Stadium in Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain

Sports Management

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Program Overview
Get a backstage pass into sports management in the home of FC Barcelona.

Explore the various facets of the sports industry—from club management to athlete sponsorships—in Barcelona. Through interactive classes, find out what it takes to run a sports team. Guided by experts and entrepreneurs, learn how to assess opportunities and get an insider’s look at sports law, finance, media, marketing, and more. Team up with other Global Navigators to create a business plan.

In a city synonymous with sports worldwide, go on a journey to discover the history of professional soccer and other sports like basketball, rugby, handball, indoor soccer, volleyball, hockey, and more. Analyze key business trends governing the sports industry. Discuss the issue of sustainability and the impact of sporting events on the local community.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Barcelona and its iconic architecture, from the Gothic Quarter to La Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell. On weekends, hit the beach and explore ancient towns in the Catalan region. Throughout your experience, you’ll gain a new perspective on the ever-evolving field of sports management, empowering you to pursue opportunities in the future.

The Take-Aways

Real-World Experience

Develop practical business skills and understand various aspects of the sports industry. Come home ready to take the next steps on your sports management journey.

Credentials For Your Future

Topics for your college essays, experience to inform your future career, and your own sports business plan showing off your ideas.

Life Skills And New Friendships

Return with greater self-confidence, independence, and improved communication and leadership skills. Enjoy a broader worldview and diverse friendships from across the U.S.


Hours Of Expert Instruction


Weeks Pursuing Your Passion


Life-changing Experience

The Destination
  • BARCELONA, SPAIN Sports Management
  • BARCELONA, SPAIN Sports Management
  • BARCELONA, SPAIN Sports Management

The Destination

Welcome to Barcelona, where the Mediterranean meets a rich soccer heritage and multiple winning sports teams. 

When you think Barcelona, you think soccer. The city is home to professional soccer clubs that have rocked the sport in Spain and around the world: FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol—and that’s both their men’s and women’s teams! Yet, while soccer remains the big star, the sports scene offers so much more—the professional basketball, rugby, swim, hockey, and handball teams all dominate within their respective leagues, too. 

More than a mere form of entertainment, sports have been a gamechanger for the economy. Afterall, much of the city’s present-day identity is due to the 1992 Olympics. Each year, millions of visitors arrive to soak in the sun at La Barceloneta beach, admire Gaudi’s modernist buildings, and taste delicious dishes, which became recognized worldwide following the games.  

Barcelona’s status as a soccer capital, along with its international vibe, will provide you with unique insights and networking opportunities, letting you discover the allure of Spain’s second largest metropolis. 

Cultural Awareness  

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. 

Daily Life

Daily Life


Each day offers a balance between interactive instruction and cultural activities with time on your own, too. Morning classes and afternoon activities may swap places.  

  • Breakfast at the hostel/hotel 
  • Experiential learning with expert instructors and entrepreneurs 
  • Lunch with your fellow Global Navigators 
  • Out and about for a cultural activity or workshop 
  • Dinner at the hostel/hotel


  • Overnight or day excursions to top sites  
  • Quality time with friends 


Hostel/hotel, shared rooms with other Global Navigators

24/7 Support

1 Program Leader for every 12 students and support from local staff

Program Blogs


It's HOT in Barcelona! Weekends on the Costa Brava.

By Gwen Stencler at CIEE

For the last two weekends, students have had the opportunity to visit Empuries, the site of ancient Greek and Roman ruins. On the same day, they spent some time kayaking... keep reading


Barcelona's Gothic Quarter

By Ethan Anderson at CIEE

Barcelona's Gothic Quarter stands as a living testament to the city's vibrant past and enduring charm. Through its medieval streets, awe-inspiring architecture, and cultural vibrancy, this enchanting neighborhhood captivates visitors... keep reading


First Impressions: Montjuïc and Port de Barcelona

By Graham Cruise at CIEE

We have arrived and students couldn't be more excited to start exploring Barcelona! After moving in with their host families, finishing orientation, and fighting off jet lag, the program kicked... keep reading


Sample Activities

BARCELONA, SPAIN Sports Management

Just imagine all the fun you’ll have!

  • At the Camp Nou Museum, take a virtual reality tour and trace the history of the world-famous FC Barcelona, established in 1899. 
  • Play a game of beach volleyball at the Barceloneta. Bike along the Passeig Marítim, a promenade constructed for the 1992 Olympic Games. 
  • Work your culinary magic at a Spanish tapas workshop. Make your own patatas bravas and tortilla española.
  • Bask in the brilliance of one of the greatest architects of the 20th century, Antoni Gaudi, on a tour of La Sagrada Familia.
  • Get a tour of the different player rooms inside the stadium of the RCD Espanyol, one of the most respected football clubs in Spain. 

Please note activities are based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when arranging activities is always to enhance your experience. 



  • Participants must be 14 years old and above.
  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.  
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our scholarship page

For more information, refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

Application Fee 


Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. Find additional details about what’s included with your tuition.   

More questions? Find answers, get application support, sign up for virtual presentations, or contact us!  


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Program Summer Session I 2024 3 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Costs $5,950
Program Summer Session II 2024 3 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Costs $5,950
Our 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).

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