Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain - UAB

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Study Abroad in Barcelona: Academics

Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona

The Universitat AutÚnoma 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 ConvalescŤncia building, which was part of the ďHospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau,Ē near the Sagrada FamŪlia. Although most academic year courses are taught in English, the Study Abroad Department offers an excellent summer program of Spanish language classes taught in Spanish.

Academic Overview

ECTS Universitat AutÚnoma 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 studentís 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 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 grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Transcripts are issued by the Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona. Transcripts for the optional business and history courses are issued by Fairfield University. An official transcript will be sent directly to the student's home university on completion of the program.

Program Options

This program is designed for students who wish to learn more about Spanish civilization and culture, Barcelona and business, art 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 four hours a day from Monday through Thursday and are held at the UAB-Sant Pau campus.

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 take a placement test prior to arrival in order to determine the appropriate level. Each class meets for two hours per day from Monday through Thursday and are held at the UAB-Sant Pau campus.

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 U.S. credits and combine it with a history or business course for an extra 45 contact hours and a recommended 3 credits. Classes meet for four hours per day Monday through Friday and are taken at the UAB-Sant Pau Campus.

*Students pay a $1250 supplemental fee for the history or business course which is taught in English. A minimum of 10 students is required for each course to run.

Academic credit for the optional history or business courses is awarded by Fairfield University. Fairfield University is a private Jesuit university founded in 1942 in Fairfield, Connecticut, well-known for their commitment to international education. Fairfield is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In 2020 Fairfield and AIFS partnered to develop a school of record relationship that will allow academic credit to be available for both Fairfield and non-Fairfield students.

Course syllabi and faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University.

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