Spend the summer in the vibrant seaside city of Barcelona immersed in a professional Spanish environment on our Summer Internship program. This program pairs qualified students with local and international businesses, companies and organizations, giving you the opportunity to learn from, and contribute to, some of Spain’s most successful organizations. Through challenging coursework, language training, homestays, company visits, and a for-credit internship in Spanish or in English, you’ll increase your understanding of international working environment while improving your Spanish language, and communication skills.
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
A for-credit internship in Spanish or in English is at the core of our Summer Internship program in Barcelona. Based on your experience, interests, and current studies, you’ll be placed with a company—could be a startup, local business, international organization, NGOs, etc…—where you’ll gain hands-on professional experience and practice your Spanish language skills. Past internship sites include the multinational Whirlpool, the headhunting company Brainmatch, the travel and tourism company WayAway, the local accounting firm Uhy-Fay, the event planning company nEventum, or even in a local school Escola Montseny.
Explore the region of Catalonia through two one-day trips, during which we’ll visit cultural highlights and businesses, such as multinational wine distributers, and gain an understanding of Spain’s booming tourist industry. On two overnight trips to Spanish and/or Catalan areas such as the Costa Brava, the Costa Dorada or Valencia, you’ll focus on local history and culture. During your time in Barcelona, you’ll also have a chance to hear from a variety of guest speakers with different areas of expertise.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
The program fee includes:
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
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Summer 2017 (8 wks)
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
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 to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** 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
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee *
International Airfare **
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* amount for meals for residencia and shared apartment students; students living in homestays are responsible for lunches only, estimate cost at $250
** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
- Overall GPA 2.5
- 0-5 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
Total recommended credit for the Internship program is 6 semester/9 quarter hours.
Students are required to take an Internship seminar, which meets on a weekly basis, and a Spanish language class at their level. Students intern at a business for approximately 100 hours. Students with 0-4 semesters of Spanish take their internship seminar and placement in English. Students with 5 or more semesters of Spanish may take their internship seminar and placement in Spanish.
About the City
About The City
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain with its own distinctive history, culture, and language. Set between mountains and the Mediterranean sea, the city's population is 1.6 million, with a total of 4.5 million in the greater metropolitan area. Walking though the city, one can observe 2,000 years of architectural history—Roman remains, the network of narrow streets in the Old Town, the 19th Century Eixample district with its original examples of Modernista architecture—contrasting with the ultramodern showpieces that continue to redesign its skyline.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Elena Rodriguez is a native of Barcelona, holds a master’s degree in teaching Spanish from Portland State University, and earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. She also has an A.B.D in political sciences. As part of her doctoral studies, she spent a year in Mexico at the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey. Prior to joining CIEE, Elena served as the resident director of a study abroad program in Barcelona for two years. She has developed a broad knowledge of American and Spanish educational systems, the fruit of seven years of experience teaching Spanish and advising in American colleges and three years in Spanish institutions.
Barcelona es una ciudad que mira al mar y, como tal, un punto de encuentro de gentes, lenguas y culturas. El programa Liberal Arts de CIEE en la Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) recoge ese espíritu. Por un lado, en la UPF podrás vivir una auténtica inmersión académica, participando en los mismos cursos regulares que los estudiantes Ilegados de todos los lugares del mundo, pero unidos por algo en común: han elegido Barcelona como la ciudad ideal para mejorar su español.
Si te interesa la arquitectura, el diseño, la literatura, el teatro, la música, el cine y el aprendizaje de otras lenguas, Barcelona es tu ciudad y la UPF tu Universidad. Aquí podrás disfrutar de una oferta cultural y de ocio como en pocas ciudades europeas, y además podrás hacerlo en un entorno privilegiado: los edificios de Gaudí, el Paseo de Gracia, las playas del mar Mediterráneo, la montaña de Montjuïc, el arte de Picasso, Miró y Tàpies. Y todo ello en una Universidad joven como tú, y tan dinámica como la ciudad misma. ¡Nos vemos muy pronto en Barcelona!
— Elena Rodriguez, Resident Director
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
The CIEE Study Center in Barcelona, Spain, is very centrally located, and is housed 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.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Study abroad students can choose to live in either Spanish homestays (there is an option to live in a homestay along with another CIEE student in individual rooms), in a student residencia (residence hall) in individual rooms with a shared kitchen, or in a shared apartment, typically in double rooms.
It is not guaranteed that all students can be placed in their first housing option.
All homestays, residencias, and shared apartments are located in the city of Barcelona and within 30 minutes, by public transportation, of the CIEE Study Center and host institutions. Students living in a homestay will have breakfast and dinner provided at home, while lunch is at the students’ expense. Kitchen space is allotted to students should they wish to make lunch to bring to campus. Many students choose to eat at one of the university-run cafeterias. Students in homestays will have their laundry done for them once a week. Meals and laundry are not included in the student residencia or shared apartment option, but students share fully equipped kitchens where they can prepare their own meals and laundry facilities are available.
You'll begin your study abroad experience in Barcelona even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple—to help you understand more about the program, and to identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.
A two-day orientation session conducted at the beginning of the study abroad program introduces you to the country, culture, and the academic program, as well as provides practical information on living in Spain and Barcelona in particular. Themes such as an introduction to Catalonia, health and safety, banking, and cultural adaptation are covered. Orientation also includes structured cultural activities, guided tours and time with your Guardian Angel, a local student guide. Ongoing support is provided by center staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. You'll have wireless Internet access in your homestay student residencia or shared apartment, as well as at CIEE. In addition, you will be able to use the computer room at the CIEE Study Center.
The academic program is supplemented with field trips and excursions, which include visits in Barcelona to business sites, art and history museums, monuments, guided tours of the historical district, and more. You'll also have access to the cultural program offered to all CIEE study abroad students in Barcelona. This program includes gastronomy-based activities such as a tapas night with your Guardian Angels, a cooking class, or a hike in the mountains followed by a local meal. Two one-day trips and two overnight trips, including guided visits to places and monuments of cultural or historical significance in Spain and/or Catalonia such as the Dalí Museum in Figueres or Roman ruins in the city of Tarragona, are also included. Although there are no formal community service activities on this program, volunteer opportunities can be arranged by CIEE staff.
The CIEE Study Center is located in a historic building located in Passatge Permanyer, a historic passageway near Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona’s main square.
Nature of Classes
Classes are with CIEE students only.
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.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.
Required CIEE Language Course
SPAN 1001 BASP
This course is designed for students with up to one semester of college-level Spanish. This beginning language course aims to bring students to communicative competency in the Spanish language and to facilitate their immersion in Spanish life.
SPAN 2001 BASP
This course is designed for students with two-to-three semesters of college-level Spanish. The primary objective of this intermediate course is to allow students to achieve the maximum communicative competency in the Spanish language and to facilitate their immersion in Spanish life.
SPAN 3001 BASP
This course is designed for students with at least four semesters of college-level Spanish. This advanced language course is designed to provide students an opportunity for expanding their knowledge and command of the Spanish language in all areas including reading, writing, listening comprehension, and oral communication.
Required CIEE Course
INSH 3801 BASP (SPAN)
INSH 3801 BASP (ENG)
This course in Spanish or in English seeks to help students immerse themselves in a Spanish professional working environment. Students will learn how to observe, interact with co-workers, recognize cultural differences, compare teamwork and interpersonal interactions in different cultures. They will also apply academic knowledge in a professional setting, identify opportunities to create value within the company, and to research, propose and present their report.