Study in Barcelona - Spanish Studies Abroad (SSA)
Fall Semester: September to December
Spring Semester: January to April
Spanish Studies Abroad offers an exceptional opportunity for cross-cultural study in Barcelona, Spain. You will be enrolled in the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). Centrally located in the heart of Barcelona, UPF is a modern day university with a fantastic array of courses. As an urban study abroad student you will be immersed in both Spanish and Catalan. You will benefit from the university's central location. Some features of the program include:
- U.S.–compatible curriculum
- Guided direct enrollment at UPF
- Guidance in synthesizing the immersion experience
- Speaking Partner exchanges with local students
- Modern university facilities with full access, including clubs, organization, and events
- Day and overnight study trips and excursions
- Homestays and Meals included
- On-site Resident Director and support staff
- Courses taught in English, Spanish, and Catalan by UPF staff
In 2010, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra was awarded the distinction of International Excellence Campus by the Spanish Ministry of Education and it is widely considered to be one of the best universities in Spain, ranking 1st in scientific productivity in Spain in 2010. Founded in 1990, it is named after the Catalan philologist Pompeu Fabra.
As Spain’s second largest city, Barcelona embodies every quality of a European city. Experience the typical hustle and bustle of a busy city on La Rambla, take a stroll through one of the many barrios or enjoy any of its famous Mediterranean beaches. The urban city is host to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, attracting millions of tourists each year.
Spanish Studies Abroad offers a variety of courses and "tracks" in Barcelona, Spain with the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, including Spanish Studies, Intergrated, and the one described in this this page, the International Studies. The Barcelona program model is unique in that it has offerings for all Spanish language levels, including a two-week intensive language program, and has courses in Spanish, Catalan, and English. In addition to the required Spanish language courses, you can take courses in a variety of areas:
- Art History
- Business Administration
- Poltical Science
Spanish Studies Abroad offers students the opportunity to live in a Spanish home during their program. Your Spanish home will be the focal point of your social experience– where you will sleep, eat, study, and relax. Your homestay in a shared double room includes full room and board as well as laundry and the cleaning of your room. Special dietary or housing accommodations may be made, but may require an additional fee. To ensure that your home will provide a warm and tranquil atmosphere, one conducive to learning, Spanish Studies staff discusses norms and policies with hosts and regularly inspects the homes.
For the current program charge amount, please check the Budget Sheets located at the top of the page or contact the Study Abroad Office. The program charge includes Lewis tuition, accommodation in a homestay, three meals per day Monday-Saturday, program-sponsored excursions, and a mandatory $300 Lewis Study Abroad fee.
The program fee does not include airfare, passport and/or visa fees, additional meals, supplies, and personal expenses.
Program charges are based on costs of the prior year, as well as projections for the current and coming years. Inflation and fluctuating exchange rates make it difficult to state a fixed cost. Lewis University, therefore, reserves the right to adjust program fees and the right to cancel or alter programs and courses.
To be eligible, you must be a Lewis student with at least a 3.0 GPA who has Sophomore, Junior, or first semester Senior standing or will have that standing when you participate. You must have taken at least one semester of Spanish language prior to participating in this program.
Please click on the Application link in the left column to learn more about the application process, how to obtain an application, and what other materials are required. If you are ready to apply, then click on the Apply Now button.