Spain Barcelona Gaudi Sagrada Familia 50941984

We invite you to study abroad with API in beautiful Barcelona at the prestigious Universitat Pompeu Fabra! Choose from an array of human and social sciences courses conducted in English, as well as Spanish language courses at all levels. This unique interdisciplinary program focuses on promoting intercultural understanding in our increasingly interconnected world.

Earn valuable academic credit from one of Spain's top universities, enroll in classes alongside students from Spain and around the world, experience life in one of Europe's most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities, and explore all that Spain has to offer!

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

API Alumni Network

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 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Junior or Senior standing at time of application
  • Open to all levels of Spanish speakers
  • Students who wish to take advanced-level Spanish courses must have completed 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • Official transcript
  • Additional application forms (including a housing form, a course form, and visa form)
  • Personal Statement/Motivation letter
  • One (electronic) passport-sized photo
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Jan 3, 2024 - Mar 23, 2024 $14,900 Oct 10, 2023 No Extension Nov 9, 2023
Fall Sep, 2024 - Dec, 2024 $14,900 May 15, 2024 No Extension Jun 14, 2024
Academic Year Sep, 2024 - Mar, 2025 $29,900 May 15, 2024 No Extension Jun 14, 2024

*Students who complete their applications by the priority deadline will be registered for classes and assigned API housing first. As such, students applying early have a better chance of getting their desired courses and their first-choice housing assignment.

API students participate in 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.

  • Dalí and Girona Tour

    Girona is a jewel of culture and rich history that dates back to Roman times. The medieval town is surrounded by a magnificent wall which is preserved almost in its entirety. The iconic architecture of the city is often in popular TV shows and movies. The Jewish quarter, known as the “Call”, spreads out in a maze of small, narrow, and often steeply sloping streets. Students will also get to visit the Casa-Museu Salvador Dalí to discover the inner world of the artist.

  • Winery and Spanish Bites

    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.

  • Montserrat and Tarragona

    Montserrat is a mountain near Barcelona and one of the most popular natural spots in Catalunya. It is the site of a Benedictine abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat, which hosts the Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary and which is identified by some with the location of the Holy Grail in the Arthurian myth. After visiting this astonishing mountain, we will learn about the Roman Empire in Tarragona.

  • 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.

  • Puigcerdà & the Pyrenées

    Puigcerdà is the largest town in the valley; in Catalan, puig means "hill," and cerdà derives from "Cerdanya." From the promontory upon which it stands, the views down across the meadows of the valley floor and up into the craggy peaks of the surrounding Pyrenees are dramatic. La Cerdanya is a region of the Pyrenees in Europe which spans both France and Spain, and is home to towering mountains, stunning medieval towns, a gorgeous open valley, and even beautiful animals. Not to mention everything else you would expect from this part of the world – great food and warm & friendly people!

  • Tarragona and Costa Daurada

    With almost 60 miles of golden sandy beaches, la Costa Daurada stretches from the north of Tarragona to the Ebro delta. Tarragona’s biggest lure is the wealth of ruins in Spain’s second most important Roman site, including mosaic-packed museums and a seaside amphitheater. Les Cases d’Alcanar or Altafulla conjure up a mix of Mediterranean essences. The towns alternate between flat alluvial land and craggy coast depicting the terrain; between mud and rocks; olive trees and rice fields; marl rocky banks and lagoons.

  • 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.

  • Winery and Spanish Bites

    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.

  • Seville

    Seville, capital of the Andalucía region of southern Spain, is a unique example where history, tradition, and modernity merge in an incomparable city. The core of Islamic Seville includes the area on the East bank of the Guadalquivir where the Cathedral, the Christian Alcázar, and the medieval quarter is known as the Barrio Santa Cruz is located today. To explore the city’s narrow streets and smell the orange blossoms in Spring while mingling with people at a cafe is definitely an unforgettable experience.

  • 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.

  • Puigcerdà & the Pyrenées

    Puigcerdà is the largest town in the valley; in Catalan, puig means "hill," and cerdà derives from "Cerdanya." From the promontory upon which it stands, the views down across the meadows of the valley floor and up into the craggy peaks of the surrounding Pyrenees are dramatic. La Cerdanya is a region of the Pyrenees in Europe which spans both France and Spain, and is home to towering mountains, stunning medieval towns, a gorgeous open valley, and even beautiful animals. Not to mention everything else you would expect from this part of the world – great food and warm & friendly people!

  • Tarragona and Costa Daurada

    With almost 60 miles of golden sandy beaches, la Costa Daurada stretches from the north of Tarragona to the Ebro delta. Tarragona’s biggest lure is the wealth of ruins in Spain’s second most important Roman site, including mosaic-packed museums and a seaside amphitheater. Les Cases d’Alcanar or Altafulla conjure up a mix of Mediterranean essences. The towns alternate between flat alluvial land and craggy coast depicting the terrain; between mud and rocks; olive trees and rice fields; marl rocky banks and lagoons.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 U.S. semester credits

The Human and Social Sciences Program includes both local and international students who participate in hands-on activities and workshops, seminars and projects, sessions led by guest speakers, as well as course-related tours and visits. Students will engage in critical thinking while exploring a range of subjects across various disciplines, which aim to stimulate creative approaches to today’s big challenges within a multicultural environment.

Various levels of Spanish language courses are available. Students who wish to take elective courses taught in Spanish must have completed a minimum of 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students will receive a transcript from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra upon completion of their program.

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    Kayla Cole

    Kayla Cole will be your Program Manager and will help prepare you for your API program.

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  • Alicia Castillo

    Alicia Castillo

    Alicia Castillo will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site in Spain.

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  • Mireia Pujol

    Mireia Pujol

    Mireia Pujol will be your Student Services Director in Barcelona and will assist you in adjusting to the Spanish culture!

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    Arnau Roma

    Arnau Roma will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site in Spain.

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  • Susana Chorda

    Susana Chordà

    Susana Chordà will be your Housing Director in Barcelona and is ready to assist students on-site!

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  • Angela Garcia

    Ángela García

    Ángela García will be your Academics Director in Barcelona and is ready to assist students on-site!

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COURSE OFFERINGS

Students may choose 4 or 5 courses (offered in either English or Spanish). All courses are equivalent to 6 ECTS or 3 U.S. semester credits. Not all courses are available each semester. Additional classes may be offered once a student is on-site.

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. semester credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.

Courses at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Human and Social Sciences Program in English in Barcelona)

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Courses at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Human and Social Sciences Program in English in Barcelona)

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Courses at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Human and Social Sciences Program in English in Barcelona)

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Highlights
  • Classes taught in Spanish & English
  • FORUM on Education Abroad QUIP certified

We can’t wait to welcome you to Barcelona! We know you’re excited to get out and start exploring, but at the end of long days, you’ll want a cozy place to study, socialize, rest, and relax.

Check out all available housing options for Barcelona by clicking here!

API’s housing options have been curated with you in mind. We offer housing that has been Visited & Verified™ by API, with a focus on student comfort, safety, and location.