Specific Programmes for International Students

Foundation Year Programme 2023

UAB Study Abroad Foundation Year

Study Abroad Foundation Year Programme

  • One or two semesters in Barcelona, an open and welcoming city, full of culture and activities.
  • In a World Heritage Campus near to Gaudí's Sagrada Família.
  • For students who have completed high school or secondary education in their home country and wish to do their undergraduate degree in a Spanish University.
  • After successful completion of the Foundation Year programme students will be able to apply to many undergraduate degree programmes, with prior university pre-registration and degree homologation, if required.. See the list for the academic year 2020-21 below.
  • Spanish or English language lessons to reach the required B2 level and complementary academic education.
  • On successful completion of the programme students receive a UAB certificate with the elected subjects, including the language courses, that could be validated in their future university studies, plus a certificate stating the language level acquired.

The Spanish language courses will be held between September 2023 and May 2024 and the Academic Skills subject in June 2024.


  • Urban planning & Smart Cities
  • History of Catalonia
  • An introduction to Finance
  • Robotics
  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • Culture, Society and Health
  • Critical Thinking
  • Spanish Contemporany Art
  • Intercultural Communication
  • How the Brain Works

Compulsory subject:

*Seminars may vary according to teacher availability.

It is possible to access university without taking an entrance exam, as long as students come from non-EU education systems. Access will be granted upon obtaining the approval of homologation of their secondary education diploma. These students will be the last in the process of allocation of places in the September call for university pre-registration. They will not be allowed in the university pre-registration June call.

The UAB Foundation Undergraduate Degrees on the list below have an access mark of 5 and do not require students to sit for a test.

Students doing the Foundation Programme will be able to apply directly after the language and general knowledge preparation and the enrolment process.

For other Undergraduate Degrees you will need to enrol and pass Specific Competence Tests of the Selectivitat (University entrance exam).

All information on access to Undergraduate studies for non-EU international students

We are now registering students in the following modalities:

  • Face to Face classes and activities are the base of the programme. Students who are in Barcelona attend classes at the UAB World Heritage Campus in central Barcelona complemented by our online platform.


  • register knowing that the programme is guaranteed
  • have solutions ready to avoid interruptions to their studies
  • know they will start and finish the programme in any circumstances.

  • UAB operates comprehensive COVID-19 protocols in all activities.

The total cost of the programme is €8,500 (if the student completes the entire 9-month programme). If the student already has a basic level of Spanish (minimum A2), he/she can join the programme in January 2024, the cost in this case will be €6,200.

The list of prices and the start dates for the Spanish classes are provided in the table below:

Course name Start End Hours per week Price
9 Months course 26/09/2023 28/06/2024 20 hours/week of Spanish (September- December) + 12 hours/week of the Academic Skills subject (June) 8.500€
6 Months course 08/01/2024 28/06/2024 20 hours/week of Spanish (September- December) + 12 hours/week of the Academic Skills subject (June) 6.200€