Program Overview

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
2.5
Application Deadlines
Summer: March 1 | March 15 | April 1 | April 15
Fall: June 1 | June 15 | July 1
Spring: October 1 | October 15 | November 1 | 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.
  • 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 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.

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 - University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Program Support

Meet 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.

Ongoing Support

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

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.

  • Summer 2018: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    Arrival
    May 21
    Departure
    June 30 | July 14 | July 28
    PRICE
    $5,590 - $6,690
  • Summer 2018: Session 3
    Application Deadline
    March 15
    Arrival
    June 4
    Orientation
    June 5
    Departure
    July 14 | July 28
    PRICE
    $5,590 - $6,390
  • Summer 2018: Session 4
    Application Deadline
    April 15
    Arrival
    June 18
    Orientation
    June 19
    Departure
    July 28
    PRICE
    $5,590
  • Fall 2018: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    June 1
    Arrival
    September 4
    Orientation
    September 5
    Departure
    October 13 | October 27 | November 10 | November 24
    PRICE
    $5,390 - $6,990
  • Fall 2018: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    June 15
    Arrival
    October 1
    Orientation
    October 2
    Departure
    November 10 | November 24 | December 8 | December 22
    PRICE
    $5,390 - $6,990
  • Fall 2018: Session 3
    Application Deadline
    July 1
    Arrival
    October 29
    Orientation
    October 30
    Departure
    December 8 | December 22
    PRICE
    $5,390 - $5,990
  • Spring 2019
    Application Deadline
    Nov 1 | Dec 1 | Jan 1 | Feb 1
    Arrival
    Jan 7 | Feb 4 | Mar 4 | April 2 (Estimated)
    Departure
    6 - 12 weeks after arrival (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $5,390 - $6,990 (Estimated)
  • Summer 2019: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    Arrival
    May 6 (Estimated)
    Departure
    June 15 | June 29 | July 13 | July 27 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $5,590 - $6,990 (Estimated)

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