Barcelona is Spain's second largest city, as well as the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia. At Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), students will have the option to live and study at a top-ranking school. At UAB, classes are held within an enriching international environment. Students take classes through their Pre-Established Program during the summer term.
Barcelona has long been considered a tourist destination and a worldwide cultural hub, offering fine food, art, literature, and architecture, as well as a rich and diverse history. The UAB is located just 25 minutes by public transport from the center of Barcelona, a cosmopolitan metropolis on the Mediterranean coast. The UAB campus in Bellaterra is the University’s main campus.
Barcelona is among the world’s best cities in classifications of quality of life, safety, and fairness. Barcelona has established itself as a prestigious brand identified with aspects such as creativity, talent, quality of life, modernity and economic, technical and social progress.
The UAB is renowned for its research excellence and the quality of its teaching, being a benchmark center in Europe.
Students can take classes during the summer term through UAB’s Pre-Established Program. This is a study abroad program offered by UAB that allows students to improve their Spanish language skills and/or study in different subject areas. UNI students studying within the College of Business will have a unique opportunity to work on 6 credits towards their major or electives. See the Summer School Tab for more information.
Information on course offerings during the summer can be found on the Course Offerings Page.
Important information to review:
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Entry and Exit Requirements
- Review and follow the travel recommendations of the CDC for Spain
- Monitor appropriate websites for updates and information about COVID or other emergencies before departing and while in the destination country. The U.S. Embassy for Spain provides updates that can be found on their website
Students studying abroad for more than 90 days will need to apply for a student visa at the nearest consulate (located in Chicago). This typically impacts Spring semester students and usually Fall and Summer applicants do not need a visa. Apply for or renew your US passport as soon as possible so that when the time comes, you can apply for your visa. The Study Abroad Center will work with you after you are accepted to apply for the visa.
Housing & Meals
Students are housed in Vila Universitària, the residential area of the UAB campus. They are located in a natural park land area giving students a relaxing environment which will make them feel at home. UAB offers a residence hall and hotel campus option for the summer stay.
- In the residence hall, students are housed in apartment style rooms with two beds, a bathroom, and fully equipped kitchen and dining space.
- The hotel offers a traditional hotel style room with mini fridge, TV, desk, bathroom, and wifi.
There are restaurants and coffee shops located in the housing area as well as recreational services such as an outdoor pool, soccer field, volleyball courts, basketball courts, etc. There are grocery stores, laundromats, and ATM machines in this area as well. They offer 24/7 security as well as outdoor wifi.
View information on the housing options, as well as photos, by clicking on the page for Accommodations at UAB.
The summer school is a 6-week session from June to July. Classes are offered from Monday to Thursday and students do not need to know the Spanish language to attend as courses are offered in English. Students in the College of Business will take 6 credits. Courses will transfer as International Business and International Management, required or electives for many majors.
Spain: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
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* estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors
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*per semester, estimated, will vary per person
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Eligibility Requirements to Study Abroad
The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. Students must have a completed study abroad application, including supportive recommendation form(s). Additionally, students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to Study Abroad:
- Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this cumulative GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
- If your cumulative GPA is lower than 2.5, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (103 East Bartlett):
- Letters of reference from two academic contacts (e.g. academic advisor and former or current professor) supporting your pursuit of study abroad. If you are attending a faculty-led study abroad program, one of the letters must be from a course leader. However, if the program has two course leaders, only one of the letters can be from one of the course leaders.
- Must be over the age of 18 years old
- Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
- Must be in good standing with the University
- UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements, if applicable.
- Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.
- All study abroad applicants must pass the Study Abroad Applicant Assessment with a score of 70% or greater.
- Applicants may be selected for an in-person interview before being accepted. Selection for an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program. You will be contacted directly by the Study Abroad Center if selected for an interview.