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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/05/2019 05/05/2019
NOTE: The above date indicate departure from the US and return to the US. The official arrival date for this program January 6th 2019.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Instruction Language: Spanish Housing Options: Host Family, Independent, Residence Hall
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Program Type: Internship, Study Abroad SUNY Code: 834
Program Coordinator: Lizette Alvarado -
Program Description:
Barcelona, Spain University of Barcelona Barcelona Barcelona

The City of Barcelona   |   The University   |   The Program   |   The Program Directors   |   Courses and Internships   |   Q&A's    |   Housing & Meals   |   Visa   |   Flight   |   Costs   |   Insurance  |   Financial Aid  |   Applications 

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
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 Program
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 an 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)
Barcelona Program Descriptions Breakdown Director's Course Description
Spanish Language Courses Descriptions  

Additionally, students will choose from the following Culture Courses. Click the course title for more information.

Elective Offerings in Spanish
Cine Español (Spanish Cinema) Lectura de textos breves (Literature - Reading of Short Texts)
Cortometrajes del Cine Español (Spanish Short Film) Lengua y Cultura Catalanas (Catalan Language and Culture)
Escribir en Español I (Writing in Spanish I) Pronunciación (Pronunciation)
Escribir en Español II (Writing in Spanish II) Viaje Literario por España (Literary Journey through Spain)
Español Actual (Current Spain) Conversar en Español I (Conversational Spanish I)
España y Europa (Spain and Europe) Conversar en Español II (Conversational Spanish II)
Español para la economía y los negocios (Spanish for Economy and Business) Español hablado en situaciones cotidianas (Daily Spoken Spanish)
Geografia de España (Geography of Spain) El Escritor y la Ciudad (The Writer and the City)
Historia del Arte Español I (History of Spanish Art I) Hispanoamérica - Pintura, Cine, Literatura y Musica (Latin America - Painting, Cinema, Literature, and Music)
Historia del Arte Español II (History of Spanish Art II)  
Elective Offerings in English
Barcelona Mediterranean Metropolis Geografia de España (Geography of Spain)
Politics of Spain Spain's Economy Highlights

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.

Internship Opportunity: 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 8-week semester internship in a field related to their major or minor. NOTE: Application deadline for Spring internship is October 1st and for Fall internship is April 1stIntern Abroad in Barcelona

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. 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, El Prat. It is the students responsibility to make their way via taxi to their host family, residence hall, or independent housing accommodations.

Costs (budget sheet)
Select your term of interest for the latest budget information.

Fall Spring 

All students participating in this program are covered by the SUNY full health and accident insurance ( as well as medical evacuation and repatriation insurance.

Financial Aid
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, Lizette Alvarado, 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.

Updated: 03/28/2018