apply nowHispanic Studies Program
UNIVERSITY: Universitat de Barcelona
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: Open to all levels of Spanish speakers. Beginning level students, however, must have completed at least one semester of college-level Spanish or the equivalent.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Student apartments, local host families, and residence halls (additional fees apply for Barcelona residence halls. Only available during the fall semester). Host family includes 2 meals per day and laundry service. For all other housing, meals and laundry service are not included. All Barcelona housing includes internet access. 
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: Spanish, Catalán, and English

Academic Program


Contact hours: 190-200
Semester credits: 12

Students who study abroad in Barcelona in the Hispanic Studies Program complete one Spanish language class that meets for a total of 9 hours per week (110 hours each semester). Students then choose an additional 4 culture courses (for 6 semester credits). Any combination of 4 culture courses per level, per term will earn the student 6 semester credits. UB language levels correspond to the European Common Framework.

Intermediate, advanced, and superior level Spanish speakers who participate in an academic year program and complete 2 culture courses (for 90 contact hours each) and an additional section of a culture course per term (or 45 contact hours) during the year will receive the Diploma de Estudios Hispánicos. Course content for the spring semester will be different/more advanced than in the fall semester, and students do not repeat material.


API students will receive a transcript from the Universitat de Barcelona upon completion of their program.

  Fall 2018: September 2, 2018 - December 21, 2018 $11,680
  Academic Year 18-19: September 2, 2018 - May 1, 2019 $23,280
  Spring 2019: January 7, 2019 - May 1, 2019 $11,680


Barcelona is a city of contradictions: old and new intertwined, beautiful and industrial, traditional and avant-garde. Bordered by France to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the east, Barcelona is one of the most 'European' of Spanish cities. Stroll Las Ramblas, one of the city's most famous and busy boulevards and weave through the medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic). Enjoy the unique and colorful architecture of Barcelona's most famous architect, Antoni Gaudí. Students taking a gap year in Barcelona will find it to be a very cosmopolitan city that combines the latest trends with the most typical Spanish traditions. Barcelona offers museums, cinemas, restauraunts, the beach, the mountains, and people from all over the world.


Although Spaniards from Barcelona speak both Spanish and Catalán, the mixture of local residents and international visitors make it an easy city to understand and make yourself understood. Barcelona exposes students to several cultures, languages, and world views; but then again, what else could be expected from the marvelously complex city of Barcelona?

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Spain Salamanca Plaza Mayor
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Spain Salamanca Salamanca Cathedral