Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona - Semester or Year Abroad


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona through our partner International Studies Abroad.

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The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is among the best academic centers in Spain and the European Union, both for the quality of its teaching staff and for its excellent research. The University currently offers 77 undergraduate degrees, 90 doctoral programs, and 328 postgraduate and continuing education courses. The UAB has 43,000 students and over 4,200 members of staff.


The Universitat Autònoma is recognized and accredited by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a degree-granting institution of higher learning.



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Barcelona is a cosmopolitan, avant garde city in the northeast of Spain on the Mediterranean coast. It is famous for its artistic works and culture, and represents the spirit of the different Mediterranean peoples that have formed its present personality. Barcelona has many museums and architectural creations that will captivate its visitors. It is impossible to spend time in this city without being impressed by its cultural heritage, and leaving with a greater understanding of our globalized world.


Barcelona’s mild climate and the diversity of the different landscapes of the Catalonia region provide students with a variety of opportunities to spend time on the beaches, in the Pyrenees Mountains, or visiting some of the most famous wineries and cava (champagne) caves of Spain.

With an approximate population of 1,600,000 people Barcelona is the perfect place to spend a semester or an academic year as a student. It is a city where our students will get to know many other international students since the city is one of the most popular destinations for international students.


Our study abroad program at UAB takes place at the Sant Pau (Casa Convalescència) and the Eixample Campuses. The Casa de Convalescència is one of the buildings located within the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau grounds and constitutes one of the late works of Catalan Modernism. The complex was declared a Historic Artistic Monument in 1978 and later named part of UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage for Humanity in 1997. The Eixample Campus is located in the central part of Barcelona. It is very close to several Metro and bus stops. Our students may choose courses from either of these two campuses as the connection is easy and can be done in only 20 minutes. 

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Academic Highlights

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona offers three different programs:  

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Quick facts:

  • Minimum GPA: 2.80
  • Language of instruction: English and Spanish
  • Language requirements: None. Open to all levels.
  • Place of instruction: Sant Pau and Eixample Campuses
  • Participants: International students
  • Before arrival students take an online test to determine language proficiency


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Students may choose from the following housing options: homestay, residence halls, or shared apartments. We always try to provide students with their first housing choice, but we cannot guarantee it. It is why we recommend students apply in advance so they have a better chance to obtain their preferred option.



Staying with a host family is a way to enrich the student’s experience and to reinforce the knowledge gained during the program. We select our families carefully and have known them for years. All of them have extensive experience accommodating foreign students. Upon arrival students receive a key to the house so they may come and go as they please. Students will be able to receive telephone calls, but most likely will not be able to have guests over. Two daily meals and one laundry load per week are provided.



This is an off-campus student residence. Spaniards and international students are residents of this option mostly in double rooms, depending on availability some singles may be offered as well. Kitchen and bathroom may be private or shared. There are also common areas. Usually, the residence offers laundry facilities and meals may or may not be included. 


Shared Apartment

These apartments are shared by international students. They have single and double bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen with cooking utensils, a washing machine, refrigerator, and shared bathrooms. Students must respect building community rules and maintain the apartment in decent condition. The price of accommodation includes the cost of utilities (electricity, gas, water) within reason, and, in most cases, a weekly cleaning of the communal areas. Meals are not included. 


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University Services

Students receive a UAB university ID that allows them to access computer labs, (campus is WiFi), UAB libraries, and other benefits. There is also a cafeteria and restaurant on campus.


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Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers some meals, local transportation, and excursions.  Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

Exciting excursions and activities

A chance to meet other students

Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>


University Orientation

In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program, all students will participate in a university specific orientation. There is an official presentation of the program given by the Director of the Study Abroad Programs of the UAB and his staff. This orientation session provides students with information on the different UAB campuses and departments, and also on academics about their program at the UAB: what to expect in the classroom, different teaching methodologies between Spain and the US, university rules regarding absences and exams.

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Overseas Staff and Support

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad and Active Learning Abroad have forged a unique partnership to provide high quality study abroad opportunities in Spain. Active Learning Abroad (ALA) is GlobaLinks’ partner and overseas office for all students studying for a summer or semester at a university in Spain. The ALA offices and staff in Barcelona, Sevilla, Salamanca, and Madrid work closely with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad staff in the U.S. to provide all students with services and support throughout the experience. This ensures that each student is ensured an individualized experience both during the pre-departure stage and while in country. The ALA team in Spain delivers the Bridging Cultures Program onsite and Discovery Activities throughout the semester or summer and are also available 24/7 for emergency support.


