Barcelona

 
Quick Facts

QUICK FACTS

 
 
HOST INSTITUTIONS-Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at city center campus – Semester, Summer, and Academic Year programs
-ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering – Semester and Academic Year programs
-Universitat de Barcelona (UB) – Semester and Academic Year programs
-Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) – Semester, Summer, and Academic Year programs
-CETT-UB: School of Tourism, Hospitality, and Gastronomy – Semester, Summer, and Academic Year programs
-Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVic-UCC) – Semester, Summer, and Academic Year programs
-ESADE Business School – Summer programs only
-Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at Bellaterra campus – Summer programs only
LANGUAGE & ACADEMICSOpen to all Spanish levels. Classes are available in English and Spanish. Subject areas include: Art History, Business, Design, Economics, Finance, Geopolitics, History, International Business, International Relations, Literature, Marketing, Photography, Political Science, Social Policy and Development, Spanish Culture, Spanish Language.
HOUSINGChoose between:
-Shared Apartment (meals not included)
-Spanish host family (daily breakfast and dinner and 1 load of laundry per week included)
-Residence Hall with full meal plan
-Residence Hall without meal plan
Internet is included with all housing.
SAMPLE DAY EXCURSIONSGirona, Tarragona, Sitges
SAMPLE OVERNIGHT EXCURSIONSMadrid & Toledo, Sevilla & Córdoba
PROGRAM CALENDARSClick here!
The City

Located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is one of Europe’s oldest cities. Yet, it boasts cutting edge style, cuisine, and culture, as well as some of the most amazing Modernist architecture in the world. No other city looks quite like Barcelona, and experiencing it will forever change your perception of the world around you!

Barcelona’s architecture ranges from medieval to surreal, sometimes even on the same block. From the centuries-old Gothic Quarter to the sophisticated, tree-lined boulevards of the Eixample district, Barcelona’s architecture is from an array of vastly different styles and eras.

Barcelona’s landscape was forever changed by Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, he built a number of Modernist parks and buildings that, although they were built over a century ago, look surreal and futuristic even by today’s standards. Gaudí built the majestic Sagrada Familia Cathedral, as well as Parc Güell – a veritable wonderland of gardens, mosaics, winding park benches, hidden footpaths, and whimsical cottages that look like they’re straight out of a fairy tale.

Of course, we would be remiss not to mention Barcelona’s connection to artists such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró. Barcelona’s impressive Picasso Museum is a must-see, and outside of the city in the town of Figueres is the birthplace of Salvador Dalí and an incredible museum celebrating his life and works.

But don’t worry, if you’re not into art and architecture, there is still plenty to keep you busy! When the weather is warm, head down to the Olympic Village or the beach to work on your tan. Cheer on the soccer team, Barça, in a match at Camp Nou, or grab a bite outside at one of the city’s numerous tapas bars. Barcelona’s fast and efficient public transportation system will make it easy for you to explore every corner of this amazing city.

Host Institutions

HOST INSTITUTIONS

Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) – city center campus

The Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) is a public university that has grown quickly in size and stature since its founding in 1968 and has multiple campuses in greater Barcelona.

ASA offers semester and summer programs at the UAB campuses located in the city center of Barcelona, the UAB Sant Pau Campus and the UAB Eixample CampusBoth campuses are situated in the beautiful and centrally located Eixample neighborhood of Barcelona. ASA student housing is in Barcelona city center, conveniently located to both campuses. It takes most students only 15-25 minutes to get to school by subway.

The Sant Pau Campus is close to the world-famous Sagrada Familia cathedral. The Eixample Campus is near one of the most famous streets in all of Barcelona, the stunning Passeig de Gracia.  Here you can find some of Barcelona’s most famous modernist architecture, including Gaudí’s Casa Mila and Casa Batlló, as well as the “Block of Discord.”

Students can take courses at both campuses, as they are located just 3 metro stops from each other. The UAB offers a wide variety of electives in English, open to students at any Spanish level. You can take courses as varied as Spanish Language, Business, Art History, Photography, Architecture, Economics, International Relations, Spanish Culture, and more. A few electives are offered in Spanish for students who are at the Intermediate or Advanced level.


ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering

ELISAVA – the Barcelona School of Design and Engineering – was founded in 1961. Its headquarters on La Rambla could not be more centrally located – you will have the advantage of living and studying in the very heart of Barcelona, close to all the major attractions and museums, shopping, and more. ASA student housing is in Barcelona city center, conveniently located to the ELISAVA campus. It takes most students only 15-25 minutes to get to school by subway.

ELISAVA offers undergraduate degrees in Design and Engineering in Industrial Design, as well as postgraduate degrees in Photography, Interior Design, Graphic Design, and more. The mission of ELISAVA is to promote knowledge, research, development, and innovation in the fields of Design, Industrial Design, and Communications. ELISAVA strives to prepare students to meet professional challenges at an international level, to be active both in their community and in the business sector. In this way, students are assured viability in a constantly changing global environment.

In 2000, ELISAVA won a National Innovation and Design Award, and in 2013 and 2015, it had the honor of being ranked among the top design and architecture schools in Europe by Domus magazine. ELISAVA students have won numerous design awards, and their work has been featured in major publications such as Wired magazine.

