers. It’s always the perfect time of year for a visit to the beach! Barcelona’s beaches and boardwalks, a stone’s throw from your front door, are a main attraction in the city.

Life in the cultural capital of the Mediterranean – Barcelona is home to more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other city in Europe. You will witness 2,000 years of architectural and cultural splendor. The numerous museums, churches, cathedrals, and concert halls, the modern art of Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso, and the influential architecture of Antonio Gaudi and Mies van der Rohe make Barcelona an aesthetically appealing destination for visitors from all over the world. Get ready for:

World-class academics at one of the strongest universities in Western Europe – You will spend your summer studying at the newest, most modern branch of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Study Spanish in Barcelona - the campus is located in an affluent financial and educational district in northern Barcelona.

Accommodations that suit your style – Summer at the UAB allows you to live with a Spanish family or share an apartment with other international students. 

The city of Barcelona – The café culture, boutique shops, tapas restaurants, and world-famous nightlife will easily keep you busy for the entire summer.

Cultural activities and excursions are included – Imagine learning a little more about the history of Spain through a cooking class, or about southern Spain’s traditions while enjoying a flamenco show. Get to know the barrios of Barcelona in greater detail with small guided tours, or learn about immigration patterns affecting the city through diversity scavenger hunts.

If you've ever wanted to study abroad in Spain, then check out our summer study abroad program at Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona. Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • Hands-on orientation and guided tours of the city
  • A Catalan cooking class, a flamenco show, museum visits, and cinema night
  • One optional guided weekend excursion outside of Barcelona (at an additional cost)
  • Custom housing options
  • An internationally recognized university
  • A range of academic offerings to suit your major and interests
  • Classes taught in both English and Spanish
  • Study Spanish abroad in Barcelona:  Spanish classes tailored to your proficiency, whether beginner or advanced
  • A coastline of the best beaches in Europe
  • Café culture, delicious cuisine, amazing nightlife, and incredible shopping
  • Enough UNESCO World Heritage sites and architectural masterpieces to keep you busy for a lifetime

As part of Summer at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, you will have an extensive orientation and tour of the city. You will also have a weekend excursion included in the program package. Possible weekend trips include beautiful Costa Brava, Valencia, magical Granada, or majestic Madrid, among others.

Summer at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona offers an incredible opportunity for intensive study of the Spanish language, and for taking electives in your major, minor, or another area that interests you—all for credit at your home university. Class sizes are small to increase interaction with the professor, encourage academic rigor, and allow the international students to work together.

You may choose either 2 elective courses or one language class and one elective to complete the 6-credit course load. Courses are taught in Spanish or in English by local faculty, so you don’t need to start with any Spanish-language skills. All levels of proficiency are accommodated. Classes are Monday through Thursday, leaving plenty of time for exploring the city, visiting museums and galleries, and day tripping with fellow international students.

GPA Required: 2.75. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses

Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses.

Course load:  2 courses (6 US credits).

Course approval:  It is best to get 4 classes approved before you go abroad. This way you will have plenty of classes to choose from and some flexibility in setting up your schedule. You should also consider filling elective requirements while abroad.

Available courses for Summer:

Cross-Cultural Management – 45 hours
E-Commerce and Online Businesses
Español para los Negocios – 45 hours (prerequisite: lower–intermediate level of Spanish)
International Business 
International Economics
International Marketing Strategies
Mediterranean Politics and Culture
Spanish Art and Cultural Heritage
Spanish Civilization and Culture

For a full course schedule, click here.

Spanish language levels A1 (beginner) to C2 (advanced). See the syllabi for all levels offered here.

*Please note that courses offered in the summer term are listed as “Su” in the University’s course guide, and 4.5 Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona credits are equal to 3 US credits.

* Please note, it is important to submit your course registration page (provided to you by CISabroad upon acceptance) as early as possible, as courses tend to fill up very quickly at UAB and your first choices may not be available if you delay too long. Please plan ahead to get your course choices approved at your home university so you can have them ready to submit after you are accepted to the program.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.


Your summer in Barcelona is sure to be one of the best of your life. Barcelona is known for providing an incredible setting for both tourists and international students looking to study abroad! The city’s amazing Mediterranean location near the border of France gives it a mild climate year-round, and it has easy access to beaches all along its coast. Barcelona is the second-largest city in Spain, and offers endless opportunities to experience the city’s unique mixture of Spanish and Catalan culture. It’s the perfect place to practice your Spanish language skills!

Barcelona’s efficient transportation system makes it easy to get to beautiful beaches both north and south of the city, and it also makes it easy to get to and from campus to your housing or to the city’s many attractions. The city will strike you immediately with its distinctively Catalan flair, diverse international population, passionate sports culture, colorful atmosphere, and vibrant nightlife. You’ll never want to leave!

CISabroad students in Barcelona will study at one of the top universities in Spain: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Founded in 1968, UAB is a young, entrepreneurial university. UAB is accredited by the Ministry of Education and Science. The university ranks as the #3 university in Spain and #190 in the world by QS.