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Scholarships Available

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad strives to offer the most reasonable abroad fees to Europe. To further enhance the affordability of the semester/year study abroad program, we encourage you to apply for scholarships through all available scholarship sources. Learn more about our scholarship opportunities.


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Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

There are a variety of ways to get involved while you're abroad. Our in-country staff can connect you with resources and opportunities at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and in the city.  Language exchange opportunities are available and are highly recommended in order to practice the language with native speakers while you are abroad.


Community Involvement

We encourage our students to experience the local customs and immerse in the local culture by participating in our organized cultural and social activities. We will have a guided tour of the city, visiting places such as Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia, the Gothic quarter and the cathedral, Plaza Catalunya and las Ramblas, the Park Guell and other interesting places.

All students are encouraged to participate in volunteer activities at or near their campus, where permitted under host-country immigration regulations. Service learning is an integral piece of a well-rounded education, and we support students’ efforts to integrate into the local culture through volunteer activities. Students are provided with information on volunteer opportunities on campus or within the community during the orientation and preparation process.


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Special Programs and Excursions

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad and Active Learning Abroad will provide excursions to all students participating in a semester/academic year program. This will allow students to get familiar with some of the most interesting cities and areas in Spain from cultural, artistic, and historic perspectives. Semester abroad students usually have two overnight trips and two day excursions. Below are some examples of previous excursions. Please note not all excursions will be offered each term and locations are subject to change.



Madrid is the capital of Spain and its largest city. It is the most important economic and financial center of the Iberian Peninsula. Full of great Museums (i.e. El Prado, Reina Sofía) Madrid offers endless cultural opportunities and a vibrant social life. Walking through the streets of Madrid neighborhoods (Habsburg, Bourbon) visitors will discover its long and interesting history while at the same time admiring Madrid’s modern business districts.



Located in the region of Andalucia, or "Al-Andalus" as it was known during the Moorish rule, this vibrant and traditional city is home to many examples of Arab influence, including the Giralda tower (bell tower) next to the cathedral. Other popular sites include the Alcazar (Arab fortress and royal gardens), the old Jewish quarter (Barrio Santa Cruz), Plaza de España & Maria Luisa park. You will discover the traditional culture of Spain in this beautiful southern city.

Girona and Figueres

Girona offers its enchanting medieval quarter, its narrow streets, and its Catalan personality. Figueres is the place of surrealism, home of the Dalí museum and where visitors will discover the art works of this international genius.



This unique geographic formation, its name meaning "serrated" or "saw tooth" mountain, is located about 50 kilometers from Barcelona. It is a popular spot for hiking and rock climbing, offering breathtaking views across the plain all the way to Barcelona and the sea. The highest peak reaches 1,235 meters.


The Pyrenees

These magnificent mountains are not only the perfect place for practicing skiing but also the ideal environment for people who enjoy nature and its multiple expressions: high mountains, wild rivers, lakes, and wild life.


Costa Brava

This is one of the most visited summer spots in Spain. Once you see the beauty of its beaches and its Mediterranean pine woods along the coastline you will agree that this is a very nice place to enjoy with your friends.



Just a few miles south of Barcelona this small, young, modern town offers visitors a laid back beach town where they may spend a relaxing time. Sitges was a fishing town that has become a nice place where restaurants and cafes are all over the city.


The city of Valencia is the capital of the region that shares its name and the Spanish Costa Blanca. This Mediterranean city, which is the third largest city in Spain, is known for introducing the Spanish and international dish paella. The old medieval town and the modern Palacio de las Artes y las Ciencias provide visitors with a mixture of old and new architecture expressions. Do not forget to stroll along the Malvarrosa beach and enjoy the social life the city offers.

Ground transportation, entrance fees, and guided tours are included in program fees for all excursions. Hotel accommodation and breakfast are also included in all overnight excursions.


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Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select one of the following programs to view the specific course options.


Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.

If you have any questions about course availability, please contact studyabroad@globalinksabroad.org


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Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program FeesTBD
Housing with MealsApproximately $3,600 - $5,000
Housing without MealsApproximately $3,000 - $3,500
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single or shared room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. If the housing is self-catered (no meals), you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals. If you would prefer housing with meals, it is available for an extra fee either as a homestay or in a residental hall. Contact us for more information.

*All fees are subject to change.



Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level prior to the time of participation. Prior study of Spanish is not required. An on-line Spanish placement test will be administered prior to arrival.

Required GPA: 2.80

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