In your free time, we hope you will join ELISAVA’s Theatre Troupe, composed of teachers, students, and personnel of the school. And one of the most recent additions to the ELISAVA community is a Gospel Choir. Joining one or both of these groups would be a wonderful way to integrate into the school community and meet local students!


Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

The Universitat de Barcelona (UB) is the leading public university in the city of Barcelona. The UB is the largest school in terms of enrollment, with 64,000 students enrolled – including about 11,000 international students from 120 different nationalities. Founded in 1450, the UB is considered one of the most important universities in Spain, due to its long tradition, prestige, and quality. Currently, it is the top Spanish university in the QS World University Rankings, Academic Ranking of World Universities, and SCImago.

The Hispanic Studies program within the Universitat de Barcelona teaches Spanish Language and culture to international students, offering a a wide range of language, culture, and elective courses throughout the academic year.

Classes at Universitat de Barcelona (UB) are taken in the historic building of the UB as well as the Jeroni Granell Building, both of which are located in Barcelona’s city center near the world-famous Plaça de Catalunya and Passeig de Gracia. Along the Passeig de Gracia you can find some of Barcelona’s most famous modernist architecture, including Gaudí’s Casa Mila and Casa Batlló, as well as the “Block of Discord.” ASA program housing is conveniently located to the university. It will take most students only 15-25 minutes to get to school by subway.


Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

The Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) is a public university founded in 1990. It is a large school with a student body of about 11,000. A large number of these students come from international backgrounds. The UPF is renowned for its high academic standard.

ASA students studying at the UPF will take classes at the UPF Ciutadella campuslocated near the Olympic Village and Ciutadella Park – very close to the beach. ASA program housing is conveniently located to the university. It takes most students only 15-25 minutes to get to school by subway.

The UPF offers two different study options for ASA students. The first is the Hispanic and European Studies Semester Program, open to students with any level of Spanish, in which courses are taken in English or Spanish with other international students. The second study option is the Integrated Studies Semester Program, where courses are taken primarily in Spanish, with possibly one or two in English, integrated with local Spanish students. An advanced or superior level of Spanish is required to enroll in the Integrated Studies Program at UPF.

ASA also offers a Summer program at the UPF with a variety of courses in English.


CETT-UB: School of Tourism, Hospitality, and Gastronomy

The CETT – Universitat de Barcelona (abbreviated CETT-UB) is a private international university affiliated with Universitat de Barcelona. It is known as the CETT: School of Tourism, Hospitality and Gastronomy. The school was founded in 1969 and has been growing steadily, with about 2,500 students now enrolled. Of the 2,500 enrolled students, about 700 are international. Although the school is named for its focus on Tourism, Hospitality and Gastronomy studies, they also have courses in Business and other disciplines.

The CETT-UB semester program offers a wide variety of electives taught in English and Spanish. Courses are offered in Food Culture and Culinary Arts, Business Management, Hospitality Management, Tourism Management, and more. This program is open to students at any Spanish level, though a few electives are taught in Spanish for students at the Intermediate or Advanced levels. In addition, we offer a Summer program at CETT-UB with courses taught in English.

The CETT-UB campus is located in the Horta neighborhood, close to Mundet metro (subway) stop. Students should expect anywhere from a 30-45 minute commute by metro to reach CETT-UB from their ASA program housing.


Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVic-UCC)

The Universitat de Vic (UVic) is a public university that has grown quickly since its founding in 1997. It now has about 17,000 students attending the university’s main campus outside Barcelona. ASA students will take classes at the UVic-UCC campus in central Barcelona within the Business, Design and Innovation program, which attracts about 200 students each semester. ASA program housing is conveniently located to the UVic-UCC Barcelona campus. It takes most students only 15-25 minutes to get to school by subway.

The UVic-UCC Barcelona campus is located in Barcelona’s innovation and design district at the BAU School of Design campus, located just 15 minutes from Plaza Catalunya by bus or subway. The campus occupies two renovated industrial buildings that are filled with natural light and equipped with the latest technological teaching aids. ASA students attending the UVic-UCC Business, Design and Innovation program will share common areas with predominantly Spanish, degree-seeking students.

The UVic-UCC offers an exciting selection of elective courses taught in English. Classes include Global Marketing, Brand Design, Digital Business, Marketing and Fashion, Universal Design, and Start-up Creation. In addition, students can take Spanish language. Elective courses are strongly oriented toward practice, although enough theory is covered to allow students to work on real cases. Classes include visiting lectures by leaders in their fields, as well as site visits in the city of Barcelona.


ESADE Business School

The ESADE Business School is a private university, founded in 1958. ESADE is a global academic institution known for academic quality, international outlook, and focus on student development. ESADE is the first Spanish university to be awarded the three most prestigious international accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA.

With strong ties to the business world, ESADE stands out for its innovation and contribution to social transformation. ESADE’s faculty, staff, and alumni network are considered their greatest assets. Currently, the ESADE student body comes from over 100 countries.

