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Spanish Language & Culture Summer Program in Barcelona

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Sponsor: Northwestern University Study Abroad Office, in conjunction with the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

Location: Barcelona, Spain


Located in one of Europe's most cosmopolitan and dynamic cities, Northwestern's customized summer program in Barcelona gives students the unique opportunity to increase their Spanish language skills while experiencing first-hand the city's architectural, artistic, and multi-cultural wonders.

The Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) is one of the leading institutions in Spain, known for its international environment and cutting edge academics. UPF has collaborated with the Northwestern Department of Spanish and Portuguese to create a special program for Northwestern students. Northwestern faculty member Elisa Baena will teach a course on modern Spain and serve as Resident Director on the program.

The university is centrally located in the heart of the city, close to Las Ramblas, the waterfront, and Ciutadella Park. The program will offer Spanish language and culture courses, focusing on the city of Barcelona and the region of Catalonia. Through a combination of coursework and excursions to Madrid and sites in and around Barcelona, students will experience a city and culture where modernity and tradition go hand in hand.

Program Type: Northwestern Summer


  • Summer

Term Notes: June 16 - July 27, 2018

Course Info: 

Students enroll in 3 classes:

  • Spanish Grammar Course (1 credit)
  • Spanish Conversation Course (1 credit)
  • Culture Course (1 credit)

Course stipulations:

  • Each course has multiple sections. Students are placed in the section that is appropriate for their language level.
  • Intermediate students may have the opportunity to pass out of the second year of the Weinberg (WCAS) language requirement on this program; however, it is not guaranteed. Students must take the placement exam with the Spanish Department upon completion of the program.

Northwestern Spanish minor credit:

     For students with SPAN 199 and above   
  • Grammar Course - SPAN 301
  • Culture Course - SPAN 210
  • Conversation Course - SPAN 2XX

     For students below SPAN 199       

  • Grammar Course - SPAN 201
  • Culture Course - SPAN 199
  • Conversation Course - SPAN 2XX

Admission Info: 

To apply, Northwestern students must:

  1. Interview with the Faculty Director, Elisa Baena, by March 1.  Email to schedule.
  2. Interview with Jessica Fetridge, Adviser for Barcelona Summer, by March 1.
  3. Complete a Northwestern Summer Study Abroad Application by March 1.

Faculty program contact: Elisa Baena, Associate Professor of Instruction, Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese

Languages: Spanish

Language Requirements: 

  • 1 year of college-level Spanish or the equivalent
  • Students are encouraged to enroll in at least one Spanish course during the same academic year as the summer program.


Shared apartment-like rooms in the residence hall RESA Residencia Campus Del Mar, located in the Barceloneta neighborhood, a ten-minute walk to the UPF Main Ciutadella Campus where classes will be held.

  • Room amenities include a bathroom, kitchen, air conditioning, closet space, television, telephone, desk, and Internet access.
  • The Residencia also has a 24-hour reception desk, a night security guard, a small computer lab, laundry facilities, vending machines, and a study lounge.
  • The Residencia is located near many grocery stores and markets, two Metro stops, and many of the popular neighborhoods of central Barcelona, including the Barri Gotic, La Ribera and the Born District.

Program Costs: 

Summer 2018: $11,225 (PDF)

Total fees charged by Northwestern: $7,500 includes: 

Estimated additional costs: $3,725 includes:

  • $1,500 international airfare airfare to and from Barcelona (students book their own airfare; rates vary)
  • $105 for books and supplies
  • $2,120 for discretionary expenses, including meals, transportation, personal expenses, and incidentals


  • Undergraduate Language Grants (ULG) support the intensive and experiential learning of foreign languages.  The Office of the Provost awards funds to help defray the costs of intensive language study abroad or in the United States.
  • Northwestern students receiving financial aid during the academic year may be eligible for summer aid for this program. If awarded, summer assistance may count as one of your 12 quarters of aid eligibility. Visit the Summer Scholarships page for additional information.

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