BARCELONA: ASA – Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

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Dates

  • Fall Semester - Early September - Mid December
  • Spring Semester - Early January - Late April
  • Summer 1 Semester - End May - Mid July

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 1
  • Spring Semester - October 1 ***Spring course selection begins on October 1 for UAB. Students who submit their applications to ASA and OISP by September 20 will have a better chance of getting into their preferred classes.***
  • Summer 1 Semester - March 1

Description

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Why ASA Barcelona?

  • Live and study in the heart of Barcelona!
  • Take classes in English or Spanish in a variety of areas:  Spanish Language, Spanish Culture and History, Business, Economics, Finance, International Business, Marketing, International Relations, Political Science, Social Policy and Development, Geopolitics, Art History, Architecture, Photography, Literature
  • Barcelona is located in the Northeast corner of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea – close to the border of France
  • Easy travel to other major European cities from either of Barcelona’s two airports – both have low-cost airlines such as EasyJet or RyanAir
  • Choose between housing in a shared student apartment or with a Spanish host family – either way, you’ll live in the city center and within a reasonable distance from the university
  • Beaches are easily accessible from downtown Barcelona
  • Mild climate gives you an extended summer and early spring
  • Rich in art and culture
  • Breathtaking Modernist architecture throughout the city, left by architect, Antoni Gaudí

 

 

Courses

  • Fall and Spring semester students will take 4 classes for a total of 16 NU credits. Students will take one Spanish language class and three additional classes.  ***Spring course selection begins on October 1.  Students who submit their applications to ASA and OISP by September 20 will have a better chance of getting into their preferred classes.***
  • Summer students will take 2 classes for a total of 8 NU credits. Students can take one Spanish class and one elective class, or students can take two elective classes.
  • Classes available in a variety of areas:  Spanish Language, Spanish Culture and History, Business, Economics, Finance, International Business, Marketing, International Relations, Political Science, Social Policy, Geopolitics, Art History, Architecture, Photography, Literature
  • Click here for Course Offerings: http://www.academicstudies.com/program-info/courses#Barcelona, Spain

 

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Host University

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is a public university that has grown quickly in both size and stature since being founded in 1968. About 45,000 students now matriculate at the University, including a large number of international students who attend one of its many exchange programs all over the world.

ASA students will take classes at the UAB School of Modern Languages, at the two UAB campuses located in the city center: the Sant Pau Campus and the Eixample Campus.  Both campuses are located in the architecturally famous “Eixample” district of Barcelona, which is centrally located near the Passeig de Gracia and Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella (old city).   The Sant Pau Campus is close to the world-famous Sagrada Familia cathedral, built by Antoni Gaudi, as well as the Palau de la Musica Catalana, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.

The Eixample Campus is located close to one of the most famous streets in all of Barcelona, the visually stunning Passeig de Gracia.  Here you can find some of Barcelona's most famous modernist points of interest, including Gaudi's Casa Mila and Casa Batllo, as well as the architecturally curious "Block of Discord."  The two campuses are located just 3 Metro stops from each other (no more than 20 minutes), making it possible to choose from classes offered on both campuses.

ASA students will live in shared student apartments or with Spanish host families that are conveniently located to both campuses - it takes most students only 15-25 minutes by subway.

 

Orientation

Students who arrive on the official start date of the program will be picked up at the airport and transported to their program housing.  Our Site Director will help you hit the ground running with an introductory orientation the afternoon you arrive, including a tour of Barcelona’s public transportation system.  You’ll learn how to use the Metro (subway) and bus system and how to get the best deal on passes and tickets.  Past students have found it helpful to get this information the day they arrive, so they can dive right into seeing the city.

The day after arrival, our Site Director will continue the group orientation and cover important topics such as Spanish culture, banking, safety, do’s and don’ts, and much more.  Following the orientation, we invite everyone to a welcome lunch, on ASA.

The following day, there is usually an orientation at your host university, where you’ll have a campus tour, learn about academic policies, class schedules, and the like.

