Semester in Barcelona
Universitat de Barcelona

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Study at a 500-year-old top university in Spain

Spend a semester or year studying Spanish, culture, or politics while experiencing all that the unique Catalonian-Spanish-European city of Barcelona has to offer. Your academic base will be the 500-year-old Universitat de Barcelona, which has a large community of both Spanish and international students on its multi-campus institution. Culture around every corner, superb shopping, blissful beaches, and unmatched academic quality and support throughout your program are just a few of the countless reasons to shortlist this one!

What to Expect:

  • Language: English and Spanish
  • Average Courseload: 4-5 courses (12-15 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5
  • Visa Requirements: YES - Pre-departure


  • A curriculum that focuses strongly on the language and culture of Spain
  • Beautiful campus close to the city center
  • Day trips to places like the Dalí museum, Costa Brava, or Sitges
  • Multiple levels of Spanish language courses
  • Fun social and cultural activities, like a cooking class, Flamenco dance class, barrio tours, and language intercambios.

Program Details

University of Barcelona

The University of Barcelona (UB) ranks as the #1 university in Spain. It’s famous for its cutting-edge university research and has become a benchmark for research activity in Europe. Over 80,000 students attend the UB, spread out over six different campuses located throughout Barcelona. The UB is ideal for the independent student who is eager to become immersed in Spanish culture.

The UB’s beautiful international student campus is located in a bustling area known as Plaza Universitat. This plaza is alive with young people, cafes, shops, and innovative businesses, and it’s only a ten-minute walk from the city center. The campus itself is filled with beautiful architecture, indoor courtyards, and plenty of classroom and study space.

During your studies at University of Barcelona, you’ll take unique and diverse courses that help you become familiar with Spanish culture and society. You’ll study alongside fellow international students from the U.S. and around the world.

If you’re looking to strengthen your Spanish, the UB has a program for you. The Estudios Hispánicos program is taught mostly in Spanish. Additionally, it’s based on Spanish and Latin-American culture, and Spanish language and comprehension. This program is specifically recommended for students who are majoring or minoring in Spanish and have a background with the Spanish language. It’s also a great opportunity for students who are working toward Spanish fluency.

The UB was established in 1450 and is one of the top schools in Catalonia. The University is ranked 166th in the world by QS.

Accreditation(s): Ministry of Education and Science.

Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Communications
  • Humanities

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Areas of study with 8 or more classes available

  • Business
  • World Languages

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

You’ll take the following assortment of classes:

  • OPTION 1) 12 credits: Spanish Language class (110 hrs) + 2 elective classes
  • OPTION 2) 15 credits: Spanish Language class (110 hrs) + 3 electives classes.

Electives are Spanish Culture subjects, taught in English or Spanish (45 contact hours each)

(15 contact hours = 1 semester credit).

Course Description and Catalogue:

Spanish Courses

Elective Courses

Please note that not all courses listed above will be offered every semester, and the list above are courses and/or subject areas that have been offered in the past by the host institution. Institutions in Barcelona often do not finalize course listings until the beginning of the term, and as such, this list will be updated as the host institution provides additional information.

Why Life in 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!

Live The Local Life

  • Barrio Gótico

    Enjoy a guided walking tour around the Barrio Gótico, the oldest neighborhood in Barcelona, while learning all about the history of the city.

  • Spanish Wine Tour and Tasting

    Learn all about the importance of the production of wine and cava in Catalunya at a beautiful vineyard that ends with a tasting paired with delicious local cheeses.

  • Around Catalunya

    Visit a local beach town in Catalunya and amaze in the wonders of hidden coves while soaking up the beach culture in Spain.

  • FC Barcelona

    Attend a football or basketball match and/or the famous FC Barcelona museum.

Housing in Barcelona


Students on CIS Abroad programs in Barcelona are housed in various residence halls. Housing will be allocated based on your program, term, and availability. The options below will give you a great idea of the type of residence where you’ll be placed!

