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.
HOUSINGStudents can choose to live in Shared Apartments (meals not included) or with Spanish host families (daily breakfast and dinner and 1 load of laundry per week included). 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 always 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, as well as the Palau de la Música Catalana, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. 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.

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. The classrooms are situated in the Historic building of the UB as well as the Jeroni Granell Building, both of which are located in Barcelona’s city center. It will take most students only 15-25 minutes to arrive at school via Barcelona’s metro – and some may even live within walking distance!


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 Ciutadella campus, located near the Olympic Village and Ciutadella Park – very close to the beach.

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.

ASA students will take classes at the CETT Campus located in the Horta neighborhood, very close to Mundet metro stop. Students should expect anywhere from a 30-45 minute commute (typically by subway) to reach the CETT-UB campus from their ASA program housing – which is a reasonable commute in a city the size of Barcelona.

The CETT-UB 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.


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. While the main campus of the Universitat de Vic is outside of Barcelona, it also has a campus in central Barcelona called UVic-UCC (Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya). 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.

The UVic-UCC classes are held 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. Classes are held at ESADE’s Creapolis Campus, located in Sant Cugat town, which is about 30 minutes away from Barcelona city center by metro. 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.


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 in Bellaterra, 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. ASA student housing is generally in the Barcelona city center, making for a reasonable commute of about 35 minutes to Bellaterra, while still letting you enjoy life in the city.

The ASA Barcelona Summer program at the UAB Bellaterra campus offers a variety of electives in English during two 3-week summer sessions. Classes meet Monday through Friday and are open to  students of any Spanish language level.

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!

 
Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY

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

  • Eligibility: Minimum GPA requirement is 2.75. Open to students with any level of Spanish. Must be at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled full-time at a U.S. or Canadian university or college. Must have completed at least 2 semesters at a U.S. or Canadian university, college, or community college before applying.

  • Required Documents for students with 2.75 or above: ⇒ Online Application.  ⇒ $150 payment.  ⇒ Official Transcript showing 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. Official Transcript from current institution must show courses currently in progress. ⇒ Credits and Release Form (Section 1 completed by you; Section 2 completed by your home institution’s Study Abroad Office/International Programs Office). ⇒ Digital ID photo. ⇒ Photocopy of your valid passport; must not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date. If you do not have a valid passport at the time of application, you will need to provide proof of an expedited passport application in process before you can be accepted to this program.**

  • Additional Requirements for Fall and Summer applicants between 2.69-2.74 (GPA below 2.75 will not be considered for Spring semester): ⇒ 2 letters of recommendation. ⇒ GPA Essay. GPA Essay should be 1-2 pages in length and explain: 1) Why your GPA is below the requirement; 2) Your personal and academic reasons for wanting to study abroad at the host institution; 3) How you will benefit academically and personally from the study abroad program. Applicants between 2.69-2.74 will be considered on a case-by-case basis for Fall semester and Summer only. Applicants below 2.75 will not be considered for Spring semester. Applicants below 2.69 will not be considered. Please speak with an ASA representative before applying, as your chances of acceptance will depend on how far below the requirement your GPA is.

  • **Passport: A valid passport is one that does not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date. If you do not have a valid passport at the time of application, you will need to provide proof of an expedited passport application in process before you can be accepted to this program.

  • To create your ASA Via account and start an application, click here!

  • To sign into your existing ASA Via account, click here!


ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering
– Semester/Academic Year

  • Eligibility: Minimum GPA requirement is 2.75. Must be at least 18 years of age and have graduated from high school. Open to students with any level of Spanish.

  • Required Documents for students with 2.75 or above: ⇒ Online Application.  ⇒ $150 payment.  ⇒ Official Transcript. If you have attended more than one institution, you must submit an Official Transcript from each institution. ⇒ Credits and Release Form (Section 1 completed by you; Section 2 completed by your home institution’s Study Abroad Office/International Programs Office). ⇒ CV/résumé (maximum 2 pages). ⇒ Personal Statement/Letter of Motivation (maximum 1 page) describing your personal and academic motivations for wanting to study abroad at ELISAVA. ⇒ If you are a student with Design experience, you must submit a Portfolio of your design projects. ⇒ Photocopy of your valid passport; must not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date.**

  • Additional Requirements for students between 2.69-2.74: ⇒ 2 letters of recommendation. ⇒ GPA Essay. GPA Essay should be 1-2 pages in length and explain: 1) Why your GPA is below the requirement; 2) Your personal and academic reasons for wanting to study abroad at the host institution; 3) How you will benefit academically and personally from the study abroad program. Applicants between 2.69-2.74 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants below 2.69 will not be considered. Please speak with an ASA representative before applying, as your chances of acceptance will depend on how far below the requirement your GPA is.

