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UVA Architecture: Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester
Restrictions: UVA applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall Semester
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2018 15-FEB-2018 25-FEB-2018 02-SEP-2018 03-DEC-2018
NOTE: Students who are accepted to this program must commit to or decline participation by March 1. Students will need to depart the US September 1 to arrive in Barcelona September 2. Do NOT purchase flight tickets until instructed to do so by the ISO.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
4th year, Graduate student Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language Requirement:
1000 level
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Enrollment Restricted to: School of Architecture Housing: Apartment, Hotel
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty directed
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Margaret Walter
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Architectural History, Architecture, Urban Studies
Program Description:

Urban Design in Barcelona, Spain

Experience the rich architectural and urban design histories of one of Spain’s largest cities. Through coursework, excursions, and daily life, this exciting program provides graduate students an invaluable opportunity to look closely at the critical issues of urbanization, including population densities, environmental impacts, and infrastructural efficacies, affecting the viability of cities in the 21st century.

Well known internationally for its urbanity, Barcelona is a place where architecture profoundly influences each citizen’s quotidian experience. It is a city where architects, designers, and artists have played a central role in shaping the city to support a sense of conviviality between residents and visitors.

The main goal of this program is to dive deep into urban investigation in the laboratory that Barcelona constitutes. Using existing academic and institutional networks, participants will have the chance to access the most exceptional places in the city and personally meet important administrators, planners and designers of Barcelona.

MArch, MLA or dual degree program graduate students will follow the prerequisites set by the curricular sequence of each respective program.
The program has some spots open to undergraduate students with the prerequisite of 3rd year BArch (students must be in their 4th year while on the program).

This series of courses fulfills an equivalent semester for School of Architecture graduate students at UVA School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban and Environmental Planning. These course offerings also fulfill the Urban Design Certificate offered at the School of Architecture. Participants will be considered in an individual basis under the advice and permission of the chair of the department.

Track for design students:
ARCH 4010 or ALAR 7010/8010: Research Studio I/II (6 cr.)
PLAN 5611: Barcelona Urban History (3 cr.)
ARH 5613: A Design Process: Gaudi's Origin & Legacy (3 cr.)
ARCH 5605: Urban Materiality: the Construction of the Public Space (3 cr.)

Track for non-design students:
PLAN 7010: Research Studio I (3 cr.)
PLAN 5611: Barcelona Urban History (3 cr.)
ARH 5613: A Design Process: Gaudi's Origin & Legacy (3 cr.)
ARCH 5605: Urban Materiality: the Construction of the Public Space (3 cr.)
ARH/PLAN 5993: Independent Studies in Architectural History/Applied Independent Study (3 cr.)

Language requirement: During the spring semester (mid-February to early May), interested students are required to take an introduction to Spanish course. More information about this non-credit-bearing, no-fee course will be provided by the School of Architecture. Note that classes begin before students are notified of their acceptance status into the program, so all interested students should plan to attend the initial course meetings.

Participant housing is in shared rooms in a university residence, with kitchen facilities, wi-fi, laundry facilities, and a gym available.

Program Itinerary
Reinforcing the content of the courses, the program will include two types of field trips:
1) Short-duration field trips will include a one-day excursion to visit significant works of architecture located in Barcelona and its environs. In order to make critical connections between varied architectural and urban concepts, additional brief excursions will include neighboring cities of architectural and urban significance.

2) A weekend excursion to Venice, to expand farther and provide an additional notable example of another Mediterranean city and its culture.

Program Director
Manuel Bailo Esteve
Associate Professor

Financial Aid
Students are encouraged to apply for
School of Architecture funding, as well as other applicable scholarships and awards. Review the Scholarships page for additional opportunities.

Passport and Visa Information
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program.  Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will also need a visa to participate in this program; the ISO will provide instructions and some of the required documentation. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.

Accessibility Statement
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.