International Study – Barcelona Program Details

The Barcelona Summer Study Abroad program provides undergraduate students of all disciplines with an opportunity to spend 11 weeks in a vibrant, cosmopolitan, Mediterranean port city while earning 12 hours of GT credit with GT faculty.  More details about the program are provided in each of the following categories…

Join us for an information session with program faculty and alumni to learn more!  Information sessions are generally scheduled throughout the fall semester and January.  For upcoming dates and other details, email barcelona [at] cc [dot] gatech [dot] edu

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The program accepts approximately 60 students for participation each summer – and applications will be reviewed in the order they are received – so we recommend applying early to ensure a spot!  Applications for each summer program are accepted during the preceding September through January or until the program is filled. 

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Barcelona FountainThe summer courses offered through the Barcelona program are open to all majors and are usually taught by 3 to 4 GT faculty, in English, for GT resident credit.  Courses are typically offered in architecture, computer science and urban design, and classes are held at the Universitat Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC).  Additionally, Spanish-language courses are usually offered for GT credit in cooperation with the Merit Language School at UPC; a supplemental Spanish fee may be assessed depending on student interest and enrollment in these courses.  All courses in Barcelona are typically scheduled to avoid any overlap or conflict in students’ selection, and students are expected to register for 12 credit hours for the summer.  Generally the courses fulfill Ethics and Institute Humanities and Social Science requirements as well as computer science major courses and electives.  The courses often draw on interdisciplinary themes and exploit the unique learning setting of Barcelona to optimize students’ academic experience abroad.

Click here for more information on the summer 2015 course offerings in Barcelona.

For more information on how the summer 2015 course offerings fulfill the various CS degree requirements and integrate with the Threads curriculum, click here.

For more information on how the summer 2015 course offerings fulfill the various CM degree requirements and integrate with the Threads curriculum, click here.


Students spending their summer studying in Barcelona can expect to pay an application and program fee, in-state tuition (plus $250 for out-of-state students) and optional group airfare.  These costs are charged and paid through the Bursar’s Office via student accounts.  The program fee generally includes housing, health insurance and transportation to and from the airport in Barcelona.  In addition, students will want some money for daily meals and transportation as well as leisure activities and travel.  Most Georgia Tech financial aid and scholarships are applicable to studying abroad in Barcelona, including HOPE, and additional scholarships are available.

Click here for more information on costs associated with the Barcelona 2015 program.

Please note our cancellation policy: Please note our cancellation policy: the application fee is non-refundable; students cancelling participation prior to March 14th must pay the first program fee payment of $3,300; cancellations after this date will result in forfeiture of all anticipated or paid program fees. Additionally, Georgia Tech reserves the right to alter or cancel this program due to low enrollment, unavailability of a professor to teach a planned course, or other unforeseen circumstances. If Georgia Tech cancels the program before departure for reasons within its control, all fees paid by participants will be refunded. If Georgia Tech cancels the program before departure or while the program is in progress for reasons beyond its control, such as political unrest or danger to participants' safety, only those fees that Georgia Tech is able to have refunded by service providers will be returned to participants.


Students stay at the modern, fully furnished Residencia Onix during their time in Barcelona.  This international student residence boasts a number of amenities including: a 24-hour, English-speaking concierge; Internet access; air-conditioning; weekly room cleaning; and common areas such as a roof-top pool, fitness room, computer lab, and study and reading lounges.  Double rooms with well-equipped in-suite kitchens and bathrooms are included in the program fee; however, single rooms with a shared kitchen may be obtained upon request, subject to availability, and with a supplemental fee.  A housing deposit is usually required prior to check-in at Onix, which is refundable less any damage deductions or replacement charges.

Next Steps

After receiving notice of acceptance to the program, there are important decisions to make, dates to know and meetings to attend.  First and foremost, all students should have a passport or apply for one! 

For more information on what BCN participants need to know once accepted, click here.