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Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA) in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Program sponsor: Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad


The objective of the CASA-Barcelona program is for students to achieve maximum immersion in society and in the local reality - to offer a full-immersion learning experience in one of the leading cities of the world. It is designed for students in all disciplines with advanced Spanish skills. Students are immersed in the local university environment and take most of their courses at one or more of the program's partner universities: the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). In addition to regular courses at local universities, students partake in a specialized Pro-seminar course focused on specific aspects of local history, society and culture, as well as a series of cultural and social activities that aim to accelerate the process of adaptation, understanding, and immersion.

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Students participating in the CASA Program must enroll in at least 5 courses, including:

  • 1 ProSeminar
  • 1 CASA center course
  • 3-4 regular university courses

Total Credits: 27-30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System)

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

Program Requirements


Open to students from all majors meeting Northwestern's minimum application requirements.


  • Completion of at least two Spanish language, literature, or culture courses (200-level+) at Northwestern
  • OR a score of 5 on the advanced placement exam in Spanish language and completion of at least one 200-level Spanish course at Northwestern.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.


Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

6 to 8 Northwestern units per semester. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


Self-catered single rooms at TSH Campus Marina the city's largest international student residential facility. 

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $27,840

Billed by Northwestern
Total: $23,003
Estimated Additional Costs
  • Meals: $1,170
  • Airfare: $1,300
  • Local transportation: $460
  • Books & supplies: $55
  • Personal expenses: $1,500
  • Visa: $160
  • GeoBlue: $192

Total: $4,837

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA), and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.

Program Confirmation

After you are accepted to your CASA program, you will need to complete a Program Confirmation form to confirm your participation. Northwestern students admitted to this program are not required to pay a confirmation deposit, but will be charged a cancellation fee for withdrawing from the program after confirming.

Student Visa Financial Certification

In order to obtain your student visa, you will need to provide documentation that you will be supported financially for the duration of your time abroad. This may require bank statements from your parents and/or a financial aid award letter; review your visa application instructions carefully to be sure you are providing the appropriate documentation.

If you primarily fund your education through financial aid and/or loans, you may contact Krista Bethel in the financial aid office to request a letter of financial support from Northwestern.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your CASA tuition and housing, as well as the NU study abroad fee

If you receive financial aid and/or loans from Northwestern, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Other Program Charges

Because your program fee will be billed through your Northwestern account, you should not receive a separate invoice from CASA for your program's tuition or housing. Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying any supplemental fees directly.

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