Your summer in Barcelona translates to sparkling beaches, Spanish-language immersion, and a university with a strong international reputation. On the Summer in Barcelona – Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) program, you’ll earn six credits in six weeks while living in one of Europe’s most lively, playful cities. Dive into your coursework and then dive into the city around you. Just a few ideas: practice your Spanish as you stroll down the tree-lined La Rambla, take a cooking class to perfect those delicious tapas, and lose an afternoon (or many) to Gaudi’s whimsical architecture. Six weeks will fly by in this entrancing city on the Mediterranean.
- GPA Requirement
- 2.75 - Sophomore Standing
- Application Deadlines
Summer: March 15
- Avg Course Load
- 2 courses (6 US credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
- English and Spanish
Key Program Highlights
- Hands-on orientation and guided tours of the city
- One optional guided weekend excursion outside of Barcelona (at an additional cost)
- Academic offerings in both English and Spanish to suit your major and interests
- Homestay option with a local family
- Multiple day excursions to places such as Besalu, Girona, or Tarragona
Your Journey Begins Here
Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.
Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
Life in Barcelona
Welcome and Orientation
Once you arrive to the capital of Catalonia CISabroad staff will meet you at the airport and help get you to your apartment or homestay. Upon arrival you’ll take part in the CISabroad Logistical, Cultural and Academic Orientation with other students and interns on the program. The onsite staff will introduce you to this dynamic and cosmopolitan city that you will call home, giving you tips on to how to be safe and healthy as well as how to make the most of your time in vibrant Barcelona.
After our fun, interactive orientation sessions, we’ll have a welcome lunch in a traditional restaurant, giving you your first culinary experiences in the new city by trying the staple, “pan con tomate,” along with other delicious Mediterranean food!
Farewell and Re-entry Program
As the program draws to a close, we will be sure you go home with the tools you need to make the most of your experience. In our re-entry workshop you’ll learn how to cope with cultural differences you’ll experience as you go home, how to put your abroad experience on your resume and in job interviews as well as how you can keep traveling in the future. We’ll end the trip with a farewell meal with all your new CISabroad “amigos” and the staff, for a chance to say “hasta luego” to your new city!
You can choose to live either in a shared apartment or in a homestay during the Barcelona Semester program.
- Fully furnished apartments include a shared living room, a well-equipped kitchen, and bathrooms
- Two students will share a bedroom, with an of four to six students sharing an apartment.
- Each neighborhood has hidden treasures waiting to be explored!
In the homestays, you’ll live with a Spanish family (or sometimes an older person or young professional) and get fully immersed in Spanish life and culture.This is a great opportunity to learn more about Barcelona!
- Your host will provide breakfast and dinner every day
- Bed linens, and all the amenities of a modern apartment
- In addition, laundry service is provided once a week.
- Soccer match: Barça, Barça, Baaarça! Experience one of the best football clubs in the world and cheer like “culés,” fans from Football Club Barcelona.
- Barrio tours: Staff will take you on a tour of a neighborhood in Barcelona, showing you the history but also where locals hang out. Each tour includes a chance to try some local treats.
- Human Towers: Go to the practice space of the local Castells, a sport where teams compete to make the tallest tower possible.
- Cooking classes: Cooking classes with a professional chef.
- Intercambio night: A language exchange with local students.
More About Barcelona
It’s no wonder that Barcelona is one of the top tourist and study abroad destinations in the world. This incredible location on the shores of the Mediterranean has a delightfully mild climate year round. Plus, Barcelona is one of the most exciting and vibrant cities to live in! The second-largest city in Spain has two official languages, Castilian Spanish and Catalan. It’s the perfect place to challenge yourself and practice your own Spanish skills, while also learning more about the unique Catalan history and culture.
