CONSORTIUM FOR ADVANCED STUDIES IN BARCELONA
What is CASB?
The Consortium for Advanced Studies in Barcelona [CASB], a collaborative initiative involving nine high caliber U.S. universities – Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Duke, Northwestern, Stanford, Cornell, Harvard and Princeton – provides students with a unique opportunity to have direct access to four distinguished Spanish universities. The program capitalizes on the already strong academic linkages existing between the Hispanic Studies departments from each of the U.S. consortium members and their counterparts in Barcelona and fills an important education abroad niche in arguable Spain’s most dynamic and avant garde city.
The Semester/academic year program is designed for students who are looking for serious and rigorous academic study alongside local nationals. Its main objective is to achieve the highest degree of integration of its students into the academic, social and cultural life of the city. The Student Handbook Fall 2013 contains all the necessary information about the structure and contents of the program.
Academic Overview: All students take the required Language and Culture Pro Seminar Course (6 ECTS) at the start of the semester, then one course offered through the Consortium Center (6 ECTS) and 3-4 courses at the Consortium’s partner universities (UAB, UB, UPC and UPF) during the semester. All four universities provide a wealth of courses taught in Castilian Spanish or Catalan.
Internships & Volunteering:
The CASB highly encourages its semester/academic year students to participate in an internship or volunteer program offered through its partner universities or collaboration agreements it has signed with local institutions, including the Consorci d’Educació de Barcelona (the institution that coordinates all public schools in the city) and Serveis Llingüístics of the Universitat de Barcelona (the department responsible for providing the UB community with multilingual language services). Details of the positions available can be found in the following document: Internships & Volunteering
Unlike the semester/academic year program, which is designed for students with advanced Spanish and/or Catalan skills, the CASB Summer Program accommodates students at all language levels, providing a perfect opportunity for everyone to enjoy a unique study abroad experience. Information on the CASB website regarding the Summer Program is also in English.
CASB Fellowship Program:
The CASB Fellowship Program is aimed at research students who are recent doctorate degree holders from the Barcelona Group (BG) – UAB, UB, UPC and UPF – and who wish to carry out post doctoral research in the U.S. The following full-member CASB institutions receive the successful candidates: Brown University, The University of Chicago, Stanford University, Columbia University and Northwestern University. The CASB awards financial aid on a yearly basis to a candidate from each of the four BG member institutions to carry out individual research projects in the aforementioned U.S. universities for a period of between one and four months. + info (In Spanish/Catalan)
Students will provisionally choose the courses they will take at the Consortium’s partner universities prior to their participation on the program. It is important that students work closely with their study abroad and academic advisors during this pre-selection period. Information on courses offered at the four Barcelona partner universities can be found below:
PLEASE NOTE: Check carefully the semester each course is offered and the language of instruction.
UAB: Course schedules are available by clicking on ‘Timetables’ in the right-hand menu on each page. Syllabi are available by clicking on Study Plan in the same menu. Check information is for current academic year.
UB: Course information is only available in Catalan
UPF: Provides limited course descriptions only. Select course and click OK for schedule information.
UPC: Information regarding course offering by semester and language of instruction is not available at this time.
Horari = schedule
Plan Docent = Syllabus
Curs = year; 1er/Primer curs = Freshman year
Q1/1 = Fall semester; Q2/2/3 = Spring semester;
|Social Sciences||Anthropology (*)|
|Political Science||Political Science||Political Science|
|Linguistics (*)||Applied Languages|
|Art History||Art History (*)|
Semester/Academic Year Housing
The CASB has worked closely with its Barcelona partner universities to secure housing in the Residencia Melon District-Marina, an ultra-modern, clean and secure student residence hall which is centrally located.
C/ Sancho de Avila, 22
Tel: 011 34 932 178 812
- All semester-only students are required to live in the CASB assigned housing. CASB students have individual rooms with a private bathroom. The single rooms open up to a common living space and kitchens that CASB students share with 9 flat mates (fellow CASB students, Spanish or other international students), creating an apartment-like atmosphere.
- Each student is required to sign a housing contract in order to secure his/her housing space for the duration of his/her period of study.
- Students will be billed for their housing directly by their respective CASB institution.
- Year-long students may remain at Melon District-Marina or, if they choose, make their own housing arrangements for the spring semester
Summer Program Housing
participating on the Summer Program will be housed in double occupancy rooms at a clean, safe and centrally located student residence hall both in Barcelona and the city chosen as the second location of the program.
Prior to departure
Register with the U.S. Department of State: Before traveling to Barcelona, it is important to register online with the US. Department of State’s Smart Travelers Enrollment Program (STEP): https://step.state.gov/step/
Obtain a comprehensive health plan: All students are required to demonstrate to their home university that they have obtained a comprehensive health plan that will provide coverage for accidents and illnesses, including emergency evacuation and repatriation, for their entire period abroad.