Sample Student Residence 1


Enjoy upscale, shared accommodations in a residence designed for visiting students just like you! The student residence boasts a whole suite of modern amenities that ensure you’re living in complete comfort. The double rooms have twin beds, an ensuite shared bathroom, storage space, and two desk and chair sets. Step out of your bedroom into a shared apartment environment, with living and lounging spaces, dining areas, and a kitchen. Share a meal or conversation with your apartment mates, find a quiet nook of your own, or head for one of the residence’s communal spaces.

Among the residence’s abundant shared amenities, you’ll find a gym, pool, terrace, lounges, kitchens, study areas, and cinema room. You’ll be supported by 24/7 on-site staff and friendly reception.

The residence is located on Carrer Pallars, bordering Poblenou in the 22@, Barcelona’s innovation district. The major thoroughfare, Avenida Diagonal, is just around the corner, providing easy access to the rest of Barcelona. The beach is about 15 minutes’ walk.


You’ll have access to a kitchen shared among your apartment mates stocked with basic cooking supplies.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • 24-hour security
  • BathroomEnsuiteShared
  • Bed linens
  • Cleaning Service
  • Desk
  • Double Room
  • Fitness Center
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Maintenance Service
  • Pool
  • Study Areas
  • Towels
  • Wi-Fi

Sample Student Residence 2


Enjoy a full range of modern amenities and convenient services in housing designed for students like you! A fully-furnished room, private bathroom, spaces to work and relax, a gym, free bikes, laundry, and 24-hour security are just some highlights of this exceptional student residence.

With a private bathroom, climate control, bed linen and towels, cleaning and maintenance, study desk, TV, and high-speed Wi-Fi, you’ll enjoy quiet and comfort when you need to rest. There’s also access to a fully equipped community kitchen. When you want to soak up the communal vibes, you’ll find a community of fellow international students among the study rooms, co-working spaces, café, lounges, and workshops.

The residence is in Poblenou, the most dynamic, modern, avant-garde neighborhood of the city – a great home base for studying abroad in Barcelona. Just around the corner from Avenida Diagonal and a 20 minute walk from the beach, you’re well placed for excursions both near and far!

Inclusions and Amenities

  • 24-hour security
  • Air conditioning
  • BathroomEnsuite
  • Bed linens
  • Cleaning Service
  • Desk
  • Fitness Center
  • LaundryOn-siteService Available
  • Maintenance Service
  • Pool
  • Single Room
  • Study Areas
  • Wi-Fi

What's Included


Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • Airport Pickup (according to CIS date and time)
  • Cultural and recreational excursions and activities in Barcelona
  • One guided weekend excursion outside of Barcelona
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • On-site support
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Official University of Barcelona transcript
  • The Local Life cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival in Barcelona, you’ll be collected from the airport and taken to your accommodation. In the first few days you’ll take part in orientation programs that will introduce you to this vibrant and cosmopolitan city you will come to call home. You’ll learn practical tips for living in Barcelona, you’ll get a lay of the land by visiting some of Barcelona’s top neighborhoods, and we’ll share advice about where to go out, how to stay safe, where to shop, and plenty more. We’ll also enjoy a welcome meal together.

Farewell & Re-Entry Program

As the program draws to a close, you’ll go home with the tools you need to make the most of your experience. In our re-entry workshop, learn how to cope with cultural differences you’ll experience as you go home, how to put your abroad experience on your resume (and talk about it in job interviews), as well as how to keep traveling in the future. End the trip with a farewell meal with all your new CIS Abroad “amigos” and the staff, for a chance to say “hasta luego” to your new city!

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad 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.
Weekend Trip from Barcelona

Weekend Trip from Barcelona

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; visit one of the world’s largest aquariums and science museums in the world in Valencia; or hike coastal trails and tour medieval villages in Costa Brava. Trips change each semester.

