Barcelona, Spain

Liberal Arts

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Information for term Liberal Arts

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2022

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Sep 7 – Dec 21, 2022 (15 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA


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Take your advanced Spanish language skills to the next level in the vibrant Catalan capital of Barcelona. Immerse yourself in university life by taking classes in Spanish at CIEE’s partner school, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), across academic areas including history, politics, literature and culture.  You’ll quickly advance your language skills while building a broad understanding of Spain’s history and culture. You can even gain real-world work experience with an internship at a Spanish company. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

CIEE is requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling on programs. Read more ›

Unique Experiences


    to speaking Spanish at all times -chatting with Spanish peers in language exchanges, hanging out with your host family, working on a group project with classmates, and exploring city sights.


    in a cosmopolitan university city that’s rooted in ancient tradition and committed to the future.


    and a behind-the-scenes look at publishing, marketing, business, school, or NGO with an internship.

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites

  • beaches

  • universities


Location & Culture

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The Culture


  • Get to know Spanish students with conversation exchanges.
  • See Barcelona from new heights with a hike and excursion to Collserola.
  • See for yourself why landmarks like Museu Picasso and Gaudi’s artworks engender awe from visitors around the world.
  • Explore beyond Barcelona, with highlights that could include Roman ruins in the coastal city Tarragona, the medieval town of Girona, the Dalí museum in Figueres, among others.


Internships provide students with practical, real-world work experience at NGOs, schools, publishing companies, marketing agencies, businesses, and more. Internships include weekly classroom components that enrich the experience.

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Daily Life

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    All housing is within a 30-minute commute to CIEE.

    Homestays: Live with a Spanish family, with or without another CIEE student, and immerse yourself in the city’s language and culture. Each student has an individual room.

    Apartments: Students can live in apartments shared with other CIEE students. If local health and safety regulations permit, most students live in double or triple rooms. Each apartment will have shared common spaces, including kitchen and bathroom.

    Residence Halls: Students usually live with a mix of CIEE students, local and international students. If local health and safety regulations permit, students live in single, double, or triple rooms. Students usually share kitchens and common areas.
    Housing is tight in Barcelona. If we can’t accommodate your first housing choice, we’ll let you know before you arrive.



    Homestay students have breakfast and dinner with their host families, and they are responsible for lunch.

    Meals are not included at residence halls or apartments.

Barcelona, Spain

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE Barcelona

    Near Barcelona’s main square, Plaza Catalunya.

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    UPF has several Barcelona locations, near the Olympic Village, Problenou, and the port.

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    Getting Around

    Students use public transportation to get from their lodgings to the CIEE Site – no more than a 30-minute ride.


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Our Liberal Arts program gives students the opportunity to increase language proficiency and learn about Spanish history, politics, literature, and culture. All courses are taught in Spanish.  Students can take courses designed for U.S. students at CIEE, and courses with local and international students at Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

CIEE Barcelona courses are taught in adjoining historic buildings near the city’s main square. CIEE language courses are taught by professors who specialize in teaching Spanish as a second language and CIEE content courses are taught by experienced local faculty.

The Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) was founded in 1990 and it is known for its international outlook and emphasis on technology. It offers degrees in fields ranging from business to social sciences. UPF courses – both regular courses and courses from the Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies (BaPIS)-, are taught at the UPF campus, near the Olympic Village, Poblenou, and the port. UPF courses are taught by UPF faculty. Internship seminars are taught by a professor with cross-cultural and business expertise.

As of the Spring 2021 semester, Universitat Pompeu Fabra courses formerly known as “Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP)” courses will be recorded as “Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies (BaPIS)” courses, a change in designation instituted by the university. 



Language Prerequisites

Enter as a junior or senior with 4 or 5 semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent).

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.

Program Requirements

Students take five courses for 15 credits including:

  • One required CIEE Spanish language course
  • Two CIEE elective courses
  • Two additional elective courses:
    • Two host institution courses: UPF- Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies (BaPIS) and/or UPF  or
    • One host institution course: UPF- Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies (BaPIS) or UPF,  and a CIEE internship

Program Credit

Total credit: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 100 internship placement hours
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) 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, 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. Students are expected to work independently and add readings from the syllabi to cover material not touched on in lectures.

Class Format

UPF Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies (UPF- BaPIS) courses include other local and international students and typically meet twice a week for 2 hours. Typical class size for UPF BaPIS courses is 15-30 students. UPF regular  classes may include up to 90 students from Spain and other countries around the world. CIEE courses rarely exceed 20 students and include only CIEE students. Classrooms are comfortable and equipped with current technology.


In CIEE and UPF- BaPIS courses, students are evaluated based on class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, exams, papers, and oral presentations. In UPF regular courses, students are typically graded on class participation, problem sets or projects, and a final exam. UPF- BaPIS and UPF regular courses  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


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.


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Course Information

  • Students must have at least five semesters of college-level Spanish plus advance written permission from their home institution to do an internship.
  • Once internship hours are started, students may not drop the internship and take another CIEE course.
  • UPF courses are regular UPF classes taught with local students with a different academic system.
  •  UPF BaPIS courses are for both local and international students.

Fall 2022 CIEE Courses

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Academic Projects

Semester Credit

Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

Semester Credit

History, Philosophy, Religion

Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

Semester Credit

Social Sciences

Semester Credit

Visual and Performing Arts

Semester Credit

Host Institution Courses

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UPF Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies (BaPIS) courses in Spanish

Course offerings may vary from semester to semester. Courses are 3 U.S. credits.
Syllabi for the courses listed below can be found here.

Here is a sample of BaPIS courses in Spanish:

  • Activismo y defensa de los animales en Cataluña, Europa y el mundo
  • Emergencia climática, ecologismo y transición energética
  • ¿Qué es noticia? verdad, desinformación y hegemonía

UPF Regular courses
The following list is a general selection of regular UPF courses available to international students and is subject to change:

  • Introduction to Literary Studies / Introducción a los estudios literarios (UPF - Humanities)
  • Contemporary Art/Arte Contemporáneo (UPF - Humanities)

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.


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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

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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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.


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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2022 15 weeks Apr 1, 2022 Sep 7, 2022* Dec 21, 2022*
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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 insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $15,156 **

Housing = $4,200 ***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $19,850

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 = $2,800

International Airfare = $1,250 ††

Local Transportation = $450

Books & Supplies = $150

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $2,000

Other = $125 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $7,435

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.

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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 by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** homestay includes two meals daily; no meals are included for students in the Residencia option

For students in residencia or shared apartment; homestay students should budget $ 1400 for meals not included in fees

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

††† Covid test fees for entry to the US, if required

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

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What's Included

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What's Included

Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
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 and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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