International Studies, Business & Culture

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    International Studies, Business & Culture

  • Location

    Barcelona

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

    Although the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona’s primary campus is outside of the city, you will be attending classes at the Sant Pau campus, which is near the Sagrada Familia, and the Eixample campus, which is near the ISA office. Both are centrally located in Barcelona and are easily accessible by public transportation. You will be studying with other international students and will be able to choose from a wide variety of courses in Area/Cultural Studies, Business, Economics, Art History, and International Relations, most of which are taught in English. There are also several courses available in Spanish, as well as Spanish language courses. The Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona is fully accredited and recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport (Ministerio de Educación, Cultura, y Deporte).

  • Term

    Spring 2 2020

  • Program Dates

    Jan 08, 2020 - Apr 23, 2020

  • Program Length

    Semester

  • Application Deadline

    Oct 01, 2019

  • Credit

    180 - 225 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.75 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    $13,350

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Program Description

Students at any language level will be eligible to take courses at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB). The UAB offers a wide variety of economics and business courses taught in English, as well as courses in culture, art, and history. You will also have the opportunity to take Spanish Language courses, or a variety of courses taught in Spanish. Courses are instructed by university faculty, and your classmates will be other international students.

A Spanish student visa is required for programs over 90 days and obtaining one may require out of state travel. Please contact your appropriate Program Manager for more information pertaining to the process of acquiring a Spanish student visa.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75.

MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES

There is no language prerequisite for this program.

  • The GPA requirement for this program is strict and students with lower than a 2.75 GPA will not be admitted to the program, per university policy. No exceptions can be made.
  • You must be enrolled as a full-time degree-seeking student in a U.S. college or university.
  • You must have completed two semesters of college in order to be accepted.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Tuition at the Host University

Housing

Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Spanish Visa Support

Academics

Credits

Contact Hours

180 - 225

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 15

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 22

Academic Information

Course Availability

  • The courses below reflect the most current list of courses released by the host university. Please refer to this list when completing your pre-registration form. Also note that courses are always subject to change. Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Barcelona Site Specialist.

Language Requirement

  • There is no language requirement for this program. You will not be required to enroll in Spanish language. However, it is strongly encouraged that you enroll in language in order to fully immerse yourself in the culture of the area.
  • Please note that if you place into Beginning, High Beginning, Intermediate or High Intermediate Spanish Language you will have the option of taking either the 45-hour language course, or the 90-hour language course. If you place into Advanced Spanish language and above, you will only have the option of the 90-hour langauge course.

Course Level Recommendations

  • Determination of course equivalencies will be done by advisors and credential evaluators at participants’ U.S. home institutions.

Course Credit

  • ISA can recommend credit equivalencies, but credit transfer is ultimately determined by your home university.

Transcript Information

  • The transcript from Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona will reflect ECTS and Contact Hours.  Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.

Courses

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Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
International Students
Art and Architecture
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
Business
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
Communication
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
Economics and Politics
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
Language
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
90 Contact Hours
12 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
90 Contact Hours
12 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
90 Contact Hours
12 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
90 Contact Hours
12 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
90 Contact Hours
12 ECTS Credits
90 Contact Hours
12 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
90 Contact Hours
12 ECTS Credits
Mediterranean Studies
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Jack DeLine

Program Manager, Spain

Morgan Gay

Program Manager, Spain

BARCELONA TEAM

Manuel Urí Martín

Resident Director, Spain

Danielle Roberge

Student Care Services, Spain

Aina Muñoz Comas

Cultural Activities Coordinator, Spain

Cristina Canales Contador

Senior Cultural Activities Coordinator, Spain

Cristian Pérez

Housing Coordinator, Spain

Daniel Ostad

Senior Housing Coordinator, Spain

Janelle Forster

Senior Student Care Coordinator, Spain

Mariloli Cámara

Academic Coordinator, Spain

Walter Uribe

Student Care and Academic Services, Coordinator, Spain

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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Housing

Living in ISA housing will allow you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Spanish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. Regardless of your housing option, you will have a short commute to your university. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between 15 and 35 minutes depending on housing and class locations. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.

Homestay

Host families are a great choice if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA’s resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays will provide two meals a day and laundry service once a week. You will typically share a room with another ISA student of the same gender. Single rooms may be available for an additional fee.

Apartment

Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking complete independence during your time abroad. Apartments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited. Rent and utilities are included in the program price, and each apartment is fully furnished. Apartments, spread throughout the city, typically house four-six ISA students, and are made up of single and double occupancy rooms. Meals and laundry service are not included. In this ISA housing option, you will pay a $500 security deposit. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Student Residence

The student residence is a great choice if you would like to be independent while living with other international and local students. With availability limited on a first-come, first-served basis, you will room with another ISA student of the same gender. Single rooms may also be available for an additional fee. Meals are not included and laundry can be done on-site with coin-operated machines. In this ISA housing option, you will pay a $500 security deposit. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

Excursions

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

Seville

Seville is a lively yet laid-back city known for its sunny skies, bullfighting, and as at the birthplace of flamenco. You will visit the Seville Cathedral, Giralda Bell Tower, and the magnificent Royal Alcázar, whose halls and gardens you might recognize from various Game of Thrones episodes. You will visit some of Andalusia’s oldest and most unique neighborhoods where you will see a blend of architectural styles reflective of Seville’s multicultural past and the world’s largest gothic church.

Valencia

Valencia is famous for its beaches, oranges, paella, and the "City of Arts and Sciences", an eye-catching cultural complex hosting museums, performing arts, and the biggest aquarium in Europe. After exploring the city, you will have the chance to enjoy a fabulous day on the beach, taking part in water sports such as paddle boarding, surfing, canoeing, etc. A 100% Mediterranean experience!

Sitges

On this excursion you will visit one of the most emblematic towns on the Catalan coast, just south of Barcelona. Famous for its charming downtown and beautiful beaches, Sitges was also an important modernist center in the 1960’s. On the way you will visit a cava cellar where you will learn about the manufacturing process of the Catalan champagne.

Morocco * Optional

This multi-day, optional excursion takes you across Morocco, one of the most colorful and diverse countries in the world. It encompasses direct cultural encounters with locals, guided tours through the medina, and opportunities to learn the ins and outs of haggling with Moroccan vendors. You will have unforgettable experiences in the Sahara desert riding camels and waking up to see the spectacular views of the sunrise.

Cultural Activities in Barcelona

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Barcelona. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcase what makes Barcelona special.

These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included a soccer league, intercambios (language exchange with locals), cooking classes, and city tours (Sagrada Familia, City Bus Tour, Gothic Quarter, etc.).*

*These activities are available to students at little to no additional cost.