ESADE’s International Summer Program focuses on Business and Marketing courses, along with cultural, social, and academic discoveries. Students will have the opportunity to learn and interact with classmates and professors from different cultural backgrounds through a dynamic and innovative learning system. Classes include company visits and meetings with corporate and social leaders. Past class groups have visited companies such as HP, Nissan, Mango, Desigual, and others.

Students can attend either a 4-week summer session or an 8-week summer session at ESADE. A variety of business-related electives taught in English, as well as optional Spanish language courses, are offered. This program is open to students of any Spanish language level.

Classes at ESADE Business School are held at ESADE’s Creapolis Campus, located in Sant Cugat town, which is about 30 minutes away from Barcelona city center by metro (subway). ASA program housing is conveniently located near the metro, and it takes most students about 40 minutes to get to school by subway.


Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at Bellaterra campus

The Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) is a public university that was founded in 1968 and has multiple campuses in greater Barcelona. Its main campus, Bellaterra, is located just outside Barcelona, about 35 minutes from the city center. The UAB Bellaterra campus is expansive and green, with 6 nature trails and sports facilities.

The ASA Barcelona Summer program at the UAB Bellaterra campus offers a variety of electives in English during two 3-week summer sessions. Students can enroll in one 3-credit course during each 3-week session. Both sessions can be combined to create a 6-week session, during which students can complete a total of 2 courses.

One of the biggest advantages of studying at the UAB Bellaterra campus is that ASA students can meet local Spanish students through the Tandem language exchange program and the UAB Buddy Program. Your assigned Spanish-speaking language partner can introduce you to the local culture and help you improve your Spanish!

ASA program housing is located in the Barcelona city center, making for a commute of about 35 minutes to the Bellaterra campus. This allows students to enjoy the excitement of living in the city center, as well as a true university campus experience.

 
Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY

Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at city center campus
– Summer/Semester/Academic Year

  • Requirements

    • Minimum GPA 2.75 (Applicants for Fall and Summer with GPA between 2.69-2.74 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants for Spring with GPA below 2.75 will not be considered.)

    • Language requirement: None. Open to students with any level of Spanish.

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Must have completed at least 2 semesters at a U.S. or Canadian college/university before applying and be currently enrolled full-time

    • Official Transcript from your college or university, showing the final grades for at least 2 full semesters (min. 24 semester credits), not including semesters in progress. If you have attended more than one institution, you must submit an Official Transcript from each institution. Transcript from current institution must show courses currently in progress.

    • ASA Application. To create an account, click here. If you already have an account, click here to sign in.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. If you don’t have a valid passport, confirmation of an expedited passport application is required before you can be accepted into this program. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.


ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering
– Semester/Academic Year

  • Requirements

    • Minimum GPA 2.75 (Students with GPA between 2.69-2.74 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)

    • Language requirement: None. Open to students with any level of Spanish.

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Must have graduated from high school

    • Official Transcript from your college or university. If you have attended more than one institution, you must submit an Official Transcript from each institution.

    • Personal Statement/Letter of Motivation (maximum 1 page) describing your personal and academic motivations for wanting to study abroad at ELISAVA

    • Résumé/CV (maximum 2 pages)

    • If you are a student with Design experience, you must submit a Portfolio of your design projects. Portfolio not required for students without Design experience.

    • ASA Application. To create an account, click here. If you already have an account, click here to sign in.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. A scan of your valid passport is required before you can be accepted into this program. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.


Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
– Semester/Academic Year

  • Requirements

    • Minimum GPA 2.5 (Students with GPA between 2.30-2.49 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)

    • Language requirement: None. Open to students with any level of Spanish.

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Must have graduated from high school

    • Transcript from your college or university (unofficial is ok).

    • ASA Application. To create an account, click here. If you already have an account, click here to sign in.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. If you don’t have a valid passport, confirmation of an expedited passport application is required before you can be accepted into this program. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.


Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
– Semester/Academic Year

  • Requirements

    • Minimum GPA 3.0 (Students with GPA below 3.0 will not be considered)

    • Language requirement: The Hispanic and European Studies Program at UPF is open to students with any level of Spanish. The Integrated Studies Program at UPF is open to students with an Advanced or Superior level of Spanish (at least 4 semesters of college Spanish completed prior to attending UPF).

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Must be currently enrolled full-time at a U.S. or Canadian college/university and completed at least 4 semesters/min. 60 semester credits before applying. Students with junior standing by credit hours, but who have not completed 4 semesters, are not eligible.

    • Official Transcript from your college or university showing final grades for at least 4 full semesters (min. 60 semester credits), not including semesters in progress. If you have attended more than one institution, you must submit an Official Transcript from each institution. Official Transcript from current institution must also show courses currently in progress.

    • One recommendation letter from a professor at your college or university

    • Personal Statement/Letter of Motivation (1-2 pages) describing your academic and personal reasons for wanting to study abroad at Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

    • ASA Application. To create an account, click here. If you already have an account, click here to sign in.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. A scan of your valid passport is required before you can be accepted into this program. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.


Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
– Summer

  • Requirements

    • Minimum GPA 3.0 (Students with GPA below 3.0 will not be considered)

    • Language requirement: None. Open to students with any level of Spanish.

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Must be currently enrolled full-time at a U.S. or Canadian college/university and have completed at least 2 semesters/min. 30 semester credits before applying.

