Study Abroad in Barcelona

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Explore Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona’s art, architecture, and gastronomic reputation alone are enough to command global attention. Add its political, economic, and cultural influence to its respected higher education system and you get an irresistible destination for students from around the world.

CIEE Study Abroad Students
Fountain in Barcelona
Students on an excursion

Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions and a multi-day study tour 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 Museu Picasso and Gaudi’s La Sagrada Família
  • Day trips to Dali Museum in Figueres
  • Multi-day trips to Valencia, Sevilla, and Madrid
  • Hikes at Tibidabo Mountain
  • Visits to the Roman ruins in the coastal city Tarragona and the medieval town of Girona
Barcelona walking tour


CIEE Barcelona
Conveniently located near Barcelona’s main square, Plaza Catalunya.

Escola Superior de Comerç Internacional (ESCI)
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 (UVic)
UVic is an independent state-supported institution, committed to the economic and social development of the region. All courses at UVic are taught in English.

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.

Student volunteers in Barcelona, Spain


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

Pocket Guide to Barcelona

  • Currency

    Spoken Languages
    Catalan, Spanish, English

    Available Transportation
    Metro, tram, train, bus

    Famous Local
    Gerard Piqué, famous professional soccer (football) player

  • Climate
    Warm and temperate with an average annual temperature of 62°F

    Places to Explore
    La Rambla – a 656-foot tree-line boulevard filled with Catalan culture, theaters, shops, restaurants, and interesting architecture

  • Airport
    Barcelona-El Prat Josep Tarradellas Airport (BCN)

    Social Norms
    Don’t wear your fraternity/sorority letters around the city – you’ll stand out as a tourist

    What to Pack
    Comfortable shoes, Spanish dictionary, water bottle, sunglasses

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