Foundation Year

Elisava’s Foundation Year prepares international students who have finished secondary education in their country of origin and wish to study a University Degree at Elisava, Barcelona School of Design and Engineering.

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This course offers an approach to the fundamentals of design and/or engineering, through the development of the skills needed to acquire conceptual, procedural and attitudinal competences.

The student’s access profile must include characteristics such as curiosity, aspiration for self-discovery, involvement, willingness to share experiences and the desire to excel.

Our methodology understands educational learning as a continuous personal accompaniment, taking into account the student’s academic approach and life environment. To this end, we benefit from the possibilities that Barcelona offers us as a city and as a hub of cultures, to be discovered from the perspective of design, engineering, art and culture.

This course consists of 4 subjects that provide an approach to the fundamentals of design and engineering. In addition, it offers the possibility of preparing for the Selectivitat exams in order to obtain the UNED credential and to study a University Degree.

Elisava offers this programme in collaboration with Academia Guiu, a centre specialised in the preparation of the Selectivitat and in procedures for international students who wish to access Spanish universities (homologation of the high school diploma, processing of the Selectivitat exam, university pre-enrolment…). 

At the end of the programme, students will obtain the title of University Expert in Design Methodology and Culture. If the course is passed in its entirety, a total of 18 ECTS credits will be validated, corresponding to 3 subjects of the first year of the Elisava University Degrees. 

Itinerary 1

Subjects at Elisava + Preparation Selectivitat (EBAU) at Academia Guiu:

  • Foundations of the project (45h)
  • Methodology for design (45h)
  • Ways of seeing (45h)
  • Personal portfolio (30h)

These subjects are taken between January and May at Elisava (La Rambla, 30 – Barcelona) in the afternoons.

Selectivitat exams

The preparation of the exams of the Selectivitat to obtain the UNED Credential and the administrative procedures are carried out at the Academia Guiu (C/ d’Aragó, 233 – Barcelona) 15 minutes away from Elisava in the morning.

*To take this pathway, it is recommended that you have started the process of accreditation of your high school before the month of January. The Generalitat de Catalunya does not accept procedures in process.

Itinerary 2
Subjects at Elisava:
  • Foundations of the project (45h)
  • Methodology for design (45h)
  • Ways of seeing (45h)
  • Personal portfolio (30h)

These subjects are taken at Elisava (La Rambla, 30 – Barcelona) in the afternoons.

*You will have to take the Selectivitat exams (EBAU) on your own, get your high school recognised (this can take between 6-8 months) and do your university pre-enrolment through the Generalitat de Catalunya during the dates they dictate (June or September). Elisava will not carry out, in any case, administrative procedures related to homologations, pre-enrolment and EBAU exams.

Admission requirements

To be able to access the Foundation Year you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have obtained the certificate of Secondary Education, high school or equivalent (EQF4).
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must have a good level of Spanish, both written and spoken. All classes will be conducted in Spanish.

*Elisava reserves the right to carry out a level test, if necessary.

Required documentation

At the time of registration, you must present the following documentation:

  • Registration form.
  • Official copy of the secondary education certificate accrediting completion of high school or equivalent.
  • Photocopy of valid passport.