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Program Type: Exchange Areas of Study: Anthropology, Communications, Economics, Education, Film, Finance, Journalism, Literature, Management, Marketing, Politics, Psychology, Sociology
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Housing Options: Shared Apartment
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Internship Available: Yes
Program Advisor: Robert Dowden On-Site Language Course Required: No
Credits: 15 + Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite
Academic Level: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate
Program Description:
BARCA

Universitat Abat Oliba

Introduction

Barcelona - a seaside city that can only be described as living, breathing art in motion. CUA students interested in spending a semester in Barcelona have the opportunity to do so through Universitat Abat Oliba (UAO). The UAO is a Catholic higher education institution that promotes "a continuous quest for truth... and the preservation and communication of knowledge for the good of society." Despite being located in Barcelona, which maintains a proud Catalan heritage, most courses are taught in English or Spanish to the benefit of UOA's diverse, international student population.

Academics & Curriculum

CUA students spending a semester at UAO enroll in 5 classes worth 30 ECT, or 15 US credits. It is possible to take a full course-load in English-taught courses, but those wishing to take classes taught in Spanish should be at an intermediate skill level before going abroad. Applicants should know that class sizes range from 10-60 students, and that students are welcome to enroll in courses from different schools/departments without restriction.

Students looking specifically for English-taught courses can consult this guide. For a list of all available courses and course syllabi, students can search here. Choose an area of study, select a degree track, and then click "Study Plan". The syllabi will be under the drop-down menus.

Students selected by the Office of Education Abroad to participate in this program will receive an email from the international office at UAO containing additional application materials, including a learning agreement in which students may submit their requested courses.

Accommodation & Meals

Participants on this program live in shared, furnished apartments offered through an independent housing provider.  Apartments are typically located no more than 45 minutes away from campus.

The apartment includes double rooms furnished with broadband internet (pack an ethernet cable!), washer and drying rack, shared bathroom, and kitchen, which includes a refrigerator, stove, oven, cookware, utensils, and dishes. The rooms include a shared desk with a clean, thick mattresses in good condition, clean pillows in good condition, bed linens (one set per resident), comforters (one per resident), and towels (two per resident).

Students are responsible for providing their own meals. Many grocery stores, cafes, and restaurants are located within walking distance of the apartments.

Scholarships

CUA students going abroad are strongly encouraged to apply for scholarships. In addition to the resources listed on Financial Aid's website, CUAbroad maintains information on study abroad scholarships available to students of all backgrounds. Applicants to study abroad are asked to complete their scholarship applications simultaneously with their program applications, and to notify CUAbroad if they receive any third party monetary awards.
 

Exchange Scholars

Exchange Scholar programs at The Catholic University of America provide an immersive international experience for a limited number of highly qualified students.  This exclusive opportunity enables students to study at a select group of prestigious universities worldwide.  Exchange partner schools are selected on the basis of mission, academic excellence, dedication to internationalization, and a commitment to research.

Abat Oliba

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018
03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018
03/15/2018 09/03/2018 12/23/2018
NOTE: Students must submit a formal request to the Dean at Abat Oliba in order to complete exams in December prior to departure as exams are typically held in January.
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/30/2019 06/23/2019
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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