Barcelona Course Offerings

 

2019-2020 SEMESTER PROGRAMS:
UNIVERSITAT AUTÓNOMA DE BARCELONA (UAB) AT CITY CENTER CAMPUS

Application Deadlines

Spring: September 30

Fall: April 15

APPLY EARLY for the best course selection. Courses are assigned on a first come, first served basis.

If you are concerned about getting into a particular class, please call us at 888-845-4272 to confirm availability. 

Language Requirement: Open to all Spanish levels.  Courses are available in English & Spanish.

Additional Requirements: Minimum GPA 2.75. Must be currently enrolled full-time at a U.S. or Canadian university or college. Must have completed at least 2 semesters before applying, not including semesters in progress.  For complete requirements, please see the Eligibility section on this page.

Possible U.S. Credits: 12-15 semester credits (24-30 ECTS). ECTS = European Credit Transfer System. 2 ECTS = 1 U.S. semester credit. Classes are taken with American and other international students.

Final Transcript: Issued by Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB).    

LOCATION

Semester classes at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) are held Monday through Thursday at the two UAB campuses located in the city center of Barcelona, the UAB Sant Pau Campus and the UAB Eixample Campus.  Both campuses are located in the beautiful and centrally located Eixample neighborhood of Barcelona.

The Sant Pau Campus is close to the world-famous Sagrada Familia cathedral. The Eixample Campus is near one of the most famous streets in all of Barcelona, the stunning Passeig de Gracia.  Here you can find some of Barcelona’s most famous modernist architecture, including Gaudí’s Casa Mila and Casa Batlló, as well as the “Block of Discord.”  The two campuses are located just 3 metro stops from each other (no more than 20 minutes), making it possible to choose from classes offered on both campuses.

ASA program housing is conveniently located in the Barcelona city center, close to both the UAB Sant Pau Campus and the UAB Eixample Campus. It takes most students only 15-25 minutes to get to school by subway.

HOW MANY CourseS CAN I TAKE?

If you are not going to take a Spanish language class, you may enroll in either:

  • 4 elective courses = total 12 semester credits

  • 5 elective courses = total 15 semester credits

If you are going to take a Spanish language class, you may enroll in one of the following:

  • Spanish language for 3 U.S. credits + 3 electives = total 12 semester credits

  • Spanish language for 3 U.S. credits + 4 electives = total 15 semester credits

  • Spanish language for 6 U.S. credits + 2 electives = total 12 semester credits

  • Spanish language for 6 U.S. credits + 3 electives = total 15 semester credits

MANDATORY ALTERNATE COURSES

All students MUST have 3 alternate courses approved by their home institution, in addition to your top choices. This will give you back-ups in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. The UAB will not process your registration if you do not give 3 alternates plus your top choices. Ex: If you plan to take 4 courses, you must have 7 different courses approved. If you plan to take 5 courses, you must have 8 different courses approved. Please note that Spanish Language counts as just one course selection. For example, Beginner Spanish Language and Intermediate Spanish Language are not 2 different course selections. Your level placement will be determined by a placement test.

SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSES

It is 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. Language levels listed below (A1, A2, etc.) are from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Students who enroll in a Spanish language course, as well as students who sign up for electives taught in Spanish, will take a placement test online shortly before departure. The placement test will determine which Spanish level you are placed in.

Beginner Level
Spanish Language, Level A1 – 3 semester credits
Spanish Language, Level A1 – 6 semester credits

Elementary Level
Spanish Language, Level A2 – 3 semester credits
Spanish Language, Level A2 – 6 semester credits

Low Intermediate Level
Spanish Language, Level B1.1 – 3 semester credits
Spanish Language, Level B1.1 – 6 semester credits

Intermediate Level
Spanish Language, Level B1.2 – 3 semester credits
Spanish Language, Level B1.2 – 6 semester credits

High Intermediate Level
Spanish Language, Level B2.1 – 3 semester credits
Spanish Language, Level B2.1 – 6 semester credits

Advanced Level
Spanish Language, Level B2.2 – 3 semester credits
Spanish Language, Level B2.2 – 6 semester credits

Superior Level
Spanish Language, Level C1.1 – 6 semester credits

ELECTIVE COURSES

Most of the UAB elective courses are taught in English, with a few taught in Spanish (indicated next to the course title). All elective courses are Upper Division.

ONCE AGAIN, ALL STUDENTS MUST HAVE 3 ALTERNATE COURSES APPROVED BY THEIR HOME INSTITUTION, IN ADDITION TO YOUR TOP CHOICES. THE UAB WILL NOT PROCESS YOUR REGISTRATION IF THIS REQUIREMENT IS NOT MET.  Additional details about this can be found below, under the “Timetable” section.

Electives are available during both Fall and Spring semesters, unless noted otherwise next to the course title.

COURSE OFFERINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  

Humanities Electives (3 U.S. semester credits / 6 ECTS each)

Communications Electives (3 U.S. semester credits / 6 ECTS each) 

Economics, Political Science, International Relations, and Geopolitics Electives (3 U.S. semester credits / 6 ECTS each) 

Business, Finance, and Marketing Electives
(3 U.S. semester credits / 6 ECTS each)

SEMESTER TIMETABLE (CLASS SCHEDULES)

Click here to view the Fall 2019 Timetable (class days & times).

