BARCELONA: CIEE – multiple universities
- Fall Semester - Early September - Mid/Late December
- Spring Semester - Language and Cultures: Mid January - Mid April; Liberal Arts: Early January - Mid April
Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CIEE offers four different program tracks for students to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain. Students can study either at UPF or UB based on their language levels in Spanish and course interests. The four program tracks that students can apply to include; Advanced Liberal Arts, Economics and Culture, Language and Culture, and Liberal Arts. Students will take courses with other study abroad students from all over the nation in these courses.
Based on the program track, students will be required to take four or five courses. If your track requires five courses, students will be charged Northeastern undergraduate tuition for 16 credits. Should a student decide to transfer back a fifth course, he or she will then be charged an overload fee as defined on the Northeastern University Registrar’s website. Please note: See Cost section for additional Study Abroad fees.
If you are interested in enrolling in a course not in our database, please send this course for evaluation.
Students participating on the Advanced Liberal Arts program track will take courses at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB). UB was founded in 1450. It has four campuses in different parts of the city and is the oldest and largest of six universities in Barcelona. It has 81,000 students and is the second largest in terms of student numbers in Spain. The UB is made up of five colleges, 20 research centers, 105 departments, and 98 degree programs. Postgraduate programs are also offered, as well as a large number of continuing education courses. Students participating on the Economics and Culture, Language and Culture, and Liberal Arts program tracks will take courses at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). UPF was created in 1990. It offers degrees in law, economics, business, social sciences, communications, humanities, and technology. Features include its highly dedicated teaching staff, small class size, focus on technology, and an international outlook. The University is located throughout Barcelona, with buildings near the Ramblas, the Olympic Village, and the port.
At least 3.0 GPA and previous Spanish language requirements vary by program track. Advanced Liberal Arts requires 6 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent Liberal Arts requires 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent Economics and Culture requires a 3.25 GPA and 3 semesters of college-level of micro- or macroeconomics; and 1 semester calculus Language and Culture requires 1-3 semesters of college -level Spanish or equivalent
- Online OISP Application
- Completed online CIEE application
- Official Transcript
- Home School Nomination forms will be completed online (Completed by your OISP advisors).
- Photocopy of Passport ID Page
- Personal Statement
- One evaluation. If a program has a language prerequisite, the evaluation must be a language evaluation. The CIEE online application will prompt students and will send an email to their evaluator
Fall 2013 or Spring 2014: $20,490
Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($20,390), and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($100). Please note that depending on the program track students may be required to take or have the option of taking five courses. Should students choose to transfer back the fifth course, the student will be liable for an additional 4 credit overload fee ($ TBD). 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.
Students can live in either Spanish homes or in a student residencia (residence hall) with other Spanish and international students. Students living in a homestay have breakfast and dinner at home, while lunch is not included in the accommodation fee paid directly to CIEE by the student, and many eat at the several university-run cafeterias. Meals are not included in the student residencia option, but students share fully equipped kitchens where they can prepare their own meals. All homestays and residencias are located in the city of Barcelona, and students take public transportation to their classes; the average commute to the city center, by metro or bus, is 30 minutes. As space in the residencias is limited, students who request to live in a residencia but cannot be assigned a place are accommodated through a homestay. In the event that there are more requests to live in a residencia than the total available spaces, students with more advanced Spanish take priority over those with less Spanish, based on their CIEE Spanish course pre-registration and academic background in Spanish, as reflected on the transcript. Students who are not assigned the housing option of their choice are be notified by the Resident Staff prior to arriving in Barcelona.
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain with its own distinctive history, culture, and language. Its metropolitan area has a population of 2.8 million and is set between the mountains and the Mediterranean. Walking though the city, one can observe 2,000 years of architectural history-Roman ruins, the network of narrow streets in the Gothic quarter, the 19th century Example district with its original examples of Modernista architecture-contrasting with the ultramodern showpieces that continue to redesign its skyline.