Excursions

ASA includes 2 day trips and 1 overnight trip with your program fees.  In addition, we plan several cultural activities within Barcelona, such as walking tours of specific neighborhoods, a tour of the Sagrada Familia cathedral, etc.  Destinations of the day and overnight trips vary by term, but in the past, we’ve taken students on day trips to Girona, Sitges or Montserrat and overnight trips to Madrid, Sevilla or the Costa Brava.  We encourage all our students to take advantage of these excursions and activities, as they as designed to enhance your knowledge of Spanish culture and history.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to students with any level of Spanish
  • Minimum GPA requirement is 2.75
  • Two full semesters of coursework at NU

Application Procedure

    • OISP online application
    • ASA online application
    • Northeastern University students should not pay the $150 program deposit at time of application. They should apply online without making a payment and then call ASA to pay the $50 application fee.  The $100 program deposit will be covered by Northeastern University OISP.

      Please submit the following directly to the OISP:

  • Official transcript
  • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
  • Release and Credits form
  • 2 passport-sized photos. You can have passport photos taken at CVS. Submit official passport photos, not snapshots or photocopies.
  • One Letter of Recommendation if your cumulative GPA is below 3.0
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Cost

Fall 2014 or Spring 2015:$21,367

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($21,267), and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($100). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

Spain, Barcelona: ASA UAB Study Abroad Program Budget (Semester)

 

Summer 1 2014: $10,295

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 8 NU credits ($10,195), and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($100). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

Spain, Barcelona: ASA UAB Study Abroad Program Budget (Summer)

 

Accommodations

Students can choose to live in shared student apartments or with Spanish host families.  Both housing options include Internet access.  The homestay option includes 3 meals a day and 1 load of laundry a week, provided by your host family.  The apartment housing option does not include meals, as each apartment is fully equipped with a kitchen and everything you need to cook for yourself.  You will be able to shop for groceries very easily at nearby supermarkets or those lovely little street-side markets so typical in Europe, which offer a colorful array of fruit, vegetables, meat, etc.

Students who would like to improve their Spanish language skills will find the most opportunities to practice their Spanish by living with a host family.  Here, you will be able to converse, share and learn all about Spanish culture first-hand from local people.  It is important to note that the host families do not impose curfews – they are accustomed to students staying out late into the night!  Just be quiet if you come home late, as to not disturb the family or others in your building.

The apartments are typically shared with other ASA students; once in a while, this may include college students from other European countries who are also attending university in Barcelona.

The majority of the time, we are able to give everyone their own room, but rarely, an apartment or host family may have a double room to be shared with another ASA student.  If you want to live with a friend from Northeastern, this is usually not a problem to accommodate!  Just be sure to note your roommate preference on your Housing Questionnaire, which you’ll fill out after you’re accepted to the program.

Destination

A prosperous city of almost 2 million, Barcelona is one of the oldest cities in Europe, but yet one of the most progressive cities in Spain. Located on the coast of the Mediterranean, this port city has always been a major center of trade.

Barcelona is full of beautiful parks, fascinating architecture, and all the art anyone could ever hope for. The city is surrounded by wooded hills, and going north along the eastern coastline you will find sand flats and plunging cliffs that harbor quaint fishing villages. From the Pyrenees Mountains that separate Spain and France, to the vineyards and orchards of Cataluña, students in Barcelona will have no lack of things to see.

Barcelona is probably most famous for its architecture, which ranges from medieval to downright surreal, thanks to the parks, buildings and the unforgettable Catedral de la Sagrada Familia, all left by Catalonian architect Antoni Gaudí. From the Barri Gòtic to the Eixample to Gaudi's wonderland of Parc Güell, you can find every type of architecture imaginable.

Not into the surreal and cubist artists such as Picasso, Dalí, and Miró? Then head down to the beach in Vila Olímpica when you can catch a tan, have some lunch, or people watch as the movers and shakers come and go from the Hotel Arts. If the city beaches aren't your thing, you can head to Sitges, a town only 25 minutes from Barcelona by train, with its own pristine beaches and little cafes.

In the Spanish region of Catalunya, there are two official languages: Catalan and Castillian (Spanish). Catalan is a Romance language that originated at about the same time as other Romance languages, such as French and Spanish. Although Catalan is the official language of the region, classes for ASA students are taught in Castilian, and everyone at the universities speaks Spanish; others also speak French or English. Students with knowledge of French or Spanish usually even pick up some Catalan within a very short time.