The City of Barcelona
Barcelona is the capital of the region called Catalonia and is the second largest city in Spain. Located along the northeast coast of Spain and enjoying a pleasant Mediterranean climate, Barcelona is a dynamic and progressive city with rich traditions in the fields of painting, music, and architecture. Barcelona is a charming city, with a population of over 2 million. Students will learn about Barcelona's culture and experience the vibrant nightlife, cafe scene, parks, sports, art, and beaches.
The University of Barcelona was founded in 1450, and today has four campuses in different parts of the city. Students in this program will take their courses at the main campus, which is situated in the heart of Barcelona's city center near Las Ramblas, the Olympic Villages, the Port, the Gaudi houses, and the Picasso museum.
The SUNY Oswego/University of Barcelona program follows the curriculum of the Curso de Estudios Hispánicos (Hispanic Studies) at the University of Barcelona. Students have the option of studying in Barcelona for a semester or academic year. Classes are taught in Spanish by faculty members from the University of Barcelona, with a few classes taught in English. All of the courses are intended specifically for non-natives. To determine their placement, students will take a proficiency test upon arrival to Barcelona.
The Program Directors
The Barcelona program is supported by two Directors for academics, housing, and orientation. They assist and serve the students with the following: course consultation, placement examination, housing placements, orientation programming, cultural/social gathering and program excursions. The program Directors serve as the students' emergency contact and support system. They also teach the Director's course.
Courses and Internships
This is a program designed for students from absolute beginners to advanced Spanish levels. Students will take 6 credits of Spanish language, 3 credits of the Director's course, and either 3 to 6 credits of elective courses in Spanish culture or a 6 credit internship in Spanish or English. A minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken each semester. Students enrolled in the internship option will take 15 credit hours.
- Spanish Language and Grammar (6 credits)
- Spanish Culture and History OR Internship (6 credits)
- Director's Course - Offered in English and Spanish (3 credits)
Additionally, students will choose from the following Culture Courses. Click the course title for more information.
Final course selection is completed in Barcelona, after students take the placement examination and meet with the academic coordinator to discuss and finalize individual course choices and schedules.
SUNY Oswego Office of International Education and Programs provides students with internship placements that span all industry sectors. In addition to the program coursework, students will be placed in an internship in a field related to their major or minor. Barcelona Internship Placements
Internship participants will take:
- Spanish Language and Grammar course (6 credits)
- Director's course (3 credits)
- Internship in English or Spanish (6 credits)
Have more questions? Take a look at our program-specific questions and answers.
Housing & Meals
Students may choose to reside with a host family, in a residence hall off-campus, or independently. The program will make arrangements for students choosing to reside with a host family or in a residence hall. Students in program-arranged housing will be provided three meals per day. Students choosing to reside independently make their own housing arrangements.
All participants in this program are required to apply and obtain a long stay student visa at the Spanish Consulate General in New York City. A visa is a stamp that will be placed in your passport allowing you to study abroad for a period that is longer than 90 days. More details and instructions on obtaining the Spanish visa are provided upon acceptance. NOTE: Non-US passport holders (or dual European citizens) may require different procedures. Please contact your program specialist for more details. To begin reading about the student visa process, please visit the Consulate General of Spain in New York's website.
Students make their own flight arrangements to Barcelona's international airport, Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat . It is the students' responsibility to make their way via taxi to the residence hall, or independent housing accommodations on the official start date of the program.
Costs (budget sheet)
Select your term of interest for the latest budget information.
All students are covered by full health, evacuation and repatriation insurance.
Students currently receiving financial aid can use their aid for overseas study, and may, in some cases, have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible. Those interested in financial aid for this program should contact the financial aid office on their home campus.
Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis. Please contact the program specialist for further details.
A non-refundable deposit of $250, applicable to the program cost, must be paid within 14 days of acceptance to the program in order to secure program participation. Any deviation from program requirements must be requested in writing and authorized by the Director of International Education and Programs before the final payment date.