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University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)

 Study Abroad in Spain


Spain will dazzle your senses with its flamenco rhythms, savory tapas, Mediterranean coves, avant-garde architecture, and colorful fiestas. Destinations in this vast country include the capital of Madrid, intriguing Andalusian cities at the crossroads of Europe, North Africa, and the Arabic world, and beautiful Barcelona on the coast.

With Spanish among the top three world languages, bilingual candidates are increasingly desirable in today’s job market. Whether you opt to take courses in English, hone your Spanish, or intern for credit, studying in Spain will benefit you anywhere your travels and future career take you.

Programs Overview


Autonomous Univ. of Barcelona
Excellent university organized on a single campus. Full access to all courses including social science. Study Center hosts language program to begin and excursions throughout the year.
Class Levels: Jr, SrLanguage of Instruction: Spanish, Catalan
Terms: Fall, YearLanguage Prerequisites: See Eligibility Tab
Carlos III Univ.
Immerse yourself in one of the most exciting universities in Spain taking classes with Spanish students and enjoying the lifestyle of Madrid. Limited English-language instruction and multiple short courses that allow you to dip into areas of interest outside your major.
Class Levels: Jr, Sr, GrLanguage of Instruction: Spanish
Terms: SpringLanguage Prerequisites: Min 7 qtrs/5 sems
Carlos III University: Hispanic Studies
Program focused on Spain and Europe for international students offered by innovative university. Opportunities to take some classes with Spanish students and participate in activities organized by EAP office on campus.
Class Levels: Jr, Sr, GrLanguage of Instruction: Spanish
Terms: Fall, SpringLanguage Prerequisites: Min 2 years
Complutense Univ. of Madrid
Highly regarded traditional Spanish university in intensely urban setting. Full access to courses in all majors. Study Center organizes language program to begin and "core" courses for UC students during the semester.
Class Levels: Jr, Sr, GrLanguage of Instruction: Spanish
Terms: Fall, YearLanguage Prerequisites: See Eligibility Tab
Contemporary Spain • UC Center Madrid New!
Interdisciplinary program features in-class instruction and related academic excursions. Choose from courses focusing on immigration and nationalism, Latin American and Spanish relations, identity, art and other media, and political ecology.  English instruction.  Beginning and intermediate Spanish course options.
Class Levels: So, Jr, SrLanguage of Instruction: English, Spanish
Terms: FallLanguage Prerequisites: Min 0 qtrs/sems; Max 5 qtrs/3 sems
European Transformations • Madrid & Rome (Quarter)
Compare and contrast two exciting European capitals by living and studying in both Rome and Madrid. Courses taught in English
Class Levels: So, Jr, SrLanguage of Instruction: English
Terms: SpringLanguage Prerequisites: None
European Transformations • Madrid & Rome (Semester w/Internship)
Compare and contrast two exciting European capitals by living and studying in both Rome and Madrid. Courses taught in English; plus a 10-week internship.
Class Levels: So, Jr, SrLanguage of Instruction: English
Terms: SpringLanguage Prerequisites: None
International Business Economics • Pompeu Fabra Univ.
Unique quarter program with English-language instruction in classes with Spanish students. Beautiful campus in Barcelona with nearby student housing. Business and economics coursework only.
Class Levels: Jr, Sr, GrLanguage of Instruction: English
Terms: Spring, Winter, Winter+SpringLanguage Prerequisites: None
Language & Culture • UC Center Madrid
Intensive first-year Spanish program features in-class instruction and cultural excursions around the city of Madrid--the ultimate language lab. Fulfill language requirements or qualify for other EAP programs in Spain and Latin America.
Class Levels: So, Jr, Sr, GrLanguage of Instruction: Spanish
Terms: SummerLanguage Prerequisites: Min 0 qtrs/sems; Max 1 year
Language & Culture • Univ. of Córdoba
Incredible program combines class time with social and cultural events and weekend activities in a fascinating historical city in southern Spain. Four-day excursion to Morocco provides additional excitement and opportunities for different perspectives.
Class Levels: So, Jr, Sr, GrLanguage of Instruction: Spanish
Terms: Fall, SpringLanguage Prerequisites: Min 1 year; Max 5 qtrs/3 sems
Mediterranean Diet • Istanbul • Florence & Barcelona New!
Five courses spread across three cities: Istanbul, Florence, and Barcelona explore historical development and contemporary manifestations of gastronomy as prime components of national and local identities in the region. Explore relations between food/nutrition and migration, urbanization, and sustainability in both cultural and environmental terms.
Class Levels: Jr, SrLanguage of Instruction: English
Terms: FallLanguage Prerequisites: None
Univ. of Barcelona
Traditional university with departments throughout Barcelona. Access to Humanities, Physical Science, and Fine Arts. EAP Study Center organizes language program to begin, "core" courses for UC students, and activities throughout the year.
Class Levels: Jr, Sr, GrLanguage of Instruction: Spanish, Catalan
Terms: Spring, YearLanguage Prerequisites: See Eligibility Tab
Univ. of Granada
Excellent university in with full access to courses in all majors and especially high ranking in psychology. Granada is beautiful and less expensive (free tapas) than other Spanish centers. EAP Study Center organizes language program to begin. Year program includes excursion to Morocco.
Class Levels: Jr, Sr, GrLanguage of Instruction: Spanish
Terms: Fall, YearLanguage Prerequisites: See Eligibility Tab