    • Official Transcript from your college or university showing final grades for at least 2 full semesters (min. 30 semester credits), not including semesters in progress. If you have attended more than one institution, you must submit an Official Transcript from each institution. Official Transcript from current institution must also show courses currently in progress.

    • One recommendation letter from a professor at your college or university

    • Personal Statement/Letter of Motivation (1-2 pages) describing your academic and personal reasons for wanting to study abroad at Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

    • ASA Application. To create an account, click here. If you already have an account, click here to sign in.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. A scan of your valid passport is required before you can be accepted into this program. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.


CETT-UB: SCHOOL OF TOURISM, HOSPITALITY, AND GASTRONOMY – Summer/Semester/Academic Year

  • Requirements

    • Minimum GPA 2.5 (Students with GPA between 2.40-2.49 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)

    • Language requirement: None. Open to students with any level of Spanish.

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Must have completed at least 1 semester at a U.S. or Canadian college/university before applying

    • Official Transcript from your college or university. If you have attended more than one institution, you must submit an Official Transcript from each institution.

    • ASA Application. To create an account, click here. If you already have an account, click here to sign in.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. A scan of your valid passport is required before you can be accepted into this program. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.


Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVic-UCC)
– Semester/Academic Year

  • Requirements

    • Minimum GPA 2.5 (Students with GPA between 2.40-2.49 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)

    • Language requirement: None. Open to students with any level of Spanish.

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Must have completed at least 1 semester at a U.S. or Canadian college/university before applying

    • Official Transcript from your college or university. If you have attended more than one institution, you must submit an Official Transcript from each institution.

    • ASA Application. To create an account, click here. If you already have an account, click here to sign in.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. If you don’t have a valid passport, confirmation of an expedited passport application is required before you can be accepted into this program. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.


ESADE Business School – Summer

  • Requirements

    • Minimum GPA 2.75 (Students with GPA between 2.60-2.74 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)

    • Language requirement: None. Open to students with any level of Spanish.

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Must have completed at least 2 semesters at a U.S. or Canadian college/university before applying

    • Official Transcript from your college or university, showing the final grades for at least 2 full semesters (min. 30 semester credits), not including semesters in progress.. If you have attended more than one institution, you must submit an Official Transcript from each institution.

    • Résumé/CV

    • Personal Statement/Letter of Motivation (1-2 pages) describing your academic and personal reasons for wanting to study abroad at ESADE Business School.

    • ASA Application. To create an account, click here. If you already have an account, click here to sign in.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. A scan of your valid passport is required before you can be accepted into this program. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.


Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at Bellaterra campus - Summer

  • Requirements

    • Minimum GPA 2.75 (Students with GPA between 2.60-2.74 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)

    • Language requirement: None. Open to students with any level of Spanish.

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Must have completed at least 1 semester at a U.S. or Canadian college/university before applying (min. 12 semester credits, not including semesters in progress)

    • Official Transcript from your college or university, showing the final grades for at least 1 full semester (min. 12 semester credits), not including semesters in progress. If you have attended more than one institution, you must submit an Official Transcript from each institution.

    • ASA Application. To create an account, click here. If you already have an account, click here to sign in.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. You will need to provide ASA with a scan of your valid passport immediately after being accepted into the program if you did not upload it to your ASA application. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.

 
Housing

HOUSING

Choose between:

  • Shared Apartment (meals not included)

    Double or single occupancy room in apartment of approximately 3-6 occupants. We cannot guarantee a single room. Apartment may be coed or single sex. Meals not included; each apartment has fully equipped kitchen where you can prepare your own meals. You will share your apartment with other ASA students. Requires $500 Damage Deposit.

  • Spanish host family (daily breakfast & dinner and 1 load of laundry per week included)

    Single or double occupancy room with Spanish host family. Daily breakfast and dinner provided, as well as one load of laundry per week. Typically 1-2 students per homestay. Can accommodate vegetarian diets. No Damage Deposit.

  • Residence Hall without meal plan

    Guaranteed single room in Garbí Student Residence without meal plan. En suite bathroom “pod”, fully equipped kitchen to share between 6 people, in-room kitchenette (with microwave, sink, and mini-fridge), gym, weekly cleaning, and building with 24-hour security. Meals can be purchased a la carte in on-site cafeteria (single lunch or dinner €11.00; single breakfast €5.50). Cafeteria can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free diets. The residence hall houses students from any country. Requires $800 Damage Deposit.

  • Residence Hall with full meal plan

    Guaranteed single room in Garbí Student Residence with 3 meals a day provided in on-site cafeteria. En suite bathroom “pod”, in-room kitchenette (with microwave, sink, and mini-fridge), gym, weekly cleaning, and building with 24-hour security. Cafeteria can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free diets. The residence hall houses students from any country. Requires $800 Damage Deposit.

Pricing varies based on housing type. Please click the “Cost & Dates” tab for pricing.

Availability in the Residence Hall is limited, so early booking is recommended.

All ASA housing is located in Barcelona city center, more or less the same distance from your classes. All ASA housing includes Internet and is located in safe neighborhoods, within a reasonable distance from school. For specific information on housing distance from each university in Barcelona, please click the “Host Institutions” tab.