Check the agreements included in your health plan: An existing agreement with a general practitioner, medical center or hospital in Barcelona may mean you will not need to pay for treatment and then request reimbursement. In some cases, the medical center will bill the insurance company directly.
U.S. Consulate in Barcelona
The U.S. Consulate in Barcelona’s web page provides a wealth of useful information and advice to U.S. nationals visiting Barcelona, from how to renew your passport in the event of it being lost or stolen to what to do in an emergency: http://barcelona.usconsulate.gov/citizen-services/emergency-assistance.html Furthermore, the Consulate has prepared the following documents to help U.S. citizens during their stay in Barcelona. Please take time to read these documents before arriving for your period of study abroad:
Health Related Issues: Prescription Medications:
If you require prescription medication, you should bring a supply with you to last the entire duration of your time abroad. Bring medications in your carry-on luggage, in their original prescription bottles, along with a letter from you doctor explaining the dosage, why the medication has been prescribed, and why you are traveling with a large quantity. N.B: It is illegal to ship medications to Spain. Spanish customs authorities are very strict regarding this matter and do not accept any shipments from the U.S. for personal use. Any medications found will be confiscated and a heavy fine may be assessed.
Immunizations: If you plan to travel outside Spain, particularly – given Spain’s proximity – to the continent of Africa, please make sure you have had the necessary immunizations. You can learn about associated health issues through the Center for Disease Control at http://www.cdc.gov/travel
Visiting a medical professional: If you become unwell during your stay in Barcelona, the CASB staff will be on hand to support you and have details of general practitioners, medical centers and hospitals with English-speaking staff. The U.S. Consulate has also complied a list of English speaking medical professionals (.pdf 230kb) within the Barcelona area.
Payment: In most cases, you will be required to pay the medical center for treatment received, and then request a reimbursement from your insurance company. It is a good idea to check before leaving the U.S. if your medical insurance company has existing agreements with medical centers in Barcelona. This may mean the medical center will bill your insurance company directly and you will not have to pay for treatment.
Safety While Abroad
Spain is generally as safe as the U.S., and in some cases safer. As is true of any large city, however, there are problems with petty thievery in Barcelona. You can avoid many problems by being cautious and remembering the important points about staying safe listed below. While crime, most certainly violent crime, is less prevalent in Spain than in similar-sized cities in the U.S., tourists are always a favorite target of criminals, so please be mindful of your surroundings and belongings at all times:
Do not leave you luggage/belongings unattended.
Do not take anything of real or sentimental value with you; it is not necessary to wear expensive jewelry or watches.
Do not carry your passport, plane tickets, credit cards or large sums of money with you unless these items are necessary for a specific purpose.
Keep a photocopy of your passport, including the validity page, with your picture and signature, in a safe place both in the U.S. and in Spain. You can carry another photocopy with you during your time in Spain for identification purposes.
If you go out at night, do not walk home alone. Men and women should observe this precaution. Stay with a friend and take a cab home, all the way to your door.
Do not take a purse with you to a club, unless it is one you can keep with you at all times.
Always carry the CASB emergency contact numbers with you at all times.
Do not give personal information to strangers, or someone you have just met.
If out at night, do not leave drinks unattended.
Emergency Contacts US & Barcelona
If an emergency situation related to your health or safety occurs during the program, it is important to contact the Resident Director and your family at home immediately. Soon after arrival in Barcelona, your program will provide you with instructions for how to contact program staff in case of emergency. As you will be on your own if you travel before and/or after the offical program dates, please make plans and discuss emergency procedures with your family for use at these times.
|CASB Center||(34) 93 542 1487||Brown University||(401) 863 3555|
|CASB Director: office||(34) 93 542 2489||Brown Emergency||(401) 863 4111|
|CASB Director: cell||(34) 608.251.893||University of Chicago||(773) 702 9442|
|US Consulate in Barcelona||(34) 93 280 2227||Chicago Emergency||(773) 612 4680|
|General emergency||112*||Northwestern University||(847) 467 6400|
|Northwestern Emergency||(847) 491 3254|
|* Equivalent of 911 and||Cornell University||(607) 255 6224|
|valid throughout Europe||Cornell Emergency||(607) 255 1111|
|Harvard University||(617) 496 2722|
|Harvard Emergency||(617) 495 5560|
|Princeton University||(609) 258 5524|
|Princeton Emergency||(609) 258 3134|
|Stanford University||(650) 725 0236|
|Stanford Emergency||(650) 723 2300|
|Columbia University||(212) 854 5061|
|Columbia Emergency||(212) 854 2797|
|Duke University||(919) 684 2174|
|Duke Emergency||(919) 684 2444|