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Consortium for Advanced Studies in Barcelona

Stanford's membership in the Consortium for Advanced Studies in Barcelona (CASB), will allow a limited number of Stanford students to spend a semester or a full year in Barcelona. The program is open to all qualified students who have completed two or more years of college-level Spanish language at the time of enrollment. CASB is administered by the Brown University Office of International Programs on behalf of Stanford and six other high caliber U.S. universities (Chicago, Columbia, Northwestern, Cornell, Harvard, and Princeton). Stanford students may apply for one or two of the ten semester slots supported by the Bing Overseas Studies Program and the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages. Students who are accepted for these positions remain enrolled at Stanford while studying at CASB, giving them uninterrupted eligibility for financial aid and allowing their courses and grades to be recorded directly on their transcripts. Stanford campus inquiries can be sent to

This program has many distinctive features. Among these is the large number of courses that students can take in a wide range of disciplines, and in any of Barcelona's four main metropolitan universities. Aside from its cosmopolitanism and Mediterranean style, Barcelona boasts many attractive features: a 2000-year history; its distinct Catalan culture; its proximity to historic sites ranging from the first Greek settlement on the Iberian Peninsula to the remains of what was once the Peninsula's largest Roman city; medieval monuments of the three religious cultures (Christian, Jewish, and Muslim); Europe's highest concentration of art nouveau architecture; and an enticing urban culture that can be explored in historical depth or simply enjoyed in the present.

This program constitutes an excellent introduction to Iberian Studies available through a year-abroad program, with students being able to experience first-hand the coexistence of cultures (both national and religious) that have clashed in the past and must negotiate their relations in the present. The extensive academic offerings in four of Spain's top universities make it possible for students to make steady progress on their majors while perfecting their knowledge of Spanish and picking up the basics of Catalan with little extra effort.

Application Process

Although administered by Brown University, Stanford students apply for the program through BOSP. Stanford students should NOT apply directly to the Brown University Office of International Programs. The Stanford campus application deadline for the Fall Semester and Academic Year 2013-14 is January 27, 2013 at 11:59PM PST. Interested students should stop by the BOSP office for more information or visit the "How do I apply" page to start the application.

Program Summary

Program Location Quarter(s)
Prerequisite(s) Language of Instruction Living Arrangements Enrollment Capacity
Barcelona Fall, Spring and Full year

SPANLANG 13C or 13R required

CATLANG 1A and/or 2A recommended

Catalan, Spanish Dorm 10 (per academic year)


The objective of the Consortium for Advanced Studies in Barcelona is to provide students with a unique opportunity to directly access to four distinguished Spanish universities the "Barcelona Group" (Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) The program capitalizes on the already strong academic linkages existing between the Iberian Studies departments from each of the U.S. Consortium members (Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Northwestern, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford) and their counterparts in Barcelona and fills an important education abroad niche in arguably Spain's most dynamic and avant garde city.

Academic Prerequisites

For Fall and Spring Semester, participants must have completed 13C or 13 R before they participate in the program.

Preference will be given to students who have taken or will take courses in the Catalan language through the Stanford language center (or possibly elsewhere). More than half of classes are taught in Catalan, so taking a course in Catalan can significantly increase a student's preparation and opportunity to take classes in Barcelona, and to achieve a better understanding and awareness of the culture.

Related On-Campus Courses:
CATLANG 1A Accelerated First-Year Catalan, Part 1 (Spring)
CATLANG 2A Accelerated First-Year Catalan, Part 2 (Winter)
COMPLIT 123 The Novel, The World
ILAC 110 Spanish Society in the 21st Century Throughout Film
ILAC 115 A short history of Iberian Cinema (ILAC 315)
ILAC 117N Film, Nation, Latinidad
ILAC 122 Literature and Politics-Two Mediterranean Cases: Catalonia and Italy
ILAC 130 Introduction to Iberia: Cultural Perspectives
ILAC 136 Modern Iberian Literatures
ILAC 157 Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Literatures
ILAC 204 Spanish Nationalist Discourses from Franco to Zapatero: What does 'plural Span' mean?
ILAC 217 Spain & Catalonia face to face. History, Literature and Arts within two European national traditions
ILAC 218 Anticlericalism in the Iberian Novel of the 19th Century
ILAC 225E Theater, Society, and Politics in 20th-Century Spain
ILAC 332 Race and Slavery in Nineteenth Century Spain
ILAC 336 Early 20th Century Iberian Poetry
OSPMADRD 14 Introduction to Spanish Culture
OSPMADRD 41 Dissidence and Continuity: Spanish Theater, 1907 to the Present
OSPMADRD 42 A European Model of Democracy: The Case of Spain
OSPMADRD 48 Spain: A country of New Immigrants
OSPMADRD 54 Contemporary Spanish Economy and the European Union
OSPMADRD 57 Heath Care: A Contrastive Analysis between Spain and the U.S.
OSPMADRD 61 Society and Cultural Change: the Case of Spain
OSPMADRD 71 Sociology of Communication
SIS 183N Stanford Introductory Seminar: Contemporary Spain--the Challenge of Change, from Fascism to Democracy
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