All students complete a combination of courses offered through CASA-Barcelona and its local partner universities, until they reach a total of 27-30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) per semester. Classes are organized as follows:

Language and Culture Pro-seminar

6 ECTS credits (60 teaching hours)

The Pro-seminar is an intensive course that aims to facilitate the knowledge and adaptation of students to the local environs. It consists of four clearly-defined modules and complementary activities integrated into its curricular program. The four modules are: an Academic Spanish module (writing); an introductory Catalan module; a History, Culture and Identity of Catalonia module (that includes relevant academic and cultural activities throughout the semester); and a research project during the semester. Part of the course takes place during the first three weeks of the program, with the rest of the activities organized throughout the semester.

Complementary activities integrated in the Pro-seminar include:

  • Guided tours of the city, coordinated with the history and culture module program
  • Study trips, visits to museums, and workshops throughout the semester
  • Conferences led by specialists, focused on topics related to Catalan and Spanish society and culture

Students will be evaluated through continuous assessment, consisting of ongoing assignments and final exams.

CASA-Barcelona Course

6 ECTS credits (60 teaching hours)

One of program requirement is that all students take a CASA-Barcelona course, which must be chosen from those made available each semester. These courses are taught by the resident director, visiting professors from one of the CASA-Barcelona universities, and professors from local partner universities. Through CASA-Barcelona courses, students acquire a deep understanding of the subject studied and a better knowledge of local, regional and national reality.

Fall 2018 CASA-Barcelona Course Options

Civil War and Historical Memory

Professor: Juanjo Romero (CASA-Barcelona and Universitat de Barcelona)
Hours : Monday and Wednesday 9-11am
Description : The Spanish Civil War (1936) -39) is one of the historical events of the 20th century that has generated a great deal of literature and discussion. Recently, this conflict and its consequences have returned to the forefront, with current debates focused on Historical Memory. Despite the fact that more than half a century has passed since the end of the war, its memory and heritage continue to have a powerful influence on the society, culture and politics of today — an unusual phenomenon in the European and Western context. This course aims for the student to participate in this debate as a way of approaching the current reality of Spain and Catalonia and, above all, to understand the value of history and its construction in the formation of a country's political culture. In terms of methodological issues, this course also explores the epistemological difficulties that challenge the social sciences generally in their complex relationship with their subject of study: society.

Examples of courses offered in previous semesters:

  •  Learning from Barcelona: Barcelona in Ten Buildings
  •  Barcelona: The Cinematic City
  •  Discovering the Past: Introduction to Archeology
  •  Migrations in Spain: Society, Economy and Dynamics of Migratory Flows
  •  The Civil War and Historical Memory
  •  History of Spanish Cinema
  •  Unequal Experiences: Lives of Women in the History of Spain
  •  Spain and its Revolutions (1808 - the decade of the eighties)
  •  The City and Modernity: the Barcelona of Gaudí
  •  Literature and Cinema in Current Catalonia: The Return to Reality
  •  Migration, Politics and Identity in Modern Catalonia
  •  Theater Nights in Barcelona: City and Dramatic Recreation
  •  All films: Cinema in Spain, 1950 - 2008
  •  Cities and Identities: Urban Narratives and Collective Identities in the Global Context
  •  Violence in the History of Catalonia and Spain
  •  Beyond the Utopia. The Coexistence of Jews, Christians and Muslims in the History of the Iberian Peninsula (8th-17th Centuries)
  •  Art and Utopia in Modern Barcelona
  •  Travel Literature in Catalonia
  •  European Barcelona: the Barcelona of 1714
  •  Encounters with Catalan Culture
  •  Technology, Digital Cities and the Urban Experience: Barcelona Smart City
  •  Transatlantic Literature of the 21st century
  •  Modern Art in Barcelona: From Gaudí to Tàpies

Partner University Courses

15-18 ECTS credits

Students complete the rest of their courses at local universities, which offer a wide range of subjects taught in Spanish and/or Catalan. Normally, 15-18 ECTS corresponds to three university courses. Students can take these courses at one or more of the following universities:

It is very important that students check with their home institution, both before coming to Barcelona and during the registration process, to ascertain how many university courses/ECTS credits they must complete in Barcelona. They should also confirm that they will get credit at their home university for the chosen courses.

