2017-2018 Semester Programs: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

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Spring II 2018 click here for price click here for dates

 

Language Eligibility: This program is open to all Spanish levels.  Courses are available in English & Spanish.

For additional eligibility requirements such as minimum GPA, click here.

Total contact hours: 180-225 per semester. 15 contact hours = 1 semester credit. 10 contact hours = 1 quarter unit.

Possible U.S. Credits: 12-15 semester credits per semester. Students take 1 optional Spanish language course for 3 or 6 credits plus elective courses to total a minimum of 12 semester credits or maximum of 15 semester credits.

Final transcript is issued by the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB).  Classes are taken with other American and foreign students.Click here for Volunteer Opportunities in Barcelona

Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona – Semester Course Offerings

**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 quickly because there are a limited number of seats per class.  Because course registration typically opens up approximately May 1 for Fall and Oct. 1 for Spring, we recommend you complete your application at least one week before these dates for the best course selection. Students who apply after May 1 for Fall or after Oct. 1 for Spring may not have all courses available to them.  ASA is on rolling admissions, so you can begin your application at any time!  If you are concerned about getting into a particular class, please call us at 888-845-4272 to confirm availability. 

Classes at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) are held Monday through Thursday at the two UAB campuses located in the city center of Barcelona: the Sant Pau Campus and the Eixample Campus.  Both campuses are located in the architecturally famous “Eixample” district of Barcelona, which is centrally located near the Passeig de Gracia and Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella (old city).  The Sant Pau Campus is close to the world-famous Sagrada Familia cathedral, built by Antoni Gaudí, as well as the Palau de la Musica Catalana, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.

The Eixample Campus is located close to one of the most famous streets in all of Barcelona, the visually stunning Passeig de Gracia.  Here you can find some of Barcelona’s most famous modernist points of interest, including Gaudí’s Casa Mila and Casa Batllo, as well as the architecturally curious “Block of Discord.”  The two campuses are located just 3 Metro stops from each other (no more than 20 minutes), making it possible to choose from classes offered on both campuses.

ASA students live in shared apartments or with Spanish host families that are conveniently located to both campuses – it takes most students only 15-25 minutes by subway.

  • Maximum of 20 students per Spanish Language class.
  • Maximum of 15 students per elective class.
  • Students may take a minimum of 12 semester credits or a maximum of 15. Although it is not mandatory to take Spanish language, it is strongly recommended.

The UAB course offerings (listed below) consist of Spanish language classes and electives.  All students MUST get 3 alternate electives approved by their home institution, in addition to your top choices, in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. That way, if a course is full or cancelled, or or if the courses you want to take meet at the same time, you’ll have back-ups that you know your school will accept. Ex: If you plan to take 3 electives, have a total of 6 approved. If you plan to take 4 electives, have 7 approved. If you plan to take 5 electives, have 8 approved. The UAB will not process your registration if this requirement is not met.

Spanish Language Classes

Students are strongly recommended to take a Spanish language course because it will assist you greatly during your stay to learn the local language.  However, it is not mandatory to take Spanish language. Language levels listed below (A1, A2, etc.) are from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Beginner through Advanced Levels are offered for 3 semester credits or 6 semester credits (you choose).  Superior level is offered for 6 credits only. 3 semester credits = 45 contact hours.  6 semester credits = 90 contact hours.

Students who enroll in a Spanish language class will take a placement test online shortly before departure. The placement test will determine which Spanish level you are placed in.

Beginner Level
Spanish Language, Level A1 – 3 semester credits
Spanish Language, Level A1 – 6 semester credits

Elementary Level
Spanish Language, Level A2 – 3 semester credits
Spanish Language, Level A2 – 6 semester credits

Low Intermediate Level
Spanish Language, Level B1.1 – 3 semester credits
Spanish Language, Level B1.1 – 6 semester credits

Intermediate Level
Spanish Language, Level B1.2 – 3 semester credits

Spanish Language, Level B1.2 – 6 semester credits

High Intermediate Level
Spanish Language, Level B2.1 – 3 semester credits

Spanish Language, Level B2.1 – 6 semester credits

Advanced Level
Spanish Language, Level B2.2 – 3 semester credits

Spanish Language, Level B2.2 – 6 semester credits

Superior Level

Spanish Language, Level C1.1 – 6 semester credits

Elective Classes

Elective courses are taught in English, unless otherwise noted and have no pre-requisites, unless otherwise noted.  All elective classes are Upper Division.

All elective classes are worth 3 semester credits (45 contact hours). The classes listed below are offered during both Fall and Spring semesters, unless noted otherwise. Course offerings are subject to change.  LIMITED SEATS PER SUBJECT.  If you are not going to take Spanish, you may enroll in either 4 or 5 elective courses (your choice).  If you are going to take a Spanish language class, you will need to take enough electives to total 12 or 15 credits (including your Spanish language class).  Ex: If you are taking Spanish for 3 credits, you may enroll in 3 or 4 elective classes. If you are taking Spanish for 6 credits, you may enroll in 2 or 3 elective classes.

