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What courses are offered at UAB Idiomes Barcelona?
The following courses are offered at the centre:

  • general courses: English, French and German
  • conversation courses: English
  • senior courses: English
  • official exam preparation courses: FCE and CAE
  • special interest courses: Learning English through Cinema and Learning English through Literature
  • Spanish intensive courses
Please refer to the document at the bottom of the page.

Which languages can I study at UAB Idiomes?

Catalan, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.

You can also learn the following languages independently and online (using the online language learning platforms): Dutch, Arabic, Korean, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish, Vietnamese and Chinese.

What Catalan courses are available for newly-arrived students?

The survival courses (for those who speak Romance languages and for those who don’t) and the basic-level courses.

The course "Comprensió de supervivència" (for Speakers of Romance Languages) is addressed to students with a sufficiently high level (C1 on the Council of Europe scale) in another Romance language (Spanish, French, Italian, Rumanian etc.), because it is based on intercomprehension between languages of the same family and focuses on receptive skills: reading and listening.

The courses Survival Catalan (1 and 2) are addressed to newly-arrived students who do not have a high level in another Romance language. They aim to help attain a survival level in all four language skills.

All the survival courses are meant as crash courses for students in a hurry to be able to understand academic language, and they can be followed up with a basic-level course.

Can I just come to study Spanish?

Intensive Spanish courses are offered  in the Barcelona centre, for anyone who wants to come to Barcelona to learn Spanish, even if you are not studying at the UAB. These courses are not subsidised by the University.

Are there special prices?

Survival Catalan courses are 100% subsidied for both UAB students and staff, and Basic courses are subsidied 65% for students taking full courses at the UAB and staff and 55% for international students.

Students on mobility and exchange programmes have the right to 25% discount on the enrolment fee for a year-long Spanish course. This discount is only valid where students can prove that they are students of the UAB.

Do I have to take a level test before signing up for a course?

Students who cannot demonstrate the level in the language they wish to study will have to take a test to determine their level. There are fixed periods for these tests, which take place a few days before the start of the courses. Please see the calendar in the document at the foot of the page. There is no charge for these tests and no obligation to sign up for the course.

Can I get elective credits for these courses?

Click on the Recognition of credits tab.

What kind of courses are on offer?

There are three types of courses:

  • Classroom based-learning: these are teacher-led courses that take place in physical classrooms in the centre. 
  • Semi classroom-based learning: these are structured courses which combine assistance-based learning with distance learning. They are often known as blended learning courses. 
  • Distance learning: these course take place through online platforms for language laearning, using multimedia teaching materials for virtual and distance learning. They are often known as e-learning.
Courses offered at UAB Idiomes Barcelona (pdf: 0,14 MB)
Courses offered at UAB Idiomes Barcelona
Level tests in Barcelona (pdf MB)
Level Tests Schedule: English, German, French and Italian (pdf MB)
Course prices at Bellaterra (pdf MB)



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