  • **Passport: A photocopy of your valid passport is required before you can be accepted to this program. A valid passport is one that does not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date. Please submit your passport application 8 weeks before the Application Deadline, as passports take up to 8 weeks to process by regular service. We strongly recommend using expedited service to apply for your passport, as this takes just 2-3 weeks.

  • To create your ASA Via account and start an application, click here!

  • To sign into your existing ASA Via account, click here!


Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
– Semester/Academic Year

  • Eligibility: Minimum GPA requirement is 2.5. Must be at least 18 years of age and have graduated from high school. Open to students with any level of Spanish.

  • Required Documents for students with 2.5 or above: ⇒ Online Application.  ⇒ $150 payment.  ⇒ Transcript (unofficial is ok). ⇒ Credits and Release Form (Section 1 completed by you; Section 2 completed by your home institution’s Study Abroad Office/International Programs Office). ⇒ Photocopy of your valid passport; must not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date. If you do not have a valid passport at the time of application, you will need to provide proof of an expedited passport application in process before you can be accepted to this program.**

  • Additional Requirements for students between 2.3-2.5: ⇒ 2 letters of recommendation. ⇒ GPA Essay. GPA Essay should be 1-2 pages in length and explain: 1) Why your GPA is below the requirement; 2) Your personal and academic reasons for wanting to study abroad at the host institution; 3) How you will benefit academically and personally from the study abroad program. Applicants between 2.30-2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants below 2.30 will not be considered. Please speak with an ASA representative before applying, as your chances of acceptance will depend on how far below the requirement your GPA is.

  • **Passport: A valid passport is one that does not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date. If you do not have a valid passport at the time of application, you will need to provide proof of an expedited passport application in process before you can be accepted to this program.

  • To create your ASA Via account and start an application, click here!

  • To sign into your existing ASA Via account, click here!


Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
– Semester/Academic Year

  • Eligibility: Minimum GPA requirement is 3.0 (no exceptions are made). Must be at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled full-time at a U.S. or Canadian university or college. Must have junior or senior standing at the time of application and have completed at least 4 semesters (min. 60 semester credits) at a U.S. or Canadian university, college, or community college before applying. Students with junior standing by credit hours only, but who have not completed 4 semesters at the time of application, are not eligible. 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 (must have completed at least 4 semesters of college Spanish prior to attending UPF).

  • Required Documents for students with 3.0 or above: ⇒ Online Application.  ⇒ $150 payment.  ⇒ Official Transcript 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. ⇒ Credits and Release Form (Section 1 completed by you; Section 2 completed by your home institution’s Study Abroad Office/International Programs Office). ⇒ One academic letter of recommendation. ⇒ Personal Statement/Letter of Motivation (1-2 pages) describing your academic and personal reasons for wanting to study abroad at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. ⇒ Digital ID photo. ⇒ Photocopy of your valid passport; must not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date.**

  • **Passport: A photocopy of your valid passport is required before you can be accepted to this program. A valid passport is one that does not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date. Please submit your passport application 8 weeks before the Application Deadline, as passports take up to 8 weeks to process by regular service. We strongly recommend using expedited service to apply for your passport, as this takes just 2-3 weeks.

  • To create your ASA Via account and start an application, click here!

  • To sign into your existing ASA Via account, click here!


Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
– Summer

  • Eligibility: Minimum GPA requirement is 3.0 (no exceptions are made). Must be at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled full-time at a U.S. or Canadian university or college. Must have completed at least 2 semesters (min. 30 semester credits) at a U.S. or Canadian university, college, or community college before applying. Must have sophomore, junior, or senior standing at time of application. This program is open to students with any level of Spanish.

  • Required Documents for students with 3.0 or above: ⇒ Online Application.  ⇒ $150 payment.  ⇒ Official Transcript 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. ⇒ Credits and Release Form (Section 1 completed by you; Section 2 completed by your home institution’s Study Abroad Office/International Programs Office). ⇒ One academic letter of recommendation. ⇒ Personal Statement/Letter of Motivation (1-2 pages) describing your academic and personal reasons for wanting to study abroad at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. ⇒ Digital ID photo. ⇒ Photocopy of your valid passport; must not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date.**

  • **Passport: A photocopy of your valid passport is required before you can be accepted to this program. A valid passport is one that does not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date. Please submit your passport application 8 weeks before the Application Deadline, as passports take up to 8 weeks to process by regular service. We strongly recommend using expedited service to apply for your passport, as this takes just 2-3 weeks.

  • To create your ASA Via account and start an application, click here!

  • To sign into your existing ASA Via account, click here!


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

  • Eligibility: Minimum GPA requirement is 2.5. Must be at least 18 years of age and have completed at least 1 semester at a U.S. or Canadian university, college, or community college before applying. This program is open to students with any level of Spanish.

  • Required Documents for students with 2.5 or above: ⇒ Online Application.  ⇒ $150 payment.  ⇒ Official Transcript. If you have attended more than one institution, you must submit an Official Transcript from each institution. ⇒ Credits and Release Form (Section 1 completed by you; Section 2 completed by your home institution’s Study Abroad Office/International Programs Office). ⇒ Digital ID photo. ⇒ Photocopy of your valid passport; must not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date.**

  • Additional Requirements for students between 2.40-2.49: ⇒ 2 letters of recommendation. ⇒ GPA Essay. GPA Essay should be 1-2 pages in length and explain: 1) Why your GPA is below the requirement; 2) Your personal and academic reasons for wanting to study abroad at the host institution; 3) How you will benefit academically and personally from the study abroad program. Applicants between 2.40-2.49 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants below 2.40 will not be considered. Please speak with an ASA representative before applying, as your chances of acceptance will depend on how far below the requirement your GPA is.

  • **Passport: A photocopy of your valid passport is required before you can be accepted to this program. A valid passport is one that does not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date. Please submit your passport application 8 weeks before the Application Deadline, as passports take up to 8 weeks to process by regular service. We strongly recommend using expedited service to apply for your passport, as this takes just 2-3 weeks.

  • To create your ASA Via account and start an application, click here!

  • To sign into your existing ASA Via account, click here!


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

  • Eligibility: Minimum GPA requirement is 2.5. Must be at least 18 years of age and have completed at least 1 semester at a U.S. or Canadian university, college, or community college before applying. This program is open to students with any level of Spanish.

  • Required Documents for students with 2.5 or above: ⇒ Online Application.  ⇒ $150 payment.  ⇒ Official Transcript. If you have attended more than one institution, you must submit an Official Transcript from each institution. ⇒ Credits and Release Form (Section 1 completed by you; Section 2 completed by your home institution’s Study Abroad Office/International Programs Office). ⇒ Photocopy of your valid passport; must not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date. If you do not have a valid passport at the time of application, you will need to provide proof of an expedited passport application in process before you can be accepted to this program**.

  • Additional Requirements for students between 2.40-2.49: ⇒ 2 letters of recommendation. ⇒ GPA Essay. GPA Essay should be 1-2 pages in length and explain: 1) Why your GPA is below the requirement; 2) Your personal and academic reasons for wanting to study abroad at the host institution; 3) How you will benefit academically and personally from the study abroad program. Applicants between 2.40-2.49 may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants below 2.40 will not be considered. Please speak with an ASA representative before applying, as your chances of acceptance will depend on how far below the requirement your GPA is.

  • **Passport: A valid passport is one that does not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date. If you do not have a valid passport at the time of application, you will need to provide proof of an expedited passport application in process before you can be accepted to this program.

  • To create your ASA Via account and start an application, click here!

  • To sign into your existing ASA Via account, click here!


ESADE Business School – Summer

  • Eligibility: Minimum GPA requirement is 2.75. Must be at least 18 years of age and have completed at least 2 semesters at a U.S. or Canadian university, college, or community college before applying. This program is open to students with any level of Spanish.

