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Barcelona, Spain

Business + Culture

Study Program Part-Time Internship

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15 weeks

Costs

Credit

14 - 18 semester hours

21 - 25.5 quarter hours

Eligibility

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32 weeks

Costs

Credit

14 - 18 semester hours

21 - 25.5 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

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Dates

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14 weeks

Costs

Credit

14 - 18 semester hours

21 - 25.5 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

Apply Now

Request Information

Contact Us

Overview

Known for its stunning architecture, world-class cuisine, and vibrant cultural heritage, Barcelona is one of Europe's crown jewels. The city is also considered one of the region's most dynamic startup ecosystems and leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship. For these reasons, Barcelona has become an ideal destination for international students interested in studying business and culture.

Designed for students with a background in business, CIEE Barcelona's Business + Culture program offers students access to countless cultural wonders – all while earning college credit. From indulging in mouth-watering tapas to marveling at world-famous architect Antoni Gaudí's 20+ sites (like his masterpieces La Sagrada Família and Park Güell) to participating in traditional Catalan dances (like the native Sardana dance), you'll discover all Barcelona has to offer during your semester abroad with CIEE in Spain's most popular city.  

Unique Experiences

DISCOVER

one of Europe’s most dynamic startup ecosystems.

EXPLORE

Barcelona’s “District 22@”, a hub for innovative companies.

LIVE

with a Spanish family and immerse yourself in local culture.

2,048

STARTUPS

12 M

VISITORS YEARLY

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BUS LINES

Experience
  • la sagrada familia barcelona aerial view
  • study abroad students barcelona boating together

Your Destination

Culture, sport, fashion, finance, media, and entertainment – Barcelona is brimming with it all. The largest city on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is home to 1.6 million in the city proper and 4.5 million in the broader metro area. It is edged with a river on either side and backed by the Serra de Collserola mountains to the west.  

Castilian Spanish and Catalan are the official languages. Both are regularly used in all aspects of life, and Catalan is not imposed. Taxi drivers, shopkeepers, professors, and host families all speak clear Castilian when Spanish speakers are present. Spanish is widely used at the university. Students don’t need to speak Catalan but learning a few words can open doors to making new friends.  

CIEE Barcelona is conveniently located in a historical pedestrian passageway in the heart of the city. In it, students will find staff offices, classrooms and open-air terraces.  It is close to the host universities and to the city’s main attractions. 

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Barcelona.

The Culture

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EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • One of our popular day trips takes you to Montserrat, a Benedictine monastery retreat high atop one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in Catalunya. Not only is its history of significant religious importance but the surrounding natural beauty is nothing short of breathtaking. There you can visit the monastery to see La Moreneta (the black Madonna), listen to the world-renowned Boys’ Choir (whose history dates back to the 14th century), and trek any of the numerous mountain trails where you’ll take in incredible countryside views and see the most unusual rock formations in all of Catalonia. Are you ready? Let’s go! 
  • Discover the Gràcia neighborhood, famous for its bohemian and artistic style and streets filled with color and culture. 
  • Visit the oldest preserved garden, reflecting both Neoclassical and Romantic styles – and try your luck in the park’s labyrinth maze! 
  • Eat like a local and try popular traditional dishes like churros, patatas bravas, tortilla de patata, tapas, and pinchos. 
  • See a flamenco show! 
  • Hike the Carretera de les Aigües for amazing views over the city.
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INTERNSHIP

Complement your studies with an internship in English or Spanish. You might help a company like Naru Sport market its international products; work with a team on real estate and investment options; or help a firm such as Audiconsultores with finance and accounting. Internships include required weekly class sessions to support and enhance the internship experience with academic grounding. Students applying for an internship are required to submit additional materials during the course selection process.

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VOLUNTEERING

Get to know the people of the city and their language as you give back. Here are some of the ways you might serve: 

  • Help children with homework after school 
  • Assist kids with special needs during school breaks 
  • Collect food for people in need

Program Blogs

From CIEE

The Ultimate Guide to Studying Abroad in Spain

By College Study Abroad at CIEE

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From CIEE

The Ultimate Guide to Your Study Abroad Packing List (10 Essential Items!)

By College Study Abroad at CIEE

@cieestudyabroad Pack your bags! It’s almost time for your study abroad adventure #cieestudyabroad #studyabroad #internationalstudent #packing #packinglist #packingessentials #studyabroadtips #greenscreen love triangles - Happy Trees Packing your life into a... keep reading

From CIEE

3 Best Tips for Studying Abroad in Spain

By College Study Abroad Ambassador at CIEE

By: Avery Buckman I have been abroad for a little over a month now and in just that little time I have been exposed to many new experiences and learned... keep reading

What People are Saying

  • "It an experience you will never regret. The people you meet and the culture you immerse yourself in is the best way to get out of your comfort zone and learn about the differences in cultures."

