Autonomous University of Barcelona

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Program Overview

Study abroad in the vibrant city of Barcelona, Spain, at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), an institution well known for its excellence in research and teaching. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and is renowned for its architecture, art, and food.

UCSC Global Learning Coordinator and Advisor

Krissy Loveman (

Term Options

Fall Semester

mid-September to early February*

*students must miss both Fall and Winter Quarter in order to participate in this session

Spring Semester

mid-February to early July**

**students must miss both Winter and Spring Quarter in order to participate in this session


mid-September to early July

Eligibility Requirements

You can apply to this program if you meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • 3.0 cumulative UCSC GPA or above
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Junior or Senior class standing by the time of departure
  • UCSC student
  • 18 years of age or older at the time of departure
  • If you plan to take courses taught in Spanish, there is a Spanish Prerequisite (see requirements)

    One of the following must be completed by the time of departure (If you are unsure which one applies to you, see here):

    Second Language Learner: Completion of Spanish 6

    Native Spanish Speaker or Heritage Spanish Speaker with some formal training: Show proof of having completed (or a plan to complete prior to the program start) at least the intermediate level courses (second year) or equivalent. This could be high school courses, a UC placement, AP, IB, or SATII exam score, or language evaluation equivalent to the completion of the intermediate level (second year) or above; or high-intermediate, advanced, or upper-division Spanish courses on my transcript.

    Heritage Spanish Speaker with no formal training: Show proof of a plan to complete a minimum of one university-level Spanish course for Native/Heritage speakers prior to the program start to strengthen my knowledge in the four basic language skills necessary for the courses I will take in the program.

    Contact Global Learning at to inquire about how to provide proof of meeting the Spanish prerequisite.


How to Apply

  1. Complete your Profile in the Global Learning Portal.
  2. Confirm that you meet all of the Eligibility Requirements.
  3. This program is limited capacity. Confirm the deadline and capacity before submitting the Exchange Nomination Form.
  4. Submit the Exchange Nomination Form for Fall, Year, or Spring in the Global Learning Portal, which requires:
    • Academic approval from your major department and college
    • A copy of your passport that expires no sooner than 6 months after the end of your program. Due to passport processing delays, we cannot process your Exchange Nomination Form without your valid passport copy. See Department of State for more information.
  5. Nomination Forms are processed first come, first serve. You will hear from us by email within 2 weeks. As long as you meet the eligibility requirements and the program is not full, you will be nominated to participate.
  6. Apply directly to the host university. Further instructions on this process will be provided after your nomination.

Application Fee

There is a Non-Refundable $200 UCSC Global Learning Application Fee. It is charged to your UCSC account in two installments of $100, each due about 1 month and 3 months after you submit your Exchange Nomination Form.