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Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year
Texas A&M
Application Deadline
Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of approval to participate in this program and be able to complete post-decision (pre-departure) items prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program
Academic Area:
Communication, Liberal Arts
Academic College: College of Liberal Arts Academic Department: Communication, Journalism, Telecommunication Media Studies
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Language requirement:
Yes
Language of instruction:
English, Spanish
Program Advisor:
Bianca Cusimano, Randy Kluver
Open to non-majors:
No Classification: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
REEP Program Type:
Departmental Exchange
Program Description:
 Abat Oliba CEU University

Founded in 2003, Abat Oliba CEU University is a private university in Barcelona, Spain. While ranking 1st among Catalan private universities, Abat Oliva CEU is also known for its research with a prestigious ranking 3rd among all Spanish institutions. UAO CEU has established a distinguished academic model based on the permanent connection between teachers and student through innovative educational methodologies.
 
Location
 
Located on the Mediterranean coast of Spain in the Catalonia region, Barcelona is a modern, cosmopolitan city that offers something for everyone. Considered a center for commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts, there is plenty to see and do for weekend trips exploring the city. Abat Oliba CEU University is nestled in the upper region of Barcelona that provides a quite environment for students to excel.
 
Eligibility Requirements
  • This exchange program is limited to students in the Department of Communication
  • Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
  • Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
  • Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Have a minimum Junior classification by beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
  • Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
  • Spanish language ability is recommended.

Students can choose to study abroad during 
         •    Fall Semester (September to January)
         •    Spring Semester (February to June)
         •    Academic year

 
Courses

One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is that all courses the university offers are open to students. Abat Oliba CEU offers a wide range of communication based degree programs. The two official languages spoken in Barcelona, as well as the rest of Catalonia, are Catalan and Spanish. With regards to teaching, the two official languages can be used interchangeably. However, exchange students do have the option to choose courses taught in English.  About 60% of all courses are taught in English, so there are plenty of options for students to take what interests him or her. Spanish language classes are available for students who have already completed SPAN 101 and 102. Additionally, there are free Spanish and Catalan language courses that do not count toward credit. Keep in mind that the courses that you take on this exchange program to Abat Oliba CEU do count toward credit in your degree program as well as count toward your overall GPR at Texas A&M.
 
Housing

There are several options for housing close to Abat Oliba CEU University throughout Barcelona. Students can choose the accommodation that best matches his or her tastes or requirements. Mainly, students live in apartments or off-campus student residence halls. Barcelona Centre Universitari (BCU) offers information about living in Barcelona as well as has an accommodation service through Resa Housing. Additionally, Abat Oliba CEU references different student residence halls and apartments including Melon District, Habitatge Jove, and Barna Students Place. The most common and least expensive housing for Abat Oliba students are shared apartments.


Costs

One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.
  
 Estimated Fees Paid to Texas A&M
A&M Tuition & Fees $5,000
REEP Administrative Fee $300
Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on-site)
Accommodations $3,200
International Airfare $1,400
Meals $2,000
Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies $790
Personal Spending $1,500+
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST $14,190+
Texas A&M Semester Comparison Cost  $13,726+
 
As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage.
 
Helpful Links

Abat Oliba CEU University Webpage
Abat Oliva CEU University International Student Webpage
Practical Advice: Information of Interest
Abat Oliba CEU University Degree Offerings 
Abat Oliba CEU University Photo Gallery
Barcelona Centre Universitari Living in Barcelona
Barcelona Centre Universitari Accommodation Information
Accommodations Resa Housing Service
Melon District Student Housing Webpage
Habitatge Jove Student Housing Webpage
Barna Students Place Student Housing Webpage
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding options
Brochure Living in Barcelona
Spain Travel Guide
Barcelona, Spain Travel Guide
Currency Converter

Spain Friends


Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student

"I decided to study abroad as a means of diversifying my professional skills, not to mention my career opportunities. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to broaden one's awareness of the complex issues surrounding this new international/global era in which we live. It helped me perfect my language skills and gain knowledge of the political, social, and economic issues the world faces today. Furthermore, I believe the personal experiences I gained will help me to be a better leader to welcome challenges, and to challenge the status quo."
 
Former Texas A&M Exchange Student
 

Contacts

For detailed information about the exchange program at Abat Oliba CEU University, including the in-country experience and logistics such as housing and travel arrangements, please contact Dr. Randolph Kluver in the Department of Communications.

For more information from the Study Abroad Programs Office, please contact Bianca Cusimano.