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Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA) in Barcelona

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Sponsor: Northwestern University, Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Dartmouth College, Johns Hopkins University, The University of Pennsylvania, Trinity College Dublin, and Vanderbilt University

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Description: 

The Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA) in Barcelona offers a full-immersion program, where students can take courses at four Barcelona institutions, each with its own academic specialties. This program is designed for students in all disciplines with advanced Spanish skills.

Program Type: Northwestern-Sponsored

Terms: 

  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring

Requirements: 

Application requirements:

  1. Complete a Northwestern Study Abroad Application by February 10
  2. Interview with Jessica Fetridge, Adviser for CASA Barcelona in the Study Abroad Office, by February 10 
  3. Interview in Spanish with Elisa Baena, Associate Professor of Instruction in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, by February 10.  Email e-baena@northwestern.edu to schedule

Enrollment requirements:

Students participating in the CASA Program must enroll in at least 4 courses, including:

for a total of 24-30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits.

Course restrictions:

  • Each local university course must be worth a minimum of 2 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits
  • Students cannot take any courses taught in English at the local universities
  • Students cannot take any courses from the Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Languages: Spanish, Catalan

Language Requirements: 

  • Completion of Spanish 201 or any other language, literature, or culture course above 201 at Northwestern
  • Or a score of 5 on the Advanced Placement exam in Spanish language and completion of one 200-level course at Northwestern

Housing: 

Self-catered single rooms at Melon District Marina, the city’s largest international student residential facility

Program Costs: 

Fall 2017: $27,078

Billed by Northwestern: $21,421

Estimated additional costs: $5,657

  • Meals: $1,870
  • Airfare: $1,400
  • Local transportation: $460
  • Books & supplies: $100
  • Personal expenses: $1,500
  • Visa: $160
  • GeoBlue: $167

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