Although the University of Barcelona (UB) has outgrown its historic campus in the center of Barcelona, the EAP Study Center remains in this location amid the swirl of captivating Barcelona. The central location makes it easy for you to check in with the EAP Study Center Director and staff, no matter where the facultad for your classes is actually located. The EAP Study Center also is active in organizing academic and cultural activities to help you take advantage of all that Catalonia has to offer.
If you attend the spring option, be prepared to hit the ground running; you can expect support from both the Study Center staff and the students participating in the year option to help you meet the challenge.
If you attend the year program, you are eligible for EAP's summer Pre-Intensive Language Program (pre-ILP), Cádiz
, where you can receive extra academic preparation while experiencing a different region of the country.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
The year option begins with a three-week Spanish intensive language program (ILP) that includes an introduction to Catalan. The spring option begins with a more intensive two-week Spanish ILP. During the semester, Spanish language study is available but not required. Catalan language study is available and highly recommended.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
mid-January to late June
mid-August to late June
Participants in the spring option will live in prearranged homestays in order to accelerate language review and adjustment to Catalan society. The homestay lasts for one week longer than the spring ILP to allow enough time for you to search for housing for the semester.
Participants in the year option are housed during the ILP at the Colegio Mayor Sant Jordi. During this period of time, you will search for your housing for the remainder of the year in an apartment, private home, boarding house, or colegio mayor (university residence). You may live with international students, other UC students, or Spanish students. All students in Barcelona get a list of recommended “homes” in town. This list has been used by former EAP participants and consists of a variety of options, such as living with a “señora,” a family, or sharing apartments with other students. The list is updated every year. Barcelona has a variety of distinctive neighborhoods, and staff at the EAP Study Center can advise you about which area might suit you best.
The UCEAP Study Center in Barcelona organizes various extracurricular activities throughout the year. Past excursions and events have included visits to museums and historical sites in Barcelona and around Catalonia, entrance to festivals, and group celebratory dinners at Thanksgiving and the end of the year.
UCEAP in Barcelona also offers the opportunity to apply for academic internships with various local organizations.
EAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. EAP programs in Barcelona are administered by a faculty member from the University of Illinois who serves as Study Center Director. The Study Center Director and on-site staff help students integrate into Spanish culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the EAP Program Guide
(PDF) 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).
Although you submit an EAP application for the Barcelona university of your choice (University of Barcelona or the Autonomous University of Barcelona), the Barcelona Study Center Director may recommend one university over the other as a better fit, depending on your major field of study or academic interests, before final placement is made.
University of Barcelona
The University of Barcelona (UB) is the principal university of Catalonia and has played an important political role in the province as Catalan society has grown and changed. Reflecting the culture of the city, some of UB’s several campuses have been designed by the city’s most prestigious architects, whether in the 15th, 19th, or 20th centuries. In recent years, UB’s attention to infrastructure and information technology has worked to unify this dynamic and diverse institution
. Students of literature or math will find their courses in the Campus Central; the three satellite campuses in Pedralbes, Vall d’Hebron, and Bellvitge are all accessible by bus and metro within 30 minutes from downtown.
Regular university courses in most academic disciplines are available, as well as a selection of core courses specially organized by the EAP Study Center that focus primarily on Spanish literature.
The Faculty of Fine Arts in Barcelona is an inspirational place to pursue studio art, but space is extremely limited and admission is competitive. Art majors interested in admission to the Faculty of Fine Arts need to submit a portfolio well in advance. Contact your campus advisor for more details.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:
- EAP Program Search provides information on general areas of study.
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered. Since courses in new programs have not yet been taken for credit, they may not appear in the MyEAP Course Catalog.
Summer ILP: 3 to 4.5 UC quarter units
Spring ILP: 3 UC quarter units
Semester: 18 UC quarter units per semester
All students are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. Students generally enroll in four courses during the semester to meet the minimum unit requirement. Units taken during the pre-ILP and ILP do not count toward the semester minimum unit requirement.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Independent study and internships for academic credit are possible in this program. Arrangements are made at the EAP Study Center after arrival.
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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 *
|Pre-ILP + Year||50||47||31.3||$16,350||$19,250|
* Estimates do not include Non Resident 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 2012-13. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2012-13 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non Resident Fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
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.
- Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare from California
- UC fees
- Tuition at University of Barcelona
- Accident and medical insurance
- On-site orientation at the Colegio Mayor Sant Jordi or Study Center
- Intensive language program instruction and housing
- Estimated room and board expenses for the year or semester
- Tour of "modernist" Barcelona featuring Miró and Gaudì (year option only)
- Excursion to Montserrat and Codorníu (year option only)
- Excursion to Figueres and Girona (year option only)
- Tour of "medieval" Barcelona and entrance to festivals
- Entrance fees to Catalan Parliament, theater production
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Thanksgiving dinner (year option only)
- Year end dinner
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 5 quarters / 3 semesters with a minimum language GPA of 2.85.
* Students applying to fall and year with less than 2 years of University-level Spanish language must enroll in the summer Pre-ILP. Spring semester students are required to take an additional term of Spanish (total 7 quarters / 5 semesters) before departure.
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
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental predeparture 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.
Visit your Campus EAP Office for more information: