For Eligibility rules, such as GPA, click here.
**NOTE: Course registration at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona is done on a first come, first served basis, and in the past, classes have filled up very quickly because there are a limited number of seats per class. Because course registration is scheduled to open up approximately March 1 for Summer, May 1 for Fall, and Oct. 1 for Spring, we recommend you complete your application at least one week before course registration opens for the best course selection. Students who apply after March 1 for Summer, May 1 for Fall, or Oct. 1 for Spring may not have all courses available to them. Please ensure you have a valid passport by these dates as well, because it will be required in order to sign up for classes. ASA is on rolling admissions, so you can begin your application at any time!
|Volunteer Opportunities:||Semester students in Barcelona will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of volunteer opportunities (not for credit). For details about volunteering, visit the Course Listings page for your program.|
|Housing:||Students can choose to live with Spanish host families (includes 3 meals a day and 1 load of laundry per week) or in a shared student apartment (no meals included). Internet is included in both housing options. For more detailed information about these housing options, please click here!|
|Sample Day Excursions:||Girona, Tarragona, Montserrat, Sitges|
|Sample Overnight Excursions:||Madrid & Toledo, Sevilla & Córdoba, Costa Brava|
- Live and study in the heart of Barcelona!
- Beaches easily accessible from the city center
- Mild climate gives you an extended summer and early spring
- Cutting edge culinary and fashion scene
- Easy and inexpensive travel to other European countries
- Stunning modernist architecture by Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí
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 architecture in the world. No other city in the world 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 on the same block. From the centuries-old Gothic Quarter to the sophisticated, tree-lined boulevards of the Eixample, Barcelona’s architecture reflects 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 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.
The Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona is a public university that has grown quickly in size and stature since its founding in 1968. About 45,000 students now matriculate at the university, including a large number of international students.
ASA students will take classes at the two UAB campuses located in the city center: the Sant Pau Campus and the Eixample Campus. Both are situated in the beautiful and centrally located Eixample district 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, and many live within walking distance.
The Sant Pau Campus is near the world-famous Sagrada Familia Cathedral, as well as the stunning Palau de la Música Catalana, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Eixample Campus is near one of the most famous streets in all of Barcelona: the Passeig de Gracia. Here, you can find some of Barcelona’s most famous modernist points of interest, including Gaudí’s Casa Mila and Casa Batlló, as well as the architecturally curious “Block of Discord.”
The two campuses are located just 3 Metro stops from each other, making it possible to take classes offered at both campuses. The UAB offers a wide variety of electives in English, open to students at any Spanish level. You can take classes 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: Barcelona School of Design and Engineering
ELISAVA – 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.
ELISAVA has been affiliated with the Universitat Pompeu Fabra since 1995. The UPF is also located in Barcelona and will issue the final transcript for students who attend ELISAVA.
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 to way to integrate into the school community and meet local students!
Students can choose to live with a Spanish host family or in a shared student apartment. Homestay accommodation includes 3 meals a day and one load of laundry per week. The shared apartment option does not include meals, but each apartment has a kitchen. All ASA housing includes Internet access and is located in safe neighborhoods, within a reasonable distance from the university. For full details about ASA housing, as well as answers to common questions, please visit our Housing Page!
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.
Costs and Dates
Please CLICK HERE for Costs and Dates.
- HOUSING or ROOM & BOARD: Students can choose from 2 housing options: 1) Spanish host family (includes 3 meals a day and 1 load of laundry per week). 2) Shared student apartment (no meals included). Rooms are double or single occupancy. (For further details about these housing options, please click here!)
- EXCURSIONS: 2 day excursions and 1 overnight excursion
- CULTURAL ACTIVITIES within Barcelona (museum visits, walking tours, etc.)
- TUITION at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona or ELISAVA
- ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution. Students can earn 5-30 semester hours or 8-42 quarter units of credit, depending upon the length of the program.
- OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: At the conclusion of the program, an official transcript from your host university will be sent to your home institution.
- INTERNET ACCESS at your host university, as well as in your program housing.
- AIRPORT PICK-UP at the designated airport for students who arrive on the official arrival date by the designated time.
- MEDICAL INSURANCE: for a Description of Coverage, please visit our Information Library.
- SITE DIRECTOR: on-site to assist students with any academic or cultural difficulties they may encounter.
- VISA ADVISING: While students are ultimately responsible for obtaining their visa (if required for their term/host country), ASA will provide detailed, helpful information upon acceptance as to which visa students will need and how to go about applying for one. Please click here and scroll down to “Student Visa Information” to find out if a visa is required for your program.
- PRE-DEPARTURE ONLINE VIDEO PROGRAM (semester programs only), PRE-DEPARTURE PACKET & ON-SITE ORIENTATION
- Books & materials
- Personal expenses
- Local transportation
- Student visa, if required
- Meals, if living in a shared student apartment
- Meals on excursions
- $500 Damage Deposit, paid to ASA at least 30 days prior to departure (Refundable upon return. Applicable only to students who choose student apartment housing.)
- Return transport to airport on last day of program
NOTE: If you need a “Costs of Attendance” budget for your financial aid office, or simply need more details about the additional costs listed above, please email chelsea(at)academicstudies.com.
Please CLICK HERE for detailed program itineraries.
We encourage both prospective students and parents, as well as those who have already been accepted to an ASA program, to visit our INFORMATION LIBRARY. Here you will find tons of helpful info to help you know what to plan for and what to expect, such as:
- ASA Guide to Study Abroad
- Student Visa info
- Medical Insurance info
- Booking your flight
- Financial Aid info