The Barcelona Semester

A superb study abroad experience awaits you in this beautiful Mediterranean city: exciting excursions throughout Spain, white-sand beaches only a short distance away, and courses in history, community development, health, and more!

We offer a variety of business and humanities courses to match your interests. The Barcelona Semester offers you the opportunity to take business and humanities classes in English and Spanish. Most electives are taught in English, but you will also study Spanish abroad in Barcelona through immersive Spanish courses so you can get the most out of your time studying abroad in Spain.

We fell in love with Barcelona, and we know you will too. At CISabroad, all our advisors have studied or lived abroad, and we’re here to make sure you get the most out of your experience. We think Barcelona is one of the coolest cities in Europe, and we can’t wait for you to see what we’re talking about!

We care about the environment. CISabroad is green-friendly. Your round-trip flight to Barcelona will be offset by the work of CISabroad’s environmental partnerships around the world so you can have peace of mind when you study abroad in Spain.

Spend a semester learning from some of the best faculty when you study abroad in Barcelona. On The Barcelona Semester you’ll soak up all that this cultural hub of the Mediterranean has to offer both inside and outside the classroom. Start getting excited about:

The most pristine white-sand beaches in Western Europe – Barcelona enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers. Any time of the year is perfect for a visit to the beach!

Life in the cultural capital of the Mediterranean – Barcelona is home to more World Heritage sites than any other city in Europe. You will witness 2,000 years of architectural and cultural splendor. The numerous museums, churches, cathedrals, concert halls, the modern art of Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, and the influential architecture of Antoni Gaudí and Mies van der Rohe make Barcelona an aesthetically appealing destination for visitors from all over the world.

Quality academics taught in English and Spanish – Electives are taught mostly in English, but we encourage you to take intensive Spanish-language classes. Study Spanish abroad in Barcelona: this program is perfect for anyone, because the Spanish-language classes are offered for speakers of all levels and are tailored to meet your needs.

The city of Barcelona – The café culture, boutique shops, tapas restaurants, and world-famous nightlife are enough to keep you busy for a semester or a year while you study abroad in Spain.

Cultural activities and excursions are included – We will take you to a Catalan cooking class, a flamenco show, and the Spanish cinema. The program also includes two weekends trip in Spain. One trip: Morocco. Possible trips: beautiful Costa Brava, magical Granada, or majestic Madrid so you'll have a full study abroad in Spain experience. 

If you've ever wanted study abroad in Spain, then check out The Barcelona Semester study abroad program.  Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • Hands-on orientation and guided tours of the city
  • Two guided weekend excursions outside of Barcelona
  • A range of business, humanities, and Spanish classes to suit your major and interests
  • Classes taught in English and Spanish
  • Spanish classes tailored to your level of Spanish, whether beginner or advanced
  • 3-day trip to Morocco (included)
  • $500 Credit Card to use while on site and participate in the #barcelonabucketlist

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As part of Semester at Barcelona International College, you will take part in an extensive orientation and a tour of the city. You can also participate in weekend excursions in Spain. Possible weekend trips include beautiful Zaragoza, magical Granada, or majestic Madrid. Also included are excursions within Barcelona itself, through which you will fully immerse yourself in your new home. Additionally, you can take day trips to Tarragona and Girona, where you can visit the incredible Dali Museum. You will also be able to participate in an incredible life-changing excursion to Morocco.

Want to learn more about the Morocco excursion? click here.

Where is Cava and Sitges, do I want to go? click here.

The innovative, unique curriculum offered on The Barcelona Semester includes coursework in language, business, and the humanities. The courses focus on Barcelona, Spain, and the Mediterranean regions and are taught in English and Spanish. You will be studying with students from Spain and all over the world.

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.

How to choose your courses
Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses. The intensive Spanish-language course is a mandatory 6-credit course. You will then choose 2–3 electives (3 credits each).

Course load:  3–4 classes per semester (12–15 US credits)

Course approval: Before you go abroad, it is best to get 6–7 classes approved for your semester program. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

Course Descriptions and Catalog:

Spanish language courses 

Elementary Spanish A1
Upper Elementary Spanish A2
Intermediate Spanish B1
Upper Intermediate Spanish B2
Advanced Spanish C1
Advanced Spanish C2
Intensive Elementary Spanish Language and Culture (Level A1-A2)
Intensive Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture (Level B1-B2)
Advanced Spanish Language and Culture (Level B2/C1)

Elective courses taught in English

1. Great 20th Century Artists: Picasso, Dalí, Miró
2. Contemporary Spanish Society: From Dictatorship to Democracy
3. Sports and Society in Spain and Catalonia
4. Cross-Cultural Psychology and Early Childhood Education
5. Management and Ethics   
6. Architecture and Urban Design 

Elective courses taught in Spanish
1. Civilización y Cultura españolas

Please note, it is important to submit your course registration page (provided to you by CISabroad upon acceptance) as early as possible, as courses tend to fill up very quickly at BIC and your first choices may not be available if you delay too long. Please plan ahead to get your course choices approved at your home university so you can have them ready to submit after you are accepted to the program.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

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

Barcelona is easily one of the most popular study abroad locations. Everything from the climate to the sports to the nightlife seems tailor-made for students! Barcelona’s location on the Mediterranean shore gives it a beautiful, mild year-round climate that’s perfect for strolling the streets or hanging out on one of the many beaches in easy access from the city. 

With a population of 1.5 million in the city proper and nearly 5 million in the outlying areas, Barcelona is the second-largest city in Spain. It has two official languages- Castilian Spanish and Catalan. You can practice your Spanish skills and even try to pick up a bit of the Catalan language and culture! Using Barcelona’s easy public transportation system, you can get to beaches, the campus, and the city’s many other attractions in no time at all.

