2018-2019 Semester Programs: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

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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.

Possible U.S. Credits: 12-15 semester credits per semester. (2 ECTS = 1 U.S. semester credit. ECTS = European Credit Transfer System.)

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 (UAB) – Semester Course Offerings

**Students are advised to APPLY EARLY for the best course selection, as classes are assigned on a first come, first served basis, and there are a limited number of seats per subject. Students who wait until the Application Deadline to apply may not have all courses available to them. Early application is also recommended because Barcelona is a very popular location. This program sometimes fills to capacity before the Application Deadline.  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 centrally located Eixample neighborhood of Barcelona.

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 located close to 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.”  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 program housing is conveniently located to both campuses. It takes most students only 15-25 minutes to get to school by subway.

The UAB course offerings (listed below) consist of Spanish Language classes and electives focused on Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Literature, Political Science, International Relations, Geopolitics, History, Art History, and more. Most electives are taught in English, with a few taught in Spanish.  

All students MUST get 3 alternate courses 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 if the courses you want to take meet at the same time, you’ll have back-ups that your school will accept. Ex: If you plan to take 4 courses, you must have a total of 7 different courses approved. If you plan to take 5 courses, you must have a total of 8 different courses approved. The UAB will not process your registration if this requirement is not met. (Please note that Spanish Language counts as just one course selection. Ex: Beginner Spanish Language and Intermediate Spanish Language are not 2 different course selections because your level placement will be determined by a placement test.)

Spanish Language Courses

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 U.S. semester credits (6 ECTS) or 6 U.S. semester credits (12 ECTS).  Superior level is offered only for 6 U.S. semester credits (12 ECTS).  (ECTS = European Credit Transfer System.)

Students who enroll in a Spanish language course, as well as students who sign up for electives taught in Spanish, 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 Courses

Most of the UAB elective courses are taught in English, with a few taught in Spanish. Elective courses are worth 3 U.S. semester credits (6 ECTS). (ECTS = European Credit Transfer System.) Electives taught in English have no pre-requisites, unless otherwise noted. For electives that are taught in Spanish, the required Spanish level is listed next to the course title.

All elective courses are Upper Division. Electives are offered during both Fall and Spring semesters, unless noted otherwise next to the course title.

COURSE OFFERINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  LIMITED SEATS PER SUBJECT.

If you are not going to take a Spanish language class, you may enroll in either:

  • 4 elective courses = total 12 U.S. credits / 24 ECTS
  • 5 elective courses = total 15 U.S. credits / 30 ECTS

 

If you are going to take a Spanish language class, you may enroll in one of the following:

  • Spanish language for 3 U.S. credits + 3 electives = total 12 U.S. credits / 24 ECTS
  • Spanish language for 3 U.S. credits + 4 electives = total 15 U.S. credits / 30 ECTS
  • Spanish language for 6 U.S. credits + 2 electives = total 12 U.S. credits / 24 ECTS
  • Spanish language for 6 U.S. credits + 3 electives = total 15 U.S. credits / 30 ECTS

 

ONCE AGAIN, ALL STUDENTS MUST HAVE 3 ALTERNATE COURSES APPROVED BY THEIR HOME INSTITUTION, IN ADDITION TO YOUR TOP CHOICES. THE UAB WILL NOT PROCESS YOUR REGISTRATION UNLESS THIS REQUIREMENT IS MET.  Additional details about this can be found below, under the “Timetable” section.

Humanities Electives (3 U.S. semester credits / 6 ECTS each)

Barcelona City Planning and Architecture
Digital Photography
The Great Art Collections in Spain
The Image of Barcelona in Literature
Introduction to Catalan Language
Mediterranean Culture and History
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 – 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.)
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.)
Spanish History and Politics: 1936 to the Present
Urban Interventions, Graffiti Art and Public Sculpture

Communications Electives (3 U.S. semester credits / 6 ECTS each) 

Communication and Gender 
Intercultural Communication

Economics, Political Science, International Relations, and Geopolitics Electives (3 U.S. semester credits / 6 ECTS each) 

A Greater Middle East
An Urban Approach to Spain and Europe
Behavior and Incentives in Economics: The Case of Soccer (Requires basic knowledge of Economics.)
Cultures without State: the Case of Catalonia
The Creative Economy
Geopolitics and International Relations
Inequality, Poverty and Globalization
International Economics (Requires basic knowledge of Microeconomics & Macroeconomics and elementary Calculus.)
Mediterranean Politics
Politics of the Developing World
Politics, War and Economics in the Age of Globalization
The Political Economy of European Integration
Strategic Behavior in Business and Economics
Understanding the European Economy (Requires basic knowledge of Microeconomics & Macroeconomics and elementary Calculus.)

Business and Finance Electives (3 U.S. semester credits / 6 ECTS each)

Business in Action: Local Companies in a Global World
Cross-Cultural Management
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.)
Doing Business in Emerging Markets
E-Commerce and Online Businesses
Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
Human Resources Management
International Business
International Business 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.)
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
Managerial Skills for International Business in Spanish – AVAILABLE FALL SEMESTER ONLY  (You must pass into at least level B2.2 on the Spanish placement exam in order to take this class. 4 semesters of college Spanish is approximately equivalent to level B2.2.)
Managing Services
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 Schedules)

Click here to view the Fall 2018 Timetable (class days & times).  Spring 2019 Timetable will be posted when it becomes available – see next paragraph.

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 be working on getting your classes approved by your home institution and have 3 alternates approved IN ADDITION TO your top choices. 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 & TIMETABLE!

  • All students MUST get 3 alternate courses 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 if the courses you want to take meet at the same time, you’ll have back-ups that your school will accept. Ex: If you plan to take 4 courses, you must have a total of 7 different courses approved. If you plan to take 5 courses, you must have a total of 8 different courses approved. The UAB will not accept your registration if this requirement is not met. (Please note that Spanish Language counts as just one course selection. Ex: Beginner Spanish Language and Intermediate Spanish Language are not 2 different course selections because your level placement will be determined by a placement test.)
  • Students will not have time to commute between campuses between the 1st and 2nd classes or the 3rd and 4th classes, as displayed on the Timetable at the link above. Students will have time to commute between campuses during the lunch break.  See timetable link above.
  • You are not guaranteed any particular time slot, schedule, or course selection.
  • The UAB charges 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. Ex: If you sign up for 15 credits and drop down to 12 credits without adding a class to replace it, you will incur a fee of €100. If you sign up for 15 credits, drop 3 credits but replace it with another 3-credit class, you do not incur a 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.