Get a sneak peek at your future career in the heart of one of Western Europe’s cultural and business hubs. On Intern in Barcelona, you’ll gain relevant, career-oriented skills while living in a playful, lively city that rarely sleeps. We’ll tailor your internship to match your goals and interests, giving you real-world experience in your chosen field. There’s more to love about spending four to twelve weeks in Barcelona: proximity to a coastline of white, sandy beaches; whimsical, jaw-dropping architecture; and welcoming locals who will gladly practice Spanish with you.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
Summer: February 15 - April 15
Fall: June 1 - September 1
Spring: October 15 - November 15
- Avg Course Load
- U.S credit may be available through CISabroad and/or your home university.
- Language(s) of Instruction
- English and Spanish
Key Program Highlights
- Internships that accommodate all levels of Spanish language proficiency
- Day trips included to places such as Sitges, Tarragona, the Dali Museum, or Girona
- Over 100 customized internship placements available in many fields
- Opportunity to develop an international network with professional contacts and references
- Optional weekend excursion to places such as Morocco, Valencia, or Costa Brava.
- 360 Networking Toolkit for interview and job support
Your Journey Begins Here
Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.
Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
Life in Barcelona
Welcome and Orientation
Once you arrive to the capital of Catalonia CISabroad staff will meet you at the airport and help get you to your apartment or homestay. Upon arrival you’ll take part in the CISabroad Logistical, Cultural and Academic Orientation with other students and interns on the program. The onsite staff will introduce you to this dynamic and cosmopolitan city that you will call home, giving you tips on to how to be safe and healthy as well as how to make the most of your experience professionally, culturally and personally.
After our fun, interactive orientation sessions, we’ll have a welcome lunch in a traditional restaurant, giving you your first culinary experiences in the new city by trying the staple, “pan con tomate,” along with other delicious Mediterranean food!
Farewell and Re-entry Program
As the program draws to a close, we will be sure you go home with the tools you need to make the most of your experience. In our re-entry workshop you’ll learn how to cope with cultural differences you’ll experience as you go home, how to put your abroad experience on your resume and in job interviews as well as how you can keep traveling in the future. We’ll end the trip with a farewell meal with all your new CISabroad “amigos” and the staff, for a chance to say “hasta luego” to your new city!
You can choose to live either in a shared apartment or in a homestay during the Barcelona Semester program.
The apartments, on average, are located about a 25-minute commute from the heart of the city. Each neighborhood in Barcelona brings a unique flare and has easy access to everything Barcelona has to offer, like shops, cafés, bars, museums, restaurants, and more!
- Fully furnished and include a shared living room, a well-equipped kitchen, and bathrooms
- You’ll share a bedroom with one other student, and each apartment will house four to six program participants
A homestay is the perfect way to fully immerse yourself in Spanish culture. This is a great way to work on your Spanish and try homemade local cuisine! You’ll love the unique experience of this living situation in Spain!
- Access to all the amenities available in the home
- Laundry service, breakfast, and dinner are provided
- Soccer match: Barça, Barça, Baaarça! Experience one of the best football clubs in the world and cheer like “culés,” fans from Football Club Barcelona.
- Barrio tours: Staff will take you on a tour of a neighborhood in Barcelona, showing you the history but also where locals hang out. Each tour includes a chance to try some local treats.
- Human Towers: Go to the practice space of the local Castells, a sport where teams compete to make the tallest tower possible.
- Cooking classes: Cooking classes with a professional chef.
- Intercambio night: A language exchange with local students.
More About Barcelona
It’s no wonder that Barcelona is one of the top tourist and study abroad destinations in the world. This incredible location on the shores of the Mediterranean has a delightfully mild climate year round. Plus, Barcelona is one of the most exciting and vibrant cities to live in! The second-largest city in Spain has two official languages, Castilian Spanish and Catalan. It’s the perfect place to challenge yourself and practice your own Spanish skills, while also learning more about the unique Catalan history and culture.
