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Founded in 1961, Elisava – Escola Universitària de Barcelona | Disseny i Enginyeria was the first School of Design to open in Spain, and as a pioneer set the methodological guidelines that have served as a starting point for other similar schools. Throughout its history, ELISAVA’s role has been instrumental in shaping the culture of design in Catalonia and Spain. ELISAVA is a college of Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

The Free Elective program at ELISAVA offers students with or without a background in design the opportunity to learn in a hands-on environment from among the top design minds in Catalonia and Spain.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Excursions

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Tutoring

Housing (including meals and laundry with host families)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • Official transcript
  • Additional application forms (including a housing form, a course form, and visa form)
  • One (electronic) passport-sized photo
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall Aug, 2022 - Dec, 2022 $13,850 May 1, 2022 May 15, 2022 Jul 1, 2022
Academic Year Aug, 2022 - Apr, 2023 $27,700 May 1, 2022 May 15, 2022 Jul 1, 2022

Students adding a fifth course for 15 total credits will be subject to an additional fee.

API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Barcelona programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Costa Brava: Art and Adventure

    Costa Brava is a coastal area northeast of Barcelona, famous for its cliffs and rocky beaches. This region was also the homeland of the Spanish surrealist artists Salvador Dalí. Students will visit a village on the seafront and afterwards will participate in an adventurous activity.

  • Gastronomy and the Mediterranean Sea

    Delta del Llobregat is the area placed between Montjüic and Garraf, a natural environment outside the noise of Barcelona. Close to the delta there are coastal villages such as Castelldefels and El Prat del Llobregat. In one of these villages students will have the chance to taste a traditional Catalan meal.

  • La Garrotxa: Discovering the Rural Catalunya

    La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park is a protected territory in the Iberian Peninsula with around 40 volcanic cones and more than 20 lava flows. The villages of Castellfollit de la Roca and Santa Pau and the stunning beech tree forest of La Fageda d’en Jordà are some of the breathtaking, scenic places students will discover to fully appreciate the rural part of Catalunya outside the urban area of Barcelona.

  • Costa Brava: Art and Adventure

    Costa Brava is a coastal area northeast of Barcelona, famous for its cliffs and rocky beaches. This region was also the homeland of the Spanish surrealist artists Salvador Dalí. Students will visit a village on the seafront and afterwards will participate in an adventurous activity.

  • Gastronomy and the Mediterranean Sea

    Delta del Llobregat is the area placed between Montjüic and Garraf, a natural environment outside the noise of Barcelona. Close to the delta there are coastal villages such as Castelldefels and El Prat del Llobregat. In one of these villages students will have the chance to taste a traditional Catalan meal.

  • La Garrotxa: Discovering the Rural Catalunya

    La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park is a protected territory in the Iberian Peninsula with around 40 volcanic cones and more than 20 lava flows. The villages of Castellfollit de la Roca and Santa Pau and the stunning beech tree forest of La Fageda d’en Jordà are some of the breathtaking, scenic places students will discover to fully appreciate the rural part of Catalunya outside the urban area of Barcelona.

  • Girona and Costa Brava

    Girona is a jewel of culture and history acquired over 2,000 years. The medieval town is surrounded by a magnificent wall, which is preserved almost in its entirety. The Jewish quarter, known as the “Call”, spreads out in a maze of small, narrow, and often steeply sloping streets. After the historical visit, students will stop in Costa Brava to discover the beauty of the Mediterranean sea.

  • Montseny Hidden Corners

    Montseny Natural Park is known for the beauty of its scenery but also for the rich local gastronomy. Ideal for an easy hike, it’s the perfect countryside day trip from Barcelona. Students will discover Catalunya off the beaten path, and from a local perspective, enjoying the landscape and the cuisine of this area.

  • Reus and Gaudí

    Reus is a town located in the province of Tarragona, a little more than an hour away from Barcelona. Its city center is awash with gorgeous modernist architecture. Although the town’s main claim to fame is being the home town of Gaudí, it has heaps more to offer than this alone. In parts of the center, beautiful buildings are so abundant that it seems there is a stunning edifice to behold around every corner. The town also has that wonderful feeling of being protected by the mountains, but with the sea only a short distance away. If that wasn’t enough, Reus is also one of the cradles of vermouth!

  • Winery and Calçotada

    El Penedès is one of Spain’s richest regions both in historical and gastronomical terms. Sant Sadurní d’Anoia is the center of production of cava (sparkling wine). Students will discover a place of stunning beauty and culture in a vineyard built by “Modernista” architects. Calçotada is an annual gastronomical celebration held only in winter time.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester

Founded in 1961, Elisava – Escola Universitària de Barcelona | Disseny i Enginyeria was the first School of Design to open in Spain, and as a pioneer set the methodological guidelines that have served as a starting point for other similar schools. Throughout its history, ELISAVA has been instrumental in shaping the culture of design in Catalonia and Spain. ELISAVA is a college of Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

The Free Elective program at ELISAVA offers students with or without a background in design the opportunity to learn in a hands-on environment from among the top design minds in Catalonia and Spain.

This program features two tracks:

Track A: This track is for students without a design background, and is structured as follows:

  • 2 mandatory subjects
  • 2 optional courses (2 electives, or 1 elective and 1 Spanish language course)
  • 12 total credits

Track B: This track is for students with a design background, and is structured as follows:

  • A combination of 3 elective courses plus 1 Spanish language course (12 credits)
  • or 4 elective courses (12 credits)

TRANSCRIPTS

API students will receive a transcript from the Elisava – Escola Universitària de Barcelona | Disseny i Enginyeria/Universitat Pompeu Fabra upon completion of their program.

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COURSE OFFERINGS

This program offers two possible Tracks (A and B). For the most up-to-date course availability, click here to explore our Class Finder.

Track A: This track is for students without a design background, and is structured as follows:

  • 2 mandatory subjects
  • 2 optional courses (2 electives, or 1 elective and 1 Spanish language course)
  • 12 total credits

Track B: This track is for students with a design background, and is structured as follows:

  • A combination of 3 elective courses plus 1 Spanish language course (12 credits)
  • or 4 elective courses (12 credits)

Students are eligible to enroll in a fifth class for a total of 15 credits for an additional fee. Please contact the API team for details.

MANDATORY COURSES (FOR TRACK A)

Students in Track A must take a set of mandatory courses. They may then choose 2 of the Elective Courses, or 1 elective and 1 Spanish language course.

CREDIT INFORMATION

Most API partner universities in Spain operate on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.

Courses at Elisava – Escola Universitària de Barcelona | Disseny i Enginyeria

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Courses at Elisava – Escola Universitària de Barcelona | Disseny i Enginyeria

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

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Courses at Elisava – Escola Universitària de Barcelona | Disseny i Enginyeria

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

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Highlights
  • Classes: taught in English
  • Oldest design school in Spain

API students in Barcelona can choose from three different housing options. Students may choose to live with a host family, in a student apartment, or in a student dormitory. Internet access is included in all three options.

Students who choose to live with families share a double room with a fellow API student and be provided with 2 meals per day and laundry service. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.

API apartments in Barcelona generally have 2-4 bedrooms (the majority of which are double-rooms) with a shared kitchen, common area, and bathrooms. Apartments are located throughout the center of Barcelona and tend to be 30-45 minutes from the universities. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.

Students who would prefer apartment-style living alongside other Spanish and American students would enjoy API’s dorm/residence hall option. The student dorm has both single and double-room options, with a shared kitchen and private bathroom. Internet access is guaranteed in all rooms. This option carries an additional fee.

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