HOUSING FAQ

+ Can I room with a friend?

Yes, in most cases we are able to accommodate you if you request to live with a same-sex friend or friends. In addition, coed roommate requests can usually be accommodated in shared apartments or residence hall (but you will not be sharing a room). Please keep in mind that roommate requests must be mutual, so be sure your friend requests you back! You will complete a detailed Housing Questionnaire after being accepted to the program, and on this form you can give us the name(s) of those you want to live with.

+ When will I find out where I’ll be living?

ASA will notify you of your living arrangements via email approximately 1-2 weeks before the start of your program. You will receive a detailed description of your housing and the location, and if there are other ASA students in your housing, we will include their names and email addresses.

+ Will I have a roommate?

Yes, you may have a roommate, as rooms can be either double or single occupancy. Students in shared apartments will also have several housemates/flatmates. We can only guarantee a single room if you select Residence Hall housing. Availability in the Residence Hall is limited, so early booking is recommended.

+ What if I don’t like my host family?

If it is a problem with the family and not a language or cultural misunderstanding, ASA will move you to a different family right away. We have on-site staff in every city who are there to help students with any issues they encounter while abroad, and who check in periodically with students throughout their stay to ensure all is well.

+ Will my host family speak English?

No, but there’s no need to worry! Living in a homestay is the best way for you to learn Spanish, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you will improve. Also, don’t forget that your host family has hosted international students before, so they understand that you are there to learn their language and want to help you.

+ What should I bring with me?

A detailed list of what to bring (and what not to bring) will be included in your ASA pre-departure handbook, which will be emailed to you about a month before your program begins. Students living with a host family should consider bringing a small gift for their host, such as a candle, kitchen towel, chocolates, etc.

+ Are meals included?

Homestay accommodation includes breakfast and dinner. Residence Hall housing can include a full meal plan if you so choose. Shared Apartment accommodation does not include meals, but each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, and grocery stores are within walking distance.

+ What is the food like?

The food is great and will be typical of your host country. Be prepared to try new things! If you have any food allergies or dietary needs, please let ASA know as soon as possible and we'll be happy to advise you on your options.

+ How far will I live from school?

For specific information on housing distance from each university in Barcelona, please click the “Host Institutions” tab. Please rest assured that we place a high priority on location, and all ASA students live within a reasonable distance from their classes!

+ Is a Damage Deposit required?

Yes, a $500 Damage Deposit is required for those living in Shared Apartment housing, and Damage Deposit of $800 is required for those living in the Residence Hall, to be paid 30 days before your program start date. Damage Deposit not required for homestay housing. Damage Deposits are refundable after the end of the program, as long as nothing is missing or damaged in your living space. Please note: Damage Deposits cannot be deferred with financial aid.

 

 
Excursions

excursions

Semester and summer programs include 1 overnight excursion and 2 day excursions. Destinations may vary by term. Past terms have included trips to:

  • Madrid and Toledo (overnight excursion) – While Madrid’s nightlife, la marcha, is world famous, daytime offers some of the world’s greatest art collections, palaces, and parks. Stay in the heart of this bustling city with its liveliest neighborhoods within walking distance. We’ll also visit the picturesque hilltop city of Toledo, its stunning cathedral, and its famous collection of El Greco paintings.

  • Sevilla and Córdoba (overnight excursion) – We’ll see all of the most important sites in the Andalusian city of Sevilla: the Giralda Tower, the Royal Palaces, the Cathedral, and more. The Old Quarter, where we’ll stay, is full of quaint plazas and shops, and just a short walk away you can explore the Triana neighborhood, home to tapas bars, restaurants, and music venues. We’ll also take a day trip to Córdoba to see the world famous 8th century Mosque, tour the historic Jewish Quarter, and explore the winding, ancient cobbled streets. During the 10th and 11th centuries under Muslim rule, Córdoba was one of the world’s largest and most advanced cities, as well as one of great religious diversity. A center of learning in math and astronomy, it housed the world’s largest library.

  • Tarragona (day excursion) – Tarragona was once the capital of Rome’s Hispania province. Its archaeological ruins include a Roman circus and coliseum. You’ll also have time to relax on the beach – one of Tarragona’s biggest attractions!

  • Girona (day excursion) – The highlight of this Catalan city is its wonderfully preserved Gothic Quarter, which includes a Jewish history museum, Arab baths, and one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world. Enjoy the view and take beautiful photos from atop the city’s medieval wall.

Course Offerings
Cost & Dates

COST & DATES

Billing Information and Refund Policy

Price Breakdowns / Estimated Costs of Attendance

Dates are subject to change without notice.

Application Deadline — The deadline by which you must complete the application process, including turning in all documentation to ASA (transcript, etc.)

Payment Deadline — The deadline by which you must submit full payment for your program fees or verification of financial aid.  A non-refundable Down Payment may be required in advance of the Payment Deadline to secure your space. Check the “Billing Information and Refund Policy” link above to find out if a Down Payment is required.

Damage Deposit $500 Damage Deposit required for Shared Apartment housing. $800 Damage Deposit required for Residence Hall housing. No Damage Deposit required for Homestay housing.

Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) – city center campus

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Fall 2019 Arrive Sept. 4 – Depart Dec. 13
Shared Apartment or Homestay
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at city center campus
$12,495April 15, ’19May 15, ’19BSF1
Spring I 2020 Arrive Jan. 7 – Depart April 24
Shared Apartment (meals not included)
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at city center campus
$12,495Sept. 30, ’19Oct. 30, ’19BSS1SA
Spring II 2020 Arrive Jan. 7 – Depart April 24
Homestay (includes breakfast and dinner)
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at city center campus
$12,495Sept. 30, ’19Oct. 30, ’19BSS1H
Spring III 2020 Arrive Jan. 7 – Depart April 24
Residence Hall without Meal Plan
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at city center campus
$14,495Sept. 30, ’19Oct. 30, ’19BSS1RH0M
Spring IV 2020 Arrive Jan. 7 – Depart April 24
Residence Hall with full Meal Plan
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at city center campus
$15,995Sept. 30, ’19Oct. 30, ’19BSS1RHWM
Summer I 2020 Early June 2020 - Mid. July 2020 (TBA)
Shared Apartment (meals not included)
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at city center campus
$5,695March 1, '20April 1, '20BSSU1SA
Summer II 2020 Early June 2020 - Mid. July 2020 (TBA)
Homestay (includes breakfast and dinner)
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at city center campus
$5,695March 1, '20April 1, '20BSSU1H
Fall I 2020 Early Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Shared Apartment (meals not included)
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at city center campus
$12,495April 15, ’20May 15, ’20BSF1SA
Fall II 2020 Early Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Homestay (includes breakfast and dinner)
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at city center campus
$12,495April 15, ’20May 15, ’20BSF1H
Fall III 2020 Early Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Residence Hall without Meal Plan
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at city center campus
$14,495April 15, ’20May 15, ’20BSF1RH0M
Fall IV 2020 Early Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Residence Hall with full Meal Plan
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at city center campus
$15,995April 15, ’20May 15, ’20BSF1RHWM

ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Fall 2019 Arrive Sept. 4 – Depart Dec. 20
Shared Apartment or Homestay
ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering
$13,295April 15, '19May 15, '19BSF2
Spring I 2020 Arrive Jan. 7 – Depart May 2
Shared Apartment (meals not included)
ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering
$13,295Sept. 30, '19Oct. 30, '19BSS2SA
Spring II 2020 Arrive Jan. 7 – Depart May 2
Homestay (breakfast and dinner included)
ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering
$13,295Sept. 30, '19Oct. 30, '19BSS2H
Spring III 2020 Arrive Jan. 7 – Depart May 2
Residence Hall without Meal Plan
ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering
$15,295Sept. 30, '19Oct. 30, '19BSS2RH0M
Spring IV 2020 Arrive Jan. 7 – Depart May 2
Residence Hall with full Meal Plan
ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering
$16,795Sept. 30, '19Oct. 30, '19BSS2RHWM
Fall I 2020 Early Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Shared Apartment (meals not included)
ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering
$13,495April 15, '20May 15, '20BSF2SA
Fall II 2020 Early Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Homestay (breakfast and dinner included)
ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering
$13,495April 15, '20May 15, '20BSF2H
Fall III 2020 Early Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Residence Hall without Meal Plan
ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering
$15,495April 15, '20May 15, '20BSF2RH0M
Fall IV 2020 Early Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Residence Hall with full Meal Plan
ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering
$16,995April 15, '20May 15, '20BSF2RHWM

Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Fall 2019 Arrive Sept. 4 – Depart Dec. 21
Shared Apartment or Homestay
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
$11,595April 15, '19May 15, '19BSF3
Spring I 2020 Arrive Jan. 7 – Depart May 2
Shared Apartment (meals not included)
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
$11,795Sept. 30, '19Oct. 30, '19BSS3SA
Spring II 2020 Arrive Jan. 7 – Depart May 2
Homestay (breakfast and dinner included)
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
$11,795Sept. 30, '19Oct. 30, '19BSS3H
Spring III 2020 Arrive Jan. 7 – Depart May 2
Residence Hall without Meal Plan
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
$13,795Sept. 30, '19Oct. 30, '19BSS3RH0M
Spring IV 2020 Arrive Jan. 7 – Depart May 2
Residence Hall with full Meal Plan
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
$15,295Sept. 30, '19Oct. 30, '19BSS3RHWM
Fall I 2020 Early Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Shared Apartment (meals not included)
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
$11,995April 15, '20May 15, '20BSF3SA
Fall II 2020 Early Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Homestay (breakfast and dinner included)
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
$11,995April 15, '20May 15, '20BSF3H
Fall III 2020 Early Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Residence Hall without Meal Plan
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
$13,995April 15, '20May 15, '20BSF3RH0M
Fall IV 2020 Early Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Residence Hall with full Meal Plan
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
$15,495April 15, '20May 15, '20BSF3RHWM