Timetables for upcoming terms are typically released just shortly before course registration opens – around May 1-15 for Fall or Oct. 1-15 for Spring. New timetables will be posted here, once available. In the meantime until the Timetable is available for your term, you should be working on getting your classes approved by your home institution and have 3 alternates approved IN ADDITION TO your top choices. We will not be able to register you for classes unless you have 3 alternates, in addition to your top choices!

HELPFUL TIPS ABOUT COURSE PRE-REGISTRATION & TIMETABLE

  • All students MUST get 3 alternate courses approved by their home institution, in addition to your top choices, in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. 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 your school will accept. Ex: If you plan to take 4 courses, you must have 7 different courses approved. If you plan to take 5 courses, you must have 8 different courses approved. The UAB will not accept your registration if this requirement is not met. Please note that Spanish Language counts as just one course selection. Ex: Beginner Spanish Language and Intermediate Spanish Language are not 2 different course selections because your level placement will be determined by a placement test.

  • Students will not have time to commute between campuses between the 1st and 2nd classes or the 3rd and 4th classes, as displayed on the Timetable at the link above. Students will have time to commute between campuses during the lunch break.  

  • You are not guaranteed any particular time slot, schedule, or course selection.

 

 

2019-2020 SEMESTER PROGRAMS:
ELISAVA – BARCELONA SCHOOL OF DESIGN AND ENGINEERING

Application Deadlines

Spring: September 30

Fall: April 15

Language Requirement: Open to all Spanish levels. Courses are available in English & Spanish.

Additional Requirements: Open to students with or without previous Design study. Minimum GPA 2.75. For complete requirements, please see the Eligibility section on this page.

Possible U.S. Credits: 12-15 semester credits (24-30 ECTS). ECTS = European Credit Transfer System. 2 ECTS = 1 U.S. semester credit. Students will take 4-5 courses. Classes are taken with American and other international students.

Final Transcript: Issued by ELISAVA (Escola Universitària de Barcelona | Disseny i Enginyeria).  

All students MUST have 2 additional (alternate) classes approved by their home institution, in addition to their top choices.  This will give you back-ups in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. ELISAVA will not process your registration unless you list at least 2 alternate courses plus your top choices.

LOCATION

Classes are held at ELISAVA, located in the city center of Barcelona, on the famous La Rambla and near the waterfront. ASA program housing is conveniently located in the Barcelona city center. It takes most students only 15-25 minutes to get to school by subway.

TRACK A – STUDENTS WITHOUT PREVIOUS DESIGN STUDY

Students in Track A will take the 3 mandatory core courses indicated below, plus 1-2 additional courses of their choosing. It is not mandatory to take Spanish language.

TRACK B – STUDENTS WITH PREVIOUS DESIGN STUDY

Students in Track B will take any 4-5 classes of their choosing from the list below. Students in Track B will need to submit a design portfolio with their application. It is not mandatory to take Spanish language.

COURSE OFFERINGS (3 U.S. semester credits / 6 ECTS each)

  • The Global and Historic Context of Art – MANDATORY FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN TRACK A
    The objective of this course is to relate the different branches of human knowledge: architecture, sociology, history, anthropology and art with the aim of developing a cognitive map of the world we live in. The establishment of theoretic basis and social knowledge that allow the permeation of design in a global and historic context. The purpose is to give the student analytical and discursive tools to develop their own project from a of critical and innovative point of view. This course will analyse the basic theories of art, architecture and design culture since the industrial revolution up to the present day. The first phase will study the emergence of industrial design as a specific discipline in Western European culture. This will be followed by an investigation of modern design language in daily life, the value of brands and consumer habits in a new world of mass communication, new technologies and sustainability. Using the extensive resources of Barcelona with visits to the cities museums such as MNAC, MACBA, Joan Miró Foundation and the Picasso Museum, emblematic buildings by Gaudí, Mies Van Der Rohe, Richard Meier and Jean Nouvel as well as design stores like Vitra, BD and Vinçon and restaurants and leisure spaces around the city.

  • Advanced Principles in Design: Integrating Communication, Humanities, and Scientific Techniques – MANDATORY FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN TRACK A
    This course is centered on the assimilation of procedures that allow understanding of a design language that examines the relationship between necessity and function of objects and the interaction between objects and their environment. The student is also introduced to the semantics of form, color and materials. Fundamentals of Design has a global focus, with a theoretic and practical profile, synthesizing and integrating the different areas of communication, humanities and scientific techniques. The multidisciplinary personality implies a parallel understanding of graphic design and practical interior design, sharing content that is clearly defined yet flexible in their final applications.

  • Digital Representation Principles – MANDATORY FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN TRACK A
    The capacity of communicating through images and expressing the relevant aspects of a project, from the idea to the final proposal, is a fundamental aspect of design. This course is aimed at providing students with representation Concepts and Techniques that are broadly applied in design fields. Based on exercises, talks and workshop sessions, the course embraces the ability of students to define and show their ideas by learning about the options and features that Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator offer as a powerful suite specifically conceived for design professionals. The course approaches also the basic concepts of video editing and production, as well as fundamentals of presentation techniques, in order to provide students with a complete range of options that they will put into practice in other visual communications courses, as well as future design projects. Although the Digital Representation Principles course is mandatory for students without experience in design, this course is also recommended for those with design experience who want to deepen their knowledge of digital tools and learn more about the Adobe Suite.   

  • Graphic Design and Visual Communication
    This course focuses on graphic communication with special attention to texts and the  written word and their integration and relationship with images, colors and textures. Projects ranging from artistic and experimental calligraphy, typography, poster composition, editorials and digital interaction. The course centers on the vision of graphic design as an essential element of communication crossing social, cultural and functional boundaries. This concept of design, not only as a formal exercise, will incorporate functional challenges and technological links, taken in this graphical context. The complete manual and technological resources of ELISAVA are available to students from printing materials and movable type to computers and tablets.

