Study Abroad Program Overview
Although the University of Barcelona (UB)
has outgrown its historic campus in the center of the city, the UCEAP 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 UC Faculty Director and staff, no matter where the facultad
for your classes is actually located. The UCEAP Study Center is also 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.
Enhance Your Program with a Summer Term
Get a head start on your study abroad experience by choosing the Pre-Intensive Language Program (pre-ILP), Cádiz
. The pre-ILP can be used to qualify for the Fall or Year options, and it is also open to Fall and Year applicants who feel they may benefit from additional language preparation and want to spend their summer on the beautiful Atlantic coast
of Southern Spain.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
Begins with a Spanish intensive language program (ILP) that includes an introduction to Catalan. 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.
late August to late January
Pre-ILP + Fall
early July to late January
Pre-ILP + Year
early July to late June/early July
late August to late June/early July
early January to late June/early July
Participants in the spring option will begin 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.
Fall and Year
Participants in the fall and year options 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 your program 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 UCEAP 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 UCEAP Study Center can advise you about which area might suit you best.More information on housing
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.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. UCEAP programs in Spain are administered by a UC faculty member who serves as UC Faculty Director of programs in Spain. The local staff will help you integrate into Spanish culture and provide assistance with academics, safety, and other issues.Meet our staff...
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; the intensive language program; and health and safety.
Regular university courses in most academic disciplines are available at the University of Barcelona (UB), as well as a selection of core courses specially organized by the UCEAP Study Center that focus primarily on Spanish literature and Catalan culture. Although all participants must meet the Spanish language eligibility requirement, there are some courses taught in English
that you could take to round out your studies at UB.
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. See Course Information
in the Academic Information section of the Program Guide for more details.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
- Host institution online catalogs or course listings:
- Undergraduate Degrees (page available in Spanish, Catalan, and English)
- Faculties and Departments (page available in Spanish, Catalan, and English)
Note that links to specific courses (assignatures), syllabi (pla docent) or plans of study (pla d'estudis), where available, may only be found through the Catalan pages.
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Courses that have not yet been taken for credit will not appear in the Course Catalog. Additional courses may be available at the host university and not all courses cataloged may be offered each term.
- Academic Information in the Program Guide
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad.
Summer ILP: 3-4.5 quarter/2-3 semester UC units are required; one language course.
Winter ILP: 3.5 quarter/2.7 semester UC units are required; one language course.
Term: 18 quarter/12 semester UC units are required each semester; minimum of four courses.
Most UB courses are worth 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units. Units taken during the pre-ILP
and ILP do not count toward the semester minimum unit or course requirement.
Research and Independent Study
Opportunities for independent study and research are available on this program. Arrangements are generally made at the UCEAP Study Center after arrival in Spain. Consult with the program coordinator, the UC faculty director, as well as your individual professors, early in the program to discuss possible options.
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 satellite campuses
in Pedralbes, Vall d’Hebron, and Bellvitge are all accessible by bus and metro within 30 minutes from downtown.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
- Practice psychological analysis by shadowing psychologists.
- Gain experience at university and local hospitals working side by side with nurses and doctors.
- Learn about the Spanish legal system from professional mediators.
- Expand your understanding of international business through work with local and international companies.
- Complete service projects with Non-Governmental Organizations.
- Apply your understanding of urban development and engineering with the largest transportation company in the region.
- Write for web, print, and other mediums for local news and radio stations.
- Create art and graphics for marketing agencies.
- See the Internships in Barcelona booklet compiled by the Study Center for other possibilities and student testimonials.
Setting Up Your Internship
- All internships are secured once you are on-site and after your class schedule has been confirmed.
- The Study Center has developed a vast portfolio of opportunities available in Barcelona and staff will be availabe to help set up your internships and assist you throughout the process.
- You must work 10-15 hours per week if you are seeking academic credit for your internship.
- You may do your own research to find additional non-academic internship opportunities.
“This internship is unlike anything else I would have found through my own means. It allowed me to follow the doctors at a local hospital as they did their amazing work (often chatting amongst themselves in not only one but up to three or four languages in a single conversation- language interplay at its finest!). I was able to shadow cardiac surgeons as they went on rounds to check in on their patients, conferred about treatment plans, and watched them up close as they performed open heart surgery; it’s unnecessary to say that this type of front-row position is, at best, extremely difficult to obtain otherwise.”
- Isaure Hostetter, UC Berkeley
“I have learned endlessly about the Spanish prison system and the psychological profession. Being in contact with prisoners and social workers, people in and out of society, has allowed me to think and analyze from different perspectives. In addition, this internship has allowed me to put my skills and abilities to test, find, learn, and grow from mistakes and obstacles I may later confront as a future professional. It has also helped me become more open-minded and is leading me to consider a career I´d like to pursue in the future. I am grateful that I decided to intern at a penitentiary because it has helped me realize my capabilities, amount of motivation, and passion for psychology”.
- Jennifer Marchena, UC Merced
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 *
* 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 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 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 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.
- UC fees
- Tuition at University of Barcelona
- Intensive language program instruction and housing
- Estimated room and board expenses for the remainder of the program
- Tour of "modernist" Barcelona featuring Miró and Gaudì (year option only)
- Excursion to Figueres and Girona (year option only)
- On-site orientation at the Colegio Mayor Sant Jordi or Study Center
- Excursion to Poblet and calçotada
- Round-trip airfare from California
- Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Thanksgiving dinner (year option only)
- Year end dinner
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Which UCEAP Spanish Language Requirements Apply to Me?
Fall, Year, Spring
- Students studying Spanish as a second language are required to complete a minimum of the 5th quarter or 3rd semester of Spanish language courses at the university level, or provide proof of equivalent via AP exam, IB exam, SAT II exam, UC language placement exam, or UC language evaluation.
- Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with or without formal study of Spanish are not required to meet the language prerequisites listed below. In this program, you will enroll in Spanish courses specifically designed for Native/Heritage Speakers.
- Students studying Spanish as a second language are required to complete the intermediate series of Spanish language courses at the university level, or provide proof of equivalent via AP exam, IB exam, SAT II exam, UC language placement exam, or UC language evaluation.
- Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with some formal study of Spanish are required to provide proof of completed Spanish course(s) or study, or proof of equivalent via AP exam, IB exam, SAT II exam, or UC language evaluation.
- Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with no formal study of Spanish are required to complete a minimum of one university level Spanish course for Native/Heritage speakers.
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 students must have 2 years of University-level Spanish or equivalent before departure.
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.GPA Note
: Spring - A UC minimum cumulative GPA of 2.85 is required.
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 and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
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: