January in Barcelona

Immerse yourself in the language, culture, and traditions of vibrant Barcelona during your January Term or Winter Break. Take a Spanish language course or culture course taught in English while enjoying an active social and cultural schedule to help you make the most of your short stay.

We're experts on Barcelona - Do you want to take a tour of Barcelona, try Catalan cooking classes and see the old Roman capital of Tarragona? Spending January in Barcelona will let you experience all of those things while becoming familiar with some of Barcelona's coolest, lesser-traveled neighborhoods. Only with CISabroad can you dive this deep into the culture in a relatively short time.

Enjoy wonderful support - Our on-site staff is amazingly supportive. In three weeks, you'll become familiar with Barcelona as you never thought possible. We will support you before, during and after your winter term study abroad adventure and take you to some of the best neighborhoods (barrios), restaurants, and places for sight seeing. While we'll encourage you to speak Spanish, we won't force it on you: our staff speak native and proficient English, so if you find yourself at a loss for words in Spanish, you can comfortably switch to English and be completely understood.

We give you the most bang for your buck - Your weekends are booked! In a short 19 days, we will provide you the most cultural activities, excursions, and information on events going on in Barcelona. We will also provide you with information on how to be independent and explore the city on your own!

Study abroad in Barcelona for your January Term or Winter Break to soak up Spanish language and unique culture of Barcelona! Breathe in the fresh Mediterranean air while experiencing a new way of life. Start getting excited about:

Study Spanish abroad through short-term immersion - In just a short time you can expect to improve your Spanish tremendously - there's no alternative to actually hearing, reading, and speaking it all day. You'll earn a full three credits, allowing you to get ahead academically while also providing a foundation for your dialect and vocabulary, which you can only get by studying abroad.

A temperate climate, even in the winter - While it might not quite be beach-faring weather, the average high in the 50's Barcelona enjoys in January means you'll still be able to cruise the streets and go for a hike without bundling up. Even though it's a bit cooler by Barcelona standards, that doesn't keep people from living and socializing in the streets. Just buy a scarf and you'll be good to go!

A long and varied experience in a short time - You will hit the ground running in Barcelona! Between orientation, tours, cultural activities, and an excursion, you'll have something going on most days you're in Barcelona. We want you to get the most out of your time in Barcelona, so we'll keep you busy. You'll certainly have some free time to explore on your own, but we want to make sure you are experiencing all the essentials so you get a good impression of the city. If you feel like further exploration was needed at the end, you'll just have to come back!

Combine this with a spring semester study abroad program for the ultimate experience - After just a couple weeks in Barcelona it will be nearly impossible to pry yourself away. Consider postponing your separation anxiety from Barcelona for another 4 months by spending a spring semester with us! Or, while you're already in Europe, consider any of our other spring semester programs. 

You have tons to look forward to when you study abroad in Barcelona for your winter term! Just a few highlights include:

  • Hands-on orientation and guided tours of the city
  • A visit inside the breathtaking Sagrada Familia 
  • A Catalan and Spanish cooking class
  • See a live flamenco show
  • Your choice of one elective, taught in English
  • Beautiful beaches, even if you're just walking along them and not spending too much time on the sand
  • Vibrant culture, delicious cuisine and amazing nightlife
  • Experience chocolate con churros, a Spanish delight!
  • An exciting overnight excursion to the famous Dalí museum and the beautiful, medieval city of Girona

January in Barcelona includes a one-day excursion to the Dalí museum, a truly amazing and magical building that is home to the largest collection of Dalí works.  On this excursion, you will also visit the medieval city of Girona.  In addition to this trip, you'll enjoy plenty of guided tours around Barcelona.

On January in Barcelona, you’ll attend Barcelona School for International Studies, located in the beautiful Eixample neighborhood of Barcelona, Spain. 

GPA required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

Course load: 1 course (3 US credits)

Course descriptions:

Spanish language courses will not be offered during this short-term program.

Electives offered:

Contemporary Spanish Society: From Dictatorship to Democracy (instructed in English)

Management Across Borders (instructed in English)

It's easy to get a scholarship or grant when studying abroad with CISabroad! 70 percent of all CISabroad students get some sort of scholarship or grant for things as simple as applying early or blogging about their experiences. Plus, we're happy to point you in the direction of external scholarships and help you navigate the financial aid process.  

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings, please click here.

There's a reason that Barcelona is one of the top destinations for students looking to study abroad. Its location on the coast of the beautiful Mediterranean Sea gives it a temperate climate that ensures temperate weather year-round, even in the "worst" of "winter." The city is near the border of France, allowing for easier access to other countries and cultures if you desire. Additionally, Barcelona's nearly endless supply of activities and attractions means you will never be bored during your time here.

Barcelona is the second-largest city in Spain, and has two official languages: Spanish and Catalan. Living here, you will have the opportunity to practice your own Spanish-speaking skills as well as become familiar with the Catalan language. The city's public transportation system makes it easy for you to get to any of the area's famed beaches, boardwalks, pedestrian malls, plazas and museums, as well as to the campus and to other incredible sites located around the city.

