Semester Study Abroad in Spain
Our faculty-led semester study abroad program allows School of Architecture students to experience the life, culture and industry of Spain.
Centered in Barcelona, the program offers courses in contemporary design, construction and planning. Rich in historic sites, Barcelona also offers a large number of contemporary buildings that merit study. You’ll engage Spanish art and history in your studies while exploring one of the world’s cultural capitals.
This semester study abroad programs are offered during the fall and spring semester. More details are available in the Education Abroad Portal.
About the Program
Located in the Spanish region of Catalunya, Barcelona is an exciting city with a long history of innovation in building construction and design. The semester-long programs provide students an opportunity to explore the region while taking courses satisfying undergraduate and graduate curriculum requirements.
Areas of Emphasis
- Contemporary design
- Construction and planning
- Cultural immersion
Fall and Spring Curriculum
All students are required to take a total 12-credit hours to participate in this program. Students should meet with their academic advisors to ensure they meet eligibility requirements and that the courses are degree applicable.
- CARC 301 — Field Studies in Design Innovation | 6 credits
- CARC 311 — Field Studies in Design Communication | 3 credits
- CARC 331 — Field Studies in Design Philosophy | 3 credits
- CARC 485 — Directed Studies | 1–6 credits*
- CARC 685 — Directed Studies | 1–6 credits*
* This course requires faculty approval for enrollment.
FAQ about Semester Study Abroad
What are the eligibility requirements?
- Open to construction science majors who are admitted into upper-level construction science courses at the time of departure
- 2.5 cumulative GPA at time of application and until program start
- Good standing with Texas A&M University
- Must attend all program meetings
- Professor approval
How do I enroll in a study abroad semester?
Start your study abroad journey in the education abroad portal.
Does this satisfy the School of Architecture’s semester away requirement?
The fall and spring semester programs satisfy the school’s semester away requirement. The summer I and summer II programs satisfy this requirement for university studies students only.
How long is the program?
The semester study abroad program spans a regular A&M semester.
Will this delay my degree plan?
No. The program allows you to complete the same coursework offered at the Texas A&M campus. Many of our students actually graduate a semester early by taking advantage of the study abroad program.
How much does it cost?
Visit the education abroad portal for information about the trip’s costs and funding.
What will I do during my study abroad semester?
The program is centered on living in Barcelona, Spain. You’ll complete courses in design, planning and construction, as well as visit notable sites throughout the region during your stay.
Who will I stay with?
Accommodations are in student dormitory facilities in the city or apartments equipped with cooking facilities.
What if I don’t speak Spanish?
Spanish language instruction is part of the curriculum, though courses are taught in English.
Are there COVID-19 traveling restrictions?
As of October 29, there are delays in passport processing due to COVID-19. Students should apply for their passports at least three months in advance to allow for adequate processing time. Students are required to be completely vaccinated to participate in the program.