Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona - Summer Program - Summer or January Short Course


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

Please click here to apply or learn more about Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and all other Spain program options. 


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 summer 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 summer study abroad program at the UAB takes place at the Eixample Campus located in the central part of Barcelona. It is very close to several Metro and bus stops, countless restaurants, and famous tourist attractions. 

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Academic Highlights

International Business and Humanities Program Overview

  • 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 


Subject Areas

  • International Business & Economics
  • Art & Mediterranean Studies


Please view the course catalog for a complete list of classes.


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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, washing machine, refrigerator, and shared bathrooms. Students must respect building community rules and maintain the apartment in decent conditions. 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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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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GlobaLinks Learning Abroad and Active Learning Abroad will provide excursions to all students participating in a summer abroad 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. Summer students generally have one overnight trip and one day excursion during their program. 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.


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.


Penedés Wine Region

This is one of the most important areas in Catalonia of wine making and the cradle of Spanish Cava (Champagne). Students will see firsthand all the process of wine and cava making while visiting some of the most important cellars in the region.


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.



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.



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.

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.


Other Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on once you’re abroad. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>

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Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects 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 - Summer Program
Program FeesTBD
Housing with MealsApproximately $1500-$1750
Housing without MealsApproximately $1000-$1800
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Summer/Short Course 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
Cell Phone (phone and activation fee). Students will be responsible for costs of outgoing calls/texts.
Comprehensive assistance
Personal program manager
Scholarship and financial aid assistance
Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer
HTH Worldwide health insurance protection
Alumni opportunities, including professional ambassador program
International Student Identity Card
Exclusive Career-Building Alumni Institute (add-on option)
Additional Housing Fee (if applicable)
Housing and some meals are typically included in the Summer/Short Course fee. This is noted above if included or the approximate housing range is provided. Housing amenities are generally:
Twin-Share room
Technology package available
Linen package available
An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. If housing does not include meals you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.
*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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