The MassArt International Exchange Programs are full immersion programs at one of our reciprocal exchange partner host institutions. Students enroll directly in the host institution abroad but pay MassArt tuition and fees. Most forms of financial aid apply, but it is important to check with the financial aid office for more information. Be sure to visit our website for more information on the steps to study abroad.
The University of Barcelona (UB) is centrally located in the Eixample district of Barcelona. Only blocks away from the labyrinthine Gothic Quarter and Antoni Gaudí’s architectural masterwork Casa Batlló, the University of Barcelona campus provides students an inspiring world-class setting. Barcelona’s coastal Mediterranean climate brings dry, hot summers and cool, rainy winters.
2 Copies of Online Application (CAPITAL letters only and signed)
3 passport-sized photos
Proof of Language ( Spanish B1, Catalán A1)
Official Nomination by the IEC
Online Application Form can be found here.
Please note: You may not apply to an outside program until a completed IEC Semester Away Learning Agreement has been submitted to the IEC.
Term 1: September - January
Term 1 Deadline: June 15th
Term 2: February - June
Term 2 Deadline: November 15th
Credit and Classes:
Students on exchange at UB generally take a full semester course load and receive 24-30 ECTS credits (12-15 US credits). Registration begins in-person a few weeks into the semester, when students register for subjects at the secretariat of the appropriate UB faculty or school.
Post-arrival course registration procedures can be found here.
Where students live:
Once accepted to UB, students are expected to make the necessary arrangements for finding their own accommodation. The host institution advises students to seek accommodation through Resa Housing Service, and to consult with the Barcelona University Centre (BCU) for further information about living and studying in Barcelona.
You can find more information about accommodations here.
All students on exchange find accommodation however accommodation is never guaranteed by the host institution and is fully the student’s responsibility.
Costs to Consider:
In addition to paying MassArt tuition and fees, you should consider the additional costs of studying abroad. You are responsible for purchasing plane tickets, housing, health and travel insurance, food, additional local travel and personal expenses. It may be against visa regulations in your study abroad country for you to work. If you are allowed to work, it may be difficult to to find short-term employment. Be prepared!
Price Estimate of basic goods in Barcelona
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This is accurate as of April 5th, 2018 according to the host institution. Be aware that details can change at any time and it's best to get details from the host institution.