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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Fall-Winter, Spring, Summer, Winter, Winter-Spring
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter-Spring 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Winter 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2022 02/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2022 04/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Program Description:

Program Overview ALBA Barcelona

ALBA is in Barcelona, one of Europe's most dynamic, culturally diverse cities.  Living and studying abroad with ALBA in Barcelona offers students the unique privilege of experiencing both Spanish and Catalan cultures as well as other surrounding European cultures. Barcelona has an incredibly interesting history spanning back to the Romans and its impressive, rich history, culture and medieval and Modernist architecture surround you at all times.  Located right on the Mediterranean Sea and just 100 miles south of the Pyrenees Mountains that border with France, Barcelona is a just short journey to nearly every major European city for independent travel on weekends and before and/or after the ALBA program.

Program Focus

ALBA Study Abroad is ideal for undergraduate students of international business, finance, economics, Spanish language & culture, communications, political science, sociology, art, architecture, history and other liberal arts courses.  Classes have many professor-led field trips and field studies components for maximized contextual learning.  While Barcelona is a great place for Spanish language and culture immersion, Spanish language is not a requirement for the ALBA program and all elective courses (excepting Spanish language, of course) are taught in English by local professors at our private ALBA facilities.

Most students take two elective classes (five quarter credits each) and one Spanish language class (six quarter credits) for a total of 16 quarter credits although you may take up to a maximum of 21 quarter credits.  Classes are held at the ALBA facilities in the Barrio Gótico, Monday to Thursday, leaving Fridays and weekends for independent travel and ALBA excursions (on Fridays. Optional and encouraged).  ALBA is a smaller, more personalized program with a wide range of academics, professional and cultural opportunities and the flexibility to meet individual needs.  All PSU sophomores, juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply.

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Program Provider ALBA
Program Dates Current ALBA Calendar

Fall Semester with ALBA = Fall Quarter at PSU
Spring Semester with ALBA = Winter & Spring Quarters at PSU
Areas of Study Explore the courses offered on this program

This program is a good fit for the following majors:
  • Architecture
  • Art 
  • Communications 
  • Economics
  • European Studies
  • Film and Literature 
  • Finance 
  • Foreign Languages (Spanish)
  • Geography
  • History
  • Humanities
  • International Business 
  • International Studies
  • Internships in all areas 
  • Political Science
  • Social Science
Credits 5 - 6 quarter credits per course
Capstone Option Reporting Live Capstone available during Fall & Spring Quarters
Language of Instruction  English, Spanish
Host Country Language  Spanish
Housing Dormitory, Homestay, Apartment
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.50

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Language Requirement No previous language study required
Program Fee Click here to view the ALBA Program Fee

*PSU Students receive an automatic tuition reduction of $3,000 for winter and/or spring term and a $2,000 automatic tuition reduction for fall. As of now the fall term program cost is listed as $1,000 less than the winter and spring terms, so all terms end up being the same price. However, summer has a $1,000 reduction and has a different price point than the regular academic year program terms.
PSU Fees Click here to view PSU Fees

Application Fee:
All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will
be assessed to the students' account.