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Maryland-in-Barcelona (Spain)

Barcelona, Spain
Terms offered: 
Fall
Spring
Year (Fall-Spring)
Program Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
3.0
EA Advisor: 
Language of Instruction: 
English,Spanish

barcelona students at futbol game
Spain's second largest city and the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is truly Mediterranean in culture, temperament, and history. Founded in the second century BC, it is now a thriving, culturally rich metropolis known for its modernist architecture, gorgeous beaches, mountains overlooking the sea, and a largely preserved Gothic city center. As a part of the Maryland-in-Barcelona program, you will have the opportunity to learn Spanish or Catalan while investigating all the cultural offerings Barcelona has to offer. From world-class fútbol to fantastic architecture, you will be immersed in the warmth and vibrancy of the Spanish culture.

The Maryland-in-Barcelona program is designed to engage you in a living learning setting. You will complete coursework that provides a deeper understanding of Barcelona, Catalonian, and Spanish culture while also taking elective classes in the humanities, social sciences, or business and economics. You will enroll in courses at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) or the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), both highly reputable Spanish institutions. Courses are available in Spanish and English.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

All UMD sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply to this program. There is no language pre-requisite. Non-UMD students are not permitted to apply.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, make an appointment with your EA advisor to discuss program options.

During your semester in Maryland-in-Barcelona, you will take a combination of courses focused on Spanish language, Spanish and Catalan history and culture, and electives in the fields of humanities, behavioral and social sciences, business, or architecture.

If accepted to this program, you will elect to take classes at one of our partner universities: Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) or Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Both universities are well-known and highly regarded public Spanish institutions of higher education, offering a wide range of courses and unique opportunities to learn more about Spain and Spanish culture. Courses are taught by local or international faculty who provide students with expertise in their respective discipline and often act as a cultural interpreter as students explore the socio-political and cultural aspects of their study abroad semester.

The Maryland-in-Barcelona program is a hybrid credit program. This means that you will take a combination of resident credit and transfer credit abroad. To see which courses are resident and transfer credit, please refer to the UAB and UPF course lists:

Please refer to the Maryland-in-Barcelona Academic Overview to read more about the academic structure, universities, and academic policies.

Participants on the Maryland-in-Barcelona program have a number of housing options from which to choose. You can choose to live in an apartment (piso) with other Maryland students, US students, internationals, and/or Spaniards, depending on availability. Other options include a homestay for students with at least intermediate/200-level Spanish skills and even a residence hall (residencia). For more information on housing in Barcelona, review the Housing Overview.

Fall Budget

Cost listed are for fall 2015.

Billable Costs
Application Fee $50
Program Fee $9,820
This fee is collected in two installments: 1) $500 non-refundable deposit: Due by March 18th or within 48 hours of acceptance if accepted on or after that date 2) Remainder of program fee: Charged to the student's UMD account upon course registration. Due August 20th.

The program fee includes: $500 deposit, International Health Insurance, tuition and fees, housing placement services, on-site student services and support, excursions and local outings, academic support, and Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, and pre-departure orientation.

Out-of-pocket Costs
Housing (estimate - paid to provider) $1,800
This housing cost is an average estimate in USD. For actual cost in euros (EUR) for each housing option, review the Maryland-in-Barcelona Housing Overview.
Meals (estimate) $2,500
Roundtrip airfare (estimate) $1,300
Passport $140
Student Visa Application $160
Course materials $250
Personal expenses and individual travel (estimate) $2,100
Optional international trip cancelation/interruption insurance (estimate) $350
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $18,470

Year Budget

Cost listed are for academic year 2015-2016.

Billable Costs
Application Fee $50
Program Fee $19,640
This fee is collected in two installments: 1) $500 non-refundable deposit: Due by March 18th or within 48 hours of acceptance if accepted on or after that date 2) Remainder of program fee: Charged to the student's UMD account upon course registration. Due August 20th.

The program fee includes: $500 deposit, International Health Insurance, tuition and fees, housing placement services, on-site student services and support, excursions and local outings, academic support, and Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, and pre-departure orientation.

Out-of-pocket Costs
Housing - estimate (paid to provider) $3,600
This housing cost is an average estimate in USD. For actual cost in euros (EUR) for each housing option, review the Maryland-in-Barcelona Housing Overview.
Meals (estimate) $3,600
Roundtrip airfare (estimate) $1,300
Passport $140
Student Visa Application $160
Course materials $500
Personal expenses and individual travel (estimate) $4,200
Optional international trip cancelation/interruption insurance (estimate) $350
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $33,540

Spring Budget

Cost listed are for spring 2016.

Billable Costs
Application Fee $50
Program Fee $9,820
This fee is collected in two installments: 1) $500 non-refundable deposit: Due by October 18th or within 48 hours of acceptance if accepted on or after that date 2) Remainder of program fee: Charged to the student's UMD account upon course registration. Due January 20th.

The program fee includes: $500 deposit, International Health Insurance, tuition and fees, housing placement services, on-site student services and support, excursions and local outings, academic support, and Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, and pre-departure orientation.

Out-of-pocket Costs
Housing - estimate (paid to provider) $1,800
This housing cost is an average estimate in USD. For actual cost in euros (EUR) for each housing option, review the Maryland-in-Barcelona Housing Overview.
Meals (estimate) $2,500
Roundtrip airfare (estimate) $1,300
Passport $140
Student Visa Application $160
Course materials $250
Personal expenses and individual travel (estimate) $2,100
Optional international trip cancelation/interruption insurance (estimate) $350
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $18,470

 

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Kyle Sturges advises prospective and admitted students in the Maryland-in-Barcelona program. In addition, he coordinates program admissions, course registration, pre-departure orientation, and other logistical aspects of the program.

Ryan Lorenz is the Resident Director in Barcelona and coordinates all on-site aspects of the program including on-site orientation, engagement activities, and communication with the host university and housing partners.

Helena Marugán assists with the on-site aspects of the program including housing and engagement activities.

Living in one of Europe's most dynamic cities offers the unparalleled opportunity to get out of the classroom and find out what it really means to be Catalán. Program staff are available to assist you in finding engagement activities that match your personal and professional interests. Past activities have included coaching youth basketball and baseball teams, teaching English at a local school, and taking part in cooking and dancing classes.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring 2015 10/01/2014 10/11/2014 01/04/2015 04/30/2015
View full program calendar.
Fall 2015 03/01/2015 03/11/2015 08/30/2015 12/18/2015
View the Maryland-in-Barcelona academic calendar for more details.
Year (Fall-Spring) 2015 03/01/2015 03/11/2015 08/30/2015 05/20/2016
CAUTION: The start and end dates above are estimated based on previous semesters - do not use them to make travel plans. Dates will be updated as they become available.
Spring 2016 10/01/2015 10/11/2015 01/03/2016 04/29/2016
View full program calendar.