Program Overview

A custom internship in the heart of one of Western Europe’s cultural and business hubs! Our Intern in Barcelona program lets you gain relevant, career-oriented experience while enjoying the best of Europe: Spanish cultural immersion, proximity to a coastline of white sand beaches, and an exciting, cosmopolitan city that never sleeps. A strong internship support structure, with mentorship meetings over coffee, meetup networking events, and workshops, help you maximize your internship and prepare you to frame the experience on your resume. Even better, your placement connects you with locals so you can choose to go all in on the Spanish immersion, or take a break with your American cohort.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Summer: March 15 | April 15
Fall: June 15 | June 15 | July 1
Spring: October 15 | November 1 | November 15 | December 1
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.
  • Career Launch 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.

Internship Placement

Below are a few sample architecture internship placements undertaken by past participants.
There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized.
Contact an advisor to learn more!

Architectural Intern
In a place overflowing with architectural treasures, begin your own journey in the world of functional design The internship is conceived as an introduction to practical aspects of the work in an architect’s practice. You will also deal with those fields where architecture overlaps with the digital world: web monitoring, text writing and image processing.
Studio Intern at Architecture Firm
Barcelona has some of the most astounding buildings in the world, and the city will be your inspiring backdrop as you dive into the architecture field. You'll gain valuable professional experience and insight, and you'll have the opportunity to collaborate on new projects, learn from seasoned architects, and help organize and classify past projects.
Architecture Intern at Green Energy Company
Work in a dynamic environment and be a part of a young team that is constantly evolving and innovating. You'll put your architecture education to good use while gaining professional skills in a city renowned for its buildings and monuments. As Barcelona takes more steps to go green, you'll be able to plug in by offering suggestions for improving energy efficiency in homes.
Earn credit 

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. Learn More →

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in 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.

Day Trips

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.

CISabroad Study Abroad Semester Program in Spain Barcelona students excursion weekend

Weekend Trips

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.

study in spain and travel to morocco

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.

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 time in vibrant Barcelona.

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!

Housing Options

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
streets in the gothic quarter, Barcelona

Local Life

  • 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!

Student Feedback

The great thing about being an intern in Barcelona is that I was able to work in a different country. CISabroad did an amazing job pairing me up for my internship. As a hospitality and tourism management major, we learn a lot about hotels and restaurants in the classroom but my internship was marketing for an award winning hostel chain. This gave me the chance to learn about the industry in a different way and it really opened my eyes to what is out there.

Sasha Romanoff, Intern in Barcelona, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Keegan Burdette
Internship Enrollment Advisor

Travel Tip: My travel necessities are an open mind, a wristwatch and a journal.

Learn more about Keegan

Elena Villaescusa
Site Director in Barcelona

Travel Tip: When traveling make sure to use humour and start conversations with local people, they are the experts of the places you visit and you can learn so much from them; particularly the older generation can be a wealth of information. Try to enjoy every single minute of your travels!

Learn more about Elena

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Spring 2019: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    October 15
    January 8
    February 16 | March 2 | March 16 | March 30
    $5,390 - $6,990
  • Spring 2019: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    November 1
    February 4
    March 16 | March 29 | April 13 | April 26
    $5,390 - $6,990
  • Spring 2019: Session 3
    Application Deadline
    November 15
    March 4
    April 13 | April 27 | May 11 | May 25
    $5,390 - $6,990
  • Spring 2019: Session 4
    Application Deadline
    December 1
    April 1
    May 11 | May 25 | June 8 | June 22
    $5,390 - $6,990
  • Summer 2019: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    February 15
    May 6
    May 7 - 9
    June 15 | June 29 | July 13 | July 27
    $5,590 - $6,990
  • Summer 2019: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    May 20
    May 21 - 23
    June 29 | July 13 | July 27
    $5,590 - $6,690
  • Summer 2019: Session 3
    Application Deadline
    March 15
    June 3
    June 4 - 6
    July 13 | July 27
    $5,590 - $6,390
  • Summer 2019: Session 4
    Application Deadline
    March 15
    June 17
    June 18 - 20
    July 27
  • Fall 2019: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    June 15
    September 2 (Estimated)
    October 13 | October 27 | November 10 | November 24 (Estimated)
    $5,390 - $6,990
  • Fall 2019: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    June 15
    October 7 (Estimated)
    November 17 | December 1 | December 15 (Estimated)
    $5,390 - $6,490
  • Fall 2019: Session 3
    Application Deadline
    July 1
    November 4 (Estimated)
    December 8 | December 22 (Estimated)
    $5,390 - $5,990

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

Program Inclusions

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