Healthy Brown
Information for Undergraduate Students

Daily Life

Currently, the Catalan government regulations require mask-wearing in all public indoor spaces (libraries, theaters, concert halls, medical offices, etc.) including public transport, and in enclosed spaces open to the public, such as shops, supermarkets and similar establishments. Masks should also be worn outdoors when a minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained among non-cohabiting people.

U.S. citizens entering Spain from the U.S. must be fully vaccinated and provide the appropriate documentation and vaccination certificate. Please see the U.S. Embassy website for full details: https://es.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/. Students who have an approved exemption  from Brown for the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons, must provide a negative PCR test within 48 hours of their flight to Spain. Testing is not free of charge unless ordered by a doctor. Tests are available at private clinics and will cost €60-€150.

The metro and the bus run normally. The use of face masks is obligatory at all times, both inside vehicles and at stations and bus stops, and eating and drinking is prohibited on all public transport. As a precautionary measure, talking on public transport must be avoided. The Barcelona transport network (TMB) has a real-time information system for monitoring the estimated level of occupancy of metros and buses.

Currently, there is a required 70% limited capacity in small shops, establishments and shopping centers and non-sedentary markets, with maximum opening hours until 00.30 hours. Some services are providing a hybrid model (in-person office hours plus online and/or over-the-phone consultations) such as the International Relations Offices of public universities, banks and public administration offices. Since October 8, nightlife venues are open at regular hours at 70% capacity. For admittance, face masks are mandatory and an EU digital COVID Certificate or a diagnostic test is required.

Arrival Procedures

At this time, fully vaccinated individuals are not subject to any quarantine requirement unless directed by Spanish authorities upon arrival in Spain due to specific circumstances; students should be prepared to furnish proof of full vaccination.

Currently, local health services monitor quarantine with check-ins by phone; for CASA Barcelona students, the housing staff and the CASA Barcelona director will also monitor compliance with quarantine requirements. 

Residence hall staff will provide meal delivery to each student’s room during quarantine.

None. During quarantine, students will not be permitted to leave their room, which has a private bathroom, unless they need to attend a medical appointment.

Housing & Dining

CASA Barcelona students will be housed in a student residence in individual rooms with a private bathroom and a shared kitchen. All utilities, wifi, bed linens, towels and a weekly cleaning service will be provided. 

Not during quarantine, however, hosting guests will be permitted in line with residence hall policies at an additional cost. Due to changing regulations, students should verify policies and procedures before making any plans to host any guests at the residence hall.

Academic Policies & Campus Protocols

Yes. During the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters, classes will be offered in-person. Absences will be accepted in the case of quarantine or should a student be ill. In this case, students must contact their professors directly to request alternative teaching and evaluation procedures.

At this time, fully vaccinated students are not required to be tested in order to attend class. 

This academic year, all courses will be offered in-person at our local partner university campuses.

Our partner universities resumed normal activity in September. Sanitizing stations are offered and social distancing policies enforced when required. Face masks must be worn at all times on all University premises. CASA Barcelona Program activities will be mainly outdoors and limited to the local region. 

All Universities will follow PROCICAT, Catalonia's Civil Protection Plan:

  • https://interior.gencat.cat/ca/detalls/Article/PROCICAT-pla-dactuacio-per-Pandemies
  • https://seu.ub.edu/documentPublic/download/257841
  • https://www.uab.cat/web/about-the-uab/itineraries/coronavirus/useful-information-1345809701134.html
  • https://www.upc.edu/en/covid-19-portal/covid19portal
  • https://www.upf.edu/web/focus/coronavirus

Health & Safety On Site

You can find additional information at:

  • https://web.gencat.cat/en/activem/index.html
  • https://canalsalut.gencat.cat/ca/salut-a-z/c/coronavirus-2019-ncov/ciutadania/ 
  • https://www.spth.gob.es/ https://www.mscbs.gob.es/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov/home.htm
  • https://es.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
  • https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-spain
  • https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/