  • Furniture and Product Design
    This course focuses on the areas of product and furniture design. Covering the whole process from conceptualization, formalization, development and pre-production of a designed object from the human, domestic or work environment. The course will study the social, ergonomic and aesthetic environment of the user, the ways of producing the final work and the impact of this on the environment as a whole. Students will approach the semantics of objects, their functional and communicative capacity along with the integration of materials and technology. Visits to factories, showrooms and design boutiques as well as using the school’s workshops form an important part of the development of the designed products.

  • Retail Design / Visual Merchandising
    Retail is naturally the showplace for new ideas, new concepts and new products. As such, the store environment serves as the selling stage for the latest merchandise offerings of the day, and a tool of communication used to create a dialogue with the targeted customer. Through effective visual merchandising, the retailer communicates both the attributes of the brand, and the attributes of the products offered. The primary objective of this course is to present students the importance of visual merchandising as an integral component of a successful retail strategy. Classes will include an in-depth analysis of the retail store environment. The principles, philosophies and technologies of visual merchandising will be studied through exploration of the market place and hands-on classroom experimentation.

  • Design for Packaging
    Modern-day packaging needs call for professionals with the power to communicate—both formally and graphically—the attributes of a product. With the aim of training professionals whose design is nurtured in a sense of social and environmental responsibility, the course shows the right tools for conceptualizing and developing comprehensive packaging projects. The goal is to understand the factors affecting production and selection of a package for a specific product, its possibilities and materials.

  • Design for Food, Health, and Well Being
    This course is focused on the interaction of design, as a creative process, with food and health, as fundamental part of human being. The relation between design food and health is not only based on the tangible aspects (space, forms, product, packaging…), but in a wide range of approaches, from culture to territory, from well-being to aesthetics. We must understand the whole relation of man with environment to create innovative ways, systems or products to enhance this interaction. Designing in a creative way, connecting mind and hand, the senses and the culture, in a constant communication with other designers, will allow us to find out new ways of understanding our world and improving it.

  • Interior Spaces
    The Interior Spaces course introduces design students to the complexities of the development of the interior spaces, as well as putting them in touch with the local architecture and design culture. The course structure is designed to provide a general framework for the development of a range of projects, from small scale briefs to a larger scale proposal for a residential interior. The course provides the student with knowledge and skills in all areas of space planning, theory and concept, model-making and freehand drawing as well as communication. Priority is given to learning strategies that foster critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making capabilities. As a result, students will increase their creative skills and get a substantial vision in all areas related to interior space design. With an active participation of the students, several practical exercises integrated within the course promote a conceptual and experimental approach to design through a hands-on learning method. It usually begins with a presentation to provide the theoretical foundation that aims to deepen the comprehension of a specific subject. During class, students will develop a quick draft resolution, PowerPoint presentations, and /or a physical model.

  • Spanish Language, Level A1.1
    For students who have never taken Spanish before – Beginner I level.

  • Spanish Language, Level A1.2
    Beginner II level.  Students will be required to take a placement test, which will determine which level you are placed in.

  • Spanish Language, Level A2.1
    Elementary I level.  Students will be required to take a placement test, which will determine which level you are placed in.

  • Spanish Language, Level A2.2
    Elementary II level.  Students will be required to take a placement test, which will determine which level you are placed in.

  • Spanish Language, Level B1.1
    Low Intermediate level.  Students will be required to take a placement test, which will determine which level you are placed in.

Course offerings are subject to change.

 

 

2019-2020 SEMESTER PROGRAMS:
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA (UB)

Application Deadlines

Spring: September 30

Fall: April 15

Language Requirement: Open to all Spanish levels.  Courses are available in English & Spanish.

Additional Requirements: Minimum GPA 2.5. For complete requirements, please see the Eligibility section on this page.

Possible U.S. Credits: 12-16 semester credits (24-32 ECTS). ECTS = European Credit Transfer System. 2 ECTS = 1 U.S. semester credit. Students will take 3-5 courses. Classes are taken with American and other international students.

Final Transcript: Issued by Universitat de Barcelona (UB).  

All students MUST have 3 alternate electives approved by their home institution, in addition to your top choices. This will give you back-ups in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. Ex: If you plan to take 3 electives, have 6 approved. If you plan to take 4 electives, have 7 approved. If you plan to take 5 electives, have 8 approved.

LOCATION

Classes at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) are held Monday through Thursday at the main university campus, located in the city center of Barcelona and near the world-famous Plaça de Catalunya and Passeig de Gracia. Along the Passeig de Gracia you can find some of Barcelona’s most famous modernist architecture, including Gaudí’s Casa Mila and Casa Batlló, as well as the “Block of Discord.”

ASA program housing is conveniently located to the university. It takes most students only 15-25 minutes to get to school by subway.

HOW MANY CourseS CAN I TAKE?

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)

SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSES (7 U.S. semester credits / 14 ECTS each)

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.