University Course Options

The selection of available courses at local universities depends on the semester, since in some cases there is no overlap between the semester in the U.S. and the semester of the local universities. Only full-year students will have the option to choose courses at all the universities in any of the semesters.

University Fall Spring Full Year
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) P Y Y
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) Y N Y
University of Barcelona (UB) P Y Y
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) P Y Y

Y = May attend all available courses; P = Limited availability and subject to course schedule; N = Courses not available

Fall semester students can take any available courses at the UPF and certain courses, but not all, from the UAB, the UPC and the UB. For these three universities, prior approval of the corresponding course teacher is required. Students in the Spring semester must choose courses from the UAB, the UPC, and the UB.

Also, after consulting with CASA and Barcelona Group advisors, students may have the opportunity to attend Master courses at the four universities. In this case, each student should also consult with their advisor.

Pre-selection of Classes

Students must make a pre-selection of classes before their arrival in Barcelona. To complete the pre-selection, students need to consult the courses offerings on the web page of each of the local universities. It is recommended that students read all of the information in the following sections before determining which courses they want to take.

To help students with the selection of subjects, everyone will have at least one academic counseling session with the CASA-Barcelona team. This session will take place once the students have arrived in the city, before the beginning of classes at the universities.

Course Offerings

How to Search Course Offerings
  • Although the table below reflects offerings in the current academic year, it serves as a guide to course options for the folllowing year.
  • It is important to first check the semester, the language in which the course is taught, and also the weekly schedule of the course.
  • Links that contain the most complete information of the subjects are in Catalan. It is recommended that students consult these pages and not change the language to Spanish or English, which has more limited information.
  • Course information: 1, 2, 3 and 4 refer to the year of studies. One degree (undergraduate degree) is usually four years. Thus, the courses of the first year (year 1) are for freshmen, those of the second (year 2) for sophomores, those of the third (year 3) for juniors, and those of the fourth (year 4) for seniors.
  • Semesters: Fall = semester 1 or Q1 (quadrimester).  UPC courses also refer to Q3, Q5, or Q7, which refer to the first semester of the second, third and fourth year of studies, respectively. Spring = semester 2 or Q2 (quadrimester). UPC courses also refer to Q4, Q6, or Q8, which refer to the second semester of the second, third and fourth year of studies, respectively.
  • Language: the information regarding the language in which each class is taught is not always available, and varies according to the university and the faculty (school).
  • Schedule: the days of the week in Catalan are: dl = dilluns (Monday), dm = dimarts (Tuesday), dx = dimecres (Wednesday), dj = dijous (Thursday) and dv = divendres (Friday).

CASA's partner universities offer courses in very diverse areas.  Links to the different disciplines of the four local universities can be found in the following table.

Artes aplicadas Bellas artes (con portfolio)
 Ciencias Biología (*) Biología Biología
Ciencias Ambientales Ciencias Ambientales
Biotecnología Biotecnología
Biología Ambiental
Matemáticas Matemáticas Matemáticas
Ciencias sociales Antropología Antropología (*)
Historia Historia
Economía Economía (*) Economía
Educación (*) Empresariales
CC. Políticas CC. Políticas CC. Políticas
Psicología Psicología (*)
Sociología (*) Sociología
Humanidades Humanidades Humanidades
Filología Hispánica (*)
Lengua y Literatura Literatura (*)
Lingüística (*)
Historia del Arte Historia del Arte (*)
Comunicación Audiovisual Audiovisual Audiovisual
Periodismo (*) Comunicación y Cultura
Ingeniería Telecomunicaciones
Arquitectura Arquitectura
When Students Need to Enroll

UBFall students: at the beginning of July, students must inform the CASA-Barcelona program in reference to which facultat (school) of the UB they would like to take at least one of their classes. Enrollment will be completed once they are in Barcelona. There is one exception: if a student wants to take courses at the School of Economics, they have to complete the online registration during the month of July. UB: Spring students: students must inform the CASA-Barcelona program in reference to which facultat (school) of the UB they want to take at least one of their classes at the beginning of December. Enrollment will be completed once they are in Barcelona. There is one exception: if a student wants to take courses at the School of Economics, they have to complete the online registration during the month of November.
UPF:  Fall students who want to choose UPF classes must register online during the month of July. Spring students of the University of Pennsylvania who want to choose UPF classes must register online during the month of November.
UPC and UAB: Enrollments in courses at both universities are made once students arrive in Barcelona.