City Expeditions: London and Barcelona

London and Barcelona are two of Europe's most exciting cities. On City Expeditions: London and Barcelona, you will not only explore these two great cities, but also have the chance to study art, business, and local culture while getting to know local hangouts.

Travel in Europe and the United Kingdom and earn up to 11 credits in one fabulous summer. Just think about it: learn from incredible professors in stunning locations throughout England and Spain—and receive a full semester of credit on this multi-country summer study abroad experience!

We are experts at European travel. At CISabroad, all our advisors have studied or lived abroad.  We know and love all that Europe has to offer and will be with you throughout your trip.

We care about the environment. Your inter-continental flights will be offset by the work of CISabroad’s environmental partnerships around the world so you can enjoy this European Experience with peace of mind.

Split your time this summer when you study abroad in both London and Barcelona.  Start your journey in London at the University of Roehampton and get to know the city and surrounding areas of this lush green campus. Then, hop on a plane and fly south to the coastal city of Barcelona for 4 weeks.  Study Spanish abroad and embrace the warm, Mediterranean culture and climate. Two cities, one great adventure!

Earn 11 credits in 2 months - Get ahead or catch up in your studies.  Earn approximately a full semester of credit in two months while exploring these two great cities with our multi-country study abroad program.

Incredible beaches – Barcelona in the summer is a melting pot of Catalan culture and international visitors checking out the world-renowned beaches, museums, concerts, and restaurants. It’s pure excitement!

A perfect location in London - Our campus is conveniently located only 6 miles from central London and gives you the best of both worlds. Although you have easy access to the city center, you still have the benefit of a beautiful and historic campus away from the hustle and bustle. You’ll get to really experience this diverse city with your professor and classmates!

Focus on Spanish language or take courses in English while in Barcelona – Spanish language courses are offered at all levels, and you will be surprised how your language skills can improve in just a month. Or take one class in Spanish and one or two in English. There are tons of options in either language. 

Travel throughout two of Europe’s most exciting cities on our multi-country summer abroad program! There are many reasons to study on our City Expeditions: London & Barcelona program, but here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique. 

  • Earn 11 credits in 2 months while seeing the best of Europe
  • Live with international students in residence halls
  • Weekend orientation in Barcelona between program start dates, which includes hotel accomodations,breakfast, an authentic Spanish Tapa meal, and a full day 'on-and-off' city bus tour
  • Spanish courses available at all levels; start from the ground level, build upon your previous experience, or perfect your abilities!
  • Try the local language of Catalan in Spain to really fit in
  • Visit famous places such as the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, and the British Museum 
  • Attend a Catalan cooking class or a Flamenco show
  • Live in two of Europe’s most exciting cities: London & Barcelona!

Since City Expeditions: London and Barcelona is a true travel-study course, a great deal of your academics will be mixed with trips around the various locations in which you will be studying. In London, your classes will include many excursions in and around the big city as part of your schooling. On the second half of the program in Spain, there will be plenty to see and do in and around the city of Barcelona, either as part of your program, or on your own in your free time. 

Other Possible Activities include:

  • Wicked Theatre Evening 
  • Windsor Day Trip 
  • Oxford 
  • Jack the Ripper Walking Tour 
  • Spanish Cooking Classes 
  • Costa Brava 
  • Valencia

City Expeditions: London and Barcelona is an 8-week program that takes place from the end of May to the end of July. Course subject areas include art and art history, business, cultural studies, history, humanities, social sciences, and Spanish language and literature. Earn 11 credits this summer in just 2 months!

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.


As a student on City Expeditions: London and Barcelona, you will take the following courses:

You will study one course of 20 UK credits (the equivalent of 5 US credits*)
Classes run 9am - 1pm, four days per week. (Monday - Thursday)
*Please check with your home university's Academic Advisor to confirm credit conversions at your home institution.

Choose one of the following courses:

Media City and Cultural Capital 
Department of Media, Culture and Language

Students learn an overview of media and creative industries in London and will introduce students to topics ranging from the BBC and London's newspaper industry, to London's art and culture scene and the Olympic park. Incorporating a mixture of both class based sessions and visits, this module explores some of London's cultural arena and encourages students to draw on their own experience in order to make connections between what they see, know and read. This module also offers students the opportunity to gain some practical skills in the areas of Journalism & News Media and Media & Culture. Students will gain a familiarity with the capital city and encounter theories, concepts and practical skills that will prepare them for further study in Media and Arts based subjects.

