Pre-Established Programmes

Stay in Barcelona studying subjects taught in English or Spanish



  • Over 40 subjects
  • 9 levels of Spanish language lessons
  • Well-equipped, centrally located campus in Barcelona
  • International environment
  • No Spanish language requirement
  • Diverse and inclusive programmme


The Pre-Established Programme is designed for international students wishing to stay in Barcelona studying subjects taught in English or Spanish with the option of Spanish and Catalan language courses, during one of the following periods:

  • 15 weeks in Spring or Fall
  • 3 weeks in May
  • 6 weeks in Summer (mid-June to July)


  • Students can take between two and six subjects in Fall and Spring, each consisting of 45 hours of class time.
  • In May and Summer students can take between one and three subjects.
  • Places are limited to 30 students for electives and 15 for language classes.
  • Programmes start in September, January, May and June.
  • Students can choose subjects from the following fields: Art and Architecture, Business, Communication, Economics and Politics, Mediterranean Studies and Language.
  • Classes are held at the UAB campus in the city of Barcelona, a UNESCO World Heritage Campus, in an enriching international environment.


On completing the term, students receive a UAB certificate that can be validated for credits at their home university.

Please note that the Pre-established Programme is not open to Erasmus or exchange students.

Spring Programme

  • 15-week programme with maximum flexibility for students
  • Choose from more than 30 elective subjects earning 12-36 ECTS
  • Spanish and Catalan language options

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May Programme

  • 3 weeks in Barcelona, with a selection of subjects in diverse study areas
  • Choice of one elective subject (6 ECTS) taught in English.
  • Credits completely transferable to the student's home university.

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Summer Programme

  • 6 weeks in Barcelona, with a selection of subjects from diverse study areas. 
  • Choose from 1 to 3 elective courses (6-18 ECTS) taught in English or Spanish.
  • Take a Spanish Language course (beginner to advanced level, and specialist courses).
  • Credits completely transferable to the student’s home university.
  • NEW: combine May and Summer programmes for a 9-week programme of 12-24 ECTS.

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Fall Programme

  • 15-week programme with maximum flexibility for students
  • Choose from more than 30 elective subjects earning 12-36 ECTS
  • Spanish and Catalan language options.

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Summer 2023
First day: 2nd June
Last day: 13th July

Fall 2023
First day: 4th September
Last day: 20th December

Spring 2024
First day: 11th January
Last day: 24th April

May 2024
First day: 13th May
Last day: 30th May

Check and download here the full year calendar

Admission requirements

To apply to the Pre-Established programme students should meet the following requirements:

  • Students must be enrolled at a university and must have completed at least 2 semesters before applying to this programme.
  • For full-time students who need a study visa there is a minimum requirement of 24 ECTS per semester.
  • For all students the maximum number of credits is 36 ECTS per semester. 
  • Students can spend 1, 2 or 3 terms on the programme (Fall + Spring + Summer), doing a maximum of 60 ECTS in total.
  • The minimum entry requirement is a GPA of 2.75 (or equivalent).

Language requirements

  • Students who select subjects in English: a minimum of English at B2 level is required.
  • Students who select subjects in Spanish: a minimum of Spanish at B2 level is required.

 Application documents required

  • A scanned copy of your home university Official Academic Transcript with the GPA or equivalent (if applicable).
  • A scanned copy of your valid passport.
  • A digital photo in jpeg format with a maximum weight of 24KB (passport size and type).

Language certificates

  • If you are a non-native English speaker, a certificate of English Proficiency (minimum TOEFL 78, IELTS 6, Cambridge Advanced or First Certificate). 
  • If you are a non-native Spanish speaker and wish to choose electives in Spanish, a certificate of Spanish level B2 (DELE or equivalent).

Enrolment periods

  • Summer Term 2023 (June to July): from February 13th to May 4th 2023.
  • Fall Term 2023 (September to December): from March 13th to June 29th 2023.
  • Spring Programme 2024 (January to April): from September 18th to December 3rd 2023.

NOTE: The final enrolment dates are subject to places still being available.

Enrolment form

Study Abroad Pre-Established Programme Regulations

Barcelona Campus: Casa Convalescència

  • Quiet and centrally located in Barcelona
  • Historical art nouveau venue within the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau complex, UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Spacious classrooms equipped with the technology necessary for modern teaching
  • Excellent connections by public transport

More information about the Barcelona Campus

Living in Barcelona: an open and welcoming city

The main UAB campus is located just 30’ from Barcelona -a cosmopolitan and diverse city; one of the main European industrial and technological hubs in the Mediterranean. Students of the Study Abroad Programmes who wish to live in the capital have the following accommodation options:

  • With families
  • In student residences
  • Shared apartments
  • Hotels

More about Barcelona

The main UAB campus

The UAB is spread across a large campus in Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), located in a very beautiful natural setting with green, open spaces and woods and excellently connected to Barcelona by road and public transport.

It is one of the few purpose-built Spanish universities where the different academic, cultural and social activities happen in one place. In addition, students can also live on campus in the Vila Universitària halls of residence, with more than 2,000 accommodation places.

The UAB campus provides all kinds of additional services, including libraries, a language-learning centre, own cultural activities, sports facilities, restaurants and bars, hotel, a health centre, bookshops and various other shops.

International Support Service is the place where international students and lecturers can find all the information and support they may need, located in the heart of the UAB Bellaterra campus.

Find all the UAB services here.

Any foreign student coming to a Catalan university must have medical insurance cover.

If you are from outside of the European Economic Area, you should check whether there is an agreement for healthcare between the Social Security of your country and the Social Security of Spain. If there is such an agreement, you should submit the necessary documents in your country so that you can have free access to Spanish public healthcare.

In the case of renewing your Residence Card (NIE, TIE) you have to check if the above mentioned document replaces the obligation to present a private medical insurance regarding illness and accidents (Social Security does not include the repatriation to your home country). For more information, contact the ISS.

If your country has no healthcare agreement with the Spanish Social Security system, you should take out private insurance cover for the whole time of your stay in Spain.

The private medical insurances need to ensure no less than 100.000 euros in the basic services (hospitalization, cover for repatriation to home country, cover for COVID-19, etc.), without gaps of coverage or co-payments.

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