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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/15/2019
Rolling Admission 05/15/2019 06/15/2019

** 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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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
College/School: College of Architecture, Design and Construction, College of Liberal Arts, Office of International Programs, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program
AU Faculty Director(s): Jennifer Adams,, Jill Crystal,, Kelly Jolley,, Mary English,, Wayde Morse, Click here for a definition of this term Student Level: JR-Junior, SO-Sophomore, SR-Senior
Click here for a definition of this term GPA: 2.25 (Undergraduates) Applicant Restrictions: AU & Non-AU students may apply
Language of Instruction: English Contact: Auburn Abroad,
Program Description:

AU Core Curriculum Program in Barcelona, Spain


The Auburn University Core Curriculum Program in Barcelona, Spain offers students an opportunity to complete two Core Curriculum courses over four weeks in a beautiful international setting. The program is collaboration between the AU Office of International Programs, the AU College of Liberal Arts, the AU School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, the AU College of Architecture, Design, and Construction, and the Barcelona SAE, which hosts students from several American universities. This partnership proves beneficial, offering participants a chance to meet students from other universities and to help control the cost of the program.

Students will take two of the four AU Core Curriculum courses offered in communications, sustainability, architecture and/or political science for a total of 6 credit hours, all while studying in the space provided by Barcelona SAE. The Barcelona SAE Center is located in the heart of Barcelona, between the Arc de Triomf and Placa de Catalunya. Auburn students will have access to the center, lecture halls, computer lab, and library. Additionally, the Center’s administrative staff will be providing all necessary assistance to our students. Previous knowledge of the Spanish and/or Catalan language is not necessary and the program offers 10 hours of beginning Spanish language instruction to assist students in acclimating to their environment.

Physical Requirements: Participants should be able to negotiate cobble stone streets, bus and train trips, and stairs. As with all of Europe, extensive walking to sites is common.


The program is designed for students interested in completing the Core Curriculum courses listed above. All students need to meet the minimum requirement of 2.25 AU institutional GPA.
La Sagrada Familia

Application Procedure:

  • Space is limited and students must file formal applications as soon as they know for sure they are participating.
  • Complete the Auburn Abroad Application online and wait for confirmation from the Program Coordinator.
  • Non-Auburn University students must be accepted as transient students by AU ($50 additional application fee).

Formal Program Admission:

  • Upon admission to the program, all participants will be responsible for full payment of all fees and costs by the deadlines indicated.
  • Students will complete additional application requirements once accepted into the program.

Refund Policy:

  • Review program fees and refund policy. Upon admission to this program, you will be responsible for payment of these fees. Refunds will be made based on the withdrawal and cancellation dates listed below.
  • There will be no refunds made when written notice to withdraw is filed with the Coordinator of the program less than 30 days prior to departure.
  • Students suspended or dismissed from the program for disciplinary or academic reasons after the start of the program are not eligible for any refund of fees.


Summer 2019:

  • 15 February 2019: Deadline for applying to program.
  • 14 May 2019: Latest date to leave USA to make the start date.
  • 15 May 2019: Start date on location. Students must be in Barcelona, housing opens.
  • 15 May 2019: Orientation and classes begin.
  • 15 June 2019: Classes and examinations end.
  • 15 June 2019: Date students depart from Barcelona. Program is officially over.

All students will purchase their own plane ticket to Barcelona. Plan to arrive on May 15 and depart on June 15 or later.

Park Guell


Students earn 6 credit hours, taking any two of the following four AU Core Curriculum courses listed below in an atmosphere rich with Catalan culture, history, art and architecture. In addition, students will take an elementary Spanish/Catalan course (non-credit) to enhance the experience.

ARCH 2600 - The Art of Architecture, Time, and Place (3 credits hours):
ARCH 2607 Honors

Instructor Mary English ( from the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture will teach this course. The interrelationship of art, architecture, place, and culture with emphasis on the art of architecture from a global multicultural perspective. What a better place to learn about architecture than Barcelona, with the work of Gaudi everywhere! The course is made up of illustrated lecture, readings, and essays.

COMM 1000 - Public Speaking (3 credit hours):
COMM 1007 Honors

Dr. Jennifer Adams ( from the School of Communication and Journalism will teach this course, which focuses on oral communication theory and practice in a public speaking setting with emphasis on content, organization, delivery, and adaptation to the audience. The course will have various assignments including speeches, which focus on informative and persuasive content. 

Because this course will be taught abroad, special attention will be paid to speaking in multi-cultural environments and how to best adapt to those audiences. Doing so will require learning more about the Spanish and Catalan culture which means there will be both classroom sessions, outside speakers as well as classes off campus, held on location in Barcelona and the surrounding area. Typical outside excursions may include trips to Spanish media bureaus, chambers of commerce, museums, La Sagrada Familia and more to help better understand the Spanish and Catalan lifestyle. At the end of the course students will take an online final exam.

NATR 2050 – People and the Environment (3 credit hours):
NATR 2057 Honors

Dr. Wayde Morse ( from the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences will teach this AU Core Social Science course. All students are required to take four Social Science classes (12 hours) as part of the AU Core Curriculum.