HISPANIC & EUROPEAN STUDIES PROGRAM AT Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Fall 2019 Arrive Sept. 17 – Depart Dec. 11
Shared Apartment or Homestay
Hispanic & European Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$12,395April 1, '19May 15, '19BSF4A
Winter I 2020 Arrive Jan. 3 – Depart March 25
Shared Apartment (meals not included)
Hispanic & European Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$12,395Sept. 15, '19Oct. 30, '19BSW4SA
Winter II 2020 Arrive Jan. 3 – Depart March 25
Homestay (breakfast and dinner included)
Hispanic & European Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$12,395Sept. 15, '19Oct. 30, '19BSW4H
Winter III 2020 Arrive Jan. 3 – Depart March 25
Residence Hall without Meal Plan
Hispanic & European Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$14,395Sept. 15, '19Oct. 30, '19BSW4RH0M
Winter IV 2020 Arrive Jan. 3 – Depart March 25
Residence Hall with full Meal Plan
Hispanic & European Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$15,895Sept. 15, '19Oct. 30, '19BSW4RHWM
Summer I 2020 Mid. June 2020 - Late July 2020 (TBA)
Shared Apartment (meals not included)
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$5,695March 1, '20April 1, '20BSSU3SA
Summer II 2020 Mid. June 2020 - Late July 2020 (TBA)
Homestay (breakfast and dinner included)
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$5,695March 1, '20April 1, '20BSSU3H
Fall I 2020 Mid. Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Shared Apartment (meals not included)
Hispanic & European Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$12,395April 1, '20May 15, '20BSF4SA
Fall II 2020 Mid. Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Homestay (breakfast and dinner included)
Hispanic & European Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$12,395April 1, '20May 15, '20BSF4H
Fall III 2020 Mid. Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Residence Hall without Meal Plan
Hispanic & European Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$14,395April 1, '20May 15, '20BSF4RH0M
Fall IV 2020 Mid. Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Residence Hall with full Meal Plan
Hispanic & European Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$15,895April 1, '20May 15, '20BSF4RHWM

INTEGRATED STUDIES PROGRAM AT UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA (upf)

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Fall 2019 Arrive Sept. 17 – Depart Dec. 21
Shared Apartment or Homestay
Integrated Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$12,395April 1, '19May 15, '19BSF4B
Winter I 2020 Arrive Jan. 3 – Depart March 29
Shared Apartment (meals not included)
Integrated Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$12,395Sept. 15, '19Oct. 30, '19BSW4BSA
Winter II 2020 Arrive Jan. 3 – Depart March 29
Homestay (breakfast and dinner included)
Integrated Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$12,395Sept. 15, '19Oct. 30, '19BSW4BH
Winter III 2020 Arrive Jan. 3 – Depart March 29
Residence Hall without Meal Plan
Integrated Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$14,395Sept. 15, '19Oct. 30, '19BSW4BRH0M
Winter IV 2020 Arrive Jan. 3 – Depart March 29
Residence Hall with full Meal Plan
Integrated Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$15,895Sept. 15, '19Oct. 30, '19BSW4BRHWM
Spring I 2020 Arrive March 27 – Depart July 1
Shared Apartment (meals not included)
Integrated Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$12,395Sept. 15, '19Oct. 30, '19BSS4BSA
Spring II 2020 Arrive March 27 – Depart July 1
Homestay (breakfast and dinner included)
Integrated Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$12,395Sept. 15, '19Oct. 30, '19BSS4BH
Spring III 2020 Arrive March 27 – Depart July 1
Residence Hall without Meal Plan
Integrated Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$14,395Sept. 15, '19Oct. 30, '19BSS4BRH0M
Spring IV 2020 Arrive March 27 – Depart July 1
Residence Hall with full Meal Plan
Integrated Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$15,895Sept. 15, '19Oct. 30, '19BSS4BRHWM
Fall I 2020 Mid. Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Shared Apartment (meals not included)
Integrated Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$12,395April 1, '20May 15, '20BSF4BSA
Fall II 2020 Mid. Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Homestay (breakfast and dinner included)
Integrated Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$12,395April 1, '20May 15, '20BSF4BH
Fall III 2020 Mid. Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Residence Hall without Meal Plan
Integrated Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$14,395April 1, '20May 15, '20BSF4BRH0M
Fall IV 2020 Mid. Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Residence Hall with full Meal Plan
Integrated Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$15,895April 1, '20May 15, '20BSF4BRHWM