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 

Beginner II Level
Spanish Language, Level A1.2 

Beginner III Level
Spanish Language, Level A2

Elementary I Level
Spanish Language, Level B1.1 

Elementary II Level
Spanish Language, Level B1.2 

Intermediate I Level
Spanish Language, Level B2.1 

Intermediate II Level
Spanish Language, Level B2.2 

Advanced I Level
Spanish Language, Level C1.1 

Advanced II Level
Spanish Language, Level C1.2 

Proficiency Level (recommended for Native Speakers)
Spanish Language, Level C2 

ELECTIVE COURSES

Once again, all students MUST have 3 alternate electives approved by their home institution, in addition to your top choices. Ex: If you plan to take 3 electives, have 6 approved. If you plan to take 4 electives, have 7 approved. If you plan to take 5 electives, have 8 approved.

COURSE OFFERINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

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

Students who wish to take courses in Spanish will 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. The recommended Spanish level is listed next to the course title below.

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

 

 

2019-2020 Semester Programs:
Hispanic and European Studies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

Application Deadlines

Winter: September 15

Fall: April 1

Language Requirement: Open to all Spanish levels. Courses are available in English & Spanish. Students who wish to take courses in Spanish must have completed at least 4 semesters of college Spanish before attending the UPF (having reached at least High Intermediate level).

Additional Requirements: Minimum GPA 3.0. Must be currently enrolled full-time at a U.S. or Canadian university or college. Must have junior or senior standing at the time of application and have completed at least 4 semesters (60 semester credits) before applying, not including semesters in progress. For complete requirements, please see the Eligibility section on this page.

Possible U.S. Credits: 12-15 semester credits (24-30 ECTS). ECTS = European Credit Transfer System. 2 ECTS = 1 U.S. semester credit. Students will take 3-5 courses. Classes are taken with American and other international students.

Final Transcript: Issued by Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).  

All students MUST have 3 alternate electives approved by their home institution, in addition to your top choices. This will give you back-ups in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. Ex: If you plan to take 3 electives, have 6 approved. If you plan to take 4 electives, have 7 approved. If you plan to take 5 electives, have 8 approved.

LOCATION

Classes at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) are held at the UPF Ciutadella campus in the Barcelona city center, located near the Olympic Village and Ciutadella Park – very close to the beach. ASA program housing is conveniently located to the university. It takes most students only 15-25 minutes to get to school by subway.

HOW MANY COURSES CAN I TAKE?

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 6 U.S. credits = total 12 U.S. credits / 24 ECTS

  • 3 electives + Spanish Language for 6 U.S. credits = total 15 U.S. credits / 30 ECTS

SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSES (6 u.s. semester credits / 12 ects each)

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. 

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 Spanish Language 
Low Intermediate Spanish Language 
Intermediate Spanish Language  
Advanced Spanish Language  
Superior Spanish Language  
Spanish for Native Speakers  

ELECTIVE COURSES

Elective courses are available in English and Spanish. Please check the syllabus for any prerequisites.

Once again, all students MUST have 3 alternate electives approved by their home institution, in addition to your top choices. Ex: If you plan to take 3 electives, have 6 approved. If you plan to take 4 electives, have 7 approved. If you plan to take 5 electives, have 8 approved.

COURSE OFFERINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

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

Students who wish to take electives in Spanish must have completed at least 4 semesters of college Spanish before attending the UPF and must take a Spanish placement test administered by the UPF 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. Sometimes, performance on the placement test does not reflect the number of semesters of Spanish instruction you have completed. The UPF maintains a high academic standard. We recommend all students – except beginners who have never taken Spanish before – to review your most recent Spanish coursework before arrival. Most UPF electives taught in Spanish are open to High Intermediate, Advanced, and Superior levels only. A few electives in Spanish are open to Advanced and Superior levels only, and a few are open to Intermediate and up.  This is another reason it is important to have 3 alternate (back-up) electives approved, as the classes you can take may depend on your placement test results.

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

 

 

2019-2020 SEMESTER PROGRAMS:
INTEGRATED STUDIES AT UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA (UPF)

Application Deadlines

Winter/Spring: September 15

Fall: April 1

Language Requirement: Open only to students with an Advanced or Superior level of Spanish. Students who are not native Spanish speakers must have completed at least 4 semesters of college Spanish, including at least one advanced (300- or 400-level) Spanish course. Students who have completed two advanced (300- or 400-level) college Spanish courses will be better prepared. Ideal candidates are Spanish majors or minors who have completed 1-2 advanced (300- or 400-level) college Spanish courses, as well as native Spanish speakers from any degree major.

Additional Requirements: Minimum GPA 3.0. Must be currently enrolled full-time at a U.S. or Canadian university or college. Must have junior or senior standing at the time of application and have completed at least 4 semesters (60 semester credits) before applying, not including semesters in progress. For complete requirements, please see the Eligibility section on this page.

Possible U.S. Credits: 12-15 semester credits (24-30 ECTS). ECTS = European Credit Transfer System. 2 ECTS = 1 U.S. semester credit. Students will take 4-5 courses. Classes are taken with Spanish students, as well as American and other international students.  

Final Transcript: Issued by Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).  

LOCATION

Classes at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) are held at the UPF Ciutadella campus in the Barcelona city center, located near the Olympic Village and Ciutadella Park – very close to the beach. ASA program housing is conveniently located to the university. It takes most students only 15-25 minutes to get to school by subway.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Integrated Studies Program at UPF is an exciting opportunity for students with an Advanced or Superior level of Spanish to be able to integrate fully into a Spanish university by taking classes with local students while perfecting their language skills. Since most classes are taught in Spanish, students must have an Advanced or Superior level of Spanish in order to participate in the Integrated Studies Program. 

