Who benefits from this?
ALBA is not only a great option for students from affiliated institutions: PSU, UW, and SPU. But also for students from non-affiliated institutions seeking study abroad options outside of those typically offered by their home schools.
Every year, ALBA receives approximately 200 students from affiliated and non-affiliated universities across the USA. Their motivations for joining ALBA are multiple and very different. Some are interested in our cultural advantages, others are drawn by the academic offer, while quite a few are inclined to choose us because we stand for a quality experience, while remaining affordable and accessible. No matter their reasons for choosing us, ALBA’s partnership with PSU makes studying abroad in Barcelona possible and, most importantly, validly accredited by a U.S. higher education institution. This allows students to study abroad at ALBA, and shortly after the program has concluded, request a course credit transfer from Portland State University back to their home institutions.