Spend the summer in the vibrant seaside city of Barcelona immersed in a professional Spanish environment on our Summer Business Internship program. This program pairs qualified students with local and international businesses and corporations, giving you the opportunity to learn from, and contribute to, some of Spain’s most successful organizations. Through challenging coursework, language training, homestays, company visits, and a for-credit internship, you’ll increase your understanding of international business while improving your Spanish language, business writing, and communication skills.
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
A for-credit internship is at the core of our Summer Business Internship program in Barcelona. Based on your experience, interests, and current studies, you’ll be placed with a company—could be a startup, local business, or international organization—where you’ll gain hands-on professional experience and practice your Spanish language skills. Past internship sites include the multinational Whirlpool, the headhunting company Brainmatch, the travel and tourism company WayAway, and the local accounting firm Uhy-Fay.
Explore the region of Catalonia through two one-day trips, during which we’ll visit businesses, such as multinational wine distributers, and gain an understanding of Spain’s booming tourist industry. On two overnight trips to Valencia and the Costa Brava, you’ll focus on local industry and history. During your time in Barcelona, you’ll also have a chance to attend international networking events and hear from a variety of guest speakers.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
The program fee includes:
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.
Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** includes two meals per day for homestay students; no meals are included for students staying in the Residencia option
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee *
International Airfare **
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* amount for meals for Residencia students; students living in homestays are responsible for lunches, estimated at $450
** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
- Overall GPA 2.75
- 5 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
Total recommended credit for the Internship program is 6 semester/9 quarter hours.
Students are required to take an Internship seminar, which meets on a weekly basis, and an advanced Spanish language class and work as an intern at a business for approximately 100 hours.
About the City
About The City
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain with its own distinctive history, culture, and language. Set between mountains and the Mediterranean sea, the city's population is 1.6 million, with a total of 4.5 million in the greater metropolitan area. Walking though the city, one can observe 2,000 years of architectural history—Roman remains, the network of narrow streets in the Old Town, the 19th Century Eixample district with its original examples of Modernista architecture—contrasting with the ultramodern showpieces that continue to redesign its skyline.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Quynh Phan is the Resident Director of the Economics and Culture program and the Business Internship program. Quynh worked for many years in private and educational marketing, including five years as the Marketing Director of the Europe Campus of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business before overseeing CIEE's Business and Culture program as Resident Director. Raised in the United States, Quynh has lived in Barcelona for 20 years and has an excellent understanding of the intercultural dimensions associated with a study abroad experience. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from UCLA and an MA from Columbia University.
A study abroad experience is unique for many reasons. And if it takes place in a city like Barcelona, the experience becomes even more so. As the capital city of Catalonia and one of Spain’s most economically vibrant regions, and with its great offering of history, art and architecture, Barcelona brings together many ingredients that make it a top choice for an experience abroad. In addition, nestled between the Pyrenees Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona provides countless opportunities for exploring amazing landscapes, delicious local cuisine and varied traditions.
Be prepared for a challenging academic program that allows you to learn about the Spanish and Catalan ways of living and thinking, and at the same time, how business is conducted in Spain and in Europe!
— Quynh Phan, Resident Director
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
The CIEE Study Center in Barcelona, Spain, is located in two adjoining historic buildings on Passatge Permanyer, near Passeig de Gràcia and Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona’s main square. This historic passatgeway provides a quiet haven in the city center and houses CIEE classrooms, a computer lab, and student lounges.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Students can choose to live in either Spanish homestays (there is an option to live in a homestay along with another CIEE student) or in a student residencia(residence hall) with other Spanish and international students. These are located in urban settings throughout the city. Students living in a homestay will have breakfast and dinner provided at home, while lunch is at the students’ expense. Kitchen space is allotted to students should they wish to make lunch to bring to campus. Many students choose to eat at one of the university-run cafeterias. Students in homestays will have their laundry done for them once a week. Meals and laundry are not included in the student residencia option, but students share fully equipped kitchens where they can prepare their own meals, and laundry facilities are available. All homestays and residencias are located in the city of Barcelona and within 30 minutes, by public transportation, of the CIEE Study Center and host institutions.
As space in the residencias is limited, students who request to live there but cannot be assigned a place are accommodated through a homestay. In the event that there are more requests to live in a residencia than the total available spaces, study abroad students with more advanced Spanish take priority over those with less Spanish. Proficiency level is based on students' CIEE Spanish course pre-registration and academic background in Spanish, as reflected on the transcript. Students who are not assigned the housing option of their choice are notified by the resident staff prior to arriving in Barcelona.
You'll begin your study abroad experience in Barcelona even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple—to help you understand more about the program, and to identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.
A two-day orientation session conducted at the beginning of the study abroad program introduces you to the country, culture, and the academic program, as well as provides practical information on living in Spain and Barcelona in particular. Themes such as the Spanish university system, an introduction to Catalonia, health and safety, banking, and cultural adaptation are covered. Orientation also includes structured cultural activities, guided tours and time with your Guardian Angel, a local student guide. A language placement exam is conducted during orientation, and you are placed in the appropriate language courses based on the results. Ongoing support is provided by center staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enables laptop. You'll have wireless Internet access in your homestay or student residencias, as well as at both CIEE and ESCI. In addition, you will be able to use the computer room at the CIEE Study Center.<
The academic program is supplemented with field trips and excursions, which include visits in Barcelona to business sites, art and history museums, monuments, guided tours of the historical district, and more. You'll also have access to the cultural program offered to all CIEE study abroad students in Barcelona. This program includes gastronomy-based activities such as a tapas night with your Guardian Angels, a cooking class, or a hike in the mountains followed by a local meal. Three one-day trips, including guided visits to places and monuments of cultural or historical significance in Catalonia such as the Dalí Museum in Figueres or Roman ruins in the city of Tarragona, are also included. You can also participate in a weekend trip to another Spanish city (Madrid, Seville or other) with business-based guided tours and activities. Although there are no formal community service activities on this program, volunteer opportunities can be arranged by CIEE staff.
The CIEE Study Center is located in a historic building located in Passatge Permanyer, a historic passageway near Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona’s main square.
Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.
Required CIEE Language Course
Advanced Spanish Grammar, Composition, and Conversation
Course number: SPAN 4003 BABC
This is an advanced Spanish language course corresponding to levels B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and Advanced High of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Its aim is to help independent users of the language become proficient users in formal settings (academic and professional).
Required CIEE Course
Course number: INSH 3003 BABC
This course seeks to help students immerse themselves in a Spanish professional working environment. Students will learn how to observe, interact with co-workers, recognize cultural differences, compare teamwork and interpersonal interactions in different cultures. They will also apply academic knowledge in a professional setting, identify opportunities to create value within the company, and to research, propose and present their report.