Program Details - Barcelona

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.

Join us for an information session with program faculty and alumni to learn more!  Information sessions are generally scheduled throughout the fall semester.  For upcoming dates and other details, email!


The 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.  Although the course offerings vary slightly each summer, they are typically offered in architecture, computer science, and design, and classes are held at the Universitat Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC). 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.

Discover how the summer 2019 course offerings fulfill CS degree requirements and integrate with the CS Threads curriculum and the CM Threads curriculum.


Students spending their summer studying in Barcelona can expect to pay an application and program charge, in-state tuition and optional group airfare.  These costs are charged and paid through the Bursar’s Office via student accounts.  The program fee includes housing, health insurance, transportation to and from the airport in Barcelona (BCN), public transportation in Barcelona, and a few group meals. Students should budget additional money for daily meals, leisure activities, and independent travel. Most Georgia Tech financial aid is applicable to study abroad costs in Barcelona, and scholarships including Zell Miller and HOPE are applicable to summer tuition. Additional scholarships are available. For OIE Resources on Scholarships, click here.

Please note our cancellation policy: the application fee is non-refundable; students cancelling participation prior to March 6th 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 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 valid passport or apply for one!