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.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
Fall: June 15
Spring: October 15
- Avg Course Load
- 4 courses (12 U.S. credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
- English and Spanish
Key Program Highlights
- 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
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.
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 Courses
Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
Make 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.
If 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.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
Spanish language courses
- Elementary Spanish A1
- Upper Elementary Spanish A2
- Intermediate Spanish B1
- Upper Intermediate Spanish B2
- Advanced Spanish C1
- Advanced Spanish C2
- Intensive Elementary Spanish Language and Culture (Level A1-A2)
- Intensive Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture (Level B1-B2)
- Advanced Spanish Language and Culture (Level B2/C1)
Elective courses taught in English
- Great 20th Century Artists: Picasso, Dalí, Miró
- Contemporary Spanish Society: From Dictatorship to Democracy
- Sports and Society in Spain and Catalonia
- Cross-Cultural Psychology and Early Childhood Education
- Management and Ethics
- Architecture and Urban Design
- Spanish Civilization and Culture
- International Marketing
- Entrepreneurship and the New Economy
- International Business
- Digital photography
Elective courses taught in Spanish
- Civilización y Cultura españolas
- Introduccion a literatura española e hispanoamericana
- Grandes artistas del siglo XX: Picasso, Dali and Miro
Please note, it is important to submit your course registration page (provided to you by CISabroad upon acceptance) as early as possible, as courses tend to fill up very quickly at SIS and your first choices may not be available if you delay too long. Please plan ahead to get your course choices approved at your home university so you can have them ready to submit after you are accepted to the program.
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!
You can choose to live either in a shared apartment or in a homestay during the Barcelona Semester program.
- Fully-furnished, with a shared living room, a well-equipped kitchen, and bathrooms
- You’ll share a room with one other student, and most apartments accommodate four to six program participants.
- About a 25-minute commute from the centrally located campus
Your host family will provide:
- Laundry service
- Breakfast and dinner
- An experience of living like a local
- 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!
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend, overnight, 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.
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.
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Program SupportMeet 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.
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
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: Never forget to give yourself credit for making the decision to study abroad. Immersing yourself in another culture is challenging, but the memories and sense of personal growth you return with make study abroad all the more rewarding.
Travel Tip: Be open to try the local food! Let a local Catalan or Spanish friend pick some options for you and get ready to be amazed and discover new flavors. If you ask me, go for the seafood ‘fideuá’. You will have a good laugh learning how to open the shrimps!
Application DeadlineJune 15ArrivalAugust 29OrientationAugust 30Classes StartAugust 31Classes EndNovember 20DepartureNovember 21PRICE$11,590 - 12,790
Fall 2018 Internship Track
Application DeadlineJune 1ArrivalAugust 29OrientationAugust 30Classes StartAugust 31Classes EndDecember 21DepartureDecember 22PRICE$11,590 - 14,790
Spring 2019 Internship Track
Application DeadlineOctober 15ArrivalJanuary 21 (Estimated)OrientationJanuary 22 (Estimated)Classes StartJanuary 23 (Estimated)Classes EndApril 11 (Estimated)DepartureMay 11 (Estimated)PRICE$13,590 - 14,790
Application DeadlineOctober 15ArrivalJanuary 21OrientationJanuary 22Classes StartJanuary 23Classes EndApril 11DepartureApril 12PRICE$11,890 - $12,790
CISabroad 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
- CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
- Academic advising
- Financial aid counseling
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Predeparture orientation
- Airport pickup
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program