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Maryland-in-Barcelona (Spain)

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

Barcelona Park Guel
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; preference will be given to juniors and seniors. Students with sophomore standing may only attend the program through UAB. 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.

The Maryland-in-Barcelona academic program offers you flexibility to advance your studies in a wide arrange of disciplines while also deepening your knowledge of Spanish language and culture. You can even opt to pursue a 3-credit internship, with a placement in a local business or organization to advance your professional development and cultural connections. 

UMD students enroll in a full-time courseload (12-15 credits) 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. 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.

Maryland-in-Barcelona Academic Program Structure
 

Course Type Credits
Spanish or Catalan Language (required) 6 or 3
Electives 3 - 9
Course in Spanish & Catalan Culture & History (optional and encouraged)
 
Other electives
 
Internship (optional)
3
TOTAL 12-15

 

Please refer to the Maryland-in-Barcelona Academic Overview to find course offerings for your particular term and to read more about the academic structure, universities, and academic policies.

The Maryland-in-Barcelona summer program offers coursework at UAB. You may refer to the summer academic overview for course offerings and for more information.

Participants on the Maryland-in-Barcelona semester 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.

For the summer term, students will be housed in apartments with other Maryland students.

Fall Budget

Cost listed are for fall 2020. 

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $1,200
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $220
Tuition $9,690
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities, on-campus and in-country orientations,  and teaching services.
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $11,110
Out-of-pocket Costs
Housing (billed directly to provider; not included program fee) $2,080 - $3,412.50
Standard Apartments - $2,080 - $2,600
Upgraded Apartments - $3,380
Residencia - $3,250
Homestay - $3,412.50
To learn more about each housing type, please review the Maryland-in-Barcelona Housing Overview.
Meals (estimate) $2,500
Passport $145
Visa $160
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,500
Course materials $250
Optional international trip cancellation/interruption insurance $350
Optional activities/Incidental expenses (estimate) $2,100
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $20,195 - 21,527

Spring Budget

Cost listed are for spring 2020.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $1,200
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $209
Tuition $9,481
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities, on-campus and in-country orientations, and teaching services.
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $10,890
Out-of-pocket Costs
Housing (billable if Maryland housing option is chosen) $2,047.50 - $3,185
Standard Apartments: $2,047.50
Upgraded Apartments: $2,957.50
Residencia: $2,843.10
Homestay: $3,185
If students choose a Maryland housing option, they will be billed the amount for their particular housing assignment. To learn more about the specific costs of each housing type, please review the Maryland-in-Barcelona Housing Overview.
Meals (estimate) $2,500
Passport $145
Visa $160
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,300
Course materials $250
Optional international trip cancellation/interruption insurance $350
Optional activities/Incidental expenses (estimate) $2,100
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $19,792.50 - $20,930

Summer Budget

Costs listed are for summer 2020.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $84
Tuition $6,266
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities, on-campus and in-country orientations,  and teaching services.
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $6,850
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $1,200
Passport $145
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,800
Course materials $100
Optional international trip cancellation/interruption insurance $350
Optional activities/Incidental expenses (estimate) $1,000
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $11,445

Year Budget

Costs listed are for academic year 2017-2018.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $1,200
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $371
Tuition $17,029
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities, on-campus and in-country orientations, housing placement services, and teaching services.
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $18,600
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
Passport $140
Visa $160
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,300
Course materials $500
Optional international trip cancellation/interruption insurance $350
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $4,200
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $32,500

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.

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

Ryan Lorenz is the Resident Director in Barcelona. He works closely with the rest of the Barcelona team and our host universities to ensure student needs are met. 

Kristin Hickey serves as the on-site program manager and assists the program and students in a variety of crucial ways. She is responsible for academic issues, health & safety and risk management.

Helena Marugán is the extra-curricular coordinator. She organizes cultural and social connections, such as activities, excursions and volunteering opportunities.

Jaime Rodríguez is head of the housing department and is the person you will most likely see around the student pisos.
 

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 2020 10/01/2019 10/11/2019 01/03/2020 04/24/2020
These dates are tentative and are based on previous year's date. Do not use them to make travel plans.
Summerterm 2020 03/01/2020 03/11/2020 06/01/2020 07/16/2020
Year (Fall-Spring) 2020 03/01/2020 03/11/2020
Fall 2020 03/01/2020 03/11/2020 09/02/2020 12/19/2020