Dates & Costs

ALBA Study Abroad caters to both quarter system schools and semester schools for both one term and consecutive term academic, immersive experiences. View the ALBA Academic Calendar.

We also take great pride in being one of the most dynamic, yet very affordable, study abroad programs available. How do we do it? The answer is actually pretty simple: We adamantly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to live and study abroad in this amazing Mediterranean city and to experience and learn about the world, so we do everything in our power to make it possible. View program tuition and housing costs

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Winter, Fall, Summer, Spring


The ALBA program runs year-round with quarter terms that can easily add up to be equivalent to a full semester or even an entire year studying abroad in Barcelona. The length of your experience is up to you, all you have to do is check with your home institution Academic Advisor about all classes of interest to ensure academic compatibility.

Key DatesSummer Quarter ’21
6-week intensive
Fall Quarter ’21
1st semester
Winter Quarter ’22
2nd semester
Spring Quarter ’22
2nd semester
Application Deadline05/01/202109/01/202112/01/202102/15/2022
Earliest housing check-in/
Recommended Arrival / insurance begins
Attendance is compulsory
First day of classes06/21/202110/04/202101/10/202204/04/2022
Last day of classes
Finals, presentations, farewell event
Housing Check-out (by 2pm)08/02/202112/14/202103/21/20226/13/2022

More Info on Dates and Application Deadlines

Portland State University students – application process

Application deadline for Portland State University (PSU) students is well before this date and PSU applicants, ONLY PSU applicants, must complete the Vikings Abroad process and be cleared by PSU to attend. See advisor Rachel Landers at PSU Education Abroad to help get you started.

University of Washington students – application process

All students from the University of Washington (both Foster and non-Foster students) must apply through the UW Foster School of Business, Global Business Center, and wait for approval before filling in the ALBA application form.  See Nedda Soleymani at the UW Foster Global Business Center for more information.

Students from all other universities – application process and transfer credits

Students from all universities are encouraged to apply to the ALBA program. In fact, we strive to achieve as much diversity as possible every term. You apply directly to ALBA. Once admitted and just before the beginning of the term you’re attending, ALBA will enroll you at Portland State University, which is where your transfer credits and transcripts will come from after the term has finished. Financial aid is available to all through PSU.

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We work hard at making our program as affordable as possible so that everyone can have the chance to enjoy this truly unforgettable experience.

ALBA has no hidden costs. Although prices may vary according to agreements with our different partner schools, once you have paid the total cost of the program, there are no additional costs.  The following chart is for approximate reference only.

Program CostsSummer Intensives ’21
6-week intensive
Fall Quarter ’21
1st semester
Winter Quarter ’22
2nd semester
Spring Quarter ’22
2nd semester
Application Fee$0$0$0$0
Deposit Payment$800$800$800$800
Housing (shared apartment**)$1,300*$2,300*$2,300*$2,300*
Tuition Balance
(Tuition, fees, excursions, materials, insurance)
Program Total with Housing$6,900$9,200$10,200$10,200

*These amounts vary slightly (affecting the total) depending on the institution you are coming from, your eligibility for financial assistance, and your chosen housing option. Read the information below to find out more details regarding costs and feel free to request a cost calculation in advance if you need one.

**There are various housing options in addition to a shared apartment.

More Info on Costs, Payments and Refund Policy

The program INCLUDES:

  • Portland State University enrollment (UW students will be enrolled at UW), transcripts, and other required campus fees.
  • Tuition. Small-group classes with excellent professors from some of Spain’s finest universities.
  • Comprehensive medical insurance starting three days before program orientation and to the Sunday after the last day of the term.
  • 24-hour emergency assistance service.
  • Up to 22 Quarter credits or 15 Semester credits.
  • Housing. Students choose the accommodation option that best fits their needs and budget.
  • All class field trips and entrances to cultural institutions.
  • Textbooks and other required learning material, excepting Spanish language class workbook
  • Airport transfer to accommodation (If arriving within recommended dates and times).
  • Various Barcelona city tours, and other ALBA mixer events throughout the term.
  • Small-group cooking classes in the ALBA kitchen with a local chef.
  • At least four full-day excursions out of Barcelona.


  • Flight or other transportation to and from, Barcelona.
  • Food (unless Homestay option with meal plan).
  • Personal expenses or travel expenses beyond ALBA sponsored events.
  • Special Travel / Medical insurance outside of the standard insurance provided through either Portland State University or the University of Washington.


Once admitted, you will receive an acceptance letter and ALBA will provide you with two invoices: Program Deposit and Program Balance Payment. Both these payments will add up to cover the total cost of the program.

Refund Policy

Program Deposit

The Program Deposit is a portion of the total cost of the program to be paid at least 60 days before the beginning of the term or by the indicated invoice due date. This payment acts as a sign of your commitment towards the program and will save your spot as we work together, towards your goal of studying in Barcelona. As your selected term approaches ALBA will begin to make arrangements and provide services that make your study abroad experience possible. In consequence, this program deposit will become partially non-refundable within 60 days of the start of the term. Within 30 days of the term’s orientation, a refund will not exceed 50% of the cost of the deposit and balance due to committment costs such as housing, faculty and activities.

Program Balance Payment

This balance payment must be made by the date indicated on the balance invoice unless a special arrangement has been made, in writing, with ALBA. Failure to pay the balance by the date indicated on the invoice means the student’s place on the program is not secured and the student will not be enrolled. The balance payment covers the remaining costs associated with your ALBA term studying abroad.
Only students waiting for their financial aid to be disbursed may request for an extension to the payment due date. Balance payments are partially n
on-refundable up to 50% within 30 days of the start of the term, due to committment costs such as housing, faculty and activities, and 100% non-refundable after the start of the term.

Applications Open

Receiving applications for academic years 2021 and 2022

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