It is one of the few universities in Spain that was designed to have a true campus feel—housing students, research, a language center, sports facilities, a health club, restaurants, and shops in one community. Today, 3 campuses serve 29,000 undergraduates, including 2,000 international students. And no matter your level of Spanish, you’ll find great classes!

Students spending the summer at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona will be taking classes at the Sarria campus.  The Sarria campus is located on Consell de Cent Street, just a few metres away from Passeig the Gracia, a major shopping and business area in Barcelona.  This is the newest of the University’s 3 campuses, as it opened in January 2009, however students will have access to classrooms equipped with new technologies.  You will be taking classes with international students.  

Summer at Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona begins with airport pickup at the Barcelona El Prat airport.  The Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona offers a robust orientation program when you arrive on campus. It includes handouts, presentations, skits, local student volunteers, and experiential learning activities. You’ll learn about life in Barcelona and at Spanish universities, the unique characteristics of this university system, and how to make the most of your time in Barcelona socially, culturally, and academically.

Spend your days in Barcelona lounging on the beautiful beaches right outside your door, or head into the city to experience the incredible cultural mecca! You can visit art exhibitions, theater and dance performances, film festivals, concerts, lectures, and other events, doing something different every day and never getting bored. Barcelona’s bustling city center will keep you entertained no matter how long your stay is.

Summer at Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona is unique because of the hands-on activities, excursions, and assistance provided by our CISabroad Site Director and on-site staff. From the moment you step off the plane, the CISabroad on-site staff will be your mentor and guide.  They will take you to a flamenco show, the museums and markets, and an outdoor Spanish cinema. The on-site staff can also help you arrange a language exchange partner and a Catalan cooking class. Once during the summer, you will also have the option of a weekend excursion outside of Barcelona. Possible destinations include Costa Brava, Granada, or Madrid. Whether or not you decide to partake of the cultural events and excursions, our CISabroad Site Director and on-site staff will be there to lend you a helping hand every step of the way. 

During your summer at the Universitat Autónoma de Barceloa, you can choose between living in an apartment or in a homestay.

The fully-furnished apartments are located about 25 minutes away from the campus. You will share a room with one other student, and a total of six students will live in each apartment. Included is a shared living room, a well-equipped kitchen, and bathrooms. Living in the heart of Barcelona, you’ll have endless options of things to do and see right outside your door!

If you choose a homestay, you’ll get to to become completely immersed in Spanish culture. You will live with a Spanish family, older person, or young professional, and share a room with one other student. You’ll have access to bed linens, a shared bathroom, and a communal living space and kitchen. Your host family will provide breakfast, dinner, and a weekly laundry service. Your study abroad experience will be even more enhanced by getting to know life in Barcelona this way!

Elena Villaescusa, Barcelona Onsite Director 
Elena was born in Girona, but has lived in a variety of cities in Spain. She has her B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona and a M.A. in Communication, Tourism and New Technologies (e-Tourism) from the University of Barcelona. Her work experience is focused on Place Branding Online and she is the co-founder of the association International Exchange Erasmus Student Network at UPF, which helps to welcome university students to Barcelona. She worked and studied in various countries throughout Europe and is a world traveler. Currently, she lives in the dynamic city of Barcelona, and loves languages, dancing, traveling, culture and, above all, people.

1. What is the cost of program tuition? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for Summer at UAB can be found here

2. When are the program fees due?

Program Fees for Summer at UAB are due on April 1st. If you have any questions about tuition deadlines, please contact an advisor at

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

The application process can be broken into easy steps!

The first step is to fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. (Only takes five minutes!)

After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms.

The next step is to pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost. 

Within a day after submitting your deposit, you will receive a welcome email from your Program Coordinator—the person you will work with until departure. Your Program Coordinator will then give you program specific items in your portal. (Note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)

#CISabroadTip: Contact your school’s registrar and have them send us your transcript early on in the application process (you can send us your transcript even before you’ve made the $200 deposit!) since snail mail makes this the slowest piece to submit. (We do also accept electronic OFFICIAL transcripts if your school provides them.)

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. The application deadline for Summer at UAB can be found here.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

Yes, you do need a passport to travel to Spain. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For Summer at UAB, you WILL NOT need a student visa. When you arrive in Barcelona, you will be issued a tourist visa that is good for up to 90 days.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes. The GPA requirement for Summer at UAB is 2.75.

6. What are my housing options?

Summer at UAB offers either a homestay with a local host or an apartment with international or U.S. students.

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

For Summer at UAB, you will take 2 classes for 6 credits. To see the courses available, go to the course catalog

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and a January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

Term: Summer 2017
Arrival May 29
Departure July 14
Application Deadline March 15
Term: Summer 2017 Price: $5,690 more info

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Cultural and recreational excursions and activities in Barcelona
  • One guided weekend excursion outside of Barcelona
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing (apartment, local home, or residence hall)
  • Meal plan available with a homestay
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona orientation
  • On-site support
  • Official Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

*CISabroad  reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.