Students who want to attend UPF but do not have an Advanced/Superior level of Spanish should consider the Hispanic and European Studies Program at the UPF, which is open to any Spanish level. Scroll up for information on the Hispanic and European Studies Program.

A limited number of courses at the UPF are taught in English each semester. Offerings in English vary by subject area and by term. Students may enroll in courses in English if they have the necessary prerequisites for that particular course’s subject area and level. (Ex: In order to take a 3rd year Journalism course that is taught in English, you must have the prerequisites necessary to take a 3rd year Journalism course.) Courses taught in English that are part of the 1st or 2nd year of a UPF degree may have fewer or no prerequisites. It will depend on the level of that course or which year it falls within its degree. Since a limited number of courses are taught in English at the UPF, students should expect to take most of their courses in Spanish and, therefore, have achieved an Advanced or Superior Spanish level before studying at the UPF.

COURSE OFFERINGS

ASA students on the Integrated Studies Program may take courses integrated with local students within the following UPF facultades (schools):  

  • UPF School of Law

    • Degrees:

    • Criminology and Public Prevention Policies

    • Labor Relations

    • Law

All students MUST have DOUBLE the number of courses approved by their home institution than they actually plan to take, in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. Your class schedule will not be confirmed until after arrival because tThe final list of offerings and schedules for a semester – including which courses are being taught in Spanish and which are being taught in English – are typically not finalized until right before the semester begins. Students must be flexible about which courses they will take and be aware that they will not be able to confirm exactly what they will be taking until after arrival. Ex: If you plan to take 4 courses, have 8 approved. If you plan to take 5 courses, have 10 approved. The more flexible you can be, the more options you will have in terms of courses and scheduling after you arrive.

 

 

2019-2020 SEMESTER PROGRAMS:
CETT-UB (SCHOOL OF TOURISM, HOSPITALITY, AND GASTRONOMY)

Application Deadlines

Spring: September 30

Fall: April 15

Language Requirement: Open to all Spanish levels. Courses are available in English & Spanish. 

Additional Requirements: Minimum GPA 2.5. Must be currently enrolled full-time at a U.S. or Canadian university, college, or community college. Must have completed at least 1 semester before applying, not including semesters in progress. For complete requirements, please see the Eligibility section on this page.

Possible U.S. Credits: 12-15 semester credits (24-30 ECTS). ECTS = European Credit Transfer System. 2 ECTS = 1 U.S. semester credit. Students will take 3-5 courses. Classes are taken with American and international students, as well as some Spanish students.

Final Transcript: Issued by CETT-UB.    

All students MUST have 3 alternate electives approved by their home institution, in addition to your top choices. This will give you back-ups in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. Ex: If you plan to take 3 electives, have 6 approved. If you plan to take 4 electives, have 7 approved. If you plan to take 5 electives, have 8 approved.

LOCATION

The CETT-UB campus is located in the Horta neighborhood, close to Mundet metro (subway) stop. Students should expect anywhere from a 30-45 minute commute by metro to reach CETT-UB from their ASA program housing.

HOW MANY COURSES WILL I TAKE?

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 6 U.S. credits (total 12 U.S. credits / 24 ECTS)

  • 3 electives + Spanish Language for 6 U.S. credits (total 15 U.S. credits / 30 ECTS)

SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSES (6 U.S. SEMESTER CREDITS / 12 ECTS)

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.

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 Spanish Language (A1)  (course description coming soon)

High Beginner Spanish Language (A2)  (course description coming soon)

Intermediate Spanish Language (B1)  (course description coming soon)

High Intermediate Spanish Language (B2)  (course description coming soon)

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

PREREQUISITES: Courses marked Year 3 or 4 are 300- and 400-level classes for Tourism & Hospitality majors. Courses marked Year 1 or 2 generally do not have prerequisites.

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

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

These courses are for students with a High Intermediate, Advanced, or Superior level of Spanish. Students who wish to take electives in Spanish must have completed at least 4 semesters of college Spanish before attending CETT-UB (having reached High Intermediate level). A Spanish placement test will be administered after arrival, and your placement test results will determine which electives in Spanish you can take. Typically a B2 (High Intermediate) level must be achieved on the test in order to take classes in Spanish.

PREREQUISITES: Classes marked Year 3 or 4 are 300- and 400-level classes for Tourism & Hospitality majors. Classes marked Year 1 or 2 generally do not have prerequisites.

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Once again, all students MUST have 3 alternate electives approved by their home institution, in addition to your top choices. This will give you back-ups in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. Ex: If you plan to take 3 electives, have 6 approved. If you plan to take 4 electives, have 7 approved. If you plan to take 5 electives, have 8 approved.

 

 

2019-2020 SEMESTER PROGRAMS:
UNIVERSITAT DE VIC-UNIVERSITAT CENTRAL DE CATALUNYA (UVIC-UCC)

Application Deadlines

Spring: September 30

Fall: April 15

Language Requirement: Open to all Spanish levels.  Courses are available in English & Spanish.

Additional Requirements: Minimum GPA 2.5. Must be currently enrolled full-time at a U.S. or Canadian university, college, or community college. Must have completed at least 2 semesters before applying, not including semesters in progress.  For complete requirements, please see the Eligibility section on this page.

Possible U.S. Credits: 12-15 semester credits per semester (24-30 ECTS). ECTS = European Credit Transfer System. 2 ECTS = 1 U.S. semester credit. Students will take 4-5 courses. Classes are taken with American and other international students.

Final Transcript: Issued by UVic-UCC.    

