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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Rider applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/01/2019 02/01/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 08/15/2019 08/15/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Target Language: English, Spanish GPA Requirement: 2.75
Housing Options: Apartment, Home Stay, Student Housing Internship available: Yes
Program Description:

IFSA-BUTLER - Engage program in Barcelona
Internship Program

Academics Location
This program is available for the spring or fall semester and students must be Junior or Senior status.

Students enroll in a set curriculum that includes:
  • Exploring Barcelona: Community and Culture core course (3 credits)
  • One Spanish course (3 or 6 credits)
  • One elective at UAB (a second is also available for an additional fee) (3 credits)
  • Internship and seminar (3 credits)
This course give an academic framework to the internship. It examines at all the fields in which the students are taking internships. The experiences on site at the internship becomes the subject of class discussions and written work. The seminar meets every other week, and includes a guest speaker. The related internship placement is 14-16 hours per week.

Spanish Course:
Students with seven or more semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent, or who are native Spanish speakers, may opt out of this course and replace it with an elective at UAB for no additional fee.

The following tracks are available:
  • International Business, Economics and Internship
  • Humanities, Social Sciences and Internship
  • Politics, Communications and Internship
*Please see the website for more options if you have higher level Spanish or want to take more electives*
Barcelona is the heart and capital of the region of Cataluña in the northeast corner of Spain. The origin of this Mediterranean city goes back more than 2,500 years - ruled by Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Moors, and Franks until it finally became part of the Spanish empire in the 17th century.

Barcelona offers visitors eccentric creativity, cultural diversity, and endless amounts of energy. The architecture in Barcelona is stunning and unique, ranging from medieval gothic castles to the mosaic buildings of Antonio Gaudí.

Also known for the cubist and surreal artists Picasso and Dalí, Barcelona will satisfy art lovers of all types! A few hours away are the Pyrenees Mountains as well as the vineyards and orchards of the Cataluña region.
Student Life
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona is a public university that is firmly committed to society, but also open to the rest of the world and enjoys a strong international reputation. UAB is a young, dynamic institution, and is among the best academic centers in Spain, both for the quality of its teaching staff and for its excellent research.

This program offers three housing options: A student apartment, a carefully selected host family or a residencia.

Student apartment
Fully furnished student apartments are located throughout Barcelona. The apartments typically house up to five students per apartment, with single bedrooms and shared living areas, kitchens and bathrooms. Kitchens are equipped with basic cooking utensils. Students are responsible for purchasing and preparing their own meals. Utilities (electricity, water and heat) and Internet are included in the housing fee. Linens are included.

Host families (available for a supplemental housing fee)
Living with a host family is a great way to truly experience the culture of Barcelona. IFSA-Butler selects host families carefully and in most cases houses only one student per family. Host families can have a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds and may speak Spanish, Catalán or another language.

Each host family will provide the student with a single bedroom that includes a bed, desk, lamp, fan, closet or space for storing clothes and Internet connection. Linens are also provided. The host family will wash linens once a week, but each student is responsible for washing his or her own clothing.

Students who choose to live with a host family will pay a supplemental fee in addition to the housing fee to cover meals. See the Dates and Fees tab for more information.

Residencia (available for a supplement housing fee)
A residencia is an apartment-style dormitory, with as many as 30 students sharing a living area. The residencias have single and double bedrooms with a number of common spaces throughout the building. Each residencia has a housekeeper who tidies up common areas and can also do student laundry for €5-6 per load. Linens are provided.

Students have two choices of residencias:

Gran de Gracia: Singles and doubles are available, and each student has a bed, wardrobe, desk, nightstand, shelf and small fridge. There are six shared bathrooms (divided by gender).
Traveserra de Gracia: Singles and doubles are available, and each student has a bed, wardrobe, desk, nightstand, shelf and small fridge. There are six individual bathrooms.

Both residencias have shared kitchens where students can store food and prepare meals. Traveserra de Gracia residents may also choose one of two meal plan options available at this residencia, each with a supplemental fee (see the Dates and Fees tab for more information).

Option A: one meal per day (lunch or dinner) Monday – Friday and lunch on Saturday
Option B: two meals per day (lunch and dinner) Monday – Friday and lunch on Saturday

Students who select and are placed in a residencia or with a host family will pay a supplemental fee. See the Dates and Fees tab for more information.

We make efforts to balance native and non-native English speakers in the residencias to maximize integration into local student life.

For all housing options, please note the following:

The distance between housing and the UAB campus may require a commute to courses via public transportation. The cost of transportation is not included in our program fee.
All housing options are non-smoking indoors.