Semester in Barcelona
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

OPEN Fall 2022
OPEN Spring 2022
OPEN Spring 2023

Let Barcelona captivate you.

Our Semester in Barcelona – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona program situates you in the heart of UNESCO World Heritage site at a young, entrepreneurial university. Practice your Spanish as you stroll down the tree-lined La Rambla, take a cooking class to perfect delicious tapas, and lose an afternoon (or many) to Gaudi’s whimsical architecture. Studying at UAB offers the ideal experience of lively campuses, supportive staff, and close proximity to commercial centers, cultural sites, and the beautiful Barceloneta beach!


What to Expect:

  • Language: English and Spanish
  • Average Courseload: 4–5 classes (12–15 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.75 (min 2 semesters of higher ed)
  • Visa Requirements: YES - Pre-departure

Highlights:

  • Take classes at two campuses: Sant Pau and The Eixample
  • Hands-on orientation and guided tours of the city
  • Widest range of course options of all Barcelona programs
  • Fun social and cultural activities, including movie night, cooking classes, a flamenco show, and multiple tours and excursions
  • Homestay, student dorm, and student apartment options available!

Program Details

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

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 all of your courses on this campus, and you’ll meet other U.S. and international students.

Founded in 1968, UAB is ranked as #190 in the world by QS.

Accreditation(s): Ministry of Education and Science.

 

Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Communications
  • World Languages

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Areas of study with 8 or more classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Humanities

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Please note, it is important to submit your course registration page (provided to you by CIS Abroad 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.

Additional requirements: Must have Sophomore standing to apply.

TERM-SPECIFIC COURSES

Fall 2022

Fall 2022 courses are listed below. To read course descriptions/syllabi, please visit the Fall 2022 Program page and open the “Elective courses” section.

ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Digital Photography
Spanish Art and Cultural Heritage
Spanish Contemporary Art
The Great Art Collections in Spain

BUSINESS
Business in Action: Local Companies in a Global World
Cross-Cultural Management
E-Commerce and Online Businesses
Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
Human Resources Management
International Business
International Finance
International Marketing Strategies
Managerial Skills for International Business
Strategic Management of the Firm
Estrategias de Marketing Internacional (Level B1.2/Intermediate Spanish required)
Gestión Intercultural (Level B1.2/Intermediate Spanish required)

ECONOMICS AND POLITICS
Behaviour and Incentives in Economics: The Case of Soccer
Inequality, Poverty and Globalisation
International Economics
Politics of the Developing World
Politics, War and Economics in the Age of Globalization
Strategic Behaviour in Business and Economics
The Creative Economy
Understanding the European Economy

MEDITERRANEAN STUDIES
A Greater Middle East
Barcelona City Planning and Architecture
Cultures Without State: the Case of Catalonia
Mediterranean Culture and History
Mediterranean Politics
Spanish Civilization and Culture
Spanish History and Politics: 1936 to the present
Civilización y Cultura Españolas (Level B1.2/Intermediate Spanish required)

COMMUNICATION
Communication and Gender
Intercultural Communication

LANGUAGE
Lengua Española – 90 hours
Lengua Española – 45 hours
Español para los negocios (Level B1.2 required)
Introduction to Catalan Language

Why Life in 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!

Live The Local Life

  • 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.

Residence Hall in Barcelona

Location

Live with other international students in a student residence hall. The residence halls are, on average, about a 30-45 minute commute to your classes or internship. A student residence normally means a double room, unless you indicate you would like a single room and there is one available, and then shared kitchen areas and common areas including study areas with other students.

Meals

You’ll get to put your CIS Abroad Barcelona cooking class skills to the test and cook your own delicious meals in the Residence Hall’s shared and well-equipped kitchens.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • BathroomShared
  • CommutePublic Transportation
  • Double Room
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • LaundryOn-site

Apartments in Barcelona

Location

The apartments are, on average, about a 30-45 minute commute to your classes or internship and house 3-6 students. The convenient location means you’ll have easy access to everything Barcelona has to offer, like shops, cafés, bars, museums, restaurants, and more! You’ll be placed in a double room with another student unless you opt for an individual room and there is one available.

Watch Bridget’s video tour of her apartment to get an idea of what your housing could be like.

Important note: shared apartments are only available when student residence halls are full, so apartment availability will vary.

