When are the deadlines to apply for this program?

The fall semester deadline is April 15. The spring semester deadline is October 1, but we encourage students to apply by September 15 to ensure they have enough time to complete the visa application process.

About the School

Where do BCA Barcelona students study?

Students study in the Raval campus of the Universitat de Barcelona (downtown). The University is the oldest and largest Universitat de Barcelona and has four campuses located in different parts of the city. Barcelona is the capital and most populous city of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain. Barcelona has 68 municipal parks, seven beaches, and many historic sites and museums.

How many native and international students attend this school?

There are about 66,000 students enrolled in the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) throughout six campuses.  BCA students study on main campus. There are almost 12,000 international students attending UB!

What are the class sizes?

You may find roughly 10-20 students in a language course and a range of 30-70 students in culture classes. It varies throughout all courses! Based on your language level, you may enroll in classes with local students and international students alike.

What is the teaching and assessment style abroad?

Teaching style and assessment varies based on the professor. Most course grades are based on a “continuous evaluation”, that is, on periodic exercises, assignments and papers. Some course grades are based on a midterm exam and a final exam or paper. There are generally fewer assignments than in the United States.

What are some student life activities available on campus?

Take a peek into life at the UB!

Living Situations

What are the accommodations like? Who will I be living with?

You’ll be living with a host family, where you’ll have constant opportunities to practice your Spanish and immerse yourself in Spanish culture! Your host family will provide you with meals and your own private bedroom. Read more about accommodations here.

Do host families speak English?

Host families are not expected to speak English, although you may find that one or two members do know a little bit of the language. English can come in handy for locals since Barcelona is a sought-after city for many foreign travelers.

Further Information

Are internships available?

There are no internships set up through BCA for this program, although your Resident Director may have suggestions for you if you choose to seek one out on your own.

Are volunteer opportunities available?

There are plenty of volunteering opportunities available such as being a teacher’s aide, working with immigrants, or serving in a soup kitchen.

Do I need to know Spanish to participate in the program?

BCA requires students to have at least four semesters of college-level Spanish to study at BCA Barcelona. Universitat de Barcelona classes are taught in Spanish, English and Catalan. With the exception of those students who take Catalan language courses, BCA students take UB courses in Spanish or English. BCA classes are held in Spanish.


Is Internet/Wi-Fi available?

All host families have Wi-Fi. There is also Internet access at the university and in many cafés around Barcelona.