All students MUST have 3 alternate electives approved by their home institution, in addition to your top choices. This will give you back-ups in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. Ex: If you plan to take 3 electives, have 6 approved. If you plan to take 4 electives, have 7 approved. If you plan to take 5 electives, have 8 approved.

LOCATION

While the main campus of the Universitat de Vic is outside of Barcelona, it also has a campus in central Barcelona. ASA students will take classes at the UVic-UCC campus in central Barcelona within the Business, Design and Innovation program.

The UVic-UCC classes are held in Barcelona’s innovation and design district at the BAU School of Design campus, located just 15 minutes from Plaza Catalunya by bus or subway. The campus occupies two renovated industrial buildings that are filled with natural light and equipped with the latest technological teaching aids. 

ASA program housing is conveniently located to the UVic-UCC Barcelona campus. It takes most students only 15-25 minutes to get to school by subway.

HOW MANY COURSES CAN I TAKE?

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:

  • 3 electives + Spanish Language for 3 U.S. credits (total 12 U.S. credits / 24 ECTS)

  • 4 electives + Spanish Language for 3 U.S. credits (total 15 U.S. credits / 30 ECTS)

SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSES (3 U.S. SEMESTER CREDITS / 6 ECTS EACH)

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.

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.

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

Classes are offered in both Fall and Spring, unless otherwise noted.

Once again, all students MUST have 3 alternate electives approved by their home institution, in addition to your top choices. This will give you back-ups in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. Ex: If you plan to take 3 electives, have 6 approved. If you plan to take 4 electives, have 7 approved. If you plan to take 5 electives, have 8 approved.

 

 

2019 Summer I Program:
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) at city center campus

Application Deadline

Summer: March 1

APPLY EARLY for the best course selection. Courses are assigned on a first come, first served basis.

If you are concerned about getting into a particular class, please call us at 888-845-4272 to confirm availability. 

Language Requirement: Open to all levels of Spanish.

Additional Requirements: Minimum GPA 2.75. Must be currently enrolled full-time at a U.S. or Canadian university or college. Must have completed at least 2 semesters before applying, not including semesters in progress. For complete requirements, please see the Eligibility section on this page.

Possible U.S. Credits: 3, 6, or 9* semester credits (6-18* ECTS). ECTS = European Credit Transfer System. 2 ECTS = 1 U.S. semester credit. Students will take 1, 2, or 3* courses. Classes are taken with American and other international students. (*Additional fee of $950.)

Final Transcript: Issued by Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB).  

**Students are advised to APPLY EARLY for the best course selection, as classes are assigned on a first come, first served basis.  If you are concerned about getting into a particular class, please call us at 888-845-4272 to confirm availability.

All students MUST have 2 alternate courses approved by their home institution, in addition to your top choices. This will give you back-ups in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. The UAB will not process your registration if you do not give 2 alternates plus your top choices. Ex: If you plan to take 1 course, you must have 3 different courses approved. If you plan to take 2 courses, you must have 4 different courses approved. Please note that Spanish Language counts as just one course selection. Ex: Beginner Spanish Language and Intermediate Spanish Language are not 2 different course selections because your level placement will be determined by a placement test.

LOCATION

This program takes place at the city center campus of the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), called the UAB Eixample CampusThe Eixample Campus is located close to one of the most famous streets in all of Barcelona, the stunning Passeig de Gracia.  Here you can find some of Barcelona’s most famous modernist architecture, including Gaudí’s Casa Mila and Casa Batlló, as well as the “Block of Discord.”

ASA program housing is conveniently located in the Barcelona city center, close to the UAB Eixample campus. It takes most students only 15-25 minutes to get to school by subway.

HOW MANY COURSES CAN I TAKE?

If you are not going to take a Spanish Language class, you may enroll in one of the following:

  • 1 elective course = total 3 U.S. credits / 6 ECTS

  • 2 elective courses = total 6 U.S. credits / 12 ECTS

  • 3 elective courses = total 9 U.S. credits / 18 ECTS  (Additional fee of $950. Please note that course selection will be more limited for students taking 3 courses, due to the increased potential of schedule conflicts.)

If you are going to take a Spanish Language class, you may enroll in one of the following:

  • Spanish language for 3 U.S. credits = total 3 U.S. credits / 6 ECTS

  • Spanish language for 3 U.S. credits + 1 elective = total 6 U.S. credits / 12 ECTS

  • Spanish language for 3 U.S. credits + 2 electives = total 9 U.S. credits / 18 ECTS  (Additional fee of $950. Please note that course selection will be more limited for students taking 3 courses, due to the increased potential of schedule conflicts.)

SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSES (3 u.s. semester credits / 6 ects)

It is optional to take Spanish Language. Language levels listed below (A1, A2, etc.) are from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.  Beginner through Intermediate levels are offered during the UAB Summer session.

Students who enroll in a Spanish language class will take a placement test online shortly before departure. The placement test will determine which Spanish level you are placed in.

Beginner Level
Spanish Language, Level A1 

Elementary Level
Spanish Language, Level A2 

Low Intermediate Level
Spanish Language, Level B1.1 

Intermediate Level
Spanish Language, Level B1.2 

ELECTIVE COURSES (3 u.s. semester credits / 6 ects)

Elective courses are taught in English and have no prerequisites, unless noted otherwise next to the course title. All elective courses are Upper Division. 