Meals

You’ll get to put your CIS Abroad Barcelona cooking class skills to the test and cook your own delicious meals in the apartments’ well-equipped kitchens.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • BathroomShared
  • CommutePublic Transportation
  • Double Room
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • LaundryOn-site

Homestay in Barcelona

Location

Homestays are with families located about a 45-minute commute from your school or internship. A homestay is the perfect way to fully immerse yourself in Spanish culture. Living with a host family is great way to try home-cooked Spanish cuisine, improve your language skills, and experience life like a local.

 

Meals

If you opt for a homestay, you’ll get to try tasty home-cooked Spanish cuisine at the included daily breakfasts and dinners, and provide your own lunches.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • CommutePublic Transportation
  • Laundry
  • MealsHomestay

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in U.S. 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
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • On-site support
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona orientation
  • Official Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona transcript
  • The Local Life cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Once you arrive to the capital of Catalonia CIS Abroad staff will instruct you on how to get to your accommodations. Upon arrival you’ll take part in the CISabroad Welcome, 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 how to be safe and healthy as well as how to make the most of your time in vibrant Barcelona.

Farewell & Re-Entry Program

As the program draws to a close, you’ll go home with the tools you need to make the most of your experience. In our re-entry workshop, learn how to cope with cultural differences you’ll experience as you go home, how to put your abroad experience on your resume (and talk about it in job interviews), as well as how to keep traveling in the future. End the trip with a farewell meal with all your new CIS Abroad “amigos” and the staff, for a chance to say “hasta luego” to your new city!

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in 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.
Day Trip around Catalonia

Day Trip around Catalonia

This day trip around Catalonia typically includes guided tours, some museum entrance fees, a group meal, and some free time. For example, you might visit the Salvador Dalí Museum in Figueres, explore the vibrant coastal town of Sitges, and wander the old Jewish Quarter in beautiful Girona.

Weekend in the Basque Country

Weekend in the Basque Country

Enjoy a weekend trip to the rustic, historic, and vibrant Basque Country. Situated along the northern coast of Spain, País Vasco offers an enchanting mix of rugged seashore, rolling hills, delectable seafood, and a unique and rich culture. This excursion may include a trip to the Guggenheim Museum, an outing to a traditional “pincho” (skewer) tapas bar, a winemaking lesson, and tours of historical sites.

Trip to Seville

Trip to Seville

Spend the weekend in Seville, the heart of Andalucia. Known for its hot and sunny weather, it has more orange trees than any other city in the world. We’ll explore the famous Plaza España, tour La Mezquita, and of course, enjoy a professional flamenco show!

Trip to Valencia

Trip to Valencia

Spend the weekend in the vibrant city of Valencia – the birthplace of paella! We’ll learn all about the famous Fallas festival, explore the world famous City of Arts and Sciences, and even go on a boat ride in the Albufera National Park

Site Director

Laura Hommema
Travel Tip:

I recommend that you try to learn a few basic phrases in any new country you go to. Things like saying hello, thank you, goodbye, or ordering a coffee in the local language make a big difference to locals and show them that you appreciate and respect their culture.

Travel Tip:

I recommend that you try to learn a few basic phrases in any new country you go to. Things like saying hello, thank you, goodbye, or ordering a coffee in the local language make a big difference to locals and show them that you appreciate and respect their culture.

About:

Laura grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but now calls Barcelona home. She is half Dutch and half Icelandic, she’s always loved being exposed to a mix of cultures. While completing her undergrad in International Business, Laura studied abroad in Barcelona for a year, completing one semester at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) and one at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). She immediately fell in love with the city and knew she had to make it her home! In her free time, Laura loves to play fútbol, go to the beach, and explore local coffee shops.

Carrie Anderson
Travel Tip:

My favorite thing to do when I travel to a new city is to do an airbnb or getyourguide food tour of some kind- it really helps you to see how the locals eat and drink and gives you insight into their culture.

Travel Tip:

My favorite thing to do when I travel to a new city is to do an airbnb or getyourguide food tour of some kind- it really helps you to see how the locals eat and drink and gives you insight into their culture.

