ALBA: Quarter Study Abroad & Interships in Barcelona, Spain
Studying abroad in Barcelona was the best part of my college experience.
Submitted by Jonathan - Portland State University | October 08, 2014
Barcelona is an amazing city, especially when you have access to someone with intimate local knowledge.
Program offered wide variety of college accredited courses with knowledgeable instructors from various backgrounds. Language barrier was not an issue as instructors spoke English, Spanish and various other languages. Each was able to give unique insight on culture and relevant history of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain and Western Europe.
I picked up on local hotspots for nightlife, excursions and other activities off the grid. The food was traditional Spanish and organized meal times around my schedule. Bedroom and bathroom of in-home stay were clean, comfortable and private. Had a place to study at home if needed.
All classes offered insight into different areas that directly related to the entire study-abroad experience. Many classmates banded together for studying, trips to museums, eating out, etc. and are still friends to this day.
Program director was able to relate to students and willing to provide recommendations. Trips were organized, van rides were comfortable, and there was a concrete effort to make the group feel welcome with each other and locals.
The class sizes were manageable. We were able to get direct, one on one instruction with all instructors having reasonable office hours.
Home stay option was a great option for complete cultural immersion. I was able to develop long standing relationships with my host family and stay in contact with them to this day, 10 years later.
Program offered numerous day/weekend activities to see different parts of Catalonia, not just Barcelona.
Program director was knowledgeable on everything from expected cost per day for food, activities and other day trips. University credit transfer was not an issue, all course credits transferred without a problem.
Submitted by Alex Grant - Southern Oregon University | June 01, 2011
ALBA was great. Only had classes two days a week and I was in a city sorrounded by thousands of other students all around the world. Barcelona is by far one of the best party cities in the world as you find yourself staying out till sunrise every night. If you want to study abroad in Spain, I guarantee ALBA will provide you with the best time.
Submitted by Guy #1 - Spain | September 20, 2009
Unbelievable program. Academic aspect was the easiest thing fathomable, and Barcelona is one of the greatest party cities in the world. Allowed for a lot of travel. Since class is 2 days a week.
10 weeks of LIFE!
Submitted by Harold - Spain | September 20, 2009
Best 10 weeks of my life.
Getting tanked while getting A's
Submitted by Hooply - Spain | September 20, 2009
A nice break from regular classes, and you can party all the time. No studying needed, bro!
Fun, Not Academic
Submitted by John - | April 24, 2013
Great for traveling and limiting time in the classroom. Terrible for learning Spanish.
Not academically challenging but fun
Submitted by Lyman Missimer - Spain | September 20, 2009
It was fun, not too challenging academically, but a good experience. I recommend taking this program if you're taking for a relaxed atmosphere and a lot of free time to explore the city.
Very Informative but Bad Facilities
Submitted by Matt - Spain | September 13, 2009
Great cultural experience overall! The academic facilities and organziation was a bit uncomfortable for both students and teachers - we had class in a bedroom apartment. The classes were informative about Spain and current issues. Overall it was a good program suited for students to not only learn about Spain but travel to other countries.
Fun, but no structure
Submitted by Anonymous HS1 - | April 24, 2013
Fun, but no structure and admin not responsive.