Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad - Barcelona

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Study abroad on a Harvard-affiliated program that enrolls you directly in regular university courses at the Universitat de Barcelona, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and the Universitat Politècnica de Cataluña along with regularly enrolled Spanish university students. The Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad - Barcelona (CASA Barcelona), administered by Brown University, allows undergraduate students from Consortium schools (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, U. of Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt) with advanced Spanish language proficiency to study and live with Spanish and international students. At the CASA Barcelona Center, core and content courses are offered to support, guide, and enhance the students’ coursework at the Spanish universities. These Consortium courses are taught by the Faculty-in-Residence, the Resident Director, and Spanish and Catalan language instructors. 

Barcelona is a bilingual city, and so you will have the opportunity not only to improve your fluency in Castilian Spanish but also to gain a working knowledge of Catalan. The program is delivered in Spanish. Single semester students who arrive with proficient oral and written skills in Catalan and full-year students who have acquired Catalan proficiency during the fall term may have the option to pursue content courses in Catalan.

For more information on this program, consult the CASA Barcelona program webpage and the CASA Barcelona Student Handbook.

Prerequisites: Five semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent proficiency; minimum gpa of 3.0

To Apply: Submit the CASA Barcelona Program Application with all supplemental materials to the Office of International Education by the appropriate deadline. After the application deadline the OIE will contact you to schedule a Spanish language assessment interview at the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

The CASA Barcelona Program has its own Harvard application and early deadlines:

March 1 for Fall Term or Academic Year 
September 21 for Spring Term 

Program Application Materials:

  1. The CASA - Barcelona Program Application
  2. Statement of Purpose
  3. Letter of recommendation from an FAS faculty member (sealed)
  4. Copy of Harvard Student Record 

Remember to Apply for Transfer Credit:
March 1 for Fall Term Abroad;
October 1 for Spring Term Abroad