An immersive educational experience in the heart of Barcelona! Semester in Barcelona, hosted at Barcelona School for International Studies, offers the best aspects of studying abroad: quality coursework, personable professors, excursions throughout Spain, proximity to a coastline of white-sand beaches, and life in an exciting, cosmopolitan city. Spend a semester in Barcelona to soak up all that this cultural hub of the Mediterranean has to offer, both inside and outside the classroom.
Fall: June 1
Spring - Internship Track: October 15
Spring: October 15
- A range of business, humanities, and Spanish classes to suit your major and interests
- Variety of weekend trips throughout Barcelona and beyond
- Homestay options available
- Campus located ten minutes from the city center
- Supportive "hub" of on-site staff
- Connect with your friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
- Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
- Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?
At Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS), you’ll enjoy innovative courses in the heart of the vibrant, playful city of Barcelona. The city center is just a ten-minute walk from campus. SIS prides itself on offering unique curriculum, allowing you to fulfill courses in languages, culture, history, art, and the humanities. At SIS, you can immerse yourself in the local culture, make Spanish and international friends, and have easy access to all that Barcelona has to offer.
SIS shares its facility with a renowned language school, providing you with the opportunity to meet students from around the world. The campus is located in the Eixample district of the city, where many of Barcelona’s distinct neighborhoods are just a walk away, including the old city, La Rambla, and the Barceloneta beach.
The program focuses on immersion in the Spanish language, but mostly offers classes taught in English. Your diverse international professors are all highly qualified, and they are used to adapting their courses for study abroad students. You’ll get to enjoy the use of spacious classrooms, multimedia equipment, and other modern amenities during your time in Barcelona.
Accreditation(s): Barcelona School for International Studies is accredited by Jacksonville University.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR COURSESNow the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
COURSE APPROVALMake sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. 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.
GPA REQUIREMENTIf you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.
8+ CLASSES IN
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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.
Besalú and Museum Dali
One of Catalonia’s best preserved medieval towns, Besalú is an historic gem, full to the brim with character. Cobbled streets and facades and a wonderful bridge are the trademarks of Besalú and have been there for hundreds of years — the impressive architecture draws visitors from far and wide. Situated in the La Garrotxa region in the province of Girona, Besalú is a haven for history buffs, who flock in huge numbers to admire the many constructions and facades representing Romanesque, Gothic, and medieval influences. Explore the Dalí Theatre and Museum in the artist’s hometown of Figueres.
Overnight in Tarragona
Enjoy an overnight excursion full of history, exploration, and wine tasting in the Roman influenced Catalonian city of Tarragona! A typical visit includes a tour of Roman ruins, a trip to a Spanish Civil War battlefield, an outing to a vineyard, and a walk through the medieval town.
Weekend in the Basque Country
Enjoy a weekend trip to the rustic, historic, and vibrant Basque Country. Situated along the northern coast of Spain, País Vasco offers an enchanting mix of rugged seashore, rolling hills, delectable seafood, and a unique and rich culture. This excursion may include a trip to the Guggenheim Museum, an outing to a traditional “pincho” (skewer) tapas bar, a winemaking lesson, and tours of historical sites.
Your Support Staff
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.
Travel Tip: Start walking and don’t be afraid to get lost, that is how you begin to understand your surroundings. If the culture is slow – be slow! Take hours to enjoy a coffee and connect with a friend. If the pace is fast, jump in! Be patient with yourself as you adjust. Start a journal and write everything down. It’s incredible to look back and remind yourself of who you were at a time of growth and discovery!
Travel Tip: Drink coffee the local way. Dine with a host family. Eat some recommended street food. Drink fresh juice from local fruits. Find that hole-in-the-wall restaurant that will probably serve the best meal of your time abroad (and it will likely cost less too!). Food and drink can be an excellent inroad to getting to know another culture.
The CISabroad program with School for International Studies in Barcelona gave the best bang for my buck! At a very affordable price, housing; overnight trips with accommodations, transportation, and meals included; cultural and language exchanges; a cooking class; and competitions for tickets to cool things to do around Barcelona were all included. The teachers at SIS are absolutely incredible and many of the classes are related to the history of Barcelona so we go to go on a lot of class trips. Overall I highly recommend CISabroad and particularly this program.
Application DeadlineJune 1ArrivalSeptember 3OrientationSeptember 3Classes StartSeptember 7Classes EndDecember 18DepartureDecember 19PRICE$14,290 - $14,79012 Credits Homestay: $14,290 12 Credits Apartment: $14,290 15 Credits Homestay: $14,790 15 Credits Apartment: $14,790
Fall 2020: Internship Track
Application DeadlineMay 15ArrivalSeptember 3OrientationSeptember 3Classes StartSeptember 7Classes EndDecember 18DepartureDecember 19PRICE$15,790 - $15,99012 Credits Homestay: $15,790 12 Credits Apartment: $15,790 15 Credits Homestay: $15,990 15 Credits Apartment: $15,990
Application DeadlineOctober 15ArrivalJanuary 2 (Estimated)DepartureApril 23 (Estimated)PRICE$14,290 - $14,790 (Estimated)12 Credits (Homestay OR Shared apartment): $14,290 15 Credits (Homestay OR Shared apartment): $14,790
Spring 2021: Internship Track
Application DeadlineOctober 15ArrivalJanuary 2 (Estimated)DepartureApril 23 (Estimated)PRICE$15,790 - $15,990 (Estimated)12 Credits Homestay: $15,790 12 Credits Apartment: $15,790 15 Credits Homestay: $15,990 15 Credits Apartment: $15,990
Application DeadlineOctober 15ArrivalJanuary 2OrientationJanuary 2Classes StartJanuary 3Classes EndApril 23DepartureApril 24PRICE$14,290 - $14,79012 Credits (Homestay OR Shared apartment): $14,290 15 Credits (Homestay OR Shared apartment): $14,790
Spring 2020: Internship Track
Application DeadlineOctober 15ArrivalJanuary 2OrientationJanuary 2Classes StartJanuary 3Classes EndApril 23DepartureApril 24PRICE$15,790 - $15,99012 Credits Homestay: $15,790 12 Credits Apartment: $15,790 15 Credits Homestay: $15,990 15 Credits Apartment: $15,990
CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
4 DAYS IN MOROCCO ($556)
Fall and Spring semester students also have the opportunity to join a four-day trip to Morocco with a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping travelers jump off the beaten path and understand the local culture. Ask an advisor for more details!
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- Weekend excursion in Spain
- Local Spanish mentor
- Hands-on orientations throughout the semester including multiple day trips, and guided tours of local neighborhoods in Barcelona
- Jacksonville University official transcript
- Full-time tuition and fees
- Housing (apartment, local home, or residence hall)
- Meal plan available with a homestay
- Medical and accident insurance
- CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
- Academic advising
- Financial aid counseling
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Predeparture orientation
- Airport pickup
- La Vida Local cultural program