• Spain
    • Barcelona
12 - 26 weeks
Program Tags
Adventure Travel College Credit Cultural Immersion Post-High School Study Abroad

Program Details

Fall Spring
Primary Language


Price Details
Tuition, program, and enrollment fees as low as $17,000.

Scholarships available via CIEE and financial aid available at our academic home and school of record, Dean College.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Travel Insurance
Jun 26, 2024
Jul 01, 2024
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About Program

Put your global education first! See Barcelona and start college at the same time on CIEE’s First Year Abroad program. Earn college credit during a 12-week semester, taking classes from a wide range of subject areas. Immerse yourself in Spanish culture by engaging in activities and excursions with first-year peers and other CIEE study abroad students.

Design your own experience by staying in Barcelona for the duration of your program, or by studying in multiple locations via our fall + spring combinations. Along the way, you’ll develop skills and knowledge you simply can’t get in a U.S. classroom. Broaden your horizons, create relationships that last a lifetime, and return home to complete your college degree with a newfound confidence.

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Program Highlights

  • See Barcelona from new heights with a hike and excursion to Collserola. ​
  • Understand why landmarks like Museu Picasso and Gaudi’s artworks draw visitors from around the world.
  • Explore Roman ruins in the coastal city of Tarragona, the medieval town of Girona, and the Dalí museum in Figueres, among others.

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My experience

I had an amazing time here in Barcelona. I traveled a lot, made many amazing people, learned in my class, and overall had a great time. My dorm room was very spacious and comfortable with easy access to all utilities. Everyone on staff was very helpful when need be. The connections I made were perhaps the most valuable part of my experience. I met amazing people from all over the world, each bringing their unique perspectives. Late-night conversations over tapas and impromptu gatherings in our residence fostered friendships that I'm sure will last a lifetime. I picked up phrases in Catalan and Spanish, my linguistic skills growing alongside my circle of friends.
The locals I met welcomed me warmly into their city. From shopkeepers to tour guides, everyone seemed eager to share hidden gems and local traditions. I discovered hole-in-the-wall restaurants serving the most authentic paella and embraced the laid-back Mediterranean lifestyle, even mastering the art of the siesta.
My classes were equally enriching. The professors were engaging and knowledgeable, often incorporating the city itself into our lessons. Field trips to local businesses, museums, and historical sites brought our studies to life, allowing me to see the practical applications of our coursework in a real-world context.
My dorm room became my sanctuary amidst the excitement of city life. It was spacious and comfortable, with large windows that let in plenty of natural light and offered views of the bustling streets below. The room was well-equipped with modern amenities, including high-speed internet, which made it easy to stay connected with family and friends back home and work on assignments.
The convenience of my accommodation enhanced my overall experience. Laundry facilities, a fully-equipped kitchen, and study areas were all easily accessible. This allowed me to maintain a balanced lifestyle, cooking meals with friends, staying on top of my studies, and keeping up with daily chores without hassle.
The staff at my residence were incredibly helpful. From the friendly receptionists who always greeted me with a smile to the maintenance team who promptly addressed any issues, I felt supported throughout my stay. They were a valuable resource for navigating life in Barcelona, offering advice on everything from the best local markets to using public transportation.
As my time in Barcelona came to an end, I realized how much I had grown. I became more independent, culturally aware, and confident in my abilities. The memories I made – whether watching the sunset from the Bunkers del Carmel, cheering at an FC Barcelona match at Camp Nou, or simply sharing laughs with new friends over a glass of sangria, will stay with me forever.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I went to costa brava the second weekend with 9 other students I had just met. We all stayed in a airbnb and had an amazing time together. Roses was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.
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