This class is an introduction to the variety of conservation social sciences; Ecological Economics, Environmental Politics, Conservation Psychology, and Environmental Ethics. Each of these disciplinary perspectives will be used to understand the relationships of people and their environment around different environmental issues.

As a study abroad course, special attention will be paid to environmental issues in Barcelona and Europe. There will be classroom sessions, outside speakers, and classes held off campus in Barcelona and the surrounding area. Typical outside excursions may include trips to local city and regional parks, environmental restoration areas, renewable energy sites, and exploring mass transit. Environmental topics will include walkable cities and green infrastructure, nature based tourism, biodiversity conservation, and climate change among others.

Core.ClassroomPHIL 1020 – Introduction to Ethics (3 credit hours):
PHIL 1027 Honors

Dr. Kelly Jolley ( from the Department of Philosophy will teach this introduction to ethics molded to the experience of being in the city of Barcelona. The course will be interactive and will encourage students to engage with Barcelona to bring philosophy to life!

POLI 1050 - Global Politics and Issues (3 credit hours):
POLI 1057 Honors 

Dr. Jill Crystal ( from the Department of Political Science will teach this issue-based introduction to global politics. The course will focus on topics of international importance such as war and peace, transnational movements, terrorism, global energy politics, democracy and authoritarianism, and foreign policy in a comparative perspective. Students do not need any previous background in this area. Course field trips under consideration include a visit to the Catalonian Parliament and/or visits surrounding the Catalonian independence movement.


Program cost is estimated at $6,400, depending on enrollment. All costs are approximate and subject to change.

Included: Tuition (instruction, use of classrooms and labs), orientation, orientation tour of downtown, welcome & farewell dinners, an art pass to 7 art museums in Barcelona, internet access, emergency travel/health insurance, housing (two & three bedroom apartments), field trips and excursions inside and outside of Barcelona (including overnight stay in Girona).

Not included: Airfare, transfers, meals, Auburn Abroad Fee both for AU and non-AU students ($677), passport cost (approximately $135), personal expenses. For non-AU students, there is a non-included transient student application fee of $50.

Refund Policy: Review program fees and refund policy. Upon admission to this program, you will be responsible for payment of these fees. Refunds will be made based on the withdrawal and cancellation dates listed below.

Payment Schedule:
  • 25 February 2019: First payment installment of $3,200 due on eBill.
  • 28 February 2019: Withdrawals after this date are subject to 50% penalty of all paid costs.
  • 30 March 2019: Second payment installment of $3,200 due on eBill.
  • 30 March 2019: Withdrawals after this date are subject to 50% penalty of all paid costs.
  • 15 April 2019: No refund after this date.

Students suspended or dismissed from the program for disciplinary or academic reasons after the start of the program are not eligible for any refund of fees.


Multiple occupancy rooms in single-sex student apartments with kitchenette, bathroom, and general living area will be provided within individual apartments in Barcelona for the duration of the program. Accommodation will be provided with four to six students per apartment. All apartments come equipped with 24-hour Internet access and washing machine.

Student housing is arranged through Barcelona SAE, and students are responsible for maintaining a well-kept apartment and will be held responsible for any damages. All apartments are either within walking distance or conveniently located near public transport routes to the Barcelona SAE offices.

Lecture Rooms: Students have full access to lecture rooms in the very center of the city at the Barcelona SAE center and conjoined School for International Studies (SIS). There will also be study areas, wifi, free printing, and a cafe located at the Barcelona SAE Office and the School for International Studies.


Barcelona, Spain
Located along the northeast coast of Spain, Barcelona combines ancient history with modern splendor. The Romans settled here 2000 years ago and laid the foundations of a cosmopolitan, coastal metropolis located between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains. Today, the natural beauty of Barcelona is still adored by locals and visitors alike and complemented by the modernist architecture of Antoni Gaudí – including the famous Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and more. Students from all over the globe come to study in Barcelona and experience the local culture featuring art, parks, sports, Mediterranean cuisine, local festivals and beaches. Upon completion of this program, students should be experts on the city of Barcelona.


  • Day trip to Montserrat
  • Day trip to Tarragona
  • 2 day, 1 night trip to Girona and the Costa Brava (including a visit to the Dali museum!)
  • Tour of Refugi 307 & Poble Sec
  • Tour of Barrio Gotico - the oldest part of Barcelona
  • Tour of La Sagrada Familia
  • Additional excursions under consideration:
    • Catalan Parliament
    • Other speakers or site visits as decided by your faculty
  • Opportunities for independent travel on one non-excursion weekend
  • *All excursions are subject to change

Please note: This program includes many excursions on weekends. Students should plan to save personal travel for before or after the program dates. Please contact Auburn Abroad for more information.


If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.


  • U.S. Citizens do not need a visa for this program
  • Non-U.S. Citizens should verify visa requirements


Contact Auburn Abroad ( for additional info on this program

This program is currently not accepting applications.