Day Trips Around Catalonia

Day Trips Around Catalonia

A day trip around Catalonia typically includes guided tours, some museum entrance fees, a group meal, and some free time. For example, you might visit the Salvador Dalí Museum in Figueres, explore the vibrant coastal town of Sitges, and wander the old Jewish Quarter in beautiful Girona. Trips may vary.

Barcelona Cooking Class

Barcelona Cooking Class

During this Spanish Cuisine Workshop students learn a variety of traditional Spanish dishes from different regions around Spain. Examples include gazpacho from Andalucía, Pan con Tomate from Cataluña, Tortilla de Patatas from País Vasco, Paella from Valencia, and Crema Catalana from Cataluña. And of course, you’ll get to delight in the fruits of your labor!

Site Director

Nicole Baumgartner
Travel Tip:

When traveling always make friends with the locals! They will help really immerse you into the culture and give you a different perspective of your destination. They have the best recommendations for the most authentic restaurants and show you places that you would never find in a guidebook or on a blog. Not only will you have a great experience while traveling, but you also have the chance to make new, lifelong friends from around the world!

Travel Tip:

When traveling always make friends with the locals! They will help really immerse you into the culture and give you a different perspective of your destination. They have the best recommendations for the most authentic restaurants and show you places that you would never find in a guidebook or on a blog. Not only will you have a great experience while traveling, but you also have the chance to make new, lifelong friends from around the world!


Nicole was born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in Seattle, Washington, and studied Political Science, Law Societies and Justice, and Human Rights at the University of Washington. Nicole has always had the travel bug so after graduating she moved to Spain to work as an English Assistant and fell in love with the country of tapas, flamenco, and constant sunshine! She lived in Granada, Spain for 9 years and is lucky to now call Barcelona home. She has always worked in education and loves seeing the profound benefits of students immersing themselves in another language and culture. As site director in Barcelona Nicole is looking forward to welcoming students to the most desired and exciting city in Spain and giving them the most local experience to help deepen student understanding of the Spanish culture and language. In her free time, Nicole is studying for a Global MBA at IE University and uses the skills from this degree in her daily life and job. She also loves to spend time at the beach, wandering around neighborhoods, and grabbing a few tapas and cañas with friends.

Your Support Staff

Syd O
Travel Tip:

Make sure to explore the city that you’re in! Although the beauty of study abroad is you have the chance to travel all over the country and to other countries as well, sometimes people forget how many amazing things there are right there in the city they’re studying in! Make some local friends, participate in holidays and festivals, find that local beloved restaurant. Although I have many travel memories to talk about, some of my fondest or most nostalgic moments I have were the ‘in betweens’ so to speak – going grocery shopping with friends, hanging out in the school courtyard at night when the temperature outside was finally bearable, saying hello to the neighborhood cow (yes, there was in fact a neighborhood cow). Don’t neglect what you have right in front of you!

Advising and Enrollment
Travel Tip:

You’ll be supported every step of the way!


Kaylee Klinger, our student advisor and 2x CIS Abroad alum, can help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal objectives. It’s not always an easy choice, but you can’t go wrong! Once you’ve decided, we’ll guide to you submit an online application.


Once you’ve submitted your initial application and the fee, you’ll be assigned a Program Enrollment Coordinator. We’ll work closely together to guide you through the enrollment process and prepare you for a life-changing experience!

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: May 15
  • Arrival: September 9
  • Departure: December 21
  • Price: $12,990 - $13,990
  • Application Deadline: Oct 13
  • Arrival: January 13
  • Departure: May 1
  • Price: $13,890 - $15,590
  • Application Deadline: May 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: September 7 (Estimated)
  • Departure: December 19 (Estimated)
  • Price: $13,890 - $15,590 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Price Range

12 credit option – double room: $13,890
12 credit option – single room: $14,990
15 credit option – double room: $14,490
15 credit option – single room: $15,590

Program Deposit

There is a non-refundable program deposit of $1,000. This deposit will be deducted from the total cost of the program. Paying the deposit secures your spot on the program.

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

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