2018-2019 Semester Programs: Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

PROGRAM PRICE DATES PROGRAM CODE
Spring Semester III 2019 – Barcelona, Spain click here for price click here for dates BSS3
Fall Semester III 2019 – Barcelona, Spain click here for price click here for dates BSF3

 

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

Additional Eligibility Requirements: Minimum GPA requirement is 2.5. Must be at least 18 years of age and have graduated from high school. For complete eligibility and application guidelines, click here.

Possible U.S. Credits: 12-16 semester credits per semester. (2 ECTS = 1 U.S. semester credit. ECTS = European Credit Transfer System.)

Students take 1 optional Spanish language course for 7 credits plus elective courses to total a minimum of 12 semester credits or maximum of 16 semester credits.

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

Universitat de Barcelona (UB) – Semester Course Offerings

Classes at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) are held at the UB campus located in the city center of Barcelona. ASA program housing is conveniently located to the university. It takes most students only 15-25 minutes to get to school by subway, and many live within walking distance.

The UB course offerings (listed below) consist of Spanish language courses and electives taught in English or Spanish focused on Business, Economics, Politics, History, Art History, Literature, Film, and more.  

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, as your class schedule will not be finalized until after arrival. 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 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.

Students who wish to take electives in Spanish must take a Spanish placement test administered by the UB after arrival. The results of your placement test will determine which Spanish level you are placed in and which electives in Spanish you can take. Some electives in Spanish are open to Beginner through Advanced level students, while some electives in Spanish are open only to Intermediate and Advanced level students. This is another reason it is important to have at least 3 alternate (back-up) electives approved, in case you are limited to taking certain electives due to your placement test results.

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.

The UB offers 5 language levels (Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced, and Proficiency) that may be further divided into additional sub-levels, depending on student need/demand. Spanish language courses are worth 14 ECTS (7 U.S. semester credits).  (ECTS = European Credit Transfer System.)

Students who enroll in a Spanish language course will take a placement test after arrival. The placement test will determine which Spanish level you are placed in.

Beginner I Level
Spanish Language, Level A1.1 – 7 U.S. semester credits / 14 ECTS

Beginner II Level
Spanish Language, Level A1.2 – 7 U.S. semester credits / 14 ECTS

Beginner III Level
Spanish Language, Level A2 – 7 U.S. semester credits / 14 ECTS

Elementary I Level
Spanish Language, Level B1.1 – 7 U.S. semester credits / 14 ECTS

Elementary II Level
Spanish Language, Level B1.2 – 7 U.S. semester credits / 14 ECTS

Intermediate I Level
Spanish Language, Level B2.1 – 7 U.S. semester credits / 14 ECTS

Intermediate II Level
Spanish Language, Level B2.2 – 7 U.S. semester credits / 14 ECTS

Advanced I Level
Spanish Language, Level C1.1 – 7 U.S.semester  credits / 14 ECTS

Advanced II Level
Spanish Language, Level C1.2 – 7 U.S. semester credits / 14 ECTS

Proficiency Level (directed toward Native Speakers)
Spanish Language, Level C2 – 7 U.S. semester credits / 14 ECTS

Elective Courses

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

COURSE OFFERINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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 either:

  • 2 electives + Spanish Language for 7 U.S. credits (total 13 U.S. credits / 26 ECTS)
  • 3 electives + Spanish Language for 7 U.S. credits (total 16 U.S. credits / 32 ECTS)

 

Once again, all students must have 3 alternate electives approved by their home institution, in addition to your top choices. This will give you flexibility at registration, as your class schedule will not be finalized until after arrival.

Electives Taught in English (3 U.S. semester credits / 6 ECTS each)

Fall Semester

Barcelona, a Mediterranean Metropolis
Consumer Behavior 
New Topics in Spanish Media
Spain’s Economy Highlights
Spanish Politics

Spring Semester

Barcelona, a Mediterranean Metropolis
Consumer Behavior 
New Topics in Spanish Media
Spain’s Economy Highlights
Spanish Politics

Electives Taught in Spanish (3 U.S. semester credits / 6 ECTS each) 

Fall Semester

Art in Spain: From the Mosque of Córdoba and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, to Gaudí, Picasso, and Dalí (for Intermediate I to Advanced levels)
Barcelona and its Creative Industries (for Intermediate I to Advanced levels)
Barcelona: A Meeting Place for Spanish and Latin American Arts and Literature (for Intermediate I to Advanced levels)
Catalonia: Language, Culture, and Society (for Beginner III to Advanced levels)
Comprehension and Writing in Spanish (for Intermediate I to Advanced levels)
Contemporary Spain: Geography, Society, and Institutions (for Intermediate I to Advanced levels)
Conversation and Pronunciation in Spanish (for Beginner III to Advanced levels)
Everyday Spoken Spanish (for Beginner I to Advanced levels)
Spain and Europe: Origins and Evolution (for Beginner I through Advanced levels)
Spanish Cinema (for Beginner III to Advanced levels)
Spanish for Business and Economics (for Intermediate I to Advanced levels)

Spring Semester

Art in Spain: From the Mosque of Córdoba and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, to Gaudí, Picasso, and Dalí (for Intermediate I to Advanced levels)
Barcelona and its Creative Industries (for Intermediate I to Advanced levels)
Barcelona: A Meeting Place for Spanish and Latin American Arts and Literature (for Intermediate I to Advanced levels)
Catalonia: Language, Culture, and Society (for Beginner III to Advanced levels)
Comprehension and Writing in Spanish (for Intermediate I to Advanced levels)
Contemporary Spain: Geography, Society, and Institutions (for Intermediate I to Advanced levels)
Conversation and Pronunciation in Spanish (for Beginner III to Advanced levels)
Everyday Spoken Spanish (for Beginner I to Advanced levels)
Spain and Europe: Origins and Evolution (for Beginner I to Advanced levels)
Spanish Cinema (for Beginner III to Advanced levels)
Spanish for Business and Economics (for Intermediate I to Advanced levels)

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.