    Christian C., Bradley University

  • "I really enjoyed my experience with CIEE, I appreciated how organized the program was. I always knew where to go if I needed assistance."

    Ashna B., Indiana University-Bloomington

  • "I think that everything about the program from orientation to sitting in classes was very well organized and every staff member was very kind and helpful. Also the excursions every week were amazing!"

    Carly A., Indiana University-Bloomington

  • "This was an incredible experience, I felt like I learned a lot and I really enjoyed how everything was organized with CIEE as well as how there were an abundance of CIEE-sponsored trips and activities we could participate in"

    Keya S., Indiana University-Bloomington

  • "CIEE has been an amazing program with life changing opportunities. The courses have been great, I've enjoyed every event, and I've been surprised by how many people I've met."

    Spencer K., Oakland University

Housing
Academics

Academics

CIEE’s Business + Culture program invites business students to improve their Spanish language skills and earn credits toward their degree with courses at CIEE Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra’s Escola Superior de Comerç Internacional (School of International Studies, or ESCI) or the Universitat de Vic – Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVic). Beginning in Spring 2024, students will also have the option to take courses at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). 

Students in this program in fall of 2023 are required to take one Spanish language course tailored to their skill level. Beginning in spring 2024, the Spanish language course will no longer be required, though highly recommended by CIEE. 

Escola Superior de Comerc Internacional (ESCI) offers bachelor’s degrees in business and marketing, as well as an International Business Program (IBP) for international students. ESCI hosts 500 students and is located 15 minutes from CIEE by bus or metro.  

Universitat de Vic – Universitat Central de Catalunya (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 15 minutes from CIEE by bus or metro.  

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is a public University with an enrollment of more than 40,000 students. It was founded in 1968 under the principles of autonomy, participation, and social commitment. Today, it is the second highest-ranking Spanish University according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

GPA

CIEE or UVic Track: Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5 at the time of application  

ESCI Track: Students need to have a GPA of at least 3.0 at the time of application  

UAB Track (Beginning spring 2024): Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.75 at the time of the application

Language Requirements

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

  • 3 semesters of college-level micro- or macroeconomics, accounting, finance, management, or statistics. 
  • Students must have a junior-level standing or higher by the time of arrival in Barcelona to study abroad in the fall of 2023. Beginning in the spring of 2024, students with a sophomore-level standing will be allowed in this program.

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Requirements

  • Students are required to take 14-18 U.S. semester/21-27 quarter credits.  

The Business + Culture program will be composed of four tracks:  

  1. ESCI - Escola Superior de Comerç Internacional   
  2. UVic - Universitat de Vic   
  3. UAB - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona   
  4. CIEE Only 

Students need to choose one track and they can’t combine courses from different host institutions (ESCI, UVic, UAB).  

In the rare case that a CIEE partner school has enrollments exceeding the UPF maximum per home institution, CIEE will work with any impacted students and our partner school to explore alternative tracks and/or programs   

ESCI Track: 

  • Two business, economics, management, or marketing courses 
  • Two to three additional courses, selected from CIEE and/or ESCI 
  • Minimum one ESCI course  

UVic and UAB Tracks: 

  • Two business, economics, management, or marketing courses 
  • Three additional courses, selected from CIEE and/or the host institution 
  • Minimum one UVic or UAB course   

CIEE Only Track   

  • Minimum two CIEE business, economics, management, or marketing courses   
  • Three CIEE additional courses 

Program Credit

  • Total credit: 14-18 U.S. semester/21-27 quarter credits   
    • ESCI Track: 14-18 U.S. semester/21-27 quarter credits   
    • Uvic Track: 15-16 U.S. semester/24 quarter credits  
    • UAB Track: 15-16 U.S. semester/24 quarter credits  
    • CIEE Only Track: 15-16 U.S. semester/24 quarter credits 

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 - 4 U.S. semester/4.5 - 6 quarter credits; 45 - 60 contact hours 
  • CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 100 internship placement hours  
  • Escola Superior de Comerç Internacional (ESCI) courses: 3-4 U.S. semester/4.5-6 quarter credits; 45-60 contact hours, as noted  
  • Universitat de Vic – Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVic) courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted  
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

Courses are academically challenging and involve daily reading and homework assignments, and attendance at lectures and field trips. Students are responsible for knowing the dates of exams and assignments. Dates are firm and attendance is required. As students gain proficiency in Spanish, they are encouraged to use their skills with local students, host families, and new acquaintances.

Class Format

ESCI direct enrollment courses are taken alongside Spanish students. ESCI International Business Program courses and UVic courses include other international students. CIEE courses are taken with other CIEE students only.

As of spring of 2024, students will be able to take courses at UAB, where they will study alongside other CIEE students only.

