Study Abroadin Barcelona, Spain
Providing unique learning experiences for North American university students since 1969
Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city located on Spain’s Mediterranean coast, with a rich history and a vibrant culture. The city draws visitors from around the world who are attracted to Barcelona’s architecture, cuisine, mild climate, cultural offerings, beautiful setting, educational institutions and business opportunities. Barcelona is Spain’s second-largest city and it provides a lifestyle that is both Mediterranean and European. The city has an international student population of over 200,000 which adds to its sophisticated nature. Our Barcelona location is the only offering where students can choose to study entirely in English in a wide range of subjects including STEM, International Business, History, International Studies and Design.
The following are the key areas of concentration for students to study in Barcelona; our advisors will work with you to place you into the appropriate tertiary institution.
Enhance your study abroad program in Barcelona with an internship at a local business or organization. This is not a stand-alone program. It is a prerequisite to be enrolled in the Winter Term Program (January-Late March) first.
Art & Design ELISAVA
All courses are taught in English at UPF’s Polytechnic School. This program has its focus on Information Technology, Robotics, Engineering and Math studies because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success, but also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively.
Advanced students enroll in one or more regular courses in Spanish at the host university to complement the Spanish Studies Program curriculum. Sit side-byside with local students. We provide you with all the benefits of direct enrollment, including access to campus resources and integration into the university community. On-site resident directors assist each student individually with course selection and registration, and select a tutor for academic support.
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Our center and partner institutions
Our office is centrally located near the Plaça de Catalunya, the Ramblas and the Barceloneta neighborhood and is within several metro stops of the institutions where our students study. These are the Universitat Pompeu Fabra’s main campus, the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona’s two study abroad sites and the campus of Elisava, our partner for art and design.
Spanish Studies programs feature all-inclusive study visits with accommodations, meals, entrance fees and expert professors and guides. Site visit destinations vary according to program.
Spanish Studies Abroad includes day trips and study tours such as a modernist tour of Barcelona, a day trip to Girona and a day trip to Montserrat.
Overnight* excursions may include:
Weekend trips to Figueres and Cadaqués.
*There are no overnight excursions in any of the short term programs.
Students may select to live with a local host family or in a student residence*.
Homestays include full room and board as well as laundry and the cleaning of your room. Most host families in Barcelona are in residential neighborhoods, away from the city center. Students use the city’s excellent public transportation to travel to and from their classes.
Homestays allow you to experience the local culture in an authentic way. They are also a great source of information about local culture, events and places to visit. In a homestay, you truly learn what it feels like to be a member of the community. For students eager to practice their Spanish, they can be trusted conversation partners, where you’ll feel your conversational abilities improve over meal times and casual chats.
To ensure that your home will provide a warm and tranquil atmosphere, one conducive to learning, Spanish Studies Abroad staff discusses norms and policies with hosts and regularly inspects the homes.
Our Housing Coordinator chooses housing placements very carefully. Special dietary or housing accommodations may be made, but may require an additional fee. Don’t forget to consider a homestay gift for your host family!
Students interested in the cosmopolitan experience of a student residence can also opt for one in Barcelona. Our main provider is the Residencia Onix, located centrally in Barcelona. The Onix is made for university students and many of them are from other countries.
Students can easily walk the short distance from the Onix to the main campus of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Both the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Elisava are within short commuting distance on public transportation from the Onix.
The Onix is equipped with amenities to make your stay comfortable, productive and fun. These include a swimming pool, study rooms, lounges, a rooftop terrace, multimedia room and fitness equipment. Note that meals are not included with the student residence option though cooking facilities are provided.
If the Onix is fully booked, Spanish Studies Abroad can assist in finding alternative options for student residences. There is a supplemental charge for student
- Spaces are limited in this and all student residences.
We work with some of the best universities in Spain. We have three tertiary institutions in Barcelona, two public universities which are Universitat de Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and a private design college named Elisava. Our admissions team will assist you at each step to place you into the institution and courses that best match your needs and interests.
Elisava is a private college for Art and Design, affiliated with Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Elisava is located on La Rambla, in the heart of Barcelona’s attractions. Elisava has a wide range of areas of study in Design including practical areas such as design of retail packaging.
UPF is often considered Spain’s highest-ranked university and it offers our students a wide range of areas of studies in both English and Spanish. Our students study at UPF’s main campus and interact with their local counterparts. UPF offers the following academic areas for international students: Business, STEM, Biomedical Sciences, Social Sciences, History and International Studies.
International students who attend UAB study at one of the city’s urban locations, in the heart of the city. Areas of study include Business, Economics and Politics, Art and Architecture, Mediterranean Studies (which can include courses such as History, International Studies and Political Science).
Meet your Resident Director
I will work with you from the moment you apply to the Barcelona program. Throughout your stay in Barcelona and until your departure I will help you, guide you, hug you when you need it and be a part of this amazing experience that will change your life. I love interacting with students and making sure you feel secure and satisfied. Don’t hesitate to participate in this life changing experience. We are waiting for you!