Study Abroad in Barcelona
College Study Abroad
Explore Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona’s art, architecture, and gastronomic reputation alone are enough to command global attention. Add its political, economic, and cultural influence on its respected higher education system and you get an irresistible destination for students from around the world.
Study Tours & Cultural Excursions
Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions and activities uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural
immersion. In Barcelona, past study tours and excursions have included:
- Guided tours of the Picasso museum and Gaudí’s Sagrada Família
- Day trips to the Dalímuseum in Figueres
- Hikes in the Collserola Natural Park
- Visits to the Roman ruins in the coastal city Tarragona and the medieval town of Girona
WHERE STUDENTS STUDY
Conveniently located near Barcelona’s main square, Plaza Catalunya.
ESCI-UPF School of International Studies
ESCI was created in 1993 by the Catalan government and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and offers bachelor’s degrees in business and marketing.
Universitat de Vic – Central University of Catalonia (UVic)
UVic is an independent state-supported institution, committed to the economic and social development of the region. The university offers a Business, Design, and Innovation program for international students on their Barcelona campus (at BAU Design College), just 20 minutes from CIEE by bus or metro.
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
UPF is one of Spain’s leading universities, with 27 degree programs offered in English.
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
UB was founded in 1450 and is the oldest and largest university in Barcelona. It has 105 departments, 98 degree programs, and 20 research centers.
Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC)
This international center applies research and development to architecture and urbanism, welcoming students and investigators from more than 60 countries.
INTERNSHIPS & VOLUNTEERING
Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer. In Barcelona, students can volunteer to help children with homework after school, help kids with special needs during school breaks, take part in food-drives to help feed people in need.
Study Abroad Programs in Barcelona
Currency Spoken Languages Available Transportation Famous Local Climate Places to Explore Airport Social Norms What to Pack
Catalan, Spanish, English
Metro, tram, train, bus
Gerard Piqué, famous professional soccer (football) player
Warm and temperate with an average annual temperature of 62°F
La Rambla – a 656-foot tree-line boulevard filled with Catalan culture, theaters, shops, restaurants, and interesting architecture.
Barcelona-El Prat Josep Tarradellas Airport (BCN)
Don't wear your fraternity/sorority letters around the city – you'll stand out as a tourist.
Comfortable shoes, Spanish dictionary, water bottle, sunglasses
Places to Explore
What to Pack