Grading

Students are evaluated based on class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, exams, papers, and oral presentations. In some courses, grades are based on an exam and a group or individual project. ESCI, UVic, and UAB professors grade on a 10-point scale, and points are converted to U.S. letter grades. 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

Spanish and/or English

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Courses

Course Information

  • Students who choose to take courses at a host institution are only allowed to take courses at one host institution [either ESCI, UVic, or UAB (starting spring 2024)].   
  • Students who choose to take all their courses at CIEE are responsible for confirming with their home schools that this is an approved option.   
  • Courses at CIEE and at ESCI are offered in both Spanish and English. Courses at UVic and UAB are only offered in English.  
  • At ESCI, students can take local courses and/or courses for international students in ESCI’s International Business Program (ESCI IBP).  
  • At UVic, all courses are for international students only.  
  • Students with four or five semesters of college-level Spanish are encouraged to take two courses in Spanish.  
  • Students with six or more semesters of college-level Spanish are encouraged to take all their classes in Spanish.

Academic Projects

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Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

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Communication, Journalism, and Media

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History, Philosophy, Religion

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Languages and Cultural Studies

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Literature, Linguistics, and Writing

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Social Sciences

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Visual and Performing Arts

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Agriculture

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Natural Resources, Conservation, and the Environment

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Psychology

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Academic Projects

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Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

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Communication, Journalism, and Media

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History, Philosophy, Religion

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Languages and Cultural Studies

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Social Sciences

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Visual and Performing Arts

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Agriculture

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Natural Resources, Conservation, and the Environment

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Psychology

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Academic Projects

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Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

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Communication, Journalism, and Media

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History, Philosophy, Religion

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Languages and Cultural Studies

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Social Sciences

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Visual and Performing Arts

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Agriculture

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Natural Resources, Conservation, and the Environment

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Psychology

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The following is a sample list of courses; not all are available every year. 

THE ESCOLA SUPERIOR DE COMERÇ INTERNACIONAL (SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, or ESCI) BUSINESS COURSES  

ESCI courses in English (3 U.S. credits) 

  • Culture and Business in Europe  
    • (Prerequisite: Business Organization)  
  • Culture and Business in America  
    • (Prerequisite: Business Organization)  
  • Culture and Business in Middle East and Africa  
    • (Prerequisite: Business Organization)  
  • Industrial and Services Marketing  
    • (Prerequisite: previous marketing knowledge recommended)  
  • International Product Management  
    • (Prerequisite: previous coursework in marketing, market research, and strategic marketing knowledge recommended)  
  • International Project Management  
    • (Prerequisite: Business Organization / Finance)  
  • International Strategic Management  
    • (Prerequisite: Business Organization/Marketing)  
  • International Marketing  
    • (Prerequisite: Marketing / Business Organization)  
  • International Expansion  
    • (Prerequisite: Business Organization)  
  • International Team Management  
    • (Prerequisite: Business Organization)  
  • Market Research Analytics  
    • (Prerequisite: Business marketing, Market Research, Statistics)  
  • People Management  
    • (Prerequisite: Business Organization.)  
  • Market Research I  
    • (Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Marketing / Introductory Statistics)  
  • Public Relations and Consumer Relations Management  
    • (Prerequisite: Marketing)  
  • Pricing Policies  
    • (Prerequisite: Intermediate Microeconomics required)  

ESCI courses in Spanish (3 U.S. credits) 

  • Auditoria  
    • (Prerequisite: Contabilidad de Costes)  
  • Compras Internacionales  
    • (Prerequisite: Organización de Empresas)  
  • Contabilidad de Costes  
    • (Prerequisite: prior knowledge of accounting required)  
  • Cultura & Negocios en Asia  
    • (Prerequisite: Organización de Empresas)  
  • Direccion de Ventas  
    • (Prerequisite: Organización de Empresas/Marketing)  
  • Economia y Globalización  
    • (Prerequisite: Macroeconomía/ Economía Internacional)  
  • Gestion de la Sostenibilidad  
    • (Prerequisite: Organización de Empresas)  
  • Innovación y Emprendimiento  
    • (Prerequisite: Organización de Empresas)  
  • Logística Internacional  
    • (Prerequisite: Gestión de Operaciones / Distribución Comercial)  
  • Marketing Digital Internacional  
    • (Prerequisite: Marketing)         
  • Negociación Internacional  
    • (Prerequisite: Organización de Empresas)  
  • Retail Internacional  
    • (Prerequisite: Marketing)         
  • Técnicas de Previsión  

ESCI International Business Program Courses in English (4 U.S. credits) 