Top attractions include:

La Rambla: Pedestrian mall that leads down to the boardwalk. Here you'll find street vendors selling an interesting array of goodies, from floral arrangements to pet birds. It's also one of the best spots for observing street performers, in particular the statue types that come to life for a Euro or two.

La Sagrada Familia: The church that Antoni Gaudí built and the community continues to build. Its abstract spires tower above the cityscape and its intricate carvings depict various scenes from the bible in intricate and artistic detail. As Gaudí wanted the project to be purely community-funded, this on-going public work continues to develop as funds trickle in and artists pick up where Gaudí left off.

Park Güell: Another of Gaudí's many works around the city, this park combines elements of nature (wave tunnel) and pure surrealism (ginger bread-looking houses).

The Gothic Quarter: Transport yourself back to the days the Romans settled Barcelona by exploring the dark and winding labyrinth that is the Gothic Quarter. 

You'll fall in love with the history, culture, and traditions of this beautiful Spanish city. From arts to sports, Barcelona has something to offer everyone; it's no wonder that the city draws such an amazing mix of international people and activities. Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant and colorful city of Barcelona for the best January you'll ever spend!

The CISabroad January in Barcelona study abroad program is based at Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS). SIS hosts students from all over the world, so you'll have the chance to be exposed to not only Spanish and Catalan, but also French, Portuguese, and a variety of other European languages. Barcelona School for International Studies is in the L'Eixample district of Barcelona, a historic part of the city that was built in the 19th and 20th centuries. The location is ideal for getting around the city, situated within a short walk of two of the city's main plazas: Plaza España and Plaza Cataluña.

The campus has all of the modern facilities that you may be used to here at home, including spacious classrooms and quality multimedia equipment, and a Wi-Fi connection. Sunlight pours in the campus' numerous windows and students enjoy relaxing in common spaces, including the campus' rooftop terraces and cafes. 

Classes tend to be small and personalized, allowing you to receive personalized attention and interact with your instructor and peers. BSIS is also where our student support office is, so you can pop in anytime while on campus to ask about where to find cheap tapas or a pickup game of soccer.

Your January in Barcelona starts with being picked up at the airport by a CISabroad staff member. Our on-site staff director will provide hands-on activities and assistance to make sure that your experience doesn't overwhelm you in any way; from the moment you get off the plane, our director will be there to help you get the most socially, culturally, and academically out of your time in Barcelona.

Aside from academics, you will have an endless choice of activities to fill your down time. Some of the best beaches around are just a short trip away, and the city itself is teeming with art exhibitions, theater and dance performances, museums, film festivals, concerts, lectures, and other events. There's something new and exciting going on every day!

Spending your January in Barcelona with CISabroad gives you the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of being in a new country while still feeling the security of a supportive staff. Our on-site staff in Barcelona will work hard to make sure you're loving your new temporary home! They'll take you to a Spanish cinema, a flamenco show, and the museums and markets. Our staff will also help you arrange a language exchange partner and a Catalan cooking class, if you wish. No matter what you want to get out of your time in Barcelona, our staff will be with you every step of the way to make it happen!

January in Barcelona offers an apartment shared with other students. 

The apartments are located off-campus in the city of Barcelona, just a 25-minute commute to classes. Apartments are fully furnished, with a shared living room, a well-equipped kitchen, and bathrooms. You'll share a bedroom with one other CISabroad participant and will have up to 6 students in the whole apartment. The apartments are very centrally-located, giving you easy access to restaurants, cafes, bars, and public transportation. Shop for your own food to cook at nearby markets and grocery stores then try your luck at Spanish cuisine! Or, head down the way to one of the city's many tasty and affordable tapas bars for a deliciously varied meal.

You may also choose to live in one of the several residence halls located throughout Barcelona along with other international students and young professionals. Securing a place in a residence hall is not easy due to limited space and the short nature of the January in Barcelona program. As such, an extra fee applies to this option.

CISabroad’s Site Director in Spain:

Laura is a native of Catalonia, and grew up in a small town in the Pyrenees Mountains. She has studied abroad in Ireland, the UK and Sweden, has visited countries in Europe, Asia and Africa, and has also worked as an international education representative in the US. During her undergraduate career, Laura moved to Barcelona to study English and German Translation and Interpretation and fell head over heels in love with Barcelona, so she decided to stay! Laura has lived in her beloved city for 15 years, is a big FC Barcelona fan and loves all Catalan traditions and culture. This world traveler enjoys trying different types of dance, appreciating new foods, reading a good book and trekking! During your stay in Barcelona, she will love to show you her city and tell you all about it!

Term: January 2017
Arrival January 2
Departure January 21
Application Deadline EXTENDED - October 31
Term: January 2017 Price: $3,990

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Cultural and recreational excursions and activities in Barcelona
  • One guided excursion outside of Barcelona
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site support
  • Official Jacksonville University transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

*CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.