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 on its respected higher education system and you get an irresistible destination for students from around the world.

Student striking an iconic pose while studying abroad in Barcelona
Children of Barcelona playing with bubbles
Students fruit picking

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



Student exploring in Barcelona while studying abroad


CIEE Barcelona
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.

Study abroad student volunteers eating in Barcelona


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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