Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Spring 2024
  • Fall 2024
  • Academic Year 2024-25
  • Spring 2025


Kristen Grace

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

Off-campus partner:

Consortium for Advanced Studies (CASA)


CASA Barcelona


This program is designed for students with advanced Spanish or Catalan in any field of study

Early deadlines for Fall/Year and Spring

Opportunity Description

The CASA Barcelona program offers a full-immersion learning experience in one of the leading cities of the world. Students are immersed in the local university environment and take most of their courses at one or more of CASA's partner universities: the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). Comprehensive student services support the academic and social experience.

What is unique about this program?

The Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA) is a collaborative initiative involving several U.S. universities: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, the University of Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt. Each CASA member institution reserves the right to participate in a given CASA Divisional Program. 
Long considered Spain’s most progressive city, Barcelona is proud of its well-established reputation as a center of political, social and cultural activism. This activism is not only apparent in its approach to intellectual life, but also in the visual arts and architecture. Gaudí, Miró and Tàpies are among the many internationally renowned figures who have called this city home. As a crossroads of Roman, Visigoth and Islamic civilizations, Barcelona is justifiably proud of its past. At the same time, its progressive spirit has made it one of the most modern and cosmopolitan cities in the world. Students who wish to learn about the contemporary political, social, cultural, linguistic, and economic challenges facing Spain and Europe will find Barcelona to be an ideal venue for study. 

Barcelona is not the preferred destination for language study, though students who make the effort will find that they can advance both their Spanish and pick up Catalan on the way.

Academic Calendar

Approximate dates are provided based on past programs; students should expect them to vary by year. Please refer to the program calendar for more specific information about program dates. 

Fall: Late August - Late December
Spring: Early January - Late June (early exams are possible in many courses)


CASA students have an individual room with a private bath. The single rooms open up to a common living room and kitchen that CASA students share with flatmates (Spanish or other international students), creating an apartment like atmosphere. English is frequently spoken at the residence, but CASA attempts to intermix CASA students with other students attending the local universities.

On-Site Support

Consortium operations in Barcelona are managed by a resident director and program coordinators who coordinate orientation, advising, Center classes and housing. 

Things to Consider Before Applying

  • Review the information on the Education Abroad Office’s Get Started page for important considerations on academics and finances, and a guide to next steps
  • Find answers on the Education Abroad FAQ and resource pages for Cornell study abroad policy, health, and safety updates
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How do I apply?

  • Everything you need for Cornell approval and for admission to the program is handled through the Cornell application using the green "Apply" button below
  • Completed applications are reviewed early after the relevant transcripts are available* and again at the program application deadline.  *Completed applications include the most recent spring transcript for the following spring study abroad and the fall transcript for fall/year abroad
  • After admission, students submit application information via the program portal