  • Required Documents for students with 2.75 or above: ⇒ Online Application.  ⇒ $150 payment.  ⇒ Official Transcript. If you have attended more than one institution, you must submit an Official Transcript from each institution. Official Transcript from current institution should also show courses currently in progress. ⇒ Credits and Release Form (Section 1 completed by you; Section 2 completed by your home institution’s Study Abroad Office/International Programs Office). ⇒ Digital ID photo. ⇒ 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. ⇒ Photocopy of your valid passport; must not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date.**

  • Additional Requirements for students between 2.60-2.74: ⇒ 2 letters of recommendation. ⇒ GPA Essay. GPA Essay should be 1-2 pages in length and explain: 1) Why your GPA is below the requirement; 2) Your personal and academic reasons for wanting to study abroad at the host institution; 3) How you will benefit academically and personally from the study abroad program. Applicants between 2.60-2.74 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants below 2.60 will not be considered. Please speak with an ASA representative before applying, as your chances of acceptance will depend on how far below the requirement your GPA is.

  • **Passport: A photocopy of your valid passport is required before you can be accepted to this program. A valid passport is one that does not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date. Please submit your passport application 8 weeks before the Application Deadline, as passports take up to 8 weeks to process by regular service. We strongly recommend using expedited service to apply for your passport, as this takes just 2-3 weeks.

  • To create your ASA Via account and start an application, click here!

  • To sign into your existing ASA Via account, click here!


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

  • Eligibility: Minimum GPA requirement is 2.75. Must be at least 18 years of age and have completed at least 1 semester (min. 12 semester credits, not including semesters in progress) at a U.S. or Canadian university, college, or community college before applying.  Open to students with any level of Spanish.

  • Required Documents for students with 2.75 or above: ⇒ Online Application.  ⇒ $150 payment.  ⇒ Official Transcript showing 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. ⇒ Credits and Release Form (Section 1 completed by you; Section 2 completed by your home institution’s Study Abroad Office/International Programs Office). ⇒ Photocopy of your valid passport; must not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date.**

  • Additional Requirements for students between 2.69-2.74: ⇒ 2 letters of recommendation. ⇒ GPA Essay. GPA Essay should be 1-2 pages in length and explain: 1) Why your GPA is below the requirement; 2) Your personal and academic reasons for wanting to study abroad at the host institution; 3) How you will benefit academically and personally from the study abroad program. Applicants between 2.69-2.74 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants below 2.69 will not be considered. Please speak with an ASA representative before applying, as your chances of acceptance will depend on how far below the requirement your GPA is.

  • **Passport: You will need to provide ASA with a photocopy of your valid passport immediately after being accepted if you did not upload a copy to your application. A valid passport is one that does not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date. Please submit your passport application 8 weeks before the Application Deadline, as passports take up to 8 weeks to process by regular service. We strongly recommend using expedited service to apply for your passport, as this takes just 2-3 weeks.

  • To create your ASA Via account and start an application, click here!

  • To sign into your existing ASA Via account, click here!

 
Housing

HOUSING

Choose between a Shared Apartment (meals not included) or a Spanish host family (daily breakfast & dinner and 1 load of laundry per week included). Rooms are double or single occupancy. We cannot guarantee you a single room. Bathrooms are shared.

Apartments are shared with other ASA students. Apartments may be coed or single sex; typically 4-6 students per apartment. The majority of host families host 1-2 students at a time, or in rare cases perhaps 1-2 more, depending on how large their flat is. Both housing options include Internet and are located in safe neighborhoods, within a reasonable distance from school.

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. Coed roommate requests can sometimes be accommodated in shared apartments, but you will not be sharing a room. Shared apartments may be coed, but rooms are single gender. 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, as well as your ASA roommates' names and email addresses.

+ 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.

+ Will I have a roommate?

Yes, you may have a roommate, as rooms can be either double or single occupancy. We cannot guarantee you a single room. Students in shared apartments will also have several housemates/flatmates.

+ 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 daily breakfast and dinner. 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?

Most apartments and homestays are within a 15-30 minute commute from your classes. You will walk, take the subway, or a combination. 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, to be paid 30 days before your program start date. 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 for your program to find out if a Down Payment is required.

Please do not book a flight until you are accepted to an ASA program and receive written confirmation of your program’s arrival and departure dates.