COURSE OFFERINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

ONCE AGAIN, ALL STUDENTS MUST HAVE 2 ALTERNATE COURSES APPROVED BY THEIR HOME INSTITUTION, IN ADDITION TO YOUR TOP CHOICES. THE UAB WILL NOT PROCESS YOUR REGISTRATION IF THIS REQUIREMENT IS NOT MET.  Additional details about this can be found below, under the “Timetable” section.

SUMMER TIMETABLE (CLASS SCHEDULE)

Click here to view the Summer 2019 Timetable (class days & times).  

Timetables for upcoming terms are typically released just shortly before course registration opens – around Feb. 15 – March 15 for Summer. Check back with this webpage for updates if you don’t see the Timetable for your term linked above. In the meantime until the Timetable is available for your term, you should be working on getting your classes approved by your home institution and have 2 alternates approved IN ADDITION TO your top choices. We will not be able to register you for classes unless you have 2 alternates, in addition to your top choices!

PLEASE READ THESE HELPFUL TIPS ABOUT COURSE PRE-REGISTRATION:

  • All students MUST have 2 alternate courses approved by their home institution, in addition to your top choices. This will give you back-ups in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. The UAB will not process your registration if you do not give 2 alternates plus your top choices. Ex: If you plan to take 1 course, you must have 3 different courses approved. If you plan to take 2 courses, you must have 4 different courses approved. Please note that Spanish Language counts as just one course selection. Ex: Beginner Spanish Language and Intermediate Spanish Language are not 2 different course selections because your level placement will be determined by a placement test.

  • You are not guaranteed any particular time slot, schedule, or course selection.

 

 

2019 SUMMER PROGRAM:
UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA (UPF)

Application Deadline

Summer: March 1

Language Eligibility: Open to all Spanish levels. Courses are available in English & Spanish. Students who wish to take courses in Spanish must have completed at least 4 semesters of college Spanish before attending the UPF (having reached at least High Intermediate level). A placement test may be administered on site in order to confirm your Spanish level.

Additional Eligibility Requirements: Minimum GPA 3.0. Must be currently enrolled full-time at a U.S. or Canadian university or college. Must have completed at least 2 semesters (30 semester credits) before applying, not including semesters in progress. For complete requirements, please see the Eligibility section on this page.

Possible U.S. Credits: 4-6 U.S. semester credits (8-12 ECTS). ECTS = European Credit Transfer System. 2 ECTS = 1 U.S. semester credit. Students will take 2 courses. Classes may be taken with American students, Spanish students, and other international students.

Final Transcript: Issued by Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).  

All students MUST have 4 COURSES approved by their home institution. This will give you back-ups in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts.

LOCATION

Classes at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) are held at the UPF Ciutadella campus in the Barcelona city center, located near the Olympic Village and Ciutadella Park – very close to the beach. ASA program housing is conveniently located to the university. It takes most students only 15-25 minutes to get to school by subway.

COURSE OFFERINGS

Courses run in 2-week or 4-week blocks. Students will take 2 courses. You take courses from different blocks as long as you take a minimum total of 8 ECTS (4 U.S. credits) and do not exceed a total credit load of 12 ECTS (6 U.S. semester credits). Please note that students must remain enrolled in classes for the full 4-week duration of the academic program.

Courses are available in English and Spanish. In order to take courses in Spanish, it is recommended that students have completed at least 4 semesters of college Spanish and have reached at least High Intermediate level. A placement test may be administered on site in order to confirm your Spanish level.

Once again, all students MUST have 4 COURSES approved by their home institution. This will give you back-ups in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. COURSE OFFERINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

4-WEEK COURSES (3 U.S. SEMESTER CREDITS / 6 ECTS EACH)

These courses meet Monday through Thursday for the full program duration.

FIRST 2-WEEK COURSES (2 U.S. SEMESTER CREDITS / 4 ECTS EACH)

These courses meet Monday through Friday for THE FIRST TWO WEEKS of the program.

SECOND 2-WEEK COURSES (2 U.S. SEMESTER CREDITS / 4 ECTS EACH)

These courses meet Monday through Friday for THE LAST TWO WEEKS of the program.

 

 

2019 SUMMER PROGRAM:
CETT-UB (SCHOOL OF TOURISM, HOSPITALITY, AND GASTRONOMY)

Application Deadline

Summer: March 1

Language Eligibility: Open to all Spanish levels.  Courses are available in English and Spanish. Students who wish to take courses in Spanish must have completed at least 4 semesters of college Spanish before attending CETT-UB. A placement test will be administered on site in order to confirm your Spanish level. Typically, a High Intermediate level or higher is required in order to take courses taught in Spanish.

Additional Eligibility Requirements: Minimum GPA 2.5. Must be currently enrolled full-time at a U.S. or Canadian university, college, or community college. Must have completed at least 1 semester before applying, not including semesters in progress. For complete requirements, please see the Eligibility section on this page.

Possible U.S. Credits: Approximately 6 semester credits (10 ECTS). ECTS = European Credit Transfer System. 2 ECTS = 1 U.S. semester credit. Students will take 2 courses. Classes are taken with American and other international students.

Final Transcript: Issued by CETT-UB.  

LOCATION

The CETT-UB campus is located in the Horta neighborhood, close to Mundet metro (subway) stop. Students should expect anywhere from a 30-45 minute commute by metro to reach CETT-UB from their ASA program housing.

COURSE OFFERINGS

Students will take 2 courses ( 1 “track”). Students will earn a total of 6 U.S. semester credits (10 ECTS) through this program.

Although students will ultimately enroll in only 1 track, students must select at least 2 possible tracks – a top choice and an alternate – and have all courses from those tracks approved by their home institution. This will give you back-ups in case of changes in availability.

