Barcelona, Spain

Summer Global Internship Language Immersion

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Information for term Summer Global Internship Language Immersion

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

February 15, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: February 15, 2021
  • Dates: May 17 – Jul 10, 2021 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 semester hours / 9 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Spend the summer in a vibrant seaside city working with local and international businesses, contributing to some of Spain’s most successful organizations. Through coursework, language training, homestays, company visits, and an internship, you’ll increase your understanding of the international working environment while improving your Spanish communication skills.

Unique Experiences

  • Intern

    with a startup, local business, international organization, or NGO.

  • Live with a Spanish family

    and immerse yourself in local culture.

  • Hear from a variety of guest speakers

    with different areas of expertise.

  • beaches

  • Camp Nou seats, the largest football stadium in Europe

  • visitors per year


Location & Culture

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The capital of Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain with its own history, culture, and language, Barcelona is nestled between mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Its idyllic location is just one of the things that attracts millions of visitors each year. Walk through the city and observe 2,000 years of architectural history - from Roman remains to a network of narrow streets in the Old Town –  and how they contrast to the ultramodern showpieces that continue to redesign its skyline.

Learn more about Barcelona and see past internship examples »

The Culture


  • Visit business sites, art and history museums, and monuments.
  • Go on tours of the historical district.
  • Enjoy gastronomy-based activities such as eating chocolate con churros or tapas with local friends, or a cooking session.
  • Indulge your adventurous side with a hike in the mountains.
  • Take day trips to places like Sitges, the Dalí Museum in Figueres or the Roman ruins in the city of Tarragona, among others.


  • Volunteering. Although there are no formal community service activities on this program, volunteer opportunities can be arranged by CIEE staff.
  • Internship. A for-credit internship is at the core of this program. Based on your experience, interests, and current studies, you’ll be placed with a startup, local business, international organization, or NGO, where you’ll spend 100 hours interning, gaining hands-on professional experience and practicing your Spanish language skills.

Daily Life

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    Homestays: Students live in Spanish homestays, either alone or with another CIEE student (in individual rooms). Students in homestays will have their laundry done for them once a week.

    Shared Apartments: Students can live in a shared apartment (typically in double rooms). Students share laundry facilities and kitchens.


    Homestay: Breakfast and dinner will be provided at home.

    Shared Apartments: Meals are not included.

Barcelona, Spain

Where You'll Study

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    Just minutes by public transportation from homestays, shared apartments, and the residence hall.

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    A maximum of 30 minutes by public transportation, from homestays and shared apartments, to CIEE Barcelona.

  • C

    Internship Placements

    Well connected with students’ housing and the city center by public transportation.


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This program is designed to help students expand their Spanish vocabulary, immerse themselves linguistically and professionally in a new culture, and gain practical, on-the-job experience. Students take an intensive advanced Spanish course during the first four weeks of the program and intern part-time. During the last four weeks of the program, students focus solely on the internship and complete 100-120 hours of on-site work in total.

While the internship is considered part-time by academic standards, students will feel like a full-time intern during the second half of the program. The internship is complemented by academic work and weekly seminars on topics such as public speaking and leadership. 

Students intern in a local company. Projects have included: helping to improve logistics and customer relations; building finance reports in Excel; analyzing competitors; developing marketing plans; auditing local companies; and more.

The internship selection process accounts for each student’s language ability, job skills, background, and professional attitude. Students’ internship placements will be confirmed in advance of traveling. Because local firms make final selections, internships in a particular company are not guaranteed.

CIEE Barcelona is located in two adjoining historic buildings on Passatge Permanyer, near Passeig de Gràcia and Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona’s main square. This historic passageway provides a quiet haven in the city center and houses CIEE classrooms, a computer lab, and student lounges.

Students complete their internship seminar and placement in Spanish. Students agree to speak only Spanish to encourage language and cultural acquisition.



Language Prerequisites

4 semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent)

Program Requirements

  • One Internship Seminar course
  • One Advanced Spanish language course 

Program Credit  

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

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

Class Format

Classes are for CIEE students only.

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Course Information

  • Internship includes a weekly seminar in Spanish
  • Advanced Spanish language class will take place during the first four weeks of the program

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.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in 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.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer 2021 8 weeks Feb 15, 2021 May 17, 2021 Jul 10, 2021
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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 = $3,733

Housing = $2,150 **

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $6,350

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 = $1,500

International Airfare = $1,300

Local Transportation = $125

Books & Supplies = $50

Visa Fees = $0

Personal expenses = $1,250

Total Estimated Costs = $4,225

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

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

Roundtrip based on U.S. East Coast Departure

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

Get Started

Here's what you need to do to take the next steps:
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    You're one step closer to an amazing study abroad experience! 

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    Share your plans and confirm you're on track to meet all required steps to go abroad. 

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    All applicants are highly encouraged to speak with their CIEE Global Internship Advisor prior to the application deadline. Connect early and often. You will learn about the program, the internship placement process, and receive coaching tips on the application process and your resume.