||The Wake Forest Barcelona Program is specifically designed for business, economics, entrepreneurship, and global trade and commerce students, but it also appeals to those students interested in history, political science, and international studies in general. Based at the Autonomous University of Barcelona's Sant Pau Campus (UAB), the program places students the heart of this city of 1.6 million inhabitants. From this central location, students are encouraged to become Barcelonians for a semester and experience everything that makes Barcelona a city of global significance.
For students applying to a fall semester program, there is a priority deadline of January 15. For more information visit the Selection tab above.
||One of the world's most dynamic and vibrant cities, Barcelona offers endless possibilities for cultural, historical and social exploration. From the Roman-era walls of the Gothic Quarter to the Modernista architectural wonders that line the elegant Passeig de Gracia, the city is one of the contrasts which blend effortlessly into a single, beautiful Mediterranean tapestry. With a major port, high speed train station and international airport, Barcelona is the gateway to southern Europe and a hub from which business, economic and entrepreneurial activity thrives.
Students will also have access to the Wake Forest in Barcelona Center where they can meet up with other students on the program, study, have a coffee break or meet with the on-site staff. The WFU Barcelona Center is located at:
Avinguda Diagonal, 343
||A Wake Forest on-site administrator will oversee the program administration and Wake Forest's academic center. Courses are taught at the Autonomous University of Barcelona's City Center Campuses by Autonomous University professors. The courses are primarily taught in English, with no prior knowledge of Spanish required.
Spanish language courses are offered at various levels (beginning-advanced) and students will be required to enroll in at least one course taught in Spanish or Catalan. Students interested in taking a course taught in Spanish (above beginner) will have to take an online placement test prior to arrival. If a student doesn't place into their desired Spanish course then they will be switched into the Introduction to Catalan course.
The Autonomous University of Barcelona uses the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages to help place students in the appropriate level of Spanish.
Courses provide a contemporary perspective on business, economics, entrepreneurship, environmental studies, global trade & commerce studies, international studies, political science, and Spanish language.
Below is a listing of the currently approved courses:
It is the student’s responsibility to speak to their major and minor advisor(s) regarding their abroad coursework and how (or if) it will count towards their degree plan.
NOTE to Global Trade and Commerce Studies Minors:
In many cases, students can complete four courses towards the five required for the Global Trade and Commerce Studies minor.
NOTE to Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise Minors:
Students will be allowed to count 6 ESE credits towards their minor.
NOTE to Political Science Majors and Minors:
A maximum of 9 hours from this program may count toward the major or a maximum of 3 hours from this program may count toward the minor. If 9 hours (or 3 hours for the minor) are counted, no additional domestic transfer credits, AP credits, or courses taken abroad may be used towards the major.
NOTE on Transcripts:
If you are applying for a fall program, you will need to upload your transcript showing your grades from the previous fall. If you are applying for a spring program, you will need to upload your transcript showing grades from the previous spring.
||Accommodation will be provided by the program. You will have the option to live in an apartment, student residence halls or homestay.
||Throughout the semester, students will travel together with the Wake Forest on-site administrator on a variety of excursions, local and throughout Spain. In Barcelona, students will stroll down the beautiful avenue of La Rambla, detour into the city's medieval Gothic Quarter, and visit la Iglesia de la Sagrada Família, Gaudí's masterpiece.
In addition to local excursions, students will also have the opportunity to participate on an international trip provided by the program during the semester. Fall semester students will travel to Portugal. Spring semester students will travel to Morocco.
Students may also travel to Girona, Madrid, Montserrat, Salamanca, Tarragona, and more. Organized outings may include musical performances, art museums, and sporting events, Entertainment and cultural activities within walking distance of Wake Forest academic center include famous sites like the Sagrada Família, La Rambla, La Boqueria, Museu Picasso, Park Guell, Barcelona Zoo, and the Olympic village.
||Most successful applicants have a GPA of 2.75, a strong application and faculty reference provided. If your GPA is lower than 2.75, you are still encouraged to apply and to discuss your application with a study abroad advisor. The admissions committee considers a number of factors into account as well your cumulative GPA.
Students hoping to study on the WFU/Barcelona program for a Fall semester should follow this time:
January 15th: Priority deadline for the WFU/Barcelona program.
Students that complete their application by this date will hear if they have been accepted to the program by January 25th.
Accepted students will then need to commit to the program by February 15th.
March 1st: Final deadline for applications to the WFU/Barcelona program.
Students submitting their application for the second deadline will be admitted as space remains available.
Students hoping to study on the WFU/Barcelona program for a Spring semester should follow this time:
September 25th: Deadline for the WFU/Barcelona Spring program
Students that complete their application by this date will hear if they have been accepted to the program by October 1st.
Accepted students will then need to commit to the program by October 15th.
||Current Wake Forest tuition and room fees, which covers tuition and academic fees, fully furnished housing, orientation, airport pick-up, health insurance, e-mail and Internet access, group activities and excursions, and farewell dinner. Accepted students are eligible for a travel scholarship of $1,500.00 to offset the cost of roundtrip airfare. Visa fees, meals, airfare, personal travel and expenses not included. Students choosing the homestay option may have an additional charge to cover meals included with their housing.
||Federal and institutional financial aid may be used. Additional funding is available through the Center for Global Programs and Studies with over half a million dollars in study abroad scholarships award annually. Detailed information and applications can be found here. Please note scholarship deadlines may be earlier than application deadlines.
Senior Study Abroad Advisor
Center for Global Programs and Studies
Reynolda Hall, Room 116
Phone: (336) 758 6194
Feel free to read through the current version of the program handbook for general program information.
WFU/Barcelona: Pre-departure Handbook