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IFSA Barcelona Universities Program: UAB

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Program Overview


With a campus in the heart of Barcelona, highly ranked Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) offers international business, humanities, and Spanish language. Join this vibrant international community for classes, available in English and Spanish, plus a range of activities and campus clubs for a rich immersive experience that will supercharge your Spanish language skills.

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

Fall: May 1
Spring: Oct. 1

Minimum GPA


Credit load



Apartment/Flat, Single Room Option

Instruction language

English, Spanish

Language prerequisites


Visa required?

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Build your own curriculum with a combination of four to five Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) classes for a total of 12–15 U.S. semester credit hours. You may choose the IFSA International Internship Seminar as one of your electives.

Students interested in Catalan language classes should consider the IFSA Barcelona Universities Program: UPF program or IFSA Study in Barcelona Plus program.


International Internship Seminar
Students are placed in individual internships but collectively take part in the seminar to prepare for the experience, understand expectations, set personal objectives, identify, and strengthen specific skills, critically reflect on their progress, share experiences, and learn from each other throughout their term. Students develop a deeper understanding of themselves, their professional areas, and Italian work culture. In this seminar, which is focused on application of theory to practice, students gain real world work experience while developing intercultural agility—skills and experiences that are critically important to personal, academic and professional success. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)


Classes at UAB are available in art and architecture, business, communication, economics and politics, Mediterranean studies, and Spanish language. Most classes are taught in English, while some classes can be taken in Spanish for students with level B2 language proficiency. See the UAB class catalog for up-to-date offerings. Most classes are worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours each.


  • Cultures Without State: the Case of Catalonia
  • Digital Photography
  • Doing Business in Emerging Markets
  • E-Commerce and Online Businesses
  • Human Resources Management
  • Inequality, Poverty, and Globalization
  • Lengua Española
  • Mediterranean Politics
  • Modernisme: Art Nouveau Architecture
  • New Tendencies in Spanish Contemporary Art
  • Spanish Civilization and Culture
  • Spanish History and Politics: 1936 to the Present
  • Strategic Behaviour in Business and Economics
  • The Creative Economy
  • The Image of Barcelona in Literature


Can I take my classes in Spanish?
To enroll in Spanish-taught classes at this program, you must have a specific language level. Please visit our Language Requirements page for more details. If you have questions about whether you qualify, contact your IFSA Enrollment Counselor.

IFSA internships include real-world work experience, along with developing intercultural skills and experiences that are key to personal, academic, and professional success. Expect to devote a total of 120 hours working with your host organization, with supervision from your seminar instructor, coordinated by on-site IFSA team members. In addition, interns complete the International Internship Seminar for 3 U.S. semester credit hours. Internships are not remunerated.

Students have interned at galleries and museums, business incubators, development agencies, religiously affiliated non-profits, marketing firms, and human rights advocacy groups in Barcelona.

Your goals are carefully considered, tailoring the placement process to ensure the best possible fit. Keep in mind that final placements depend on your skills, prior experience, and availability. Although every effort is made to match your placement with your preferred field or area of business, it can’t be guaranteed. Most internships are conducted in English. If you have had at least four semesters of Spanish language instruction, ask your IFSA Enrollment Counselor about opportunities to conduct your internship in Spanish.

Application. After you submit your application, resume, and IFSA Internship Intent Form, an IFSA Enrollment Counselor and an on-site IFSA Team member will work with you to identify your professional strengths, review your goals, and refine your internship interests to establish a match. From there, you’ll have an interview with your potential internship host. You will be provided with tips and resources to prepare for your interview.

Sample Placements. The following are examples of internships IFSA students have recently completed. Placement options vary from term to term.

Organization: Accounting and finance firm
Potential Projects: You can work on market research and analysis, financial trends, multinational consulting, and auditing projects.

Organization: Education and mentoring organization
Potential Projects: You can work on marketing and social media for education campaigns, or mentor students to match them with potential future employment.

Organization: Corporate finance company focused on acquisitions and mergers

Organization: Coworking, mentoring and networking team
Potential Projects: From design to international business to sports events planning, you can work on different projects within the coworking community of entrepreneurs and start-ups.

Organization: Government tourism agency
Potential Projects: Work on social media marketing and international campaigns promoting Cataluña tourism.

Organization: Developer of professional software for retail management
Potential Projects: Work on operations, sports business, and retail projects.

Organization: Provider of subscription-based meal kits in Barcelona
Potential Projects: Work on marketing, communications, and web and app design projects.

Organization: A global manufacturer and provider of hybrid packaging solutions for beauty brands
Potential Projects: You can work in areas of the organization including human resources, marketing, international business relations, and global manufacturing.

