This program accommodates students of various levels of Spanish proficiency who would like to take Spanish language in addition to a variety of elective courses.
Barcelona (population 1.5 million) is the heart and the capital of the region of Catalonia in the northeast corner of Spain. The origin of this Mediterranean city goes back more than 2,500 years - ruled by Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Franks until it finally became part of the Spanish empire in the 17th century.
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) is one of the newest public universities in Spain. The UPF was founded in 1990 as an act of the Catalan Parliament and currently has 8,162 students enrolled in fields ranging from experimental, health and life sciences to human and social sciences and technical studies.
ISA housing is either within walking distance or conveniently located near public transit routes. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between 15 and 40 minutes depending on housing and class locations. Homestays are the norm for Spain, and are required by Ohio State for students participating on ISA programs. ISA participants living in homestays will be provided with two meals per day (except on ISA excursion days) and laundry service once per week for the official duration of the program. This is included in the ISA program cost. Students usually share a bedroom with another ISA student, but have the option of paying extra to secure an individual room.
Education Abroad Coordinator
Courses and Credits
Please be aware of the following policies and norms when participating in ISA programs:
- All coursework will be completed for graded Ohio State credit
- GPA & OSU course prerequisites determine eligibility; refer to the eligibility section.
- All students must take a Spanish language placement exam upon arrival. Level of testing placement and course enrollment are not guaranteed.
- Course offerings and equivalencies are subject to change based on student interest and university availability.
- Course work in other subject areas, in both Spanish and English, may be available. Courses must be pre-approved by the appropriate Ohio State academic department via the credit evaluation process.
- Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Specific registration instructions will be provided in the OIA letter of acceptance.
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese has reviewed and pre-approved specific courses for this program. Schedule an appointment with Jessica Gatts (614-292-8485) to:
- Consult your major advisor regarding course selection and complete the credit evaluation process with the appropriate academic department(s).
- Students who wish to earn GE level Spanish credit (SPAN 1101, 1102, 1103 and 2000 level GE courses taught in English) may consult with Jessica Gatts(.7)
- Send page 4 of the ISA application to Jenny Kraft (.51) to obtain a signature.
You must complete these steps PRIOR to submitting the ISA application.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program students must have completed 4 semesters on campus by the time of participation, have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, 3.0 in Spanish language course work and successfully complete the appropriate Spanish course prerequisite:
High Beginning level: Spanish 1101.01;
Intermediate level: Spanish 1102.01;
High Intermediate level: Spanish 1103.01;
Advanced/Superior level: Spanish 3450
Additionally, applicants must meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements
and Conditions for Participation
. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications:
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
-Both must be submitted by the Ohio State application deadline.
-An academic reference is required in order for your OIA application to be considered complete.
-ISA requires all applicants to submit a non- refundable deposit of $95 at the time of application.
-Students are required to obtain approval from Ohio State via completion of page 4 of the ISA application (please see "courses and credits" section for additional information) before starting an ISA application.
: All elements of the ISA application must be completed by the Ohio State deadline (2/1). This includes the online application, application supplement (page 4), official Ohio State transcript, service learning supplement page (if applicable) and resume (if applicable). Students are advised to order an electronic copy of their transcript and request it to be emailed directly to their ISA Program Manager. Online order requests may be completed on Buckeyelink under "Academics and Records."
Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov
Students will pay the ISA program fee (minus a $200 discount given to OSU students) and International insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2019. The program fee includes an in-country tuition, lodging with a host family, most meals, on-site orientation and some excursions.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy
Students should begin researching funding opportunities
before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships
deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.
Please review ISA's scholarship page
for additional funding opportunities.
Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed. After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
Thursday, January 18, 1 - 2 p.m.
160, Enarson Classroom Building
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov
(travel advisories/country specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel
(pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria
, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.