Program Overview

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.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Summer: April 1
Avg Course Load
3 courses (9-11 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Spanish
  • 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
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.



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.

pond (foreground) featuring roehampton 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. 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.

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.

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

Course Information


As a student on City Expeditions: London and Barcelona, you will take courses in both London and Barcelona.


You will study one course of 10UK credits or 20 UK credits (typically received as 3-5 US credits*)
Classes run 9am – 1pm, four days per week. (Monday – Thursday)
*Please check with your home university’s Academic Advisor to confirm credit conversions at your home institution.

Choose one of the following courses (but please select and approve three options!):

Media City and Cultural Capital
Department of Media, Culture and Language – 20 UK Credits

Students learn an overview of media and creative industries in London and will introduce students to topics ranging from the BBC and London’s newspaper industry, to London’s art and culture scene and the Olympic park. Incorporating a mixture of both class based sessions and visits, this module explores some of London’s cultural arena and encourages students to draw on their own experience in order to make connections between what they see, know and read. This module also offers students the opportunity to gain some practical skills in the areas of Journalism & News Media and Media & Culture. Students will gain a familiarity with the capital city and encounter theories, concepts and practical skills that will prepare them for further study in Media and Arts based subjects.

Two Children and the Story of the English Education System
School of Education – 20 UK Credits

Amira and Sebastian were born on the same day. Both sets of parents have high aspirations for their children. Matching their aspirations to outcomes for the children requires parents to make choice after choice concerning the education that they believe is best for their children. But what are these choices? Are choices the same for everyone? How is demand linked to provision? How do parents know what a good choice is? And who is in charge? The key political drive within English education has been to give an element of choice to parents. Students taking this module will follow the lives of Amira and Sebastian from birth to 18 via these choices. As they follow these two children, students will gain an understanding of the range of provision available at every stage of the educational journey. Asked to imagine themselves into the role of parents, students will have to opportunity to meet and question outstanding practitioners, experts, visit exemplar provision, and have everything set within a historical and contemporary context by experienced University staff.

Gods and Heroes of Classical Mythology
Department of Humanities – 20 UK Credits

The topics to be studied on this course include the enduringly intriguing Athena/Minerva, Aphrodite/Venus and Herakles/Hercules. We will explore the role of these and other personages in some of the most important works of literature and art from Greece and Rome, including Ovid’s Metamorphoses. We will also consider their rich ‘afterlife’ in the postclassical world down to the present day. Students will not just study at Roehampton, but will actually study features of its historic campus. In particular, we will explore the representation of a key story from the myth of Hercules in the Adam Room of Grove House. This ‘hands on’ approach to the study of mythology will be continued in offsite sessions at world-class galleries and museums in easy reach of the campus, such as the British Museum and the National Gallery.

Introduction to the London Stage
Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance – 20 UK Credits

Students will be introduced to a range of dramatic forms, conventions and aesthetics, which are employed on current London stages. Students will be encouraged to identify trends in productions and analyse the social and cultural contexts through which they are formed and constructed. Students will explore the relationship between contemporary theatre practices and specific periods of theatre history, i.e. the influence of earlier dramatic forms, conventions, contemporary stagings of classics, and contemporary responses and reworkings of the canonical texts/productions.

The Psychology of Murder
Department of Psychology – 20 UK Credits

This module has been designed with ‘murder in mind’! Murder and why individuals commit such heinous crimes is a fascinating topic of study. Throughout history scholars have tried to understand the motivation behind taking another person’s life. The principle aim of this module is to introduce you to the psychology of murder. Initial sessions will provide a background through exploring the importance of psychology in the field of criminology and what exactly do we mean by murder. Our intellectual journey will then progress to delve into the most fascinating area of murder: the world of the serial killer. Exploring actual crimes we will gradually build up a picture of the psychological motivations behind such serious crimes – are murderers mad, sad or bad? To further understand the motivation behind murder we will explore why certain victims are selected (female, homeless, children) and debate how such crimes should be punished in our society.

Magic, Murder & Mystery in London Literature

20 UK Credits

Covering detective stories, fantasy, children’s literature and graphic novels, this module introduces students to London city as the source, setting and inspiration for literary texts. Our investigations will lead us from Victorian London through to the 21st Century, examining texts where magic, mystery and murder come to the fore.



Students will study two classes at SIS in Barcelona! Below please find a list of confirmed offerings, as well as a list of tentative offerings dependent on enrollment.  We recommend selecting and approving at least one confirmed course.  There will be a quick language assessment for students taking Spanish classes.  You may take one Spanish class and one elective class, or two elective classes.

Confirmed Session 2:

Tentative Session 2:

Life in London and Barcelona

Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in both the university and CISabroad 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.

Housing Options


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.

CISabroad study abroad semester in Barcelona Spain

Local Life

  • 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.

More About London and Barcelona

London and Barcelona are two of Western Europe’s most exciting and cultured cities. You'll live in bustling London and colorful Barcelona. Which city will be your favorite? It'll be a toss up!

London is a hotspot for art, fashion, film, history, music, theater, and nightlife. Explore some of the many diverse markets and eclectic neighborhoods across the city, such as the punk-rock-inspired Camden market and the antique-laden Portobello Road. Visit the Globe Theatre to see some of Shakespeare’s famous works performed live. Many of London’s museums are free and house some of the most renowned works of art and artifacts. Cruise down the Thames or ride the London Eye for sweeping views of the spectacular city below. As the saying goes, coined by famous author Samuel Johnson, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.”

Barcelona is one of the top tourist and study abroad destinations in the world. Its incredible location on the shores of the Mediterranean gives it a delightful mild climate year round. Tourists and locals alike adore the spirited excitement that you'll feel wandering the streets. 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.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

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.

Maggie McCally
Senior Program Coordinator - England, Ireland, Scotland, Greece, Celtic Culture

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!

Learn more about Maggie

Marta Vila
Site Director in Barcelona

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!

Learn more about Marta

Student Feedback

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, Intern in Barcelona, Clemson University, Spanish & International Trafe

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 2020
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    June 4 (Estimated)
    July 25 (Estimated)
    $8,590 (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:

  • Weekly visits to sites around London and Barcelona
  • All trip-related travel (excluding airfare from the U.S.)
  • CISabroad 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