Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain - UAB

Study Abroad in Barcelona: Academics

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) was founded in 1968. It is a relatively young university; however, in its short history it has moved forward at a rapid pace and current enrollment is over 50,000. AIFS students will attend classes at the beautiful historical pavilions of the Sant Pau campus. The Sant Pau campus is located in the historic UAB-Casa Convalescència building, which was part of the “Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau,” in the central area of the city known as “L’Eixample.” Although most academic year courses are taught in Catalan, the Study Abroad Department offers an excellent summer program of Spanish language classes taught in Spanish.

Academic Overview

ECTS Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) awards ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits. The number of class hours and ECTS credits will be shown on the transcript to allow each student’s home institution the ultimate decision in the awarding of U.S. credit. Recommended U.S. semester credits next to each course are based on 15 classroom hours per semester credit and are not a conversion of ECTS credits. Students should consult with their university advisors prior to participating in the program to have course credit pre-approved and ensure that they are taking the appropriate amount of credits. For further information on ECTS please click here

Attendance Students exceeding the permitted numbers of unexcused absences may lose all or partial credit.

Computer Access The UAB Sant Pau campus and the UAB L'Eixample campus have free wireless connection for those students who bring their own laptop. Students also have free access to the computers in the University library. The library is open from 9am to 9pm.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Transcripts are issued by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. One official copy will be sent to the student's home institution on completion of the program.

Program Options

This program is designed for students who wish to learn more about Spanish history and culture, art and the development of Modernisme or improve their skills in business management. Classes are taught in English. Take one course for a total of 45 hours for a recommended 3 credits. Classes meet for 4 hours a day from Monday through Thursday and are held at the UAB L'Eixample campus.

This program is an intensive Spanish language program, available at all levels from beginner to advanced, for students who wish to acquire or improve their skills in Spanish. Your experience inside the classroom together with the opportunities you will have to practice your Spanish outside the classroom will give you a truly immersive experience.

Take one language course for a total of 60 contact hours and a recommended 4 credits. Classes meet for four hours per day Monday through Friday and are taken at the UAB-Sant Pau Campus. Students will be placed in the appropriate Spanish language level determined by an on-line placement test and course registration will be finalized after arrival on campus. Students are advised to gain pre-approval from their home institution for several different levels of Spanish in order to ensure that they receive credit for the course they are placed into following the placement test.

4-Week Program

This program is designed for students who wish to improve their Spanish and learn more about Spanish and European life and culture.

Take a Spanish language class, available at all levels from beginner to advanced, for a total of 80 contact hours and a recommended 5 US credits and combine it with a history or business course for an extra 45 contact hours and a recommended 3 credits.

* Students pay a $895 supplement fee for the history or business course. A minimum of 10 students is required for each course to run.


** A minimum of 10 students are required to run these classes

6-Week Program

This program allows you to choose courses from across a wide curriculum of academic disciplines. You can take a Spanish language course plus a subject course taught in English or take two courses taught in English. Each course meets for 45 hours and carries a recommended 3 credits meaning you can earn up to 6 credits during your time in Barcelona.

Students taking a Spanish course will be placed in the appropriate Spanish language level determined by an on-line placement test and course registration will be finalized after arrival on campus. Students are advised to gain pre-approval from their home institution for several different levels of Spanish in order to ensure that they receive credit for the course they are placed into following the placement test.

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