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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/13/2020 06/13/2020

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program Majors: ALL MAJORS
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
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Apartment Physical Requirements: Stairs, Walk/Use Local Transportation
Contact: Lauren Roalkvan, Attendance: 100% Attendance Is Required
Program Description:

AU Core Curriculum Program in Barcelona, Spain


Google Map 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, and the AU College of Architecture, Design, and Construction. This partnership proves beneficial, offering participants a chance to earn 6 credit hours in a small classroom setting. 

Students will take two of the four AU Core Curriculum courses offered in communications, sustainability, architecture and/or philosophy 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.

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

ELIGIBILITYSangrada Familia Auburn

The program is designed for students interested in completing two of the Core Curriculum courses listed below. The minimum requirement of 2.25 AU institutional GPA.

Non-Auburn University students must be accepted as transient students by AU ($50 additional application fee).


Application Procedure:

  • Speak with your academic advisor about your core course requirements. 
  • Begin the online Auburn Abroad Application online by selecting "Apply Now" at the top of the page. 
  • Select the two Core Curriculum courses and complete the Course Approval Form.

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.

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Barcelona Beach

Summer 2020:

  • 15 February 2020: Deadline for applying to program.
  • 12 May 2020: Latest date to leave USA to make the start date.
  • 13 May 2020: Start date on location. Students must be in Barcelona, housing opens.
  • 13 May 2020: Orientation and classes begin.
  • 13 June 2020: Classes and examinations end.
  • 13 June 2020: Date students depart from Barcelona. Program is officially over.

All students will purchase their own plane ticket to Barcelona. Plan to arrive on May 13 and depart on June 13 or later.


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, Humanities Core Requirement):Mary English
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 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 credits, Humanities Core Requirement):
COMM 1007 Honors
Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson ( 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. 

NATR 2050 – People and the Environment (3 credits, Social Sciences Core Requirement):
NATR 2057 HonorsMiriam Wyman
Dr. Miriam Wyman ( from the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences will teach this course.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. 

Dr. Elay Shech

PHIL 1020 – Introduction to Ethics (3 credits, Social Sciences Core Requirement):

PHIL 1027 Honors

Dr. Elay Shech ( from the Department of Philosophy will teach this introduction to ethics course. After a short introductory overview of theories of normative ethics, the class will focus on discussing questions such as:  Can we learn about right and wrong just by being told by other people (in other words, through testimony)? Or, are moral issues more like works of art, you have to see them to experience and understand their beauty? Do moral facts and properties, like, “Murder is wrong,” explain anything? And if they are indispensable to our normative attitudes (attitudes about what we should and ought to do), does that mean they have some sort of mind-independent existence? Is morality fully factual? Are there general moral principles? Is the rightness of action determined by the value of consequences?

This course will be interactive and dialogue-based in order to encourage students to engage with Barcelona to bring philosophy to life! While reflecting on the various social and moral norms of Spain and Barcelona in particular, we will philosophize both inside the classroom and outside of the classroom, in various interesting location in the city such as museums, parks, markets, and restaurants.


The estimated program fee is $6,500. Download a copy of the Estimated Student Budget
All costs are approximate and subject to change.
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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 ($691), passport cost (approximately $150), 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:
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  • 25 February 2020: First payment installment due on eBill.
  • 28 February 2020: Withdrawals after this date are subject to 50% penalty of all paid costs.
  • 30 March 2020: Second payment installment due on eBill.
  • 30 March 2020: Withdrawals after this date are subject to 50% penalty of all paid costs.
  • 15 April 2020: 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. Housing 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.


SAE Building


Barcelona, Spain
Located along the northeast coast of Spain, Barcelona combines ancient history with modern splendor. The Romans settled here 2,000 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.

EXCURSIONSGroup at Montserrat

  • Day trip to Montserrat
  • Day trip to Tarragona
  • 2 day, 1 night trip to Girona and the Costa Brava 
  • 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 Coordinator, Lauren Roalkvan ( for additional info on this program