The CU Catalan Club aims to share Catalan culture, gastronomy, history and politics at the University of Colorado Boulder. This club is a non-profit organization intended to serve as an exchange platform between American and Catalan cultures, and a means of encouraging Catalan students to socialize and share different viewpoints with American and other international students. This will be accomplished through several activities and cultural events throughout the year.


Catalonia is a region in the northeastern Spain, being Barcelona its capital. Catalonia has a very marked culture of its own, mainly influenced by Mediterranean traditions, and very distinguished from other Spanish region, having its own language (Catalan), traditions and excellent gastronomy and wines of great international reputation.

Catalan culture is very rich in traditions. One of the most remarkable and distinguishable tradition are the colles castelleres, groups of people who forms impressive human towers, up to ten people high!


Events & Activities

As a Colorado University Club we participate in the university organizing different activities and events.

  • Celebration of traditional Catalan festivities through several events: Diada Nacional, Sant Jordi or Castanyada.
  • Talks, debates, or seminars about the current situation and development in Catalonia, Europe and the United States.
  • Provide information and advice to CU students who are interested in going to or studying abroad in Catalonia or Spain.
  • Gastronomic events to shear Catalan food with other CU students.
  • Screening of soccer games and movies.
  • Diffusion of Catalan culture on media: brief description of Catalan events, places, people...

Check out our main events...

Sant Jordi

Sant Jordi April 23rd

Roses around the campus during the morning and later the celebration of the V Jocs Florals Ceremony

La Diada de Sant Jordi (Saint George's Day), also known as El dia de la Rosa (The Day of the Rose) or El dia del Llibre (The Day of the Book) is a Catalan holiday held on 23 April, with similarities to Valentine's Day and some unique twists that reflect the antiquity of the celebrations. The main event is the exchange of gifts between sweethearts, loved ones and colleagues. Historically, men gave women roses, and women gave men a book to celebrate the occasion—"a rose for love and a book forever." In modern times, the mutual exchange of books is also customary.

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CU International Festival

CU International Festival April 16th

International cultures celebration. Catalan food, traditions and more. Come see us at UMC!

CU International Festival is the largest student organized event on campus and is free and open to public. At the festival people from different cultures showcase their culture with booths, performances, food sample, and interactive cultural activities.

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Castanyada November 1st

One of the oldest celebrations from Catalonia. Try the typical delicious roasted chestnuts and panellets

In Catalonia, celebrations involve eating roast chestnuts, panellets (special biscuits, i.e. cookies), roast or baked sweet potato and preserved fruit (candied or glazed fruit), typically with moscatell to drink. Around the time of this celebration, it is common for street vendors to sell hot toasted chestnuts wrapped in newspaper. In many places, confectioners often organise raffles of chestnuts and preserved fruit.


Diada Nacional de Catalunya Septembre 11th

The National Day of Catalonia and one of its official national symbols

It commemorates the fall of Barcelona during the War of the Spanish Succession.[2] The Catalan troops that initially fought in support of the Habsburg dynasty's claim to the Spanish throne were finally defeated at the Siege of Barcelona by the army of the Bourbon king Philip V of Spain on 11 September 1714 after 14 months of siege.

Colorado University Boulder

The University of Colorado Boulder (commonly referred to as CU or Colorado) is a public research university located in Boulder, Colorado, United States. It is the flagship university of the University of Colorado system and was founded five months before Colorado was admitted to the Union in 1876.

As one of 34 U.S. public research institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU)—and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region—the main goal at CU Boulder is to directly affect Colorado communities through collaborative research, innovation and entrepreneurship. The faculty, staff and students work with the broader community to establish unique connections that have lasting outcomes—both across Colorado and around the world.

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Balsells fellows jumping

Balsells Fellowship Program

The Balsells Graduate Fellowship Program at the University of Colorado has provided graduate fellowships and assistantships to allow outstanding students from Catalonia to pursue graduate degrees (Master’s and PhD. Degrees) and participate in research projects at the University of Colorado at Boulder since August 2010.

The Balsells Fellowship at CU Boulder is currently divided in two categories:

  • Balsells Graduate Program
    The Fellowship Program provides full funding for students seeking MS and PhD engineering degrees at CU Boulder.
  • Balsells Mobility Program
    The Mobility Program is intended for students in the last year of their BS or MS degrees and matches them with CU faculty members who oversee the completion of their bachelor's or master's thesis.

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Pete J. Balsells

Pete J. Balsells

Peter J. Balsells was born in Barcelona. He moved to the United States as a teenager and graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1958, he and his wife founded Bal Seal Engineering, Inc., which has its primary facility near Irvine, California and a secondary facility near Colorado Springs, Colorado and makes devices and components for a wide range of engineering and medical applications. Pete received a Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from CU-Boulder in 2005 and an Honorary Doctorate in 2015.

In 1996, a Balsells Fellowship Program was established by Pete Balsells in the School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Matching support is provided by the Generalitat de Catalunya and by UCI. Since that time, similar programs have been added at CU-Boulder, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) and the University of California, Davis (UCD). Over 71 mobility students, 139 graduate fellows and 11 postdoctoral fellows have been supported by the programs.

In 2010, a Balsells Fellowship Program was established at the University of Colorado Boulder, Pete’s alma mater. The College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU Boulder is the top-ranked engineering college in the greater Rocky Mountain region and is known for hands-on learning, as exemplified by its award-winning Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory (opened in 1997) and Discovery Learning Center (opened in 2002). Its vision for excellence in education and research revolves around the paradigm of Engineering for Global Society, including grand challenges in areas such as energy, the environment, and health care. A particular strength of CU is biological science and engineering, through a partnership of science and engineering departments on the Boulder campus and the medical, pharmacy and dental schools on the Denver campus.

Interested? Get in touch with us!

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