The city is bustling, and you'll be in awe of the architecture, including Gaudi's towering Sagrada Familia basilica. When you're ready to immerse yourself in nature, you can easily reach beaches and hiking sites just outside of Barcelona. The efficient public transportation system allows you to quickly travel to the many beaches to both the north and south of Barcelona. It also means you can easily navigate campus and the many amazing sites located throughout the city.
The city’s diverse international population, colorful flair, exciting nightlife, and vast array of cultural, historical, and modern attractions makes Barcelona an unparalleled place to study abroad!
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
This day trip around Catalonia includes guided tours, some museum entrance fees, a group lunch, and some free time. You'll visit the Salvador Dalí Museum in Figueres, hike the beautiful coastal trail known as the Camino de Ronda on the Costa Brava and wander the old Jewish Quarter in beautiful Girona.
During weekend trips, you might experience Flamenco and tour the beautiful Alhambra in Granada; eat Spain’s best tapas and visit wineries in Basque Country; or hike coastal trails and tour medieval villages in Costa Brava. Trips change each semester.
Besalú and Museum Dali
One of Catalonia's best preserved medieval towns, Besalú is an historic gem, full to the brim with character. Cobbled streets and facades and a wonderful bridge are the trademarks of Besalú and have been there for hundreds of years -- the impressive architecture draws visitors from far and wide. Situated in the La Garrotxa region in the province of Girona, Besalú is a haven for history buffs, who flock in huge numbers to admire the many constructions and facades representing Romanesque, Gothic, and medieval influences. Explore the Dalí Theatre and Museum in the artist's hometown of Figueres.
If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.
How to Choose Your Courses
Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
The below list of courses are what will be available for students to take for the summer 2018 term. All course descriptions can be found here on the UAB website.
- Barcelona City Planning and Architecture
- Cross-Cultural Management
- International Business
- International Economics
- International Marketing Strategies
- Spanish Art and Cultural Heritage
- Spanish Civilization and Culture
- Digital Photography
- E-Commerce & Online Businesses
- International Finance
- Spanish Language
*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.
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is one of the top universities in Spain, ranking #3 in the country. An academic powerhouse, UAB is a young, entrepreneurial university in an exciting city. UAB has two centrally located campuses, which allows you to explore different neighborhoods of Barcelona. Business students flock to UAB, where you can take a wide array of courses in business, international relations, and economics. Not to be overshadowed, the art and humanities courses at UAB are equally strong. You have the option to take classes in either Spanish or English. Luckily, UAB accommodates Spanish-language speakers of all levels.
The Sant Pau campus is housed within an incredible UNESCO World Heritage site called the Hospital de la Santa Creu. Wander fifteen minutes down the block and you'll stumble upon the world-renowned la Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's iconic cathedral. You'll attend most of your humanities and art courses on this campus, and you'll meet other U.S. and international students.
A mere two stops away on the metro (about 20 minutes) and you'll arrive at the Eixample campus, where you'll take most of your Spanish-language and business courses. This campus is located just a few meters away from Passeig the Gracia, a cosmopolitan hub for shopping and business in Barcelona. Eixample and Sant Pau are on the same academic schedule, so you can take classes on both campuses.
Founded in 1968, UAB is ranked as #190 in the world by QS.
Accreditation(s): Ministry of Education and Science.
Maleesha Ebanks - West Virginia University
Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Global Advising Team
Program Coordinator - Spain, Latin America, January Mediterranean Culture
Site Director in Barcelona
Application DeadlineMarch 15ArrivalMay 31OrientationJune 1Classes StartJune 2Classes EndJuly 12DepartureJuly 13PRICE$5,690
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
4 DAYS IN MOROCCO ($556)
Fall and Spring semester students also have the opportunity to join a four-day trip to Morocco with a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping travelers jump off the beaten path and understand the local culture. Ask an advisor for more details!
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
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)
- Meals included with a homestay
- Medical and accident insurance
- CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
- On-site support
- Academic advising
- Financial aid counseling
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Predeparture orientation
- Airport pickup
- Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona orientation
- Official Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona transcript
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program