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International Summer School, Autonomous University of Barcelona

Study Abroad Program Overview

​Spend the summer on the outskirts of Barcelona while you live and study with other international students at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). This full-time intensive program offers classes from several departments, many of them interdisciplinary and team taught by UAB professors. The courses are designed specifically for short summer terms, and many are instructed in English!
Meanwhile, the downtown area of Barcelona is 45 minutes away via the train that stops right at the campus. Your program includes a transportation pass for the first month of your stay, so the Ramblas, the beach, the markets, the bars and the fascination of the city itself are all there for warm evenings and festive weekends.
Students attend classes with international students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study



Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Summer :  
​mid-June to late July









The Vila Universitaria is the UAB hotel style residence hall right on campus located be​tween the classrooms and the Valles Forest with lovely views. Most services are also available there, including a student support center, market, ATM, laundry and dry cleaning, and two bar-cafeterias. Other attractive aspects include a swimming pool, football field, and volleyball courts.

Extracurricular Activities

​The UAB organizes a range of activities in such areas as dance, sports, meditation, or community service. No doubt the swimming pool will be a popular meeting place, and then there is the entire city of Barcelona just minutes away.

On-site Support

​UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. Along with the Barcelona Study Center, located just off the Plaza Catalunya, UCEAP maintains an office and staff at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. The UC Faculty Director, who is responsible for all UCEAP Spain programs, is resident in Barcelona. Together, the Director and the on-site staff help students integrate into Spanish culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the UCEAP Program Guide for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).

Course Opportunities

The Summer School program at the Autonomous University of Barcelona offers visiting international students the opportunity to take specially curated courses at the UAB, all or most of which are taught in English.
The offerings can vary each year, but selections are limited and courses may be cancelled due to lack of interest. The summer session is divided into two three-week periods. 
Summer 2017
Teaching Period 1
- Geography of Global Change
- Environmental Anthropology
- Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
- Resources for Teaching and Learning English in Infant and Primary Education
- Leadership and Negotiation Techniques
- Food Toxicology
- Computer Networks
Teaching Period 2

- Critical Thinking
- Planet Earth
- Environmental Policy and Economics
- Internet Trends
- European Economic Integration
- Mind, Food and Drugs

Course schedules will be posted on the UAB program page closer to the start of the summer session, but short syllabi and other information are already available there.


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad (one course from each teaching period). 10 quarter/6.7 semester UC units are required.
All courses during the summer school are listed at 6 ECTS credits, equivalent to 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units. Students must register in two courses, one in each teaching period.

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

Opportunities to conduct internships, research or independent study projects for academic credit are not available on this program

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Autonomous University of Barcelona 
The Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) was founded in 1968, a year of dramatic student activism throughout Europe. The university’s leadership has maintained its dedication to innovative and progressive education for the university’s 30,000 students. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the design of the campus itself that, unlike most European universities, brings together all of its facultades, much of the student housing, many research facilities, and libraries in one attractive setting. The faculty and administration of UAB are especially interested in international exchange and provide excellent service to UCEAP students both directly and through UCEAP’s on-campus office.
The fields of study that are the most important and have the widest course offerings are political science and sociology, international and intercultural studies, communications studies (audiovisual, advertising, communication, journalism, and public relations), music, European studies, and all the global studies areas. Students in these and related fields will find plenty of courses from which to choose.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

All fees are subject to change without notice.

These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • All pre-departure expenses related to visas
  • Round-trip airfare
  • UC fees
  • On-site Orientation
  • Books and other materials
  • Accident and medical insurance
  • Automatic transfer of classes and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​



UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​


Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Language Prerequisites:



2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

All applicants must also have:

  • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
  • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
  • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
  • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.

Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.  

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: