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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Catalan, Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Core Program Attributes: Center-based Program, Cornell In, Direct Enrollment
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3 Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Dormitory/Residence Hall
Click here for a definition of this term Approved by: A&S, AAP, CALS, ENG, HUM EC, ILR, SHA Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Student Status: Junior, Senior
Program Advisor: Dr. Kristen Grace Curricular Highlights: Performing Arts/Fine Arts/Design, Research
Program Description:

Cornell in Barcelona / CASA Program


At a Glance

City: Barcelona
Partners: Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universitat Polytecnica de Catalunya, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Housing: Residence Hall
Language Requirement: SPAN 2095/SPAN 2190 + 1 additional content course in Spanish; additional coursework in Spanish preferred
Calendar: Fall: Late Aug.-Late Dec.; Spring: Early Jan-Late June;  Year: Late August-Late June
Cornell in Barcelona Budget

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The Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA) is a collaborative initiative involving several U.S. universities: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, the University of Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt.  Each CASA member institution reserves the right to participate in a given CASA Divisional Program. 
CASA-Spain in Barcelona offers a full-immersion program in one of the leading cities of the world. This program is designed for students in all disciplines with advanced Spanish and/or Catalan skills. Students are immersed in the local university environment and take most of their courses at one or more of CASA's partner universities: the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). Comprehensive student services support the academic and social experience. 
Long considered Spain’s most progressive city, Barcelona is proud of its well-established reputation as a center of political, social and cultural activism. This activism is not only apparent in its approach to intellectual life, but also in the visual arts and architecture. Gaudí, Miró and Tàpies are among the many internationally renowned figures who have called this city home. As a crossroads of Roman, Visigoth and Islamic civilizations, Barcelona is justifiably proud of its past. At the same time, its progressive spirit has made it one of the most modern and cosmopolitan cities in the world. Students who wish to learn about the contemporary political, social, cultural, linguistic, and economic challenges facing Spain and Europe will find Barcelona to be an ideal venue for study. 



A mandatory credit-bearing Cultural ProSeminar is offered at the beginning of the semester. The Cultural ProSeminar introduces students to Catalan history and culture in the context of Spanish and European history. It focuses on the language needs of students in Spanish and Catalan to prepare them to meet the academic expectations they will face as students in Spanish university classrooms. CASA-Spain in Barcelona will also offer a small range of full-semester courses that will use the city and the region as classroom and text. All lectures are conducted in Spanish. Students with knowledge of Catalan or with particularly strong skills in Spanish may have the option of attending lectures in Catalan.



The typical course load each semester consists of three university courses plus one course offered by the Consortium Center. CASA partners with four distinguished universities whose combined course offerings provide students with an array of opportunities in the humanities, social sciences, physical and natural sciences, art and architecture and business. 

The Universitat de Barcelona, founded in 1455, boasts well over 70,000 students. Offering 75 undergraduate degrees, over 90 doctorate programs and 390 postgraduate courses, the UB is the largest of the ten universities in Catalonia and the second largest in Spain.

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona was established in 1968 and has over 50,000 students. The state-of-the art Bellaterra campus, in Cerdanyola del Vallès, is home to most of its departments, institutes and services. 78 degree programs are available at the UAB, covering a wide range of fields, including the humanities and arts, social sciences, health sciences, experimental and technological sciences.

Founded in 1971, the Universitat Polytecnica de Catalunya is a public university that specializes in the fields of architecture, health sciences, engineering, merchant seamanship, economics, and applied mathematics.  It offers 68 official undergraduate degrees within its 11 campuses and regional centers, 23 schools, and 42 departments.  Recognized as a Campus of Excellence by the Spanish Ministry of Education, the UPC is at the cutting-edge of research and scholarship.

The Universitat Pompeu Fabra (full year/fall students only) is a dynamic institution that was established in 1990. Today it has 11,000 students, courses in all fields – from experimental, health and life sciences to human and social sciences and technical studies – and an expanding campus in the heart of the city, stretching between the Ramblas and the district of Poblenou, site of the 1992 Olympics.

*Fall semester students will choose courses offered through the UPF and, with prior approval of the student's home university and course professors, the UB, UAB, or UPC. Full year students will choose courses offered through any of the four partner universities. Spring semester students will choose courses offered through the UB, UAB, or UPC. Due to academic calendar differences, UPF courses are not available to spring semester only students.


Academic Calendar

Approximate dates are provided based on past programs; students should expect them to vary by year. Please refer to the program calendar for more specific information about program dates. 

Fall: Late August - Late December
Spring: Early January - Late June



Residencia Melon-District Marina has 427 individual rooms that cater to a mixed Spanish and international student population. CASA students have an individual room with a private bath. The single rooms open up to a common living room and kitchens that CASA students share with 8-9 flatmates (Spanish or other international students), creating an apartment like atmosphere. Amenities include internet access, television, closet space, shelf space, a desk, a double bed and bed linens. The facility also provides a swimming pool on the roof terrace and the option of a meal plan at the Melon Café. The residence is beside the "Marina" metro station and the tramway line, 10 minutes from UPF and the city downtown.

On-Site Support

Consortium operations in Barcelona are managed by a resident director and two program coordinators, who coordinate orientation, advising, Center classes and housing. A visiting faculty member from the Consortium is in residence at least one semester every year and teaches a course at the Center. 

Eligibility and Requirements

Students must be in good academic and judicial standing and have completed six semesters of college level Spanish, or the equivalent, before beginning studies in Spain. Visiting students must have completed at least one upper-level content course in Spanish (typically a third-year course in literature, history, culture) beyond the elementary and intermediate language sequences. 

Estimate of Costs

Costs included on Bursar Bill:
Includes tuition, housing, activities and administrative fees

Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs:
Meals, books, local commuting, airfare, personal expenses, visa

Check out an Estimated Study Abroad Budget

Financial Aid covers for eligible students covers all costs on Cornell Abroad estimated budget.

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A special certificate program is available for students who volunteer as teaching assistants in Catalan public schools.  Click below for a 10-minute video:

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Spring 2020 09/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Late applications may be accepted, but colleges typically need time to process your approval.