Semester in Barcelona
Universitat de Barcelona

Most Affordable
OPEN Fall 2023
OPEN Spring 2023

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

Highlights:

  • A curriculum that focuses strongly on the language and culture of Spain
  • Beautiful campus close to the city center
  • Two-day trips to places like the Dalí museum, Tarragona, 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 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.

Residence Hall in Barcelona

Location

Live with other international students in a student residence hall. The residence halls are, on average, about a 30-45 minute commute to your classes or internship. A student residence normally means a double room, unless you indicate you would like a single room and there is one available, and then shared kitchen areas and common areas including study areas with other students.

Meals

You’ll get to put your CIS Abroad Barcelona cooking class skills to the test and cook your own delicious meals in the Residence Hall’s shared and well-equipped kitchens.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • BathroomShared
  • CommutePublic Transportation
  • Double Room
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • LaundryOn-site

What's Included

Inclusions

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

  • 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.
Day Trip around Catalonia

Day Trip around Catalonia

This 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.

Weekend in the Basque Country

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.

Trip to Valencia

Trip to Valencia

Spend the weekend in the vibrant city of Valencia – the birthplace of paella! We’ll learn all about the famous Fallas festival, explore the world famous City of Arts and Sciences, and even go on a boat ride in the Albufera National Park

Trip to Seville

Trip to Seville

Spend the weekend in Seville, the heart of Andalucia. Known for its hot and sunny weather, it has more orange trees than any other city in the world. We’ll explore the famous Plaza España, tour La Mezquita, and of course, enjoy a professional flamenco show!

Site Director

Laura Hommema
Travel Tip:

I recommend that you try to learn a few basic phrases in any new country you go to. Things like saying hello, thank you, goodbye, or ordering a coffee in the local language make a big difference to locals and show them that you appreciate and respect their culture.

Travel Tip:

I recommend that you try to learn a few basic phrases in any new country you go to. Things like saying hello, thank you, goodbye, or ordering a coffee in the local language make a big difference to locals and show them that you appreciate and respect their culture.

About:

Laura grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but now calls Barcelona home. She is half Dutch and half Icelandic, she’s always loved being exposed to a mix of cultures. While completing her undergrad in International Business, Laura studied abroad in Barcelona for a year, completing one semester at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) and one at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). She immediately fell in love with the city and knew she had to make it her home! In her free time, Laura loves to play fútbol, go to the beach, and explore local coffee shops.

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!

Advising

Our advising team 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.

Enrollment

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!

COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

Read more below for information related to this program:

On-Site Program Modifications

We want your time abroad to be an experience of a lifetime. We also know that it is a unique time to be going abroad. Below is some helpful information to you so you can make the best decision for your finances, academic career, and personal health and safety.

Our Financial Commitment

CIS Abroad is working with international partners to create refund and withdrawal policies that limit the financial impact on students and families should COVID-19 change a student’s plan to travel. See our refund policy page for more information.
To insure yourself from additional loss, such as the loss of airfare, or any other non-recoverable loss after your program begins, we recommend purchasing trip protection insurance, aka CFAR/IFAR insurance.

Our Academic Commitment

CIS Abroad has carefully selected programs where there is minimal to no academic risk.*

If a student must quarantine or miss classes due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e, live or recorded.

If a city or country goes on lockdown due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e. live or recorded.

* If a student cannot travel to their destination due to COVID-19 restrictions, remote academics are guaranteed on select programs and in certain courses. If accessing remote academics from the US are important to you, please contact our advising team to learn more about which program locations or courses are right for you.

Our Health & Safety Commitment

CIS Abroad has developed a site-specific risk management plan for every location so that health and safety protocols are monitored, managed and communicated throughout the semester. We have developed a COVID Care Package included in our program fee to make traveling and living in a host country easier on students, especially those first few weeks on-site:

  • COVID compliant airport pick-up and transfer to housing (except for Barcelona’s programs).
  • Access to quarantine housing upon entry, if quarantine is required when entering the country; this housing may incur additional charges.
  • Information and assistance on meal delivery, if quarantine is required when entering the country.
  • COVID-safe classrooms and campus facilities as well as access to masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies according to country and location specific standards.
  • Vaccine requirements for all participants to ensure COVID-safe program excursions and guaranteed housing with vaccinated students.
  • Access to accommodation if isolation is necessary due to positive COVID test or exposure; this housing may incur additional charges.
  • Access to COVID testing; this testing may be an additional charge.
  • Medical and accident insurance that covers COVID-related illness (except for on programs operating in the USA).
  • Cultural activities and reflection that emphasize safe, local exploration geared to the specific context of being abroad at this special time.

*if quarantine is required upon entry, we will let you know 60 days before a program starts, or as soon as the information is known to CIS Abroad. Your program coordinator will keep you updated as to any changes in dates, arrival, local restrictions and costs. If it is required, this may entail an earlier departure date and an additional housing and meal cost.

We recognize not every student, family, or university will allow travel this year, despite the risk mitigation outlined above. Should students apply for 2022 programs, and then choose to defer to a future program, we would be happy to move that student’s application to a program with a later start date. We are committed to providing our innovative virtual programs to meet your internationalization goals.

Excursions

We plan to show you the best of what your location has to offer this term; great culture, great food, and interesting people. On the Excursions tab, you can see the day or overnight trips we usually offer. It is too soon to know if we can offer those same experiences or if we’ll stay a little closer to our program base. Just know that great experiences await you.

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 7
  • Departure: December 21
  • Price: $14,990
  • Application Deadline: Oct 15
  • Arrival: January 11
  • Departure: April 29
  • Price: $12,990 - $13,990
  • Application Deadline: May 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: September 6 (Estimated)
  • Departure: December 20 (Estimated)
  • Price: $12,990 - $13,990 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Price range
Lower price: 12 credits
Higher price: 15 credits

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.