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Institute for American Universities, Barcelona

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About the University 🏫

The Institute for American Universities was founded in 1957, and is one of Europe's oldest universities based on the American system. The university is known for being one of the largest study abroad programme provider. You can also study abroad at IAU campus in Madrid.

The Institute for American Universities specializes in humanities, social studies, business and arts. The courses are taught in English, as the vast majority of the students are Americans. In addition, many international students from all over the world are coming each semester to study at IAU.

The teaching takes place in smaller classes which means that your learning is in focus. Furthermore, an important and interesting detail for many students is that IAU incorporates field tours into their study program, which is well organized by the lecturers.

IAUs campus in Barcelona is centrally located in the downtown Plaça de Catalunya area, near a metro stop, Las Ramblas, the Gothic quarter and many of Barcelona's famous attractions. The facilities are completely renovated to adapt the necessities and needs of students in the 21st century.

About the city 🌇

Be lying in northeastern Spain on the Mediterranean coast, you will find one of Europe's oldest cities, Barcelona. Yet it boasts cutting-edge style, exquisite food and culture, as well as some of the most stunning modernist architectures in the world. No other city in the world looks like Barcelona. Staying abroad in Barcelona will forever change your perception of the world around you.

Barcelona's architecture ranges from medieval to surreal. From the centuries-old Gothic Quarter to the sophisticated, tree-lined boulevards of the Eixample district, Barcelona's architecture is from a variety of styles and eras.

Barcelona's landscape was forever changed by the Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, he built a series of modernist parks and buildings that, although built over a century ago, look surreal and futuristic, even by today's standards. Gaudí built the majestic Sagrada Familia Cathedral as well as Parc Güell - a true wonderland with gardens, mosaics, winding park benches, hidden paths and whimsical cottages that look like something from an adventure.

But don't worry, if you're not interested in art and architecture, there are still plenty of experiences. When the weather is warm, the Olympic Village or the beach is always a sure winner. Experience the local football team, Barça, in a match at the Camp Nou, or take a bite outside at one of the city's many tapas bars. Barcelona's fast and efficient public transport system makes it easy for you to explore every corner of this amazing city.

Housing Opportunities🏫


In the total cost of reading at The Institute for American Universities, homestay is included. Students are given accommodation with a Spanish host family. Living in a Spanish home is an ideal option for those who want to be introduced to Spanish life. The families are carefully selected host families and have many years of experience hosting international students.

Each student get their own room with the family. In addition, breakfast and further 6 meals a week are served by the family. For lunch, which you take of yourself, there are countless affordable cafes, brasseries as well as small sandwich and grocery stores with a wide selection. It is also possible to visit the many food markets around the city.

Not only are you provided with weekly cleaning of your room, you'll also get a bed, linen, pillow and blankets included. However, you must bring your own towels. You have access to one piece of laundry in the machine per week. If there is an interest in being placed with a fellow student with a family, this is also possible if you apply for it.

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Admission Requirements for Fulltime Degrees

Here is a description of the most important information for your study abroad. Rememeber, single semester study abroad (exchange) have often lower entry requirements and different course catalogues. Contact your advisor to hear about stipends, entry requirements, tuitions fees, course descriptions and more.
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What is the tuition and requirements for study abroad (exchange) students?

The study abroad (exchange student) programme will often have a different tuition fee and lower entry requirements. In addition, there might be a specific course catalog for study abroad exchange students. Book a call with a Uniclub advisor who will present you the requirements for single semester study abroad students, and how to navigate within the course catalog.

Additionally, you might be able to get exempt from taking a TOEFL or IELTS test as a study abroad (exchange) student. A Uniclub advisor will advise you on which universities have more flexbile English proficiency requirements.

What are the Semester Start Dates?

Institute for American Universities uses a semester system for both full-degree students and semester abroad students studying to receive credit towards their home degree system. The semester system is equivalent in course load and duration to a three-trimester system. Students can start their studies in January, June or September.

See more about Institute for American Universities important dates in the academic calendar.

What are the Entry Requirements?

To apply for courses and programmes at Institute for American Universities, you must meet the general and specific entry requirements.

Documents required from students to apply to Institute for American Universities are:

  • Official copies of secondary school transcripts showing courses taken throughout the year and grades received (English version of the document)
  • Award Certificates
  • Passport
  • Evidence of English proficiency if you are a non-native English-speaking student.

See more about the entry requirements at Institute for American Universities.

What are the English Requirements?

The English requirements to get admitted to Institute for American Universities in Barcelona can be sufficed in several ways. Below are the options for students to prove their English proficiency:

You will be able to provide evidence of your English language skills if you have:

  • completed an English language test such as IELTS, Pearson, TOEFL or Cambridge
  • completed some types of university (tertiary) or high-school (secondary) studies taught in English

See more about the English requirements at Institute for American Universities.

What are the Tuition Fees?

Tuition fees for international students at Institute for American Universities vary depending on the course you choose. The tuition fee at Institute for American Universities ranges from 16.900 EUR to 17.900 EUR per year for international students.

The tuition fee for a study abroad semester at Institute for American Universities for 4 units which equals to 30 ECTS is approx. 8636 EUR.

See more about Institute for American Universities tuition fees for international students.

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Let your favorite experienced advisor help you through your Study Abroad planning, whether it is a full degree or just a semester to enjoy abroad.
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How it works

First, choose a destination

That's probably the hardest part. Are you looking for something specific, within your budget or a prestigious university that suits your field of interest? It's your choice.

Next, apply and upload your documents

You'll find the apply button on each university page. Once you have applied, you will receive the link to your application portal by mail. In there, you will be able to manage your application and communicate with us.

and... accept the offer!

If you're lucky, there's an offer waiting for you at the University. We'll even make sure you have your insurances are in order and all the nitty gritty details.

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Your friends and family may also want to experience the thrill of studying abroad. We'll do our best to help them too. Ask us what the rewards are!

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I was looking for a freemover stay abroad through Uniclub and I got some of the best service I have experienced. They took care of all the practicalities, and removed almost all the hassle of work it can be to apply for an exchange stay.

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I have just returned from my exchange stay in Ireland, which would not have been possible if it were not for Uniclub. If you are looking for an exchange as a freemover, then I can not recommend UniClub enough!

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