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 is today a leading international center in education, science, and critical thought. Ranked in the top 25 universities in the world by The Times Higher Education World Ranking, the university combines the values of tradition with its position as an institution dedicated to innovation and teaching excellence. The university has different campuses located throughout the city, this layout gives the university an urban feel, open and cosmopolitan like the city of Barcelona itself.
The SUNY Oswego/University of Barcelona direct enrollment program provides the opportunity for students to take courses in English and Spanish for a semester or an academic year. The university offers over 700 courses in English.
All students applying for the program will need to demonstrate a B1 level of Spanish even if taking all their courses in English. Students applying to take courses in Spanish will need to demonstrate a B2 level of Spanish language.
The Program Directors
Each faculty at the University of Barcelona has its own international relations office. Upon arrival students need to meet with their international relations coordinator for their specific area of study: http://www.ub.edu/uri/comu/professo.htm.
Apart from the International Relations Coordinators at your own faculty of study at the University of Barcelona, SUNY Oswego has two Resident Directors that will be able to assist you during your time in Barcelona. The SUNY Oswego Resident Directors in Barcelona will provide an orientation at the beginning of the program and they will assist you throughout the semester. Information on them will be provided once you are accepted into the program.
Students in this program will take courses in English or in Spanish. To be able to take courses in Spanish, the student will need to be at an intermediate level of Spanish proficiency and will need to have the Foreign Language Proficiency form completed by one of their Spanish professors as part of the application process.
Students will take 9 credits of their courses directly at the University of Barcelona and 3 credits of the Director's course. A minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken each semester and a maximum of 15 credits.
Click the link below for a detailed below for description of course offerings: https://www.ub.edu/dyn/cms/continguts_en/estudis/oferta_formativa/graus/index.html
- Direct Enrollment credits (9 credits enrolling directly at UB’s program)
- Director's Course - Offered in English and Spanish (3 credits) - Director's Course Description
|Faculty of Economics and Business
Faculty of Law
- Immigration and Citizenship
- Rights and Freedoms
|Faculty of Geography and History
- Social and Cultural Anthropology
- Current World
Faculty of Philology
- English Grammar
- British Poetry
Final course selection is completed in Barcelona, after students meet with their assigned academic coordinator to discuss and finalize individual course choices and schedule.
Foreign Language Requirement
Students participating in the direct enrollment program for the University of Barcelona will need at least a low intermediate Spanish proficiency (B1 or higher), even if you are taking classes in English. Please note that you will be required to submit a foreign language proficiency form. If you do not meet these requirements, but are still interested in the University of Barcelona, you can check out their other program with us here.
Other Important links:
Studying Temporary at the University of Barcelona
English Department Course Listing
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.