Barcelona Spring/Summer Program

Study one of the best examples of architecture and design in practice

The city of Barcelona's design environment provides one of the best examples of Architecture and Design in practice: of an interdisciplinary, experiment-driven effort to make a city that is more sustainable, liveable, attractive, and dynamic. This on-going effort, which has garnered the city international awards (including a RIBA medal awarded for the first time to a city rather than to an architect), and which has come to serve as a “model” for design professionals to emulate, has resulted in a remarkable transformation of the city over the span of several decades.

The real, built and inhabited results of this experimental transformation (not all of which have turned out successfully), together with the debate that experimental work always provokes, provide an invaluable source of practical as well as theoretical lessons for students and practitioners of Architecture; lessons which can be touched, smelled, seen and heard first-hand.

Key information


Barcelona, Spain




Spring/Summer 2023

Program type

Group Study

Application information

Application status


Application deadline

Limited spaces available. First come, first considered 

Additional requirements

This program is only open to students in good academic standing in a program in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Info sessions

October 26, 2pm-3pm, PF 2165

Student Experience


Have questions?

For program information, please contact Dr. John Brown at

For application and registration support, please contact

Other useful links:

  • Travel Advisory for Spain

Program details

Questions about these courses should be directed to the program instructor.

Please note: course descriptions are tentative and subject to change.

  1. Courses offered

    Students on this program are required to enroll in the following course:

    ARCH 688 - Special Studio Topics in Architecture (6 credits)

    ARCH 675 - Urban Systems (3 credits)


  2. Prerequisites

    Enrolment in this program

  1. Pre-departure

    Students will be required to attend one Pre-Departure Session in Winter 2023. 

    Date of session TBD

  2. In-field

    May 1:

    Barcelona: Students must in in Barcelona and start classes on this day


    May 2 – July 24:

    Barcelona: Students will participate in lectures, tours, and assignments throughout the city and at the studio space in Barcelona


    July 25:

    Barcelona: Final Studio Review


    July 26:

    Barcelona: Students free to return to Calgary or continue on for independent travel



  3. Post-field

    Post-program due dates subject to professor's discretion.

  1. Costs

    The estimated cost of this Group Study Program will include tuition, airfare, field trips, local transportation, accommodations and meals. The program cost is estimated to be $12,075.

    For the full cost breakdown and payment deadlines, please see the program Student Cost Summary.

    Important information regarding deposit payments: Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits secure your space in the program and allows payment for logistical arrangements to be made in advance.

    Please note: Flight and accommodation costs are estimates. You are responsible for booking your own flights and accommodations and so the prices may vary based on your selections. 

  2. Funding

    International Study Travel Grant: Students studying abroad may be eligible for the University of Calgary's International Study Travel Grant. For more information on eligibility, application details and deadlines please click here.

    Waterman Study Abroad Funding will be available for MArch students (no equivalent funding for MPlan or MLA students) participating in these programs. More details will be provided at a later date.

For this program, students will be booking their own accommodations and are responsible for the quality. 

Check with your professor as he will have suggestions on convenient locations within the city. 

This program is only open to students enrolled in a graduate program in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape who are in good academic standing.

Applications will be considered by your professor and faculty administrator after the application deadline. 

  1. Statement of Purpose

    • You can start your application and statement of purpose through the RAISA portal.
    • Please tell us why you want to study abroad, why you have selected this particular program (academic reasons, personal interest, career prospects, etc.), how this program will meet your academic objectives and/or complement your degree, how you plan to finance your program and why you should be selected (max 500 words).
    • Note: Because the online application will time out after one hour, we recommend that you compose your statement of purpose in advance in Word to check for spelling, grammar, and word count and then paste it into the online application.

Please ensure that you have read the Group Study Program General FAQs thoroughly before applying. 

Getting started

Program-Specific Info Sessions

Info sessions are scheduled for every Group Study Program. Attending an info session is not required to apply, but strongly recommended as it will give you an opportunity to meet the instructor and learn more about the travel experience.

We also recommend watching Global Learning 101 for general information.

Watch Global Learning 101

Global Learning Advising

If you have questions about this program, you can meet with one of our Global Learning Advisors by emailing or booking an appointment through the link below.

1. Select "Advising"
2. Select “Study Abroad”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Select your program advisor to view available times.

Book an appointment

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how a Group Study Program might align with your degree.

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular global learning program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.