Program Overview

Make the most of your summer by getting ahead academically and gaining practical work experience, all the while soaking up the culture and beautiful sites of Barcelona. A world-class city renowned for its art, architecture, food, and vibrant social atmosphere, Barcelona is like no other. Add a wealth of UNESCO World Heritage sites, a beautiful Mediterranean coastline and a uniquely Catalan/European/Spanish cultural mix and it’s no wonder that Barcelona is a top study abroad destination.

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
Summer: April 1
Avg Course Load
1 or 2 courses (3 or 6 U.S. credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Spanish

Key Program Highlights

  • Barcelona's beauty (cityscapes, landscapes, Mediterranean coast) shines brightest in summer.
  • Social Spaniards with whom to practice your Spanish (and they their English)
  • Summer in the streets: festivals, plazas, boardwalks, pedestrian malls, and open-air restaurants
  • Get ahead academically with a variety of courses in both Spanish and English
  • Gain leaps and bounds professionally with an independent internship and group seminars

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.

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 experience professionally, culturally and personally.

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 your summer in Barcelona.

The apartments are, on average, about a 25-minute commute from the centrally located campus.The convenient location means you’ll have easy access to everything Barcelona has to offer, like shops, cafés, bars, museums, restaurants, and more!

  • 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

A homestay is the perfect way to fully immerse yourself in Spanish culture. Living with a host family is great way to try home-cooked Spanish cuisine, improve your language skills, and experience life like a local.

  • Laundry service provided
  • Breakfast and dinner served daily
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!

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.

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.


Internship Academics & Placement

GPA Requirement

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.

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.

Course Approval

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.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

Course descriptions and catalog:

Option A: 1 Spanish-language course (3 credits), plus 1 elective in English (3 credits)
Option B: 2 Electives in English (3 credits each, 6 credits total)
Option C: 1 Spanish language course (3 credits)
Option E: 1 Elective (3 credits)

Spanish courses:
Elementary Spanish A1
Upper Elementary Spanish A2
Intermediate Spanish B1
Upper Intermediate Spanish B2
Advanced Spanish C1
Advanced Spanish C2

Electives:

1. Great 20th Century Artists: Picasso, Dali, Miro
2. Contemporary Spanish Society: From Dictatorship to Democracy
3. Sports and Society in Spain and Catalonia
4. Cross-Cultural Psychology and Early Childhood Education
5. Management Across Borders

Internships are available in the following fields:

Don’t see your field? Contact an advisor and we’ll be happy to help find the best internship for you!

Placements in the fields above are not guaranteed due to the changing needs of the local businesses/ organizations and applicant qualifications. We always try to make the best match for you!

Art & Design Fields

Business Fields

Communications Fields

Education Fields

Engineering Fields

Health Science Fields

Humanities Fields

Mathematics Fields

Natural Sciences Fields

Social Sciences Fields

STEM Fields

Technology Fields

Student Feedback

CISabroad intern in Barcelona internship abroad Spain
This program changed my life in many ways, but most importantly it taught me how to be adaptable. I thoroughly enjoyed the intern mixers that allowed us to meet others in our program.

Sara Platt - Clemson University

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 (8 weeks)
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    Arrival
    May 28 (Estimated)
    Orientation
    May 29 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    May 30 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    June 26; Internship Begins: July 2 (Estimated)
    Departure
    July 28 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $8,290 - $8,690 (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:

  • In-depth orientation and guided tours of the city
  • Cultural activities such as cinema nights, museum visits, and dance lessons!
  • 1 weekend excursion to cities such as Costa Brava or Valencia
  • 1 day trip to sites such as Dalí museum, Tarragona, or Sitges
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Internship placement and supervision
  • 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
  • On-site support
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • Barcelona School for International Studies orientation
  • Jacksonville University official transcript
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program