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Spring I 2019 Arrive Jan. 4 – Depart April 12
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at city center campus
$12,495Sept. 30, ’18Oct. 30, ’18BSS1
Spring II 2019 Arrive Jan. 4 – Depart April 26
ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering
$13,295Sept. 30, ’18Oct. 30, ’18BSS2
Spring III 2019 Arrive Jan. 7 – Depart May 1
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
$11,595Sept. 30, ’18Oct. 30, ’18BSS3
Spring IV 2019 Arrive Jan. 4 – Depart March 22
Hispanic & European Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$12,395Sept. 30, ’18Oct. 30, ’18BSS4A
Spring IV 2019 Arrive Jan. 4 – Depart March 31
Integrated Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$12,395Sept. 30, ’18Oct. 30, ’18BSS4B
Spring V 2019 Arrive Jan. 15 – Depart May 18
CETT-UB
$12,695Sept. 30, ’18Oct. 30, ’18BSS5
Spring VI 2019 Arrive Jan. 4 – Depart April 13
Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVIC-UCC)
$12,495Sept. 30, ’18Oct. 30, ’18BSS6
Summer I 2019 Arrive May 30 – Depart July 17
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at city center campus
$5,695Extended to March 15, ’19April 1, ’19BSSU1
Summer II 2019 Arrive June 21 – Depart July 27
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$5,695Extended to March 15, ’19April 1, ’19BSSU2
Summer III 2019 Arrive June 27 – Depart July 26
CETT-UB
$7,295Extended to March 15, ’19April 1, ’19BSSU3
Summer IV 2019 Arrive May 30 – Depart June 29
ESADE Business School
$7,295Extended to March 15, ’19April 1, ’19BSSU4A
Summer IV 2019 Arrive June 27 – Depart July 27
ESADE Business School
$7,295Extended to March 15, ’19April 1, ’19BSSU4B
Summer IV 2019 Arrive May 30 – Depart July 27
ESADE Business School
$13,395Extended to March 15, ’19April 1, ’19BSSU4
Summer V 2019 Arrive June 21 – Depart July 13
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at Bellaterra campus
$3,695Extended to March 15, ’19April 1, ’19BSSU5A
Summer V 2019 Arrive July 11 – Depart Aug. 3
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at Bellaterra campus
$3,695Extended to March 15, ’19April 1, ’19BSSU5B
Summer V 2019 Arrive June 21 – Depart Aug. 3
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at Bellaterra campus
$5,695Extended to March 15, ’19April 1, ’19BSSU5
Fall I 2019 Arrive Sept. 4 – Depart Dec. 13
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at city center campus
$12,495April 15, ’19May 15, ’19BSF1
Fall II 2019 Arrive Sept. 4 – Depart Dec. 20
ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering
$13,295April 15, ’19May 15, ’19BSF2
Fall III 2019 Arrive Sept. 4 – Depart Dec. 21
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
$11,595April 15, ’19May 15, ’19BSF3
Fall IV 2019 Arrive Sept. 17 – Depart Dec. 11
Hispanic & European Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$12,395April 1, ’19May 15, ’19BSF4A
Fall IV 2019 Arrive Sept. 17 – Depart Dec. 21
Integrated Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$12,395April 1, ’19May 15, ’19BSF4B
Fall V 2019 Arrive Sept. 7 – Depart Dec. 21
CETT-UB
$12,695April 15, ’19May 15, ’19BSF5
Fall VI 2019 Arrive Sept. 4 – Depart Dec. 20
Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVIC-UCC)
$12,495April 15, ’19May 15, ’19BSF6
Spring I 2020 Arrive Mid. Jan. – Depart Late April (TBA)
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at city center campus
$12,495Sept. 30, ’19Oct. 30, ’19BSS1
Spring II 2020 Arrive Early Jan. – Depart Late April (TBA)
ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering
$13,295Sept. 30, ’19Oct. 30, ’19BSS2
Spring III 2020 Arrive Early Jan. – Depart Early May (TBA)
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
$11,595Sept. 30, ’19Oct. 30, ’19BSS3
Spring IV 2020 Arrive Early Jan. – Depart Late March (TBA)
Hispanic & European Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$12,395Sept. 15, ’19Oct. 30, ’19BSS4A
Spring IV 2020 Arrive Early Jan. – Depart Late March (TBA)
Integrated Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
$12,395Sept. 15, ’19Oct. 30, ’19BSS4B
Spring V 2020 Arrive Mid. Jan. – Depart Mid. May (TBA)
CETT-UB
$12,695Sept. 30, ’19Oct. 30, ’19BSS5
Spring VI 2020 Arrive Early Jan. – Depart Late April (TBA)
Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVIC-UCC)
$12,495Sept. 30, ’19Oct. 30, ’19BSS6