Your summer is a tale of two cities in London and Barcelona. For eight glorious weeks, you’ll dive into British life and live like a Spaniard—exploring two distinct cultures, landscapes, and paces. In stately London, grab a black umbrella and jump on a double-decker bus as you traverse the city to drink high tea, tour grand museums, curtsy at Buckingham Palace, and listen to soapboxers at Speakers’ Corner. You’ll study at the picturesque University of Roehampton. In spunky, seaside Barcelona, feel the rhythm of a siesta-loving culture, eat tapas, people watch on La Rambla, and gaze at the impressive Gaudi architecture. Advance your Spanish skills and your degree as you become a world traveler.
- Spanish language courses or courses in English while in Barcelona
- Opportunity to live with international students in residence halls in London
- Trips to famous places, such as the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, and the British Museum
- Easy access to Barcelona's beautiful beaches, bustling plazas, and impressive architecture
- Catalan/Spanish cooking class or a Flamenco music and dance show in Barcelona
- 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?
Roehampton University & Barcelona School for International Studies
The London portion of your program is housed at the University of Roehampton, a friendly, lively community. Roehampton is dedicated to providing the best academic, cultural, and social opportunities imaginable. The beautiful and historic campus is situated in one of the most attractive suburbs of London. The locale provides a stimulating environment where you can pursue your studies. To maximize your experience, you’ll receive support from on-site staff throughout your summer abroad. Roehampton’s four colleges and its student union offer a strong sense of community. You’ll quickly feel at home, make friends, and start enjoying the many campus activities. With students from over 80 countries, Roehampton offers exceptional support to its international students.
While your main academic focus is on contemporary society in Ireland and Scotland, you’ll also be visiting sites of historical and archaeological significance. You’ll be examining cultural sites, visual arts, and media, meet with producers of these cultural products, and gain a greater understanding of the range and variety of media representations of “Irishness,” “Scottishness,” and “Celticness.”
While in Spain, you’ll study at the Barcelona School for International Studies, located along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. You’ll have the chance to listen to and speak both Catalan and Spanish. The location offers you a chance to use Spanish in everyday life, from bartering for goods in a local market, to asking for directions to Gaudi’s architecture, to meeting new friends in Miro’s park.
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.
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Life in London and Barcelona
Welcome and Orientation
Upon arrival you’ll take part in both the university and CIS Abroad orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of life in England and Spain, like how to get around by public transportation, how to stay safe, what to do in case of an emergency and who to contact if you have any questions. We’ll also tell you all about our favorite places in town (restaurants, museums, markets etc). Oh, and you’ll join in on a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy (ever tried Spanish Tortilla?) so that you can start to taste the local flavor.
Farewell and Re-entry Program
Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to Europe.
While you’re studying in London, you’ll live in one of Roehampton University’s residence halls. Each hall is its own social hub. You’ll have all of the luxuries of a traditional campus environment while enjoying a small, tight-knit community that makes it easy to get to know your British and international classmates. The residence halls offer self-catered single-occupancy accommodation with common kitchen facilities, furnished rooms, and comfortable lounges. Many halls are near cafeterias, coffee and snack bars, and shops.
When you arrive in Spain, your first stop is at your Barcelona apartment shared with up to six other students, where you’ll live for the duration of the program. The off-campus apartments are just a 25-minute commute to classes. The fully furnished apartments include a shared bedroom with one other student, shared living room, a well-equipped kitchen, and bathrooms. Thanks to the central location of the apartments near shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, plazas, and museums, you’ll be able to immerse completely in the vibrant environment of Barcelona.
- Beaches by the Barrio Gótico: Barcelona calls home to some of the world's most beloved beaches. Only a ten-minute walk from boutiques and buskers, the city dweller can transition seamlessly from the Gothic Quarter's weathered alleyways to the sun-soaked, sparkling Mediterranean.
- Living History: In the home of Shakespeare, enjoy a Midnight Summer's Dream in the replica Globe Theatre, just 750 ft from the original theatre built in 1599. While in Barcelona, feel the electricity of flamenco, a UNESCO declared Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
- Princes, Pubs, and Prawns: Whether you're on an impromptu tapas bar crawl in Barcelona or perusing the sundry of London pubs, you will find yourself eating like royalty.
- The Shape and Spirit of the City: Walk London at your own pace and marvel at the diversity of its architecture; from the bullet-like Gherkin building to the hand-painted lunettes of St. Paul's Cathedral. Weeks later, get lost in Gaudi's candy-colored Park Güell, the face of Catalan modernism.
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: Forgive yourself for not always knowing exactly what to do in a new place; if you’re humble, people will be happy to nudge you in the right direction. And always have a deck of cards in your backpack!
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 DeadlineApril 1ArrivalJune 4 (Estimated)DepartureJuly 25 (Estimated)PRICE$8,590 (Estimated)
CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- Weekly visits to sites around London and Barcelona
- All trip-related travel (excluding airfare from the U.S.)
- CIS Abroad support services before, during and after the program
- Academic advising
- Financial aid counseling
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Full-time tuition & fees
- Housing (residence halls in England, shared apartments in Spain)
- Pre-departure and on-site orientation
- Airport pickup
- Medical & Accident Insurance
- University of Roehampton and Jacksonville University transcript
- La Vida Local cultural program