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Education Abroad Office

Institute for American Universities (IAU)

Area: Global Direct
Location: Barcelona
Country: Spain
Term: Spring, Fall, Academic Year, Summer

IAU offers a semester-long study abroad program in the vibrant city of Barcelona, Spain, during which students can take classes, participate in internships and service-learning programs, and immerse themselves in this lively cultural capital. Building on IAU's history as a study abroad school in the Mediterranean Basin, IAU's Barcelona semester program uses its site-specificity and influences of the Spanish and Catalan to aid students in delving deeper into Mediterranean and European cultures. Over the years, IAU has modified and enhanced its study abroad programs and curriculum to meet the needs of the students it serves. IAU's courses are rigorous and unique, incoporating region-specific content and experiences.

Cost: IAU tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: minimum 3.0 GPA

Students will pay IAU directly for the program fee. This program fee will include tuition, housing, daily breakfast/dinner (homestays only), activity fee, textbook rental, orientation, health, liability and repatriation insurance, excursions, and scheduled cultural activities. Additional student costs include round-trip airfare, lunches, and personal expenses. There are many IAU scholarships that you can apply for to help offset these costs.

UofSC students will receive the following automatic discounts for IAU programs:

  • SEMESTER PROGRAMS: 22% off tuition (except Tangier, Morocco program: 10% off tuition)
  • SUMMER PROGRAMS: 15% off tuition
  • VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES/INTERNSHIPS: 20% off tuition (semester, summer) 

UofSC students who receive Federal Pell Grants will receive the following automatic discounts:

  • PELL GRANT MATCH PROGRAM - This is intended for students who participate in a semester or year-long program (must be in-person; excludes virtual experiences). IAU will match student’s Pell award up to the maximum semester equivalent. The minimum award that a student can receive is equal to 25% of tuition. Students who receive the full Pell semester award will receive an exact match from IAU in the form of a grant.
  • GO BEYOND GRANT - This grant is intended for Pell-eligible students participating in a short-term program (summer, January Term) or virtual experience (semester, summer). The awards are as follows:
    • SUMMER PROGRAMS: 25% off tuition
    • JANUARY TERM PROGRAMS: 25% off tuition
    • VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES (semester, summer): 25% off tuition

In addition to the large number of courses being offered at the IAU Barcelona campus, students can participate in the direct-enroll program with Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, and Universitat Pompeu Fabre. Students may also elect to do a hybrid program, taking courses with both IAU and one of the partner schools in Barcelona. IAU Barcelona also benefits from a very close relationship with the Seminari where students have access to classrooms, two libraries - with thousands of volumes in Spanish, Catalan, and English - and a language partner program. Academic programs include Spanish language immersion, Spanish honors, humanities and social sciences, business, and internship offerings.

Semester courses can be found HERE.

Summer courses can be found HERE.

To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

Students will engage in daily classes which are enhanced by local field studies tours around Barcelona and Catalunya. The Barcelona semester program includes activities that integrate Spanish cuisine, music, dancing, language and culture. Students meet daily with teachers, local artists and scholars. Study tours may include: Montjuic, Parc Güell, Center for Contemporary Culture, MACBA (Modern Art Museum), The Gothic Quarter, The Born District, Museum of the History of Barcelona, Picasso Museum, and the Sagrada Familia Basilica. Trips in the region may include: Costa Brava, Cadeques, Sitges, Tossa del Mar, or Figueres.

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details.

Students will have the option to be housed in shared homestays with Spanish families, which include daily breakfast and dinner, or in shared apartments, where students will be responsible for their own meals. Students will be placed together and may request roommates on the housing application form.

IAU's semester dates line up with UofSC's academic calendar so the Fall term runs from late August to mid-December, and the Spring semester runs from mid January to early May. There are three different session times for summer programs.

There will be a mandatory two day orientation for all students after your arrival date and before classes officially begin. Orientation dates are listed on the calendar for each semester.

Semester and academic-year students will need a Student Visa to study in Spain. All visa processes go through the Spanish Consulate. To find out which consulate you will visit to apply for your visa, please refer to the Spanish embassy website. IAU will provide the necessary documentation needed to prove you will be a student abroad, but the remaining application and materials are the responsibility of the student.

Students are required to obtain a Spanish visa if you are studying abroad for more than 3 months. Students must appear in person at the Spanish consulate or embassy. The Spanish consulate in Miami, FL is the closest consulate to South Carolina. Planning ahead is vital. Please contact the Education Abroad Office for information on the Spanish visa process.

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