CETT-UB: School of Tourism, Hospitality, and Gastronomy

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Fall 2019 Arrive Sept. 7 – Depart Dec. 21
Shared Apartment or Homestay
CETT-UB
$12,695April 15, '19May 15, '19BSF5
Spring I 2020 Arrive Jan. 16 – Depart May 16
Shared Apartment (meals not included)
CETT-UB
$13,895Sept. 30, '19Oct. 30, '19BSS5SA
Spring II 2020 Arrive Jan. 16 – Depart May 16
Homestay (breakfast and dinner included)
CETT-UB
$13,895Sept. 30, '19Oct. 30, '19BSS5H
Spring III 2020 Arrive Jan. 16 – Depart May 16
Residence Hall without Meal Plan
CETT-UB
$15,895Sept. 30, '19Oct. 30, '19BSS5RH0M
Spring IV 2020 Arrive Jan. 16 – Depart May 16
Residence Hall with full Meal Plan
CETT-UB
$17,395Sept. 30, '19Oct. 30, '19BSS5RHWM
Summer I 2020 Late June 2020 - Late July 2020 (TBA)
Shared Apartment (meals not included)
CETT-UB
$7,295March 1, '20April 1, '20BSSU3SA
Summer II 2020 Late June 2020 - Late July 2020 (TBA)
Homestay (breakfast and dinner included)
CETT-UB
$7,295March 1, '20April 1, '20BSSU3H
Fall I 2020 Early Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Shared Apartment (meals not included)
CETT-UB
$13,895April 15, '20May 15, '20BSF5SA
Fall II 2020 Early Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Homestay (breakfast and dinner included)
CETT-UB
$13,895April 15, '20May 15, '20BSF5H
Fall III 2020 Early Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Residence Hall without Meal Plan
CETT-UB
$15,895April 15, '20May 15, '20BSF5RH0M
Fall IV 2020 Early Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Residence Hall with full Meal Plan
CETT-UB
$17,395April 15, '20May 15, '20BSF5RHWM

Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVic-UCC)

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Fall 2019 Arrive Sept. 4 – Depart Dec. 20
Shared Apartment or Homestay
Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVIC-UCC)
$12,495April 15, '19May 15, '19BSF6
Spring I 2020 Arrive Jan. 3 – Depart April 24
Shared Apartment (meals not included)
Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVIC-UCC)
$12,495Sept. 30, '19Oct. 30, '19BSS6SA
Spring II 2020 Arrive Jan. 3 – Depart April 24
Homestay (breakfast and dinner included)
Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVIC-UCC)
$12,495Sept. 30, '19Oct. 30, '19BSS6H
Spring III 2020 Arrive Jan. 3 – Depart April 24
Residence Hall without Meal Plan
Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVIC-UCC)
$14,495Sept. 30, '19Oct. 30, '19BSS6RH0M
Spring IV 2020 Arrive Jan. 3 – Depart April 24
Residence Hall with full Meal Plan
Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVIC-UCC)
$15,995Sept. 30, '19Oct. 30, '19BSS6RHWM
Fall I 2020 Early Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Shared Apartment (meals not included)
Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVIC-UCC)
$12,495April 15, '20May 15, '20BSF6SA
Fall II 2020 Early Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Homestay (breakfast and dinner included)
Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVIC-UCC)
$12,495April 15, '20May 15, '20BSF6H
Fall III 2020 Early Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Residence Hall without Meal Plan
Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVIC-UCC)
$14,495April 15, '20May 15, '20BSF6RH0M
Fall IV 2020 Early Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Residence Hall with full Meal Plan
Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVIC-UCC)
$15,995April 15, '20May 15, '20BSF6RHWM

esade business school

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Summer IA 2020 Late May 2020 - Late June 2020 (TBA)
Shared Apartment (meals not included)
ESADE Business School
$7,295March 1, '20April 1, '20BSSU4ASA
Summer IB 2020 Late May 2020 - Late June 2020 (TBA)
Homestay (breakfast and dinner included)
ESADE Business School
$7,295March 1, '20April 1, '20BSSU4AH
Summer IIA 2020 Late June 2020 - Late July 2020 (TBA)
Shared Apartment (meals not included)
ESADE Business School
$7,295March 1, '20April 1, '20BSSU4BSA
Summer IIB 2020 Late June 2020 - Late July 2020 (TBA)
Homestay (breakfast and dinner included)
ESADE Business School
$7,295March 1, '20April 1, '20BSSU4BH
Summer IIIA 2020 Late May 2020 - Late July 2020 (TBA)
Shared Apartment (meals not included)
ESADE Business School
$13,395March 1, '20April 1, '20BSSU4SA
Summer IIIB 2020 Late May 2020 - Late July 2020 (TBA)
Homestay (breakfast and dinner included)
ESADE Business School
$13,395March 1, '20April 1, '20BSSU4H

Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at Bellaterra campus

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Summer IA 2020 Mid. June 2020 - Mid. July 2020 (TBA)
Shared Apartment (meals not included)
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at Bellaterra campus
$3,695March 1, '20April 1, '20BSSU5ASA
Summer IB 2020 Mid. June 2020 - Mid. July 2020 (TBA)
Homestay (breakfast and dinner included)
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at Bellaterra campus
$3,695March 1, '20April 1, '20BSSU5AH
Summer IIA 2020 Mid. July 2020 - Early Aug. 2020 (TBA)
Shared Apartment (meals not included)
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at Bellaterra campus
$3,695March 1, '20April 1, '20BSSU5BSA
Summer IIB 2020 Mid. July 2020 - Early Aug. 2020 (TBA)
Homestay (breakfast and dinner included)
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at Bellaterra campus
$3,695March 1, '20April 1, '20BSSU5BH
Summer IIIA 2020 Mid. June 2020 - Early Aug. 2020 (TBA)
Shared Apartment (meals not included)
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at Bellaterra campus
$5,695March 1, '20April 1, '20BSSU5SA
Summer IIIB 2020 Mid. June 2020 - Early Aug. 2020 (TBA)
Homestay (breakfast and dinner included)
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at Bellaterra campus
$5,695March 1, '20April 1, '20BSSU5H