About the University
WKU EXCHANGE: Universitat Abat Oliba CEU (UAO)
The Universitat Abat Oliba was established in 1973 and then became a private university in 2003 under the San Pablo CEU Foundation network. Since that time, the Universitat Abat Oliba has proven itself to be a leading university in Barcelona, Spain, especially in the areas of journalism, communications, and media studies. The university prides itself on the “connection between teachers and students and the establishment of innovative educational methodologies”. Although considered a small university, the Universitat Abat Oliba offers a variety of courses in over 25 areas of study and hosts about 2,000 students annually. This close-knit environment leads to a more personalized, hands-on, and one-on-one experience for those looking to gain more practical experience in the journalism field. The campus is located close to the heart of Barcelona, about 30 minutes away from the international airport.
Barcelona is the capital of the Catalonian region in Spain. With over 1.6 million people, Barcelona is one of the most populous cities in Spain and Europe. Barcelona has a rich history dating back to the Middle Ages when it was founded as a Roman city over 2,000 years ago. Due to its location in Europe bordering France and on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona incorporates many different European influences into this Spanish city. This interesting history is clearly evident in the charming architecture, art, music, and culture of Barcelona. Known for hosting the 1992 Summer Olympics and being a leader in the commerce, fashion, and media industries, Barcelona features accessible shopping, entertainment, cultural experiences, nightlife, and public transportation. Visitors can easily travel to other popular destinations across Europe from Barcelona’s international airport and railway system.
Journalism courses at the Universitat Abat Oliba are taught in Spanish or English and cover a variety of different topics within the Communications field. For more information on semester course offerings in the journalism program, click here, then select 'Communication' and 'Study Plan.' You may also take courses outside of the journalism programs; however, priority will be given to students who are journalism majors and plan to take courses in journalism at UAO.
Fall Semester: September to January
Spring Semester: February to June
Universitat Abat Oliba does not arrange accommodations for students but they do provide information for local residences and housing agencies. Two resources that you may look into are the Barcelona Housing Service for Students and Loquo Barcelona Community.