Barcelona has incredible history, traditions, and culture that make this colorful, vibrant city an amazing place to live during your time abroad!

Barcelona School for International Studies is located along the Mediterranean Sea coast where students have the chance to not only listen and speak Catalan and Spanish, but are also able to hear conversations in French, Portuguese, and an array of other languages from across Europe.  The College itself sits in the heart of the Eixample district of Barcelona, which is an area of the city that was constructed during the 19th- and 20th centuries in the Modernist style.  The location offers students a chance to use Spanish in everyday life, whether they are bartering for goods in a local market, or viewing Gaudi’s architecture, or meeting new friends in Miro’s park. 

The program emphasizes immersion in the Spanish language, while also allowing the students to earn college credit through classes taught in English.  These innovative courses are taught by highly qualified professors, both from Spain and across the world, and have been adapted to account for the diverse international student population while still maintaining the Spanish style of teaching.  The campus possesses modern facilities which include spacious classrooms complete with multimedia equipment.  

You’ll be picked up at the airport by a CISabroad staff member when you arrive in Spain, and driven to your new accommodations. Our program will ensure that you are adapting well to life in Spain through hands-on activities, excursions, and assistance provided by our in-country site director. Throughout your study abroad experience, we will be with you every step of the way as your mentor and guide if you’re concerned about anything! We want to make sure you have the best experience possible in Barcelona.

You will soon find that Barcelona nearly always has something going on! From the incredible beaches right outside your door to the myriad of cultural events available in the city, you’ll find something for whatever mood you’re in. Be sure to check out as many art exhibitions, theater and dance performances, film festivals, concerts, lectures, and other events as you can during your stay. Several top-notch performances and world-class exhibitions come through the city as well! Additionally, all municipal museums are opened up for free on the first Sunday of every month.

Our CISabroad on-site staff will take you to the Spanish cinema, a flamenco show, and the museums and markets. They can also help you arrange a language exchange partner, or intercambio, and a Catalan cooking class. You will also have the option of a weekend excursion outside of Barcelona. Possible destinations include Costa Brava, Granada, or Madrid. And you can enjoy an included 3-day weekend in Morocco! Stay in a Bedouin tent and ride a camel!  Whether or not you decide to partake of the cultural events and excursions, our CISabroad site director and staff will be there to lend you a helping hand every step of the way.

You can choose to live either in a shared apartment or in a homestay during the Barcelona Semester program.

The apartments, located about 25 minutes from campus in the heart of the city, are fully-furnished and have access to a shared living room, a well-equipped kitchen, and bathrooms. You’ll share a room with one other student, and have a total of six students in each apartment. The convenient location means you’ll have easy access to everything Barcelona has to offer, like shops, cafés, bars, museums, restaurants, and more!

A homestay is the perfect way to fully immerse yourself in Spanish culture. You’ll share a room with one other student in a house with either a Spanish family, older person, or young professional who is looking to rent out an extra room, and will enjoy access to a shared bathroom, living space, and kitchen. Laundry service, breakfast, and dinner are also provided. You’ll love the unique experience of this living situation in Spain!

Elena Villaescusa, Barcelona Onsite Director 
Elena was born in Girona, but has lived in a variety of cities in Spain. She has her B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona and a M.A. in Communication, Tourism and New Technologies (e-Tourism) from the University of Barcelona. Her work experience is focused on Place Branding Online and she is the co-founder of the association International Exchange Erasmus Student Network at UPF, which helps to welcome university students to Barcelona. She worked and studied in various countries throughout Europe and is a world traveler. Currently, she lives in the dynamic city of Barcelona, and loves languages, dancing, traveling, culture and, above all, people.

1. What is the cost of the program? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for The Barcelona Semester can be found here.

2. When are the program fees due?

Program fees for The Barcelona Semester are due on December 1st for Spring term and July 15th for Fall term. If you have any questions about tuition deadlines, please contact an advisor at

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

The application process can be broken into easy steps!

The first step is to fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. (Only takes five minutes!)

After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms.

The next step is to pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost. 

Within a day after submitting your deposit, you will receive a welcome email from your Program Coordinator—the person you will work with until departure. Your Program Coordinator will then give you program specific items in your portal. (Note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)

#CISabroadTip: Contact your school’s registrar and have them send us your transcript early on in the application process (you can send us your transcript even before you’ve made the $200 deposit!) since snail mail makes this the slowest piece to submit. (We do also accept electronic OFFICIAL transcripts if your school provides them.)

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. Application deadlines can be found here.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

Yes, you WILL need a passport to travel to Spain. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For The Barcelona Semester, you WILL need a Long-term Student Visa. You will receive specific visa instructions once you have been accepted to the program.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes. For The Barcelona Semester, the GPA requirement is 2.5.

6. What are my housing options?

The Barcelona Semester offers either a homestay with a local host or an apartment with international or U.S. students.

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

For The Barcelona Semester, you will take either 3 or 4 classes for 12 or 15 credits respectively. To see the courses available, go here.

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

Term: Spring 2017
Arrival Spring 2017 January 4
Departure March 29
Application Deadline EXTENDED - October 31
Term: Fall 2017
Arrival September 14
Departure December 6
Application Deadline June 15
Term: Spring 2017 Price: $11,990 - 12,990 more info
Term: Fall 2017 Price: $11,990 - 12,990* more info

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
  • Two guided weekend excursions outside of Barcelona
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing (apartment, local home, or residence hall) 
  • Meal plan available with a homestay 
  • 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 
  • Barcelona School for International Studies orientation
  • On-site support
  • Official Jacksonville University transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel and 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.