Summer Study Abroad in English
Barcelona, Spain

Application Deadline

April 15, 2024.
This program has now closed. Email [email protected] for late applications.
Start Date: June 29, 2024.
– End Date: July 27, 2024.
End Date: July 27, 2024.
Credits: 3-6
Prerequisites: 2.5 Overall GPA

Program Overview

Embark on a summer of academic and cultural exploration with the SSA Barcelona summer program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. Tailored for US students, this program offers English-taught courses across diverse disciplines, allowing you to personalize your study experience.

Situated in the heart of a city known for its architectural marvels and vibrant culture, the university blends innovative learning with immersive local experiences. Barcelona itself becomes a dynamic classroom, enriching your education with its rich history and creative spirit.

Experience a summer at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, where academic pursuits and city exploration merge, offering an unforgettable journey in one of Europe’s most captivating cities.

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Dive into the linguistic richness of Barcelona, where Spanish meets Catalan. Engage with the community through language exchanges and immerse yourself in the dual linguistic heritage.

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Barcelona’s history is a living museum, from the Roman relics to the Gothic Quarter’s narrow alleys. Each stone and street has a tale, reflecting a past that shapes the vibrant culture of today.


The city’s skyline is a testament to creativity, dominated by Gaudí’s surreal structures. Venture beyond to discover the Eixample’s grid pattern and the innovative angles of contemporary buildings.


Barcelona is a canvas for the arts, home to masterpieces by Picasso and Miró. Its streets are galleries, its buildings canvases, inviting students to find inspiration at every turn.


Savor the flavors of Catalan cuisine in bustling markets and tapas bars. Barcelona’s gastronomy is an exploration of taste, from fresh seafood to rich, traditional dishes.

Best beaches in BarcelonaBeachside Living

 Experience the Mediterranean lifestyle with urban beaches that offer sun, sea, and sand. The city’s green spaces and nearby mountains provide a natural escape for rejuvenation.

Cultural Integration

Embrace the local festivities, from traditional ‘Castellers’ to contemporary music festivals. Barcelona’s cultural calendar is an opportunity for students to blend learning with celebration.

A tapas bar in a Barcelona restaurantYour Barcelona experience extends far beyond the classroom walls. Included in your program’s cost, you’ll have access to a diverse array of cultural events and outings, meticulously organized by our Resident Director. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect:

  • Historic Explorations: Wander through the Gothic and Jewish Quarters, where the city’s medieval history comes to life.
  • Barcelona’s Panorama: Embark on a modernist city tour that includes Casa Batlló and culminates with the awe-inspiring Sagrada Familia, a testament to Gaudí’s genius.
  • Park Güell Visit: Stroll through the whimsical landscapes of Gaudí’s Park Güell, a public park system composed of gardens and architectural elements.
  • Travel to Tarragona: Experience a day trip to this stunning port city and visit the Roman amphitheater, which dates back to the 2nd century BC.
  • Artistic Immersion: Delve into the surreal world of Salvador Dalí with a visit to his museum, a real-life canvas of his imaginative works.

Please be aware that some activities might require a nominal additional fee. The availability of activities may vary by program.

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. My role is to guide you and even hug you when you need it. This amazing experience will change your life, and I want to be a part of it! I love interacting with students and making sure you feel secure and satisfied with the program. Don’t hesitate to participate in this life changing experience; we are waiting for you!
María de la Viña
Resident Director

The SSA Barcelona Office


Students may select to live with a local host family or in a student residence.

Student residences

Students interested in the cosmopolitan experience of a student residence can also opt for one in Barcelona. As a popular destination for international students as well as ones from other parts of Spain, Barcelona has a number of private student residences throughout the city. Most are fairly centrally located and so students are not far from attractions and the center of the city. They also tend to have a cosmopolitan mix of students and so provide unique social opportunities.

Because of high demand, SSA cannot always guarantee placement at a given student residence. Prices can vary so supplemental charges over our programs costs may be required as well as funds for meals.

If you have an interest in staying in a student residence, let us know as soon as you can to help us secure a place. This may require paying a deposit. SSA vets all student residence options before placing students there, so while amenities can vary, all will be safe, clean, and well-located.


Your homestay includes room and board (breakfast and dinner) as well as laundry and the cleaning of your room. Special dietary or housing accommodations may be made, but may require an additional fee.


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TBA: UPF summer courses for 2024 will be published in the following weeks.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) is a dynamic and innovative educational institution, recognized for its excellence in academia and research. Located in the heart of Barcelona, UPF is known for its strong emphasis on social sciences, humanities, health and life sciences, and communication and information technologies.

Established in 1990, UPF has quickly gained a reputation for its commitment to quality education, consistently ranking among the top universities in Europe. It boasts a diverse community of around 13,000 students and a distinguished faculty committed to fostering a rigorous and enriching learning environment.

Renowned for its interdisciplinary approach and international outlook, UPF has received numerous accolades, including a prominent position in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings. The university’s modern facilities, combined with its vibrant urban setting, offer students a unique and comprehensive academic experience.

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April 15, 2024.

June 29, 2024.

July 27, 2024.





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