Program Overview

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!

GPA Requirement
2.75- must have completed 2 semesters at a higher education institution to apply.
Application Deadlines
Fall: May 1
Spring: October 1
Avg Course Load
4–5 classes (12–15 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Spanish
Highlights
  • Take classes at two campuses: Sant Pau and The Eixample
  • Hands-on orientation and guided tours of the city
  • Optional 4-day trip to Morocco for an additional fee
  • Weekly cultural agenda and activities
  • Homestay option with a local family
  • Academic offerings in both English and Spanish to suit your major and interests
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.

Academics

WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?

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.

 


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. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

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.

GPA Requirement

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.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

Additional Requirements: Must have Sophomore standing to apply.

Course descriptions and catalog:

CH1801 Spanish Language and Culture Course

Spanish language course with special emphasis on oral communication. Study the basic grammatical concepts and vocabulary of Spanish, from a functional and communicative approach. Develop oral and written comprehension and expression at a beginner’s level. Students will become capable of managing basic Spanish and come in contact with the Spanish way of life.

Click here for a complete list of courses

*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.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad 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 Trips

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.

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.

study in spain and travel to morocco

4 Days in Morocco

Fall and Spring semester students also have the opportunity to join a four-day trip to Morocco with a non-profit organization dedicated to helping travelers jump off the beaten path and understand the local culture.


Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Juliana Casella
Program Enrollment Coordinator

Travel Tip: Start walking and don’t be afraid to get lost, that is how you begin to understand your surroundings. If the culture is slow – be slow! Take hours to enjoy a coffee and connect with a friend. If the pace is fast, jump in! Be patient with yourself as you adjust. Start a journal and write everything down. It’s incredible to look back and remind yourself of who you were at a time of growth and discovery!

Learn more about Juliana

Elena Villaescusa
Site Director in Barcelona

Travel Tip: When traveling make sure to use humour and start conversations with local people, they are the experts of the places you visit and you can learn so much from them; particularly the older generation can be a wealth of information. Try to enjoy every single minute of your travels!

Learn more about Elena

Student Feedback

CISabroad really helped me to become a part of the culture in Barcelona. Their cultural activities gave me a hands on experience of what life is like in Barcelona. This has changed my life because I will always reflect on my time in Barcelona, and how I grew as a person.

Maleesha Ebanks, West Virginia University

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Spring 2020
    Application Deadline
    October 1
    Arrival
    January 7
    Orientation
    January 8
    Classes Start
    January 9
    Classes End
    April 23
    Departure
    April 24
    PRICE
    $12,790 - $13,990 (Estimated)
  • Fall 2020
    Application Deadline
    May 1
    Arrival
    September 3 (Estimated)
    Departure
    December 19 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $12,790 - $13,990 (Estimated)

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

OPTIONAL ADD-ON:

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!

Program Inclusions

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)
  • Meal plan available 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
  • La Vida Local cultural program