Two Children and the Story of the English Education System 
School of Education

Amira and Sebastian were born on the same day. Both sets of parents have high aspirations for their children. Matching their aspirations to outcomes for the children requires parents to make choice after choice concerning the education that they believe is best for their children. But what are these choices? Are choices the same for everyone? How is demand linked to provision? How do parents know what a good choice is? And who is in charge? As they follow these two children, students will gain an understanding of the range of provision available at every stage of the educational journey. Asked to imagine themselves into the role of parents, students will have to opportunity to meet and question outstanding practitioners, experts, visit exemplar provision, and have everything set within a historical and contemporary context by experienced University staff.

Gods and Heroes of Classical Mythology
Department of Humanities

The topics to be studied on this course include the enduringly intriguing Athena/Minerva, Aphrodite/Venus and Herakles/Hercules. We will explore the role of these and other personages in some of the most important works of literature and art from Greece and Rome, including Ovid’s Metamorphoses. We will also consider their rich ‘afterlife’ in the postclassical world down to the present day. Students will not just study at Roehampton, but will actually study features of its historic campus. In particular, we will explore the representation of a key story from the myth of Hercules in the Adam Room of Grove House. This ‘hands on’ approach to the study of mythology will be continued in offsite sessions at world-class galleries and museums in easy reach of the campus, such as the British Museum and the National Gallery.

Introduction to the London Stage
Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance

Students will be introduced to a range of dramatic forms, conventions and aesthetics, which are employed on current London stages. Students will be encouraged to identify trends in productions and analyse the social and cultural contexts through which they are formed and constructed. Students will explore the relationship between contemporary theatre practices and specific periods of theatre history, i.e. the influence of earlier dramatic forms, conventions, contemporary stagings of classics, and contemporary responses and reworkings of the canonical texts/productions.

The Psychology of Murder
Department of Psychology 

This module has been designed with ‘murder in mind’! Murder and why individuals commit such heinous crimes is a fascinating topic of study. Throughout history scholars have tried to understand the motivation behind taking another person’s life. The principle aim of this module is to introduce you to the psychology of murder. Initial sessions will provide a background through exploring the importance of psychology in the field of criminology and what exactly do we mean by murder. Our intellectual journey will then progress to delve into the most fascinating area of murder: the world of the serial killer. Exploring actual crimes we will gradually build up a picture of the psychological motivations behind such serious crimes - are murderers mad, sad or bad? To further understand the motivation behind murder we will explore why certain victims are selected (female, homeless, children) and debate how such crimes should be punished in our society. 

Magic, Murder & Mystery in London Literature
Department of English and Creative Writing

Covering detective stories, fantasy, children's literature and graphic novels, this module introduces students to London city as the source, setting and inspiration for literary texts. Our investigations will lead us from Vistorian London through to the 21st Century, examining texts where magic, mystery and murder come to the fore.

Below are sample syllabus. Updated syllabus should be available in the coming weeks. In the meantime, students may select from the courses listed below. 

Course descriptions and catalog:

Option A: 1 Spanish-language course (3 credits), plus 1 elective in English (3 credits)

Option B: 2 Electives in English (3 credits each, 6 credits total)

Option C: 1 intensive Spanish-language course (6 credits) 

Spanish courses:
Elementary Spanish A1
Intensive Elementary Spanish A1-A2
Upper Elementary Spanish A2
Intermediate Spanish B1
Intensive Intermediate Spanish B1-B2
Upper Intermediate Spanish B2
Advanced Spanish C1
Advanced Spanish C2

Electives offered during both sessions:

1. Great 20th Century Artists: Picasso, Dali, Miro
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 Across Borders

During your time in London on City Expeditions: London and Barcelona, you will study at Roehampton University, a friendly, lively community dedicated to providing the best academic, cultural, and social opportunities imaginable. The beautiful and historic campus, situated in one of the most attractive suburbs of London, provides a stimulating environment in which to pursue your studies. You will receive support from on-site staff throughout your time to ensure that you are getting as much out of your experience as possible. It’s also an excellent base: the center of London, one of the liveliest and most cosmopolitan cities in the world, is just a few miles away.