ALL STUDENTS MUST HAVE 3 ALTERNATE ELECTIVES APPROVED BY THEIR HOME INSTITUTION, IN ADDITION TO YOUR TOP CHOICES.  Further details about this can be found below, under the “Timetable” section.

Humanities Electives:

Modernism: Art Nouveau Architecture Sketched and Explained
New Tendencies in Spanish Contemporary Art
The Seven Wonders of Spain: Spanish Architectural History 
Spanish Art and Cultural Heritage
Spanish Civilization and Culture
Spanish Civilization and Culture in Spanish  (You must pass into at least level B2 on the Spanish placement exam in order to take this class. 3-4 semesters of college Spanish is approximately equivalent to level B2.)
Spanish Contemporary Art
Spanish Contemporary Art in Spanish  (You must pass into at least level B2 on the Spanish placement exam in order to take this class. 3-4 semesters of college Spanish is approximately equivalent to level B2.)
NEW IN SPRING 2018!  Spanish History and Politics: 1936 to the Present
Urban Interventions, Graffiti Art and Public Sculpture

Communications Electives: 
NEW IN SPRING 2018!  Communication and Gender 
NEW IN SPRING 2018!  Intercultural Communication

Political Science, Economics, and Geopolitics Electives:
Behavior and Incentives in Economics: The Case of Soccer (Requires basic knowledge of Economics.)
International Economics (Requires basic knowledge of Microeconomics & Macroeconomics and elementary Calculus.)
Understanding the European Economy (Requires basic knowledge of Microeconomics & Macroeconomics and elementary Calculus.)
Business and Finance Electives:
Cross-Cultural Management in Spanish – AVAILABLE SPRING SEMESTER ONLY  (You must pass into at least level B2 on the Spanish placement exam in order to take this class. 3-4 semesters of college Spanish is approximately equivalent to level B2.)
Human Resources Management
International Business
International Business in Spanish – AVAILABLE SPRING SEMESTER ONLY  (You must pass into at least level B2 on the Spanish placement exam in order to take this class. 3-4 semesters of college Spanish is approximately equivalent to level B2.)
International Finance
International Marketing Strategies
International Marketing Strategies in Spanish  (You must pass into at least level B2 on the Spanish placement exam in order to take this class. 3-4 semesters of college Spanish is approximately equivalent to level B2.)
Managerial Skills for International Business
Spanish for Business in Spanish  (You must pass into at least level B1.2 on the Spanish placement exam in order to take this class. 3 semesters of college Spanish is approximately equivalent to level B1.2.)
Strategic Management of the Firm (Requires basic knowledge of Economics.)

 

Timetable (Class Schedule)

Click here to view the Fall 2017 Timetable (class days & times).  

Timetables for upcoming terms are typically released just shortly before course registration opens – around May 1 for Fall or Oct. 1 for Spring. Check back with this webpage for updates. In the meantime until the Timetable is available for your term, you should work on getting your classes approved by your home institution, using the guidelines below.  Above you will find the list of available electives. We will not be able to register you for classes unless you have 3 alternates, in addition to your top choices!

PLEASE READ THESE HELPFUL TIPS ABOUT COURSE PRE-REGISTRATION!
  • All students MUST get 3 alternate electives approved by their home institution, in addition to your top choices, in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. That way, if a course is full or cancelled, or or if the courses you want to take meet at the same time, you’ll have back-ups that you know your school will accept. Ex: If you plan to take 3 electives, have a total of 6 approved. If you plan to take 4 electives, have 7 approved. If you plan to take 5 electives, have 8 approved. The UAB will not process your registration if this requirement is not met.
  • Students will not have time to commute between campuses between the 1st and 2nd classes or the 3rd and 4th classes, as organized on the Timetable. Students will have time to commute between campuses during the lunch break.  See timetable link above for details.
  • Spanish Language classes are not found on the timetable. If you plan to take Spanish, it will be scheduled around your elective choices, after you arrive in Barcelona. So, when you pre-register for classes, you will only have to indicate the electives you want to take.
  • You are not guaranteed any particular time slot, schedule, or course selection.
  • There is a fee of €100 for each 3 credits you drop.  If you drop a class and replace it with an equivalent class, there is NO fee.

Volunteer Opportunities

Participation in volunteer opportunities in Barcelona is an excellent way to immerse yourself in your host country’s way of life while helping those in need. In effect, this will add another dimension to the study abroad experience through daily exposure and interactions, resulting in a greater understanding of the language, culture, and community of the host country.

If you’re interested in volunteering, simply ask your Barcelona ASA Site Director for details after you arrive.  Please note that these volunteer opportunities are not for credit, and that a minimum Intermediate level of Spanish is required in order to volunteer, as the people involved with these organizations normally do not speak English.

The following are the volunteer opportunities in which students can participate:

  • Cottolengo Hospital: Students volunteer at this hospital by assisting disabled patients during lunch or dinner time. This is a charity hospital run by nuns and they would love to have students help out.
  • Catalan Cerebral Palsy Organization: Students will assist disabled individuals on a weekly basis, helping them to train for different sports, such as Boccia, Slalom and swimming.  Some of the athletes will attend the Special Olympic Games.
  • International Red Cross: Students will assist senior citizens or disabled individuals on a weekly basis.