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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UW-Whitewater applicants only
  • This program is not currently accepting applications; however, it may run again in future years. Please use this program search tool or contact the Center for Global Education to learn more about the global experiences programs that are currently available or that may be available in the future.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2023 10/01/2022
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Program Description:

Abat Oliba CEU University

Barcelona, Spain

UW-Whitewater Exchange Program

Abat Oliba Logo

Barcelona Map

Madrid, Spain

Academic Focus
Across the Curriculum
Preference given to Communication and Journalism majors

2.5 GPA

Fall, Spring, Year

Language of Instruction
English, Spanish (previous study of Spanish suggested)

Partner Website
Click Here

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Abat Oliba is a new exchange program offered by UW-Whitewater.  Added in 2015, Abat Oliba gives students the opportunity to study in the metropolitan city of Barcelona, Spain.  Located on the waters of the Mediterranean sea, Barcelona offers students a great balance of big city life and European charm.


Founded in 2003, Abat Oliba CEU University ranks 1st among Catalan, private universities and is regarded as the 3rd best university in Spain for conducting academic research.

The university is focused on creating a community in the full sense of the word.  They endeavor to produce professionals with excellent academic criteria who strive to work for the common good.  Abat Oliba CEU University not only provides students with a strong academic base, but also gives them a foundation that prepares them for professional and personal challenges in the future.

Students of all majors are eligible to participate in this exchange, but most class offerings in English center around communication, journalism, and business.  In addition, Abat Oliba offers beginning Catalan and Spanish language courses at a variety of levels as well as content courses taught in either language.
Barcelona-Parque Guell


Housing for students at Abat Oliba CEU University is off-campus.  The university provides information on different types of accommodation so that students can choose the living arrangement that best matches their needs. 

Abat Oliba recommends using,, and to book apartments and flats for your semester or year exchange programs.  For more information please visit: Abat Oliba CEU University Accommodation Info (Under "Foreign Students").
Abat Oliba CEU Campus

Student Life and Surroundings

Barcelona is Spain's second largest city with 1.6 million residents.  Located on the Mediterranean, Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, an autonomous community of Spain.  This community has two official languages - Spanish and Catalan.  Residents of this region of Spain enjoy a mild, Mediterranean climate which includes humid winters and warm, dry summers.

The city of Barcelona is a hot spot for tourism as the city boasts many artistic and historical sites.  Students can tour 9 different UNESCO world heritage sites such as: Park Guell, Palau Guell, Casa Mila, Casa Vicens, La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, and the Crypt of the Church at Colonia Guell.

Abat Oliba CEU Universtiy is located in the upper area of Barcelona, a district that provides quiet spaces where students can go to study or relax.  Students are also able to learn about the culture and lifestyle in Barcelona with the resources provided by The Barcelona Centre Universitari (BCU).  This service also provides information on accommodation for foreign students.


Cost of Attendance, Financial Aid, and Scholarships

Exchange programs are affordable study abroad options that allow students to pay UW-W tuition while studying abroad.  As with all approved study abroad programs, UW-W financial aid can be used on this program.  Eligible students are encouraged to apply for the Wisconsin Grant for Study Abroad, and UW-W and external study abroad scholarships are available.

UW-W tuition, as well as the Global Experiences Application Fee and CISI international insurance, are billed to the student’s UW-W account.  Other expenses are paid individually (e.g. living expenses) or to the host university (e.g. accommodation).

Estimated Cost of Attendance (per semester)

Billed by UW-Whitewater  
Tuition* 3,800
Application/Administration Fee 225
Contingency Fee 50
CISI Insurance 175
Subtotal $4,250
Additional Estimated Expenses  
Passport and Passport Photos 150
Spanish Student Visa 160
Round-Trip Airfare 1,800
Accommodation** 3,000
Meals 2,000
Books/Supplies  300
Personal/Miscellaneous 1,500
Subtotal $8,910
Total*** $13,160
 *2019-20 UW-W tuition for in-state residents. Non-residents are subject to UW-W non-resident tuition rates.  Tuition rates are subject to change each academic year.
**Accommodation is an estimate; individual options may vary.
***For comparison, the UW-W Financial Aid office estimates the cost of attendance on the UW-W campus for one semester to be $7,400.


Passport and Visa Requirements

Students will need a passport to study abroad that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of their program.  Students must also apply for a student visa to study in Spain prior to arrival.

Key Dates

Term Application
Term Dates
Academic Year April 1 Early September to Mid April
Fall Semester April 1 Early September to Mid December
Spring Semester October 15 Early January to Mid April


Office of Global Experiences
Office: McCutchan 204
Phone: 262-472-5759

UW-W Faculty Exchange Advisor
David Wachanga
Department of Communications
Office: LL 1217F
Tel:   262-472-5457


This program is not currently accepting applications; however, it may run again in future years. Please use this program search tool or contact the Center for Global Education to learn more about the global experiences programs that are currently available or that may be available in the future.