The University comprises 4 Colleges, which, together with the Student Union, offer a strong sense of community. You will quickly feel at home, make friends, and start enjoying the many campus activities. With students from over 80 countries, Roehampton offers exceptional support to its international students (you!). The international advisors have the info you need on everything from your arrival to course registration to fun excursions that integrate you into student life.

Once in Barcelona, you will spend 4 weeks at Barcelona International College, located along the Mediterranean Sea coast. Here, you will have the chance to not only listen and speak Catalan and Spanish, but will 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.

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.

City Expeditions: London and Barcelona is a true study-travel program! You will spend the first 4 weeks studying at the University of Roehampton, on the southern edge of London. London offers countless historical and cultural attractions, such as The London Tower, Abbey Road, Buckingham Palace, and the Globe Theater. You can also experience London’s thriving nightlife, with its downtown music scene and various clubs and pubs to visit. The diverse array of activities makes London an exciting city to live in!

On the second half of your program, you will then travel on to the heart of Catalan culture in Barcelona, Spain for the last 4 weeks. In addition to working on your Spanish, you will have countless opportunities to lounge on the beach, take a cooking class, and explore the delights of Mediterranean culture!

While you're studying in London you'll be living at one of Roehampton University's residence halls. Each hall is its own social hub. This way, you can have all of the luxuries of a traditional campus environment while enjoying a small, tight-knit community that makes it easy to get to know your British and international classmates.  The residence halls offer self-catered single-occupancy accommodation with common kitchen facilities, furnished rooms, and comfortable lounges. Many halls are near cafeterias, coffee and snack bars, and shops.

As for your month in Barcelona, you will begin by staying in a hotel on the Balearic Coast for the 5-day interim between your courses in London and Barcelona, with a welcome dinner included.  You will be able to explore the sites of the region, including beautiful beaches and history ruins of the old Roman capital in Spain. Then you will be transported to your apartment shared with other students back in Barcelona, where you'll be for the remainder of the program. The apartments are located off-campus in the city of Barcelona, just a 25 minute commute to classes. They are fully furnished apartments with a shared living room, a well-equipped kitchen, and bathrooms. Two students will share a room and there will be up to six students in each apartment. Due to the central location of the apartments within the city, students will have the opportunity to experience life living in Barcelona. They will be near shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, museums, and will have the chance to learn more about the culture through the people they meet and the roommates they will live with. 

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

The program cost for City Expeditions can be found here.

2. When are the program fees due?

Program Fees for City Expeditions are due on May 1st. 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!

1. 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!)

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

3. 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. 

4. 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 also accept electronic OFFICIAL transcripts if your school provides them.)

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. The application deadline for City Expeditions is April 1st.

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

Yes, you do need a passport to travel to England and 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 City Expeditions program, you WILL need a visa. If you are a U.S. citizen you WILL need a short-term UK student visa for your London portion of the program at the University of Roehampton. You will receive specific visa instructions once you have been accepted to the program. When you arrive in Barcelona, you will be issued a tourist visa that is good for up to 90 days.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes. For City Expeditions, the GPA requirement is 2.5.

6. What are my housing options?

While in London, students will live in dorms at the University of Roehampton. In Barcelona, you will have the choice to either live in a homestay with a local host or an apartment with 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?

You will be taking a total of 2-3 classes during the City Expeditions program. You will take 2 classes for each session in London and Barcelona and receive 11 credits. To see the courses available, go to the course catalog.

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 a 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: Summer 2016
Arrival June 8
Departure July 30
Application Deadline April 1
Term: Summer 2016 Price: $9,990

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:

  • Weekly visits to sites around London and Barcelona
  • All trip-related travel (excluding airfare from the U.S.)
  • CISabroad support services before, during and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Full-time tuition & fees
  • Housing (residence halls in England, shared apartments or homestays in Spain)
  • Pre-departure and on-site orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • Medical & Accident Insurance
  • Jacksonville University transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel
  • Green Travel Guide

CISabroad reserves the right to alter our fees at any time due to exchange rate fluctuations and/or changes in partner university fees.