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FAQs

When are the deadlines to apply for this program?
The Fall semester deadline is April 15. The Spring semester deadline is October 15.


Can I study abroad as a freshman?
To study abroad with BCA, a student must have at least one year of undergraduate study. If you are a first year student, then we encourage you to jump right into planning for your study abroad experience. Your first year in school is a great time to figure out where you want to go and find out what your school’s policies are for study abroad, including financial aid, credit transfer and programs available to you. Good Luck!


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.

University of 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.


How many courses will I take?
Generally, students take four or five classes during a semester, receiving three credits for each class. It is important to consult with your advisor prior to studying abroad to decide what classes are needed to meet academic requirements of your college or university.


I am worried my GPA may not be good enough. Should I still apply?
BCA Study Abroad aims to engage each participant in an appropriately challenging level of academic work while abroad. We acknowledge that an applicant’s cumulative grade point average is only one indicator of accomplishment and ability.

The BCA Study Abroad expectation is that most students would show at least a 2.6 GPA across their course work prior to their study abroad term. Certain host universities may have GPA requirements of their own, in which case the higher GPA requirement of the two would apply.

Recent enrollment history shows our students’ average GPAs have been above 3.44 (4.0 scale). Our post-semester academic results reveal that students with higher and lower GPAs can excel in study abroad. We are open to discuss program selection and course of study for students who do not reach the expected 3.0 GPA.


What can I study in Barcelona?
The University of Barcelona consists of 20 university schools, 97 departments and 78 degree programs. For listings of programs go to http://www.ub.edu/organitzacio/en/structure/departments.htm.


Where is BCA Barcelona study center located?
The BCA Barcelona Study Center is located in the Raval campus of the University of Barcelona (downtown). The University is the oldest and largest University in 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.


Why study with BCA?
BCA is one of the nation’s oldest independent organizations committed to promoting international understanding and academic excellence through college study abroad programs for U.S. students and adult seminars for faculty and administrators. Rooted in the values of peace and justice, BCA promotes international understanding, awareness of global citizenship and academic scholarship through educational exchange. Among the special qualities of BCA’s programs are: unique opportunities to study peace and justice issues in places where conflict has profoundly affected culture, history and daily life; opportunity for cultural immersion; and tremendous academic and administrative support.


Will my financial aid transfer?
Financial aid from an individual school is transferred at the school’s discretion, but all federal aid is transferrable. Students should consult their financial aid advisor for further information and advice.