It is mandatory to take both courses within your track – you cannot take just one course from a given track. Courses cannot be mixed and matched across tracks.

To take courses taught in Spanish, students must take a Spanish placement test administered by the CETT after arrival. Typically, a B2 level (High Intermediate) is required.

Course offerings are subject to change.

Once again, all students must have an alternate track approved by their home institution, in addition to your top choice. This will give back-ups in case of changes in availability.

 

 

2019 SUMMER PROGRAM:
ESADE BUSINESS SCHOOL

Application Deadline

Summer: March 1

Language Eligibility: open to all levels of Spanish. All courses except Spanish Language are taught in English.

Additional Eligibility Requirements: Minimum GPA 3.0. Must be currently enrolled full-time at a U.S. or Canadian university or college. Must have completed at least 2 semesters before applying, not including semesters in progress. For complete requirements, please see the Eligibility section on this page.

Possible U.S. Credits: Approximately 6 semester credits (10 ECTS, 2 courses) per 4-week session. Approximately 12 semester credits (20 ECTS, 4 courses) per 8-week session. ECTS = European Credit Transfer System. 2 ECTS = 1 U.S. semester credit. Classes are taken with American students, international students, and Spanish students.

Final Transcript: Issued by ESADE Business School.  

LOCATION

Classes at ESADE Business School are held Monday through Friday at ESADE’s Creapolis Campus, located in Sant Cugat town, which is about 30 minutes away from Barcelona city center by metro (subway). ASA program housing is conveniently located near the metro, and it takes most students about 40 minutes to get to school by subway.

WHAT MAKES ESADE SPECIAL?

The ESADE Business School is a private university, founded in 1958. ESADE is the first Spanish university to be awarded AACSB accreditation as well as EQUIS and AMBA. ESADE courses are primarily project based, making for an interactive and engaging learning environment. Classes include company visits and meetings with corporate and social leaders. Past classes have visited companies such as HP, Nissan, Mango, Desigual, and others. 

COURSE OFFERINGS (3 u.s. semester credits / 5 ects each)

All courses are worth 5 ECTS (3 U.S. semester credits). It is optional to take Spanish Language. Students who enroll in a Spanish language course will take a placement test. The placement test will determine which Spanish level you are placed in.

Courses are taught English, except for Spanish Language.  

  • If you enroll in one, 4-week session: You will take ONE “Core Track” course + ONE “Elective Track” course.

  • If you enroll in both 4-week sessions:  You will complete a total of 4 courses - TWO “Core Track” courses + TWO “Elective Track” courses.

IMPORTANT: You can NOT take two courses from the same Track unless you enroll in both 4-week sessions. 

Students MUST have DOUBLE the number of courses approved by their home institution than they actually plan to take. This will give you back-ups in case of changes in course availability. ESADE will not process your registration if this requirement is not met. Please note that Spanish Language counts as just one course selection. Ex: Beginner Spanish Language and Elementary Spanish Language are not 2 different selections because your level placement will be determined by a placement test.

COURSE OFFERINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  

“Core Track” Courses – Choose One per 4-week Session

“Elective Track” Courses – Choose One per 4-week Session

 

 

2019 SUMMER V PROGRAM:
UNIVERSITAT AUTÓNOMA DE BARCELONA (UAB) AT BELLATERRA CAMPUS

Application Deadline

Summer: March 1

Language Eligibility: Open to all levels of Spanish. All courses except Spanish Language are taught in English.

Additional Eligibility Requirements: Minimum GPA 2.75. Must be currently enrolled full-time at a U.S. or Canadian university or college. Must have completed at least 1 semester before applying, not including semesters in progress. For complete requirements, please see the Eligibility section on this page.

Possible U.S. Credits: 3 semester credits (6 ECTS, 1 course) per 3-week session. 6 semester credits (12 ECTS, 2 courses) per 6-week session. ECTS = European Credit Transfer System. 2 ECTS = 1 U.S. semester credit. Classes are taken with American and other international students.

Final Transcript: Issued by Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB). 

LOCATION & PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This program takes place at the main campus of the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), called Bellaterra, located about 35 minutes from Barcelona city center. The UAB Bellaterra campus is expansive and green, with 6 nature trails and ample sports facilities. ASA program housing is located in the Barcelona city center, making for a commute of about 35 minutes to the Bellaterra campus. This allows students to enjoy the excitement of living in the city center, as well as a true university campus experience.

One of the biggest advantages of studying at the UAB Bellaterra campus is that ASA students can meet local Spanish students through the Tandem language exchange program and the UAB Buddy Program. Your assigned Spanish-speaking language partner can introduce you to the local culture and help you improve your Spanish!

COURSE OFFERINGS

Students will take 1 course per 3-week session. Students may take 2 courses by enrolling in both 3-week sessions back-to-back.

All courses are taught in English, except for the Spanish Language courses.

All students MUST have at least 1 alternate course approved by their home institution, in addition to your top choice. This will give you back-ups in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. Ex: If you plan to take 1 course, you must have at least 1 extra course approved from the same session. If you plan take 2 courses, you need to have 2 courses approved from each session.

COURSE OFFERINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  

First 3-Week Session (JUNE-JULY)

3 U.S. SEMESTER CREDITS / 6 ECTS EACH

Second 3-Week Session (JULY-AUGUST)

3 U.S. SEMESTER CREDITS / 6 ECTS EACH

 
 
Jackie Cimino