Psychology in Barcelona

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore or above
Location: Europe, Spain
GPA: 2.5
Program Overview

Come to Barcelona, a metropolis known for its beauty, architecture and music, and explore some of the most important questions of the human experience. This program offers two upper-division psychology courses, which are taught in English and emphasize Spanish culture.

In addition to the academic component of the program, you will hear from guest speakers, partake in excursions, and take four, one-hour introductory Catalan classes to learn the offical language of Barcelona and Catalonia. One of the excursions included on the program is an all-day trip to Terragona to visit northern Spain's famous Roman ruins.


Scholarship Opportunity: Applicants to this program will have the option to apply for a program-specific scholarship. Five awards of $1,000 each are available. If interested, please refer to the Scholarship Essay in the program application, and speak with your GEO advisor if you have questions. Award recipients are chosen based on their scholarship essay, overall program application related to academic merit, and financial need. The due date for the Scholarship Essay is February 15, 2023.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Priority Deadline Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer 2023 2/15/2023 3/15/2023 7/1/2023 7/29/2023

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Academic Details

PSY388: Psychology of a Meaningful Life (300 level Psychology Elective)
PSY388: Human Sexuality (300 level Psychology Elective)
Psychology of a Meaningful Life, will consider the theoretical and empirical bases of what constitutes a productive, satisfying and consequential life. An important angle of this class will be its comparison of different cultural ideals, namely the American emphasis on independence, autonomy and achievement and the Spanish emphasis on interconnectedness, social harmony, and familial pride. As part of the course, we will hear from visiting Spanish social scientists about the links between Spanish identify, culture, and psychology. This course will be co-taught by UO faculty Jeffery Measelle and local Barcelona faculty.

Human Sexuality will cover the topic of human sexuality from a psychological perspective with an emphasis on both US sexuality and cross-cultural sexuality. A wide range of topics will be covered including sexual responses, sexual practices, and sexual dysfunctions and their treatments. There will be a focus on understanding common misconceptions regarding sexuality and current controversies in the field. Past and present analysis on research and historical underpinnings influencing the cultural evolution of sexuality across cultures will be discussed. Sexual behaviors and identity will be discussed through personal development, culture, biological influences as well as the influence of attitudes, behaviors, knowledge, practices and myths on human sexuality. Course content will also examine sexuality throughout different developmental stages, fertility, reproduction, sexual functioning and privilege, socialization, dating, marriage, family, sexual orientation, non-traditional relationships, contraceptives and sexual responsibility. Interviews and lectures with mental health professionals will be provided as opportunities to students. This course will be taught by Barcelona faculty.

You will take classes at the IAU center, which houses five classrooms, study areas, an open-air terrace, as well as a meditation and reading room. There are several cafes and restaurants nearby where you can study or relax before or after class. The center is within walking distance of four metro stops and three bus lines for easy access to all of Barcelona.

Note: There are no Spanish classes offered on this program.

Course Equivalencies

UO students: please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Non-UO students: Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Additional requirements

Note: Although useful, Spanish or Catalan language is not required to participate in the program. Both courses are taught in English, and most of the population in Barcelona speaks at least a little English.

Application process

This program has a rolling admission application processGEO staff (and the program faculty leader, if applicable) will complete a review of the application materials of complete applications in the order that they are submitted (“first come, first serve”). Decisions about acceptance will be made shortly after you submit a complete application. There are some programs that fill fast, some even before the deadline. Students are encouraged to complete applications and commit to programs early.

Acceptance is based on a holistic review of your application.  This includes a review of your GPA, transcripts (including courses taken and in-progress), any additional requirements or prerequisites (see section "Additional Requirements"), and the short statement. Some programs require a letter of recommendation from a faculty that is not the program's faculty leader. If a letter of recommendation is required, you will find more information in your GEO application portal.

Faculty and Staff

Jeff Measelle is a Professor of Psychology and faculty member within the UO Global Health Center and Program. His research specialties include early childhood, stress, and the effects of culture on development. Of relevance to the current application, he is fluent in Spanish, having lived in Spain for 10 years of his childhood, including 3 years in Barcelona. Professor Measelle is the recipient of several UO distinguished teaching awards, including a Williams Fellowship.

Jennifer Ablow is an Associate Professor of Psychology. Her research focuses on prenatal development, high-risk developmental contexts, stress, and interventions to support early development. Dr. Ablow has traveled extensively throughout Europe and speaks French.

Housing Description

You will stay in student residence halls with other students on the program. The rooms are double occupancy with access to a shared kitchen to prepare meals and shared living spaces in the facility.

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