Study Abroad in Barcelona
What the Engage Barcelona program has to offer
What is the academic structure of the Engage Barcelona program?
What is the focus of the Engage Barcelona internship seminar?
Do I have to take the Spanish course if I'm already fluent in Spanish?
What tracks are available for UAB electives?
See the Tracks tab for individual track courses and links to syllabi.
If I opt to take a second UAB elective, can I take courses from different tracks?
Are there other courses available?
In addition, students who want a more intensive Spanish experience can a 6-credit version of the Spanish course, which is available at all levels from beginning through advanced. This option replaces the 3-credit Spanish Language course, as well as the UAB elective requirement.
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona is a public university that is firmly committed to society, but also open to the rest of the world and enjoys a strong international reputation. UAB is a young, dynamic institution, and is among the best academic centers in Spain, both for the quality of its teaching staff and for its excellent research.
Currently the university offers 78 bachelor's degrees, 169 master's degrees and 85 Ph.D. programs. The univerrsity enrolls over 43,000 students, around 2,500 of whom are international students.
UAB is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world in the QS World University Ranking System and is ranked especially high in Social Sciences & Management and Arts & Humanities.
The following two courses are specially designed for IFSA-Butler students on the Engage Barcelona program:
Exploring Barcelona: Identity in a Multinational Society (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
Internship Seminar (3 U.S. semester credit hour)
Spanish (6 U.S. semester credit hours OR 3 U.S. semester credit hours plus a UAB elective, required) Spanish is taught at all levels from beginning through advanced and are offered through the university's Study Abroad Program. Students with seven or more semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent, or who are native Spanish speakers, may opt out of this course and replace it with two electives at UAB.
Where can I find course descriptions for UAB electives?
These elective courses were created especially for international students and are taught by UAB faculty. There is a supplemental fee for taking a second UAB elective unless you are eligible to opt out of the Spanish course. Most courses are taught in English but some are taught in Spanish. A few courses are offered in both English and Spanish.
How will I register for courses?
There are nine levels of Spanish available at UAB, from beginning to advanced. Several weeks before arrival you will receive an email from UAB asking you to take a placement test online to determine your language level. After that, you will be placed in the appropriate class according to your test results.
For the UAB elective, you will indicate your top three choices for electives on the Course Enrollment Form. The more quickly you complete your application, including the Course Enrollment Form, the more likely you will be placed in your top choice. However, IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee the availability of any course prior to the start of the semester.
How am I placed into an internship?
What if I need to take a required course as my elective?
What are the registration conditions?
All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. Students are not allowed to register for on-line, distance education or hybrid courses. See the "Academics" and "Program Fees and Financial Aid" sections in Preparing to Study Abroad for more information.
What do I need to know about exams?
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
Exploring Community & Culture
Set yourself apart from other students studying abroad with IFSA-Butler's Exploring Community & Culture (C&C) course. C&C is exclusive to IFSA-Butler and is an embedded component of every Engage program.
C&C offers you the exciting chance to experience Barcelona in a way most visitors never can. It is designed to take study abroad to another level. While abroad, do you want to do what locals do? Go where they go? See your new culture and environment through their eyes? The C&C core course helps the unfamiliar place more familiar and gives you a behind-the-scenes look at Spain and Barcelona that you could never learn in a classroom or see on a tour bus. See the Academics tab for the Exploring Barcelona: Identity in a Multinational Society syllabus and course description.
International Business, Economics and Internship
The following courses are available as part of the International Business, Economics and Internship track:
Humanities, Social Sciences and Internship
The following courses are available as part of the Humanities, Social Sciences and Internship track:
Politics, Communications and Internship
The following courses are available as part of the Politics, Communications and Internship track:
An internship is an integral part of this program and are available in many fields. Interns work for 14-16 hours per week and attend a related seminar every other week. Internships are typically available in the following types of organizations:
Within the types of organizations listed above, internships may be available in a wide variety of areas. Sample assignments include the following areas:
Click here to view an internship video compiled by a former student on our program.
Click here to view sample internship assignments.
Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will give more details about the internship, application and selection process.
This program offers three housing options: A student apartment, a carefully selected host family or a residencia.
Each host family will provide the student with a single bedroom that includes a bed, desk, lamp, fan, closet or space for storing clothes and Internet connection. Linens are also provided. The host family will wash linens once a week, but each student is responsible for washing his or her own clothing.
Bed linens and towels are provided. All rooms have the following utilities: bathroom, AC, WiFi, fridge, microwave, TV, desk, and wardrobe. Weekly cleaning service is also provided. The residence has either a communal fully equipped kitchen with tables or kitchenettes in the rooms and a laundry room for all residents to use.
For all housing options, please note the following:
Is my housing included in the program fee?
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Should I bring my own linens?
Can I arrange my own housing?
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.
Living and Studying in Barcelona
Population: 2 million
Dates & Fees
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Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
Program housing is available only until the date listed as "Program ends" on the calendar.
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In Spain, exams are taken under formal examination conditions, and changes cannot be made for individuals.
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Fall Payments Due: July 1
Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler’s general scholarship funds are available for Engage programs, and we offer several other innovative opportunities to help fund your Engage Barcelona experience. Our Up Front program allows you to bill immediate expenses such as airfare and the program deposit to your IFSA-Butler account and then use financial aid or our monthly payment option to pay for these expenses. In addition, our Work to Study grants pay IFSA-Butler students for various projects completed before or during their time abroad.
Don’t forget that federal financial aid such as Guaranteed Student Loans, Pell Grants and Parent/PLUS loans can usually apply toward study abroad. Ask your home campus financial aid office for details on transferring these funds to IFSA-Butler for your semester abroad, and don’t forget to also ask whether your state scholarships, 529 plan or home campus scholarships can be used to help pay for study abroad.
Arrival and orientation
Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Barcelona:
Program Advisor Nikki Bruckmann assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Nikki can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, extn. 4257. Nikki studied abroad as an undergrad. Being completely inspired by the personal impact of her experience, Nikki continued to work for the program as a service learning assistant, preparing students for their predeparture and assisting them while abroad. After graduation, Nikki spent a year living and working abroad and returned home to obtain her masters in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Nikki is passionate about higher education, culture and study abroad.
Academic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.