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

Campus The Sant Pau campus has 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.

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

Credits: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona 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 description 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.

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 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. Class meets for four hours per day Monday through Friday.

Students will be placed in the appropriate Spanish language level determined by a 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.

This program is designed for students who wish to improve their Spanish and learn more about Spanish and European life and culture with courses available in business, the history of Barcelona and Islamic and Jewish culture in Spain. The culture courses are taught in English. A 4-week or 6-week program is available. Please note that students taking culture courses pay a supplemental fee.

4-Week Program

The Spanish language course meets for 3 hours per day Monday to Friday for a total of 60 hours and 4 recommended credits. Culture courses meet for a total of 45 contact hours and are recommended for 3 credits.

Three different course combinations are available. Spanish language is not mandatory and students who wish to can take culture courses taught in English only as outlined below.

(1) Spanish language only

(2) Spanish language + 1 culture course taught in English*

(3) 2 culture courses taught in English **

* Students pay a $725 supplement for the culture course
** Students pay a $725 supplement for the second culture course

Supplements are payable in the U.S. in advance and are nonrefundable if the course is dropped.

6-Week Program

A Spanish language course is mandatory. Classes are taught for 90 contact hours and a recommended 6 credits. Culture courses meet for a total of 45 contact hours during the first 4 weeks of the program and are recommended for 3 credits.

Two different course combinations are available:

(1) Spanish language only

(2) Spanish language + 1 culture course taught in English*

*Students pay a $725 supplement for the culture course.

see course descriptions