  • Applied Marketing Research in the Digital Era   
    • (Prerequisite: Introduction to Marketing)  
  • Consumer Behavior  
    • (Prerequisite: Introduction to Marketing)  
  • Corporate Finance  
    • (Prerequisite: Accounting)  
  • Cross Cultural Management and Intercultural Communication            
    • (Prerequisite: Business Organization)  
  • Doing Business in Europe  
    • (Prerequisite: Business Organization)  
  • Economic Global Order  
    • (Prerequisite: Introductory Economics)  
  • Financial Risk Management  
    • (Prerequisite: Corporate Finance)  
  • International Management  
    • (Prerequisite: Business Organization)  
  • International Economics  
    • (Prerequisite: Introductory Micro and Macro Economics)  
  • New Trends in International Marketing  
    • (Prerequisite: Introduction to Marketing)  
  • Strategic Brand Management  
    • (Prerequisite: Marketing Management)  
  • Strategic Consumer Insight  
    • (Prerequisite: Introduction to Marketing)  

UNIVERSITAT DE VIC – UNIVERSITAT CENTRAL DE CATALUNYA (UVIC) BUSINESS, DESIGN, AND INNOVATION COURSES  

Spring 2024: Students taking courses at UVic may need to remain onsite until April 19, 2024 due to an extended course schedule.  

Syllabi for the courses listed below can be found on the UVic website under the ‘Programme’ tab. 

UVic courses in English (3 credits) 

  • Brand Design  
  • Design Thinking  
  • Digital Business  
  • Global Marketing  
  • Marketing and Fashion  
  • Leadership, Business, and Society   
  • Luxury Marketing  
  • Psychology of Communication and Publicity  
  • Retail Management  
  • Start-up Creation  

AVAILABLE SPRING 2024 

UNIVERSITAT AUTÒNOMA DE BARCELONA (UAB)  

Course offerings may vary from semester to semester. Courses are taught in English and are 3 U.S. credits.  

Syllabi for the courses listed below can be found online.  

UAB courses in English 

  • The Seven Wonders of Spain: Spanish Architecture History  
  • Communication and Gender  
  • Mediterranean Culture and History 

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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Scholarships

Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application.

Learn more about scholarships

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program Fall 2024 15 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $20,950
Program Academic year 2024-2025 32 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $40,850
Program Spring 2025 14 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $20,950

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $15,706**

Housing = $4,750***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $20,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,120

International Airfare = $1,250††

Local Transportation = $65†††

Books & Supplies = $100

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $260††††

Total Costs = $3,455

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

Select Housing Fee = $750

Select Plus Housing Fee = $1,500

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***homestay includes two meals daily; no meals are included for students in the Residencia option. Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals (breakfast and dinner). For students in apartments, you should budget approx. $260 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly.

††round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†††Local transportation: t-jove (3 months) = 40€ ($43) / t-usual (1 month) = 20€ ($21)

††††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $30,106**

Housing = $10,250***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $40,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $2,240

International Airfare = $1,250††

Local Transportation = $130†††

Books & Supplies = $200

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $520††††

Expenses during break = $695†††††

Total Costs = $5,695

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

Select Housing Fee = $750

Select Plus Housing Fee = $1,500

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals (breakfast and dinner). For students in apartments, you should budget approx. $260 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly.

††round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†††Local transportation: t-jove (3 months) = 40€ ($43) / t-usual (1 month) = 20€ ($21)

††††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

†††††Academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break. This amount can vary greatly.

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $14,956**

Housing = $5,500***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $20,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,120

International Airfare = $1,250††

Local Transportation = $65†††

Books & Supplies = $100

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $260††††

Total Costs = $3,455

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

Select Housing Fee = $750

Select Plus Housing Fee = $1,500

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals (breakfast and dinner). For students in apartments, you should budget approx. $260 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly.

††Round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†††Local transportation: t-jove (3 months) = 40€ ($43) / Local transportation: t-usual (1 month) = 20€ ($21)

††††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

What's Included

Tuition

Housing

Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet

Orientation

Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city

On-site Staff

Full-time program leadership and support in your city

Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities

Excursions and/or Study Tours

Travel Protection

CIEE iNext travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support

Staff

Our Staff

Andrés Tabárez

Center Director

Andrés Tabárez is Center Director at CIEE Barcelona. Andrés holds a Ph.D. in Classical Studies from the University of Barcelona (UB).

José Luis Espinosa

Academic Director

José Luis holds a Ph.D. in Modern Languages and Gender Studies from the University of Salamanca (USAL).

Fernando Janeiro

Senior Program Manager

Nando holds a Master's Degree in Humanities from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) and is certified as a Spanish as a Second Language instructor (International House/ Universitat de Barcelona).

Get Started Steps

Get Started

Here’s what you need to do to take the next steps:

1

Start an Application 
You're one step closer to an amazing study abroad experience!

2

Connect With Your Campus Study Abroad Office 
Share your plans and confirm you're on track to meet all required steps to go abroad. 

3

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