About:

Carrie is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University earning a BA in Spanish with a Secondary Education endorsement and a graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center earning a BS in Dental Hygiene. During her undergraduate college career, Carrie studied at the University of Alicante in Alicante, Spain, which jump started her love for travel and life abroad. Carrie has spent the last four years living in Madrid, Spain teaching English in a variety of mediums and assisting with relocation services for new expats arriving to Madrid. Carrie has had the opportunity to visit 5 continents and has the goal to travel to all European countries in the next 5 years. She spends her free time with her husband and their dog Lucy and enjoys playing tennis, reading, and baking.

Your Support Staff

CIS Abroad Advising & Support
Travel Tip:

You’ll be supported every step of the way!

Global Advising

Our advising team will help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal needs. Once you have selected your program our advisor will help you complete your Online Application.

Program Enrollment

Once you’ve started your application and submitted the $90 deposit, you’ll be assigned a program enrollment coordinator who will guide you through the enrollment process to get you abroad!

COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

Read more below for information related to this program:

On-Site Program Modifications

We want your time abroad to be an experience of a lifetime. We also know that it is a unique time to be going abroad. Below is some helpful information to you so you can make the best decision for your finances, academic career, and personal health and safety.

Our Financial Commitment

CIS Abroad is working with international partners to create refund and withdrawal policies that limit the financial impact on students and families should COVID-19 change a student’s plan to travel. See our refund policy page for more information.
To insure yourself from additional loss, such as the loss of airfare, or any other non-recoverable loss after your program begins, we recommend purchasing trip protection insurance, aka CFAR/IFAR insurance.

Our Academic Commitment

CIS Abroad has carefully selected programs where there is minimal to no academic risk.*

If a student must quarantine or miss classes due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e, live or recorded.

If a city or country goes on lockdown due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e. live or recorded.

* If a student cannot travel to their destination due to COVID-19 restrictions, remote academics are guaranteed on select programs and in certain courses. If accessing remote academics from the US are important to you, please contact our advising team to learn more about which program locations or courses are right for you.

Our Health & Safety Commitment

CIS Abroad has developed a site-specific risk management plan for every location so that health and safety protocols are monitored, managed and communicated throughout the semester. We have developed a COVID Care Package included in our program fee to make traveling and living in a host country easier on students, especially those first few weeks on-site:

  • COVID compliant airport pick-up and transfer to housing (except for Barcelona’s programs).
  • Access to quarantine housing upon entry, if quarantine is required when entering the country; this housing may incur additional charges.
  • Information and assistance on meal delivery, if quarantine is required when entering the country.
  • COVID-safe classrooms and campus facilities as well as access to masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies according to country and location specific standards.
  • Vaccine requirements for all participants to ensure COVID-safe program excursions and guaranteed housing with vaccinated students.
  • Access to accommodation if isolation is necessary due to positive COVID test or exposure; this housing may incur additional charges.
  • Access to COVID testing; this testing may be an additional charge.
  • Medical and accident insurance that covers COVID-related illness (except for on programs operating in the USA).
  • Cultural activities and reflection that emphasize safe, local exploration geared to the specific context of being abroad at this special time.

*if quarantine is required upon entry, we will let you know 60 days before a program starts, or as soon as the information is known to CIS Abroad. Your program coordinator will keep you updated as to any changes in dates, arrival, local restrictions and costs. If it is required, this may entail an earlier departure date and an additional housing and meal cost.

We recognize not every student, family, or university will allow travel this year, despite the risk mitigation outlined above. Should students apply for 2022 programs, and then choose to defer to a future program, we would be happy to move that student’s application to a program with a later start date. We are committed to providing our innovative virtual programs to meet your internationalization goals.

Excursions

We plan to show you the best of what your location has to offer this term; great culture, great food, and interesting people. On the Excursions tab, you can see the day or overnight trips we usually offer. It is too soon to know if we can offer those same experiences or if we’ll stay a little closer to our program base. Just know that great experiences await you.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline:
    EXTENDED!Oct 15
    Oct 1
  • Arrival: January 12
  • Departure: April 28
  • Price: $14,990
  • Application Deadline:
    EXTENDED!May 5
    Apr 15
  • Arrival: September 1
  • Departure: December 17
  • Price: $15,290
  • Application Deadline: Oct 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: January 11 (Estimated)
  • Departure: April 27 (Estimated)
  • Price: $15,290 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: September 20 (Estimated)
  • Departure: December 17 (Estimated)
  • Price: $15,290 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

 

Price includes 12 or 15 credits and accommodation in apartment, residence hall or homestay.

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

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