Barcelona, Spain

Summer Global Internship

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Information for term Summer Global Internship

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: May 15 – Jul 8, 2023 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 semester hours / 9 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Barcelona is one of Southern Europe’s most dynamic startup ecosystems, home to more than 1,300 startups that primarily develop their activity in industry, life sciences, and mobile & software technologies. If you’re looking for a challenging and rewarding international internship, look no further than our Global Internship program in Barcelona!

As a global intern, you’ll have the chance to gain practical, real-world work experience in Barcelona’s startups and other businesses in areas like finance, technology, biomedical sciences, tourism, and more. You can expect to gain soft skills like communication, networking, time management, conflict resolution, creative thinking, and teamwork throughout your internship. Similarly, you’ll immerse yourself in the local business culture, getting an inside look at how the organization you’re working for operates.

In addition to gaining relevant work experience, you’ll discover firsthand why Barcelona is known for its stunning architecture, world-class cuisine, and vibrant cultural heritage. From indulging in mouth-watering tapas at one of the city’s 19 Michelin-starred restaurants to marveling at world-famous architect Antoni Gaudí‘s 20+ sites, explore all Barcelona has to offer while interning in Spain’s most popular city.

Unique Experiences


    through an internship in one of Europe’s most dynamic startup ecosystems.


    through Gaudi’s unique creations.


    walking through neighborhoods like Old Town, Gràcia, and Eixample - known for their cafés, restaurants, and shops.

  • startups


    12 M
  • bus lines


Location & Culture

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Barcelona’s location in the Mediterranean, its transport infrastructure, as well as its trading, entrepreneurial, and open economy, have made the city an unbeatable meeting point for international businesses. Add in Barcelona’s culture — rich in the arts — architecture, and history, and you have a compelling backdrop for a challenging internship experience. 

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. 

Learn more about Barcelona and see past internship examples »

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


  • 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. 


  • Refine your resume and interviewing skills for the local business culture.
  • Explore the professional working world of Barcelona through organizational site visits, industry networking events, and guest lectures.
  • Participate in workshops that will help you make the most of your internship.

Daily Life

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    As long as the local health and safety regulations permit, students could stay in:  

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

    Residence Halls: Students live with other Spanish and international students. Students share kitchens and common areas. 

    Apartments: Students live in apartments shared with other CIEE students. 

    Housing is tight in Barcelona. If we can’t accommodate your first housing choice, we’ll let you know before you arrive. All housing is within a 30-minute commute to CIEE Barcelona. 


    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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    Passatge Permanyer, 10 - 08009 Barcelona, Spain. Near Barcelona’s main square, Plaza Cataluña.

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    Barcelona's main square, the heart of the city.

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    The oldest and most famous beach in Barcelona.

What People are Saying

  • "I had a really amazing experience at CIEE. The classes, outside activities, teachers, and faculty all made me feel at home and made my experience a lot better."

    Gabriel J., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • "It's a good way to earn school credit and gain work experience while still being able to enjoy another country for vacation purposes."

    Jessica L., Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  • "Program is very organized and active with planing for students"

    Brandon P.,
  • "I loved the experience, the friendly staff, and all the activities planned by the program."

    Rei V., Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  • "Internships are not what you expect to be, but on the other hand it is a great experience because you learn a little of everything."

    Jenniffer A., University of North Texas


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As a global intern in Barcelona, you’ll work in a non-paying position within a wide range of opportunities across a diverse set of innovative industries. Extra-curricular cultural activities in and around Barcelona complement your coursework and immerse you in the history and culture of the city.

This eight-week program includes a full-time internship and an integrated online academic course. 



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Rising sophomore standing and above required at time of participation.

Additional visa restrictions may apply and CIEE will advise students as part of the early application process.

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 participate in an academic course taught in an online learning environment alongside the eight-week, full-time internship. Participation in the integrated academic course and internship are mandatory for all participants.

Program Credit

Total credit: 6 U.S. semester/9 quarter credits

Course Credit

Internship: 6 U.S. semester/9 quarter credits; 15 integrated academic course hours, 225-300 internship placement hours

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

Students are expected to dress and behave professionally throughout their internship project and are subject to the agreed-upon internship protocols arranged by CIEE and the host organizations. The academic course is designed to prepare students for leadership in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse workforce.

Class Format

Students participate in an eight-week CIEE full-time internship and academic course taught in an online learning environment. Class and/or work hours may be scheduled Monday-Friday, and attendance is strictly enforced for all. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel away from the city when classes are in session.


Students will be assessed via assignments and activities related to the academic course, including but not limited to: online discussion forums, reflective papers, individual or group presentations, analysis of readings, an internship work plan, and feedback from internship supervisor. Internship supervisors and students each provide written evaluations of progress towards goals.

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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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

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
  • CIEE Stem Scholarship

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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Fees & Housing

Summer 2023 8 weeks Deadline Passed May 15, 2023 Jul 8, 2023
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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 = $3,953 **

Housing = $2,500 ***

Insurance = $197

Total Fees = $6,950

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 = $584

International Airfare = $850

Local Transportation = $43 ††

Books & Supplies = $50

Personal expenses = $144 †††

Other = $0

Total Estimated Costs = $1,671

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

*** includes two meals per day for homestay students; no meals are included for students staying in the Residencia option

Homestay includes two meals daily; no meals are included for students in the Residencia and Shared apartments options. Homestay students should budget $300 for meals not included in fees.

†† Local transportation: t-jove (3 months) = 40€ ($43) / Local transportation: 2 t-usual (1 month) = 40€ ($43)

††† Personal expenses: $100 emergency fund and cell phone expense + estimated cost of toiletries for one month

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
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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