Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain

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A Guide to Studying in Barcelona

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200 Study Abroad Programs in Barcelona, Spain

Choose from 3 campuses or travel-study programs in Barcelona

Become immersed in Spanish culture for a summer, semester, or full academic year with CISabroad. Students have the opportunity to study in some of Barcelona's most notable schools, the University of Barcelona, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, and Barcelona International College. CISabroad programs include transferable class credits, excursions, and academic advising.

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Summer Study Abroad in Barcelona Spain

Experience the vibrant way of life in Barcelona through study abroad programs provided by Barcelona SAE. Students can spend a few weeks in the summer, or a full semester or year, attending the city's most prestigious schools, including Barcelona International College, Universidad de Pompeu Fabra, and the Universidad de Barcelona. Participating students will earn academic credits as they complet...

Study in Spain with API

Study Abroad in Barcelona with API. American and Canadian students can study at the University of Barcelona, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, or Pompeu Fabra University for the summer, a semester, or a full year. API's program allow students to build their Spanish language fluency while learning more about an array of subjects, such as Literature, Latin American Studies, and Sociology.

Summer in Barcelona with Forum-Nexus!

Live and study in Barcelona through Forum-Nexus Study Abroad. Students can take a maximum of two courses during the summer term, in subjects such as International Business, Economics, and Finance, at IQS School of Management. Courses provide students with the chance to gain a deeper understanding of European cultures, economics, and societies.

Forum-Nexus Study Abroad
Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI)

Indulge in the Spanish and Catalan culture of Barcelona through the Knowledge Exchange Institute's study programs. Students from around the world can attend a wide selection of courses, such as Law and Diplomacy and Fashion Design and Merchandising. The program is available all year round and includes excursions and field trips in and around the city for participating students.

Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI)
Inspiring Summer and Semester Programs in Spain

Develop professional skills with SAI Programs in the bustling city of Barcelona. Choose between the finest universities in Spain: Elisava Barcelona School for Design and Engineering and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Internship placements vary from International Business to Interior Design. Maximize the student international experience through cultural explorations in the city’s well-kn...

Summer and Semester Programs in Spain with AIFS

Build Spanish language abilities and experience the local culture while studying abroad in Barcelona through AIFS. Students from the United States can earn credits while studying Business, Religious Studies, and many other subjects during various times of the year. AIFS programs even provide students with scholarship opportunities.

Semester and Summer Studies in Spain with IES Abroad

Study abroad in Barcelona with IES Abroad. Spend the summer, semester, or a full academic year studying alongside other international students and locals learning more about a wide range of subjects from Archaeology to Classical Studies to Spanish. Programs include tuition and international health insurance among other amenities.

Study Abroad in Spain with ISA

Broaden academic knowledge through this study abroad program offered by ISA (International Studies Abroad) in the stunning city of Barcelona. Participants receive support from the organization through an on-site office, where they can access free computer and Internet facilities, receive tutoring, and even get tips on how to fully-immerse themselves into the community.

Budget Academic Programs in Barcelona with CSA!

Study abroad in Barcelona, Spain with CSA. Students can develop their Spanish language skills and experience the local culture while taking courses at the University of Barcelona. Programs are available to international students year round, covering a variety of course areas, such as Political Science, Economics, and European Studies.

Spanish Language and Culture Programs in Barcelona!

Experience studying abroad in Barcelona with Global Semesters. Students can earn up to 15 academic credits studying over the summer term or for a semester. American and Canadian students can study a wide range of subjects, such as Museum Studies, Business Management, and Spanish Literature.

Study Abroad with Semester at Sea

Spend the fall semester in the stunning city of Barcelona and gain essential knowledge on your desired field through this international learning program offered by Semester at Sea. Students receive lessons, aboard a ship, about contemporary issues faced within the global sphere, including Sustainability, Religious Pluralism, and Economic Empowerment. No prior experience is required to be eligib...

Language Learning in Spain

Explore Barcelona's fascinating culture while partaking in a comprehensive study abroad program developed by Eurocentres. Located in one of Spain's densely-populated cities, participants delve into the Spanish language while enjoying weekly excursions to various sites in the region of Catalunya. Furthermore, the organization conducts film-showings of Spanish movies and arranges dinners to meet ...

