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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Program Type: Cal Poly Partner Program Program Partner: CIEE
Class Eligibilty: 4th year Minimum GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: None
Language Courses Offered: Spanish Areas of Study: Architecture, General Education, Spanish
Housing Options: Apartment, Dormitory, Home-stay Internships: NO
Program Description:


Cal Poly Partner Programs such as CIEE provide students with options to select from a wide variety of destinations and lengths of time abroad. 
Study with the latest thinkers and practitioners to gain an understanding of architecture and design within an emerging global context. Pursue hands-on design work in a state-of-the-art studio using the latest technology to address an aspect of the current global environmental crisis.



Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean and one of the biggest in Europe. And yet, it’s friendly, warm, and on the beach. Known for being edgy and modern, the spirit of Barcelona has shaped some of the most fascinating art and architecture in the world, including works by Gaudí, Miro, and Picasso. For more info about this location, visit the CIEE website.


Host Institution
Students will have the opportunity to study at CIEE’s Study Center as well as the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC). The CIEE Study Center in Barcelona, Spain, is located in two adjoining historic buildings on Passatge Permanyer, near Passeig de Gràcia and Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona’s main square. IaaC is an international center for education, research and development, and fabrication centered around the concept of architecture as a discipline. For more info about these host institutions, visit the CIEE website.


The Global Architecture and Design curriculum in Barcelona consists of three main components: a Future Cities Design Studio; a Future Cities Seminar, and Science, Engineering and Technology Workshops. Students may opt to also take a CIEE elective course. Courses are taught in English by CIEE-contracted IaaC faculty who also facilitate collaborative projects with local professionals and peers.

You will earn transfer credit on this program. You are highly encouraged to get your Major, Minor and GE courses pre-approved prior to applying to this program.

Major Courses
Provide the course descriptions to your Academic Advising Center/Faculty Advisor to determine the course equivalencies and how credits will transfer back.  You are highly encouraged to consult with their academic advisor/faculty advisor to complete any necessary paperwork prior to applying/departure.
Minor Courses
Consult with the Minor Department to discuss the best way to seek course pre-approvals.
Credit Transfer of GE Courses
Pick up the GE Course Substitution for Study Abroad form at the Cal Poly International Center (Building 52- Room E32). Please provide the course descriptions of the GE courses you wish to have approved when submitting the form.  Allow four to six weeks to hear back about substitution approvals. You will hear back about your GE petitions with an email notification from
To review the available course offerings on this program, visit the CIEE website.


Students must be majoring in Architecture, Environmental Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Sustainability studies, Urban Design or minoring in these areas and have completed 2-3 semesters of design studio or a project-based course in their major.

- Minimum 2.5 GPA
- Not actively on academic probation
- Good disciplinary standing
- Verify that you meet any course pre-requisites 
How to Apply
1. Before you apply to this program, you must attend a Study Abroad 101 Workshop.  

2. In order to be considered for participation in this program, you must be nominated by the Architecture Department.  Apply for Architecture Department Nomination  by January 7, 2019

3. Apply to this program by clicking the 'Apply Now' button top right.  You must also complete the CIEE Partner Program Application Process (see the CIEE website).  

See the Architecture Program Options Handout for details. 

Program Details

Study abroad students can choose to live in either Spanish homestays, alone or with another CIEE student, or in a student residencia (residence hall) or apartment with other Spanish and international students. For more info about program housing, visit the CIEE website.
This CIEE Program offers Fall and Spring Semester programs. To review the program dates for specific terms, visit the CIEE website.
NOTE: A Spring semester program will overlap with Cal Poly’s Winter and Spring Quarters.
The program includes a series of excursions designed specifically for students of architecture and design. Architecture students will visit studios of important local practitioners and the sites of projects currently under construction.  To review the available activities for this program, visit the CIEE website.

Dates / Deadlines:

Application currently closed.

This program is currently not accepting applications.