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Students who are looking to study abroad in Barcelona over the summer and take courses in English are good candidates for this program. All classes except for the Spanish language classes are taught in English.

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation


Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities


Housing (including meals and laundry with host families)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of Spanish speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Additional application forms (including a housing form and a course form)
  • One (electronic) passport-sized photo
  • Entry Documents: valid passport

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 6 semester credits

Students who are looking to study abroad in Barcelona over the summer and take courses in English are good candidates for this program. All classes except for the Spanish language classes are taught in English. Students take a placement exam online prior to arrival and are placed into a level based on the results of this exam.


API students will receive a transcript from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona upon completion of their program.



NOTE: All courses taught at the Eixample Campus of UAB.


Most API partner universities in Spain operate on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.

Barcelona – City Planning and Architecture

This course wants to explain the History and the evolution of the City of Barcelona. The perspective used will be that of Urbanism, Politics, and Society, understanding them as the result of the same historical process. Architecture will be treated when necessary, like studying Modernisme or Noucentisme. As well as studying the evolution of the City of Barcelona students will compare this city to other realities and cities like Madrid, Paris, London, Moscow, New York or Washington DC. This class is aimed at all these students who want to understand the elements that build a city but also at those who consider important the city of Barcelona specifically.

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Cross-Cultural Management

This course provides students with the theoretical and practical tools in order to improve their effectiveness in international business activities. Course objectives include: to make students more aware of the impact of national cultures on business; to give students a sound knowledge of the most significant cultural dimensions; to analyze the consequences of each cultural dimension on key management functions; and to make students aware of their own cultural preferences and to give them the opportunity to compare them with those of major economies.

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Digital Photography for Beginners

Students in this course will gain in-depth knowledge of digital cameras, learn the basics of composition, retouch images, and learn about the historical masters of photography for inspiration. Students will apply what they learn in the first part of the course for an individual photography project. Note: Students must bring their own DSLR Camera, Bridge Camera, Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. [Shoot cameras or mobile phones will not be accepted.]

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E-Commerce and Online Businesses

The increasing development of information technologies (IT) has significantly affected both firms and markets. IT is currently changing the world in a more permanent and far-reaching way than any other technology in the history of mankind. A new economy, where knowledge is the most important strategic resource, is forcing firms to review their traditional routines and take advantage of the tools able to create new value. The objectives of the course are to become familiar with the technologies, strategy and management issues associated with eCommerce as well as to develop a good understanding of the risks in its use.

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International Business

This course covers the cultures of European countries. Business relationships, economics and business environment, protocol rules, European politics, negotiation strategies and export procedures are evaluated. Countries such as Spain, France, Germany, UK, and Italy are analyzed in great depth.

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International Business

This course develops international and European knowledge about the cultures of the different European countries. Business relationships, economics and business environment, protocol rules, European politics, negotiation strategies and export procedures are evaluated. Countries such as Spain, France, Germany, UK, and Italy are analyzed in great depth.

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International Finance

In order to provide a global picture of financial interactions and increasing interdependence, this course delves into the macroeconomic aspects of international economics with special emphasis on monetary issues. As the tendency is for countries to become more open over time, doing so makes them subject or potentially vulnerable to external events that can substantially affect their performance and that of the firms within them. A good understanding of open-economy macroeconomics is therefore crucial. Specific cases of integration schemes and monetary experiences, such as the European integration, are also debated.

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International Marketing Strategies

The course is an introduction to international marketing. Topics include analytical techniques used in international market research; determining prices; and distribution channels in an international context; marketing across linguistic and cultural borders (EU, NAFTA, Mercosur, Asia).

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Spanish Art and Cultural Heritage

Through the remains of different cultures that have occupied the peninsula, students see the styles of art and the relation between these and the cultural richness of the country. Gothic, Romantic, Arabic, Modernism: all of these styles are clearly represented and some of them even share the same geographical content.

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Spanish Civilization and Culture

Students learn about the profound social transformation and changes that have occurred in Spain with the disappearance of the old political regime created from the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). This class studies the transition to a Spanish democracy, the political parties, the function of different institutions such as the Crown, the Courts, judicial power, and the comunidades autonomas; Spain and its international relationships, such as with the EU; the comparison of Spain’s transition to democracy with those of other countries; the economy; customs and daily life in Spain today. Students are briefly exposed to Spanish art and cinema, to trace some common threads of Spanish culture and how changes in society are depicted in art and film.

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International Economics

International economics is divided into two broad subfields: international trade and international money. International trade focuses on real transactions in the international economy, that is, on those transactions that involve a physical movement of goods. On the other hand, international money focuses on financial transactions and refers to the monetary side of the international economy. This course deals with the first aspect of international economics, i.e. the real transactions and focuses on two main aspects of it: international trade theory and evidence and international trade policy.

  • Classes taught in Spanish & English
  • Volunteer and community involvement activities


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    Alicia Castillo

    Alicia Castillo will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.

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    Ruth Gómez Layola

    Ruth will be your Housing Director in Barcelona and will organize your living accommodations for you!

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    Mireia Pujol

    Mireia Pujol will be your Student Services Director in Barcelona and will assist you in adjusting to the Spanish culture!

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    Arnau Roma Sansa

    Arnau Roma Sansa will be your Academic Director on-site and will assist you in achieving your educational goals abroad.

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    Manuel Ramirez

    Manuel Ramirez will be your Program Coordinator and prepare you to go abroad!

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API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Barcelona programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Costa Brava

    The Costa Brava is famous for its cliffs and rocky beaches. Tossa de Mar is home to a famous medieval castle. Figueres is famous for being the birthplace of Salvador Dalí where he created his biggest surrealist work, the Teatre Museu Gala Salvador Dalí.

  • Island of Mallorca

    Mallorca offers a unique combination of culture, nature, and nightlife. It lies in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of mainland Spain and is one of Europe’s most fashionable holiday destinations due to its historical and cultural richness as well as its beautiful beaches.

  • Sitges

    The coastal town of Sitges, by the southern coast of Barcelona, is renowned for its beaches, cultural heritage, Cinema Festival, Carnival, and nightlife. In the late 19th century the town became the focal point for modernist artists (writers, musicians, critics, sculptors, and painters) and was defined as ‘The Mecca of Modernism’.

API students in Barcelona can choose from three different housing options. Students may choose to live with a host family, in a student apartment, or in a student dormitory. Internet access is included in all three options.

Students who choose to live with families share a double room with a fellow API student and be provided with 2 meals per day and laundry service. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.

API apartments in Barcelona generally have 2-4 bedrooms (the majority of which are double-rooms) with a shared kitchen, common area, and bathrooms. Apartments are located throughout the center of Barcelona and tend to be 30-45 minutes from the universities. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.

Students who would prefer apartment-style living alongside other Spanish and American students would enjoy API’s dorm/residence hall option. The student dorm has both single and double-room options, with a shared kitchen and private bathroom. Internet access is guaranteed in all rooms. This option carries an additional fee.

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Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 1 May 30, 2019 - Jul 17, 2019 $5,480 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 10, 2019