The city is bustling, and you'll be in awe of the architecture, including Gaudi's towering Sagrada Familia basilica. When you're ready to immerse yourself in nature, you can easily reach beaches and hiking sites just outside of Barcelona. The efficient public transportation system allows you to quickly travel to the many beaches to both the north and south of Barcelona. It also means you can easily navigate campus and the many amazing sites located throughout the city.
The city’s diverse international population, colorful flair, exciting nightlife, and vast array of cultural, historical, and modern attractions makes Barcelona an unparalleled place to study abroad!
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
This day trip around Catalonia includes guided tours, some museum entrance fees, a group lunch, and some free time. You'll visit the Salvador Dalí Museum in Figueres, hike the beautiful coastal trail known as the Camino de Ronda on the Costa Brava and wander the old Jewish Quarter in beautiful Girona.
During weekend trips, you might experience Flamenco and tour the beautiful Alhambra in Granada; eat Spain’s best tapas and visit wineries in Basque Country; or hike coastal trails and tour medieval villages in Costa Brava. Trips change each semester.
4 Days in Morocco
Fall and Spring semester students also have the opportunity to join a four-day trip to Morocco with a non-profit organization dedicated to helping travelers jump off the beaten path and understand the local culture.
Advising and Guidance
Step 1: Complete the CISabroad Internship Application and pay $200 application deposit. Then, an advisor will grant you online portal access and schedule an interview to discuss your experience, internship goals, and go over any questions.
Step 2: Start working with your Program Coordinator! You’ll finish your application by completing the forms in your online portal.
Placement and Preparation
Step 3: Upon acceptance, we work with you and the onsite placement team so they can learn more about your skills, your interests, and what type of internship you are looking for.
Step 4: Pay $500 Internship Deposit and work with your Program Coordinator who will help you know what to expect and how to prepare for your time abroad.
Earn Credit Through CISabroad
Through our partnership with Plymouth State University, you can earn between 3-12 credits in the fields listed here. Alternatively, many students are able to arrange for credit through their home universities. To learn more please click here.
Internships are available in the following fields:
Don’t see your field? Contact an advisor and we’ll be happy to help find the best internship for you!
Placements in the fields above are not guaranteed due to the changing needs of the local businesses/ organizations and applicant qualifications. We always try to make the best match for you!
Art & Design Fields
Health Science Fields
Sasha Romanoff - University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Global Advising Team
Internship Enrollment Advisor
Site Director in Barcelona
Spring 2018 (6 - 12 week options)
Application DeadlineNov 1 | Dec 1 | Jan 1 | Feb 1ArrivalJan 8 | Feb 5 | Mar 5 | April 3Departure6 - 12 weeks after arrivalPRICE$5,390 - $6890
Summer 2018 (4 - 12 week options)
Application DeadlineMarch 1 | March 1 | March 15 | March 15 | April 15 (IIE)ArrivalMay 7 | May 21 | June 4 | June 18 | June 18 (IIE)Departure4 - 12 weeks after arrivalPRICE$5,190 - $6,990
Fall 2018 (6 - 12 week options)
Application DeadlineJune 15 | July 1 | July 15 | Aug 15ArrivalSept 17 | Oct 1 | Oct 15 | Oct 29Departure6 - 12 weeks after arrivalPRICE$4,990 - $6,990
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- Activities vary and can include; Salsa Class, Catalan cooking class, Language Exchanges, Museum visits, and business visits
- Guided tours around Barcelona’s neighborhoods
- One included day trip to cities like Basalu, Sitges, or Tarragona
- Full-time tuition and fees
- Housing (apartment or local home)
- Meal plan available with a homestay
- Medical and accident insurance
- CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
- On-site support
- Academic advising
- Financial aid counseling
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Pre-departure orientation
- Airport pickup
- Cultural orientation
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program