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ISA: International Studies, Business & Culture at the Autonomous University of Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Program Website: Click to visit
Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Earn ASU Credit: View Pre-Approved Courses
Cost Sheets Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Areas of Study:
Arts/Design, Business, Foreign Languages, Humanities, Social Sciences
Program Type:
Partnership
Language of Instruction:
English, Spanish
Language Prerequisite:
0 semesters
Minimum Class Standing:
02 - Sophomore
Internships Available:
No
Graduate Courses Available:
No
GPA Requirement:
2.75
International Coordinator:
Barbara Young
Program Competitiveness:
Low
Available to Non-ASU Students:
No
  Program Details

Overview

ISA BCN- Guell
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   Quick Facts

  • The spring 2018 program has filled to capacity as of September 15th. Fall 2018 applications will open in October. Summer 2018 are now being accepted. To apply please visit the Summer brochure page.
  • Take classes in business, economics, history, and art as well as Spanish language and culture
  • Participate in the Bridging Cultures Program to help ease your transition into your study abroad experience
  • Spend semester or full academic year in the vibrant city of Barcelona
  • Early application is strongly encouraged due to the popularity of this program - spring semester applicants are advised to start their application by September 1st and complete their application by September 15 at the latest to secure space on the 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 host university policy. No exceptions can be made

Location

ISA Barcelona - City
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Location Details

Barcelona (pop. 1.5 million) is the heart and capital of the region of Cataluña in the northeast corner of Spain. The origin of this Mediterranean city goes back more than 2,500 years and is crucial to the history of Spain and Catalonia - ruled by Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Moors, and Franks until it finally became part of the Spanish empire in the 17th century.

Barcelona is, for all intents and purposes, now a bilingual city as inhabitants of the region speak both Castilian Spanish and Catalán, the official language of Cataluña. Barcelona offers visitors eccentric creativity, cultural diversity, and endless amounts of energy. The architecture in Barcelona is stunning and unique, ranging from medieval gothic castles to the mosaic buildings of Antonio Gaudí.

Also known for the cubist and surreal artists Picasso and Dalí, Barcelona will satisfy art lovers of all types. Bordered by wooded hills, Barcelona's surrounding area offers an escape from the bustling city life. A few hours away are the Pyrenees Mountains as well as the vineyards and orchards of the Cataluña region.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa if your program is more than 90 days in length.* Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.

Academics

Academic Program & Courses

The Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), founded in 1968, currently enrolls over 50 thousand students each year. The UAB is also recognized by the ministry of Education and Science, Spain. This university is the second largest public university in Barcelona and ranked 10th in the world for universities established within the last 50 years according to the 2014 QS World University Rankings.

The main campus, Bella Terra, is located on the outskirts of Barcelona, at the bottom of the mountains. This is where most local students attend their classes.The UAB Study Abroad programs take place on two campuses in the city, The Eixample and Sant Pau campuses. The Eixample campus is located very close to the ISA office, in the downtown area. The Sant Pau campus is located very close to the Sagrada Familia. The main building at Sant Pau is known as the Casa Convalescéncia, a breathtaking work of art in itself.

Students may enroll in modern language classes in addition to many courses taught in English for foreigners. Courses are taught by university faculty, and instructed to international students only. Semester program participants will take 12-15 credits.

Course Disclaimer:

  • Course placement is often based on a placement test administered on-site
  • There may be mandatory prerequisites for some courses offered
  • For a specific list of course prerequisites, please refer to the course listing/course descripts for this program on the ISA website


Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and view current course equivalencies.

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale
Click here to view how credits and grades at Autonomous University of Barcelona will convert to ASU credits and grades.

UAB Campus- Sant Pau
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ISA Barcelona - UAB
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Housing

ISA Barcelona - Housing
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BCN- Residencia
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Program Housing

ISA housing provides the opportunity for students to experience aspects of the Spanish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of Spain. All ISA housing options are either within walking distance or conveniently located near public transit routes. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between 15 and 40 minutes depending on housing and class locations. Please note: all housing in Spain is subject to availability. The experience of living in another culture will be both educational and rewarding so long as you stay open-minded at all times. There are differences in culture and lifestyle between life in Spain and the U.S. Remember: the key to a positive experience is flexibility. With this in mind, you can become a true español(a)!

Homestay:
Homestays are the norm for Spain, and are encouraged by ISA. ISA participants living in homestays will be provided with two meals per day (except on ISA excursion days) and laundry service once per week for the official duration of the program. This is included in the ISA program cost. Students usually share a bedroom with another ISA student, but have the option of paying extra to secure an individual room.

ISA Apartment:*
Apartments are assigned on a first-come/first-serve basis, and availability is limited. Rent is included in the program price. Students are placed in furnished, centrally located apartments. All apartments are either within walking distance or conveniently located to public transit routes relative to the university. Meals and laundry service are not included.

Residencias:*
Residencias are similar to the American dorm style, however, they are not located on a university campus and are not affiliated by a university. Room layouts and amenities vary by term and particular residencia. In most cases, students will share a double room with another student from their program. During the summer programs, students may also be assigned to individual rooms. There will be a bathroom inside each room or a bathroom shared per floor, and either a small kitchenette in the room or a communal kitchen on the floor for students to share. Meals are not included, and coin-operated laundry machines are available for use within the residencia's laundry facility. Linens are either provided in the room or available in packs for a small fee.

*A refundable security deposit will be charged to students living in ISA arranged housing (apartment/residencia). ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount. For more information, click here.

Independent Housing:
Students may opt to secure housing independently. Students who select this option may receive a discount equal to the housing portion (room, board, and laundry) of the program price. By choosing to opt out of ISA housing, you are solely responsible for researching, reserving, and paying for all fees, deposits, and rent directly to the housing facility that you choose. Students who pursue independent housing will be required to complete an Independent Housing Waiver with the Study Abroad Office. For more information, please contact your International Coordinator.

Accessibility

Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.


ISA Barcelona - Students
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Cost

Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet, or Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Funding

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet, or Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

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  Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/01/2017
**
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Fall Semester 2017 03/31/2017
**
Rolling Admission 09/06/2017 12/21/2017
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017
**
Rolling Admission 01/09/2018 04/26/2018
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Fall Semester 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed