The combined impact of pandemic disruptions over the last two years and a larger-than-average freshman class have made the academic year 2022-2023 study abroad programs particularly competitive. International Programs are a highlight of the Pepperdine experience, and, in an effort to provide a study abroad opportunity to as many students as possible, the University has created a one-time (operational in fall 2022 and spring 2023 only) program for Seaver College students.
Barcelona is an ideal location for the program. It is a vibrant and modern city with a diverse population. The city offers the academic and cultural resources that support a high-quality study abroad experience. It is home to multiple UNESCO World Heritage sites and enjoys a lively sports culture. The city also benefits from world-renowned art and architecture. As Pepperdine does not own a campus in Barcelona, we have selected a local partnership to help us create an experience comparable to our other study abroad locations. CAPA: The Global Education Network provides top-tier study abroad experiences for thousands of students annually. Together with CAPA in Barcelona, Pepperdine is confident students will enjoy a uniquely Pepperdine experience in Spain. Additionally, Barcelona meets the University’s health and safety standards for study abroad programming, and it is also well connected in Europe, offering students easy access to international travel.
Creating study abroad programs is a lengthy and complex process. To ensure that students would receive the best experience possible, the University took the time to explore all of the program options available. Additionally, the pandemic made international travel difficult during the fall and winter. As a result, visits to potential sites were delayed.
Students will reside in a residence hall located in the heart of the city. A short walk from shopping, cafes, public transportation, and classrooms, the facility includes a dining hall specializing in organic cuisine. There are also indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, a theater, and a fitness area, as well as spaces for studying and small group activities. The facility also has a conveniently located laundry room.
Yes! Barcelona program participants will also participate in EFTs. The locations of the EFTs are being selected and will be shared with students as soon as possible.
Yes, group meals will be held several times per week.
The Barcelona program is only being offered during the academic year 2022-2023.
Program Eligibility Summary
|If attending…||If applying to the following Barcelona term:||Are you potentially eligible for consideration to Barcelona?|
|Any Summer 2022||Academic Year or Fall||No|
|Any Summer 2022 ( attending only summer no fall programs)||Spring 2023||Yes|
|AY or Fall 2022 Buenos Aires, Lausanne, Florence, Heidelberg, London, DC||Spring 2023||No|
|Spring 2023 Buenos Aires, Florence, Lausanne||Fall 2022||No|
|Spring 2023 Heidelberg, DC, London||Fall 2022||Yes|
Students can apply on Wavenet. You can find the application link on the right-hand side. Please click “International Programs” under “Popular Links.”
The student visa process starts immediately, and it is not possible for a student to obtain or renew a passport in time in order to fulfill upcoming visa and preparation deadlines. Students without a valid passport can only apply for the Barcelona spring 2023 program. Please keep in mind that admitted students for Barcelona spring 2023 must have a valid passport by September 1, 2022.
|Applying to Barcelona Term||Passport must be valid until||When is my passport due?|
|Fall 2022||July 1, 2023||Immediately: required in order to apply|
|Academic Year 2022-23||November 1, 2023||Immediately: required in order to apply|
|Spring 2023||November 1, 2023||September 1, 2022|
The application deadline (April 18) is the final deadline for fall-only and academic year students due to visa processing timelines. If you are interested in spring-only, April 18 is the priority deadline, however, we may consider applications beyond that deadline based on program capacity and other variables.
Only students applying to Barcelona spring 2023 can be considered. Students applying for Barcelona spring 2023 will need to have a valid passport in their possession by September 1st, 2022. Students who do not have a valid passport must make their passport appointment as soon as possible (students are required to select expedited processing).
The Admissions Committee will give consideration to those who have not participated in a study abroad program. All aspects of a student’s application will be reviewed as part of the selection process.
Students who choose to withdraw from their Summer 2022, Academic Year 2022-2023, Fall 2022, or Spring 2023 program will be assessed the relevant withdrawal fee for their program and are required to submit an application to the Barcelona program. Students will be considered with the rest of the applicant pool. This is a risk as acceptance to the Barcelona program is not a guarantee.
In order to apply to the Barcelona program, students must “student drop” their application in Wavenet to apply to Barcelona. Students cannot be on two waitlists during the same academic year. Students may request to be placed on their original waitlisted program and term if not selected for the Barcelona program or if they decide not to sign their Barcelona program contract.
Given the expedited application timeline for Barcelona, students are permitted to use previous applications from the academic year 22-23 admission cycle. The Admissions Committee will review each applicant holistically (based on their responses, video, GPA, and campus citizenship) and evaluate whether the applicant is a fit for the Barcelona program. If a student wishes to alter their application responses or submit a new application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes. Whether students plan to attend the program for the academic year or one semester, all US passport holders will need a visa. The IP office & our Barcelona-based provider (CAPA) will guide them through the process.
- Other non-US passport holders will most likely be required to obtain a visa. Please contact the Office of International Student Services prior to applying to determine your eligibility.
- Please note that additional costs for visa processing may apply for non-US passport holders. Our office will be in touch with you following your application.
A full course list will be provided here.
For questions about potential German classes in Barcelona, please contact the International Programs office at email@example.com.
COVID-19 Policies and Expectations
Please refer to our global policies page for International Programs’ global policies for expectations regarding a number of program elements including: quarantine/isolation, vaccines/boosters, personal travel, visitation, residential requirements, etc. Barcelona COVID-19 policies are not yet finalized though we expect policies will closely mirror our European campus program location policies and are subject to local governmental regulations.
All students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in any international program. Fully vaccinated means that participants have finished receiving the full primary COVID-19 vaccine dosage of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and have also received a booster (if eligible). The following vaccines and boosters are viewed as valid by the Spanish Government as of publication: Pfizer/BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax, Moderna, or AstraZeneca. Only students that receive the aforementioned vaccines are program eligible. Refer to the COVID-19 vaccine section of our global policies page for further information.