Study Abroad Office

Universitat Abat Oliba CEU



Location: Barcelona, Spain, Europe

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program

Language of Instruction: English and/or Spanish

UMSL Term Abroad: Academic Year, Spring

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Academic Year: From early September to early June
Spring Semester: From early-February to early June

Application Deadline: We encourage applicants to this program to apply by the priority deadline. This is a popular location and may be spaces may be alocated by the first deadline. Apple early - your chances of admission are increased by doing so. 

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility RequirementsNo previous knowledge of Spanish is required for English taught courses. 


Subjects Available:

  • Anthropology
  • Business - Accounting
  • Business - Business Administration (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Finance
  • Business - Information Systems
  • Business - International Business
  • Business - Logistics & Operations Management (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Management
  • Business - Marketing
  • Communications (also available at graduate level)
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice (also available at graduate level)
  • Economics
  • Education - Adult & Higher Education
  • Education - Early Childhood Education
  • Education - Elementary Education
  • Education - General Educational Studies
  • Education - Physical Education
  • Education - Special Education
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Languages - French
  • Languages - German
  • Languages - Spanish
  • Media Studies
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law or Law
  • Psychology (also available at graduate level)
  • Sociology
  • Studio Art - Graphic Design
  • Studio Art - Photography
  • Theatre


The University: The Universitat Abat Oliba was formed in 2003 and has graduated over 9,300 students. This small institution hosts approximately 2,000 students annually. 

Academics: UMSL students may participate in the exchange in the above listed subjects. Courses are taught in English and Spanish depending on subject and semester.

Of particular interest may be the Communications program.  The Communications program provides an understanding of the essentials of journalism production, not only in the specific courses imparted throughout the academic program, but from the very beginning through radio, television, photojournalism and digital journalism workshops.  The Abat Oliba CEU University in Barcelona offers an International Degree in Journalism Studies, with 50% of its courses in English. Studying Journalism at the UAO provides an understanding of the essentials of journalism production, not only in the specific courses imparted throughout the academic program, but from the very beginning through radio, television, photojournalism and digital journalism workshops.

Housing: The Abat Oliba CEU University in Barcelona does not have an accommodation office, but they can provide information on local residences. Students typically share apartments and more common housing agencies in the Barcelona area include Barcelona Housing Service for Students and Loquo Barcelona Community.

Activities and Programs:


Location: Barcelona is the second city of Spain, and the capital of the Region of Catalonia. Its location, close to France, has made the Spanish city more opened to European influences. The city's two thousand year history has left its mark in its architectural, artistic and cultural heritage. Its excellent international communications, its Mediterranean climate and its cultural atmosphere make it a privileged city indeed. Barcelona, the southernmost port of Europe, has seen how Romans, Arabs, Christians and other civilizations have left their mark. Streets and squares are full of monuments and sculptures, both classic and Mediterranean, evidence of a great passion for art that makes Barcelona an open-air museum.

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Cost Estimates for 2013-14*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3789.60
Books and course materials $40.00
Mandatory HTH insurance $140.00
Accommodations  $2500.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1350.00
Airfare $1050.00
Local Transportation $275.00
Other $1000.00
Total $10144.60*

Course Equivalencies: 
Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2013/14 rate - 2014/15 tuition rate TBA April 2014. Non-resident fees may apply.
* Costs are based off a four month semester.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.
* Please note that the Spanish government may require students to apply in person for the student visa. This means you must go to the Spanish Consulate in Chicago approximately 1-2 months before departure.