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Study Abroad in Barcelona: Academics

Academic Programs

Courses include: architecture, art history, business, economics, history, politics, Spanish language

Program Option

This program is designed for students who wish to take electives taught mainly in English in Business, Humanities and Social Sciences together with a course in Spanish language. The Spanish language course meets for 90 contact hours per semester and for a recommended 6 credits. Then choose up to 3 electives for a total of 15 credits. Electives meet for 45 contact hours and are recommended for 3 credits each. Spanish is available at all levels from Beginner to Superior and Bilingual. Students who choose not to take Spanish can take up to 5 elective courses taught in English.

Spanish language is not required but AIFS strongly recommends that students take Spanish so that they can benefit fully from the opportunity to study in Spain and access and integrate into Spanish culture both inside and outside UAB. Students taking Spanish take a language placement test online prior to their arrival in Barcelona and are placed into the appropriate level of Spanish based on the results of this test. Spanish is taught on both the Sant Pau and Eixample campuses.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 15 2.75 GPA; Spanish language not required

University of 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. The University is made up of three campuses: the Bellaterra campus, the Sant Pau Campus and the Eixample Campus.

Students on the Liberal Arts and Business program will take courses at the Sant Pau Campus or the Eixample Campus. On both campuses, small teaching groups are the norm and all professors are native Spaniards. The connection between campuses is easy and can be made in just 18 minutes.

The beautiful historical pavilions of the Sant Pau campus provide the backdrop to the historic UAB Casa Convalescència building, which was part of the “Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau” and is now a UNESCO World Heritage building.

The Eixample Campus is located in the heart of Barcelona, close to Passeig de Gracia and Plaza Catalunya.