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How to Study Abroad in Barcelona

A Guide to Studying in Barcelona

Sweeping white sandy beaches, beautiful gothic architecture, a fun and energetic pulse that keeps the city alive into the early hours of the morning - is it any wonder that Barcelona is consistently a study abroad mecca for students from all over the world? The second largest city in Spain, for centuries Barcelona has thrived as a cultural and commercial capital of the Mediterranean. From world-class historical museums to bizarre surrealist art to abundant modern discotecas, study abroad in Barcelona can be the cultural experience of a lifetime for anyone interested in Spanish culture and living the good life.

Subjects & Courses

The city is host to a variety of public and private educational institutions, and many study abroad programs in Barcelona have their own academic centers within the city as well. Even though the official language of Barcelona is Catalan, most classes available to international students are taught in Spanish or English. Classes which are taught in Spanish can often be challenging to follow for non-native speakers, but are a great way to advance your fluency of the language and they are sometimes adapted to fluency levels..

Popular areas of study in Barcelona include Spanish, Art and Architecture, Media Communications, and International Business or Marketing. Barcelona may be a city best known for its rich artistic and cultural tradition, but it is also an increasingly important international place of business. Thus there are a wealth of opportunities outside the classroom to advance your immersive experience in any of these study areas. Like many great cities, history meets modernity in the streets of Barcelona.

The classroom structure in Spain is fairly laid back, and you will find that professors often even show up late for their own classes during your study abroad program in Spain. All part of the culture. The temperate Mediterranean climate makes easy living and studying in Barcelona year round, and study abroad courses are typically offered for the summer, semester, or full academic year. Semesters generally run from September to December and January to June, with winter and summer breaks in between.

Life in Barcelona

The relaxed Mediterranean mindset which infiltrates Barcelona is a welcome lifestyle change to many students accustomed to the stressful demands of their home campus. This being said, the lulling pace of life can make a challenging transition at first. Dinner is not typically eaten until nine or ten at night, nightlife extends early into the morning, and many shops will spontaneously close up during siesta time. Still, it is hard to complain about a change of pace when your weekends are spent lounging on balmy beaches drinking mojitos.

Further you will never become bored in Barcelona. If you like architecture, check out Gaudi’s beautifully unique structures spread out across the whole city. If sports is your thing, cheer on the world’s premier football club in FC Barcelona. Song and dance? Check out Flamenco or Sardana then dance the night away in one of Barcelona’s infamous discotecas. And when you’re tired of all this, leisurely stroll along Las Ramblas to soak it all in.

Some things to be mindful of - though most foreigners consider Barcelona to be part of Spain, locals pride themselves on their Catalonian heritage. Barcelona actually remains the capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia so you will experience a different flavor here than in the rest of Spain. Just one more thing that makes Barcelona unique. Don’t worry - though most locals speak Catalan regularly, just about everyone is equally fluent in Spanish.

Accommodation & Visas

Homestays are quite popular for study abroad in Barcelona, and offer the prospective student a fantastic opportunity to experience Spanish culture in its familial form. Individual or group homestays can likely be organized through your Barcelona study abroad program provider. Apartment or dormitory style living may also be made available to those who are interested.

If planning on living in Barcelona for more than 90 days then you will need to obtain a student visa before you leave. Consult GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory for the specific requirements based on your home country.

Benefits & Challenges

Barcelona offers an enriching, challenging, and fun culture for study abroad students from around the world to revel in. Let go and live life to the fullest everyday in this historical and architectural wonder of the Iberian Peninsula. Perfect your Spanish, gain practical international experience, and meet travellers from all over the world as you embark on the experience of a lifetime. It’s all good in the warming breeze of the Mediterranean - study abroad in Barcelona and come see why.

Dominic James Fusco

Dominic is native to California. Born in San Francisco and educated in Los Angeles, he has since travelled extensively throughout Europe and Asia. His eyes were first opened to the value of travel while studying abroad in New Delhi during college. He currently works for the GoAbroad content team located in the Philippines.