North Central College - Naperville, IL


Barcelona International College

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

University of Barcelona

Fall Term


Program OverviewParc Guell

This program offers students three options in Barcelona: at Barcelona International College (BIC), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) or University of Barcelona (UB). All three  programs offer intensive Spanish language study, along with elective courses taught in English. The electives at UAB focus on business and Barcelona-related humanities courses; courses at UB focus on Spanish culture and history, allowing students to have the full immersion experience. Students in any program mingle with other local and international students on campus, enjoying extensive support services and planned activities.

Barcelona International College website

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona website

University of Barcelona website




Junior or senior standing; GPA 3.0 preferred.



Students earn 12-15 credits depending on course load and length of stay. All grades earned abroad affect students North Central College GPA when transferred back. Students cannot take courses pass/fail. Students take a Spanish language placement exam, once they arrive in Barcelona, to determine their Spanish study level.

Barcelona International College (BIC):  great option for 200-level students who intend on taking content and elective courses in English. Spanish language classes are taught in Spanish.

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB):  great option for 200-300-level students who intend on taking content courses in English or Spanish. Spanish content and elective courses are taught to accommodate those non-native Spanish speakers.

University of Barcelona (UB): great option for those upper level Spanish students who are very comfortable and confident in their Spanish speaking and writing abilities. This is a great option for heritage speakers, or students who speak Spanish at home, and who are comfortable taking all classes taught in the Spanish language with all native Spanish speakers. Course content and language courses are not accommodated to meet the needs of students learning Spanish as a second language.


Note:  Students must have courses pre-approved by North Central College prior to taking them abroad. If students change their course schedules while abroad, they must get this change approved. Some departments only permit students to take a certain number of courses that count toward their major abroad; by getting all courses pre-approved, this ensures that these courses will count towards their degrees.


Housing and MealsBarcelona Futbol

Students live with a host family in Barcelona. Students may live with their host family by themselves or with another international student.

Meals:  meals are included in the program fee and students have two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) provided by their host family.



Estimated Costs

Students in Direct Enrollment programs (i.e. Barcelona) pay North Central College tuition plus a $3,500 program fee. This fee includes placement, orientation and guidance fees, as well as standard self-catered housing. The College selects accommodations; if students choose to upgrade, they are responsible for paying any difference in cost. Unless otherwise noted, the fee does not include airfare, travel to and from airport, meals, visa fees, departure tax, books, national insurance, personal travel or spending money. North Central College financial aid does apply.



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