Organization: A crowdfunding site which focuses on projects which generate a collective return through promoting the common, open source code and/or free knowledge.
Potential Projects: You can work on different projects to promote the organization and expand its visibility.



  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least two (2) full-time years of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letter
Not required. A recommendation letter may be required if selecting the Internship option.


Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects classes taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.


Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.

Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program. We’ll make every effort to run them all, but sometimes things we can’t control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.


  • City-as-Text: This activity will use the city of Barcelona as the frame to understand socioeconomic, artistic, and cultural aspects of the city. Learn about how and why Barcelona was the first city awarded the Biosphere Certification as a responsible tourist destination committed to economic, social, environmental, and cultural sustainability.
  • Architecture and Design: Barcelona’s colorful, distinctive, and unique architecture successfully blends the traditional with the modern. You will be able to visit iconic buildings such as Gaudi’s masterpiece Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló, La Predrera, Palau Güell, and Park Güell, while also understanding how Barcelona’s support of innovation, creative talent, and design makes it the perfect city to live in.
  • Barcelona as a Business Hub: The city is the center of an emerging economic Eurozone, the Mediterranean capital, a bridge to Europe, and an international business center for companies and organizations working worldwide. By visiting local businesses, you will be able to learn more about the Catalan entrepreneurial spirit of Barcelona.
  • Learning about the Catalan Independence: Through several guest lectures, you will learn how history and politics have shaped the region’s society, economics, and politics.
  • Food and Local Culture: Gastronomy in Cataluña and Spain is about more than just food. It is a way of living and an essential part of the culture and history of the region and the country. An expert will discuss central issues surrounding the importance of food and the importance of the Mediterranean diet. You will visit the several markets in the city and also participate in cooking a traditional Catalan-style meal.
  • Folklore: Through multiple day trips, organized activities, and various festivities, you will learn about the traditional dance Sardana, the building of human towers at festivals called castellers, and other customs while being immersed into the bilingualism and identity of Cataluña.


  • Figueras and Girona Trip: On this day trip, you will visit the Dali museum in Figueras, an incredible museum showcasing the life and work of the surrealist genius Salvador Dali. You will also visit Girona, one of the most important medieval quarters in Spain. There you will explore the Jewish Quarter and various Game of Thrones filming locations.
  • Cavas and Montserrat Trip: Have a cultural and enogastronomic experience while visiting one of best known Cavas wineries in Cataluña. Additionally, you’ll explore the stunning mountain landscape of Montserrat topped with a famous Benedictine monastery. It’s perfect for hiking excursions and views of the Catalan landscape.
  • Seville Trip: From the largest gothic cathedral in the world to the oldest royal residence in Europe still in use, the Royal Alcazar, you will explore a completely different city and culture from Barcelona. Seville’s rich architectural and historical legacy will allow you to immerse yourself in Spanish culture, while enjoying tapas tasting and Flamenco dancing.

Housing and Meals


Apartment/Flat, Single Room Option




Barcelona students typically live in flats (apartments) shared by four to six IFSA students. Locations vary but are typically in neighborhoods with plenty of local charm, no more than 30 minutes from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Docent Sant Pau campus via public transportation.  

Flatmates could include all genders. Bedrooms are shared by same gender students. Keep in mind that students who request and are placed in single bedrooms incur an additional fee to cover the higher cost. Students are responsible for their own meals, either cooking in their flat or eating out—in Barcelona, there are delicious options at every turn.  

Sample housing 

Take a look at Carrer Córsega 528 to see what your Barcelona home might be like:  

  • Location: Barcelona’s Eixample district.  
  • Commute: A 12-minute walk or 13-minute bus ride to UAB Docent Saint Pau campus.   
  • Living space: Apartments include single and shared bedrooms with single beds and storage, living space, a kitchen and eating area, and a bathroom. Sometimes two students share one desk. Complete bedding and towels provided at program start. Kitchens are equipped with stovetop, oven, refrigerator, and basic dishes and kitchenware for all flatmates. 
  • Meals: No meal plan. Students prepare or purchase meals, and often tell us cooking together is a fun, social part of the day.  
  • Other details: Internet included. Washing machine and drying rack in each apartment. 
  • Nearby: Cafes, fresh markets, supermarkets, public transportation, and galleries. La Sagrada Familia. Casa Batlló. Casa Milà. Passeig de Gràcia.  

Dates and Fees

Term begins
Term ends
Program costs
Application deadline
Fall 2024
September 4, 2024
December 14, 2024
Spring 2025
Early Jan. 2025
Late April 2025
$18,775 (estimated)
Oct. 1, 2024

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Eleni Katsarelas

Eleni Katsarelas

Enrollment Counselor