• Spain
    • Barcelona
Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships, Payment plans, Work study, LGBTQIA+ funding, BIPOC funding
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Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
High School Diploma Associates Bachelors
Apartment Dormitory Host Family


Price Details
Included: Personalized Pre-departure Advising; Tuition & Registration; Travel Medical Insurance; On-site Orientation; Housing; Volunteer Opportunities; On-site Staff Support; Excursions and Cultural Engagement; Host Institution Services & Amenities and more. Scholarships available.
What's Included
Some Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Classes
Jun 28, 2023
Jun 29, 2024
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About Program

Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city, features a cosmopolitan atmosphere, a temperate climate, marvelous art, and amazing opportunities to learn. Gaze upon Antoni Gaudí’s gothic Sagrada Familia, the church of the Holy Family. Enjoy delicious tapas as you socialize with new friends! Experience the thrill of soccer at Europe’s largest stadium, Camp Nou.

To give you the widest range of options, CEA CAPA partners with some of Spain’s best universities, including University of Barcelona, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, University of Vic, and Pompeu Fabra University, CETT- University of Barcelona and ESADE Business School. You can study at one of these prestigious institutions, or at CEA CAPA's Barcelona Center, located in the heart of the city. You can also experience both with a hybrid learning program.

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

CEA CAPA provides, in conjunction with Diversity Abroad, Destination Guides which provide resources and tips for Black/African-American students, Latinx students, Asian American students, and all other students of color.

LGBTQIA+ Support

Through our personalized advising, CEA CAPA takes steps to understand the needs of a diversity of student identities like the LGBTQIA+ community. In addition to diversity and identity training, CEA CAPA leadership engage in continuous department level project work to identify and revise policies and practices using the appropriate Justice, Equity, Diversity or Inclusion lens as a frame to reduce bias and barriers that impact students, faculty, and staff. CEA CAPA is intentional in elevating diverse student voices and providing a platform for a broad array of identities to share their experiences abroad. The CEA CAPA World Blog promotes stories and personal experiences from the perspectives of diverse student bloggers and vloggers.

Neurodivergent Support

CEA CAPA is willing and able to assist students with learning disabilities and physical disabilities. Students are requested to disclose disabilities through the application health forms as part of their application and in discussion with their application advisor or program manager. The earlier CEA CAPA is made aware of learning or physical disabilities the better we can work with the student, institution, and overseas team to tailor an Individualized Education Program if necessary to support the student.



CEA CAPA makes a conscious effort to create study abroad experiences that leave a positive impact on host communities. Each location implements a variety of strategies to support the local community and promote sustainability. Examples include:

Use of recycling bins in Study Center locations and in CEA CAPA housing

Signage in CEA CAPA housing urging students to limit water and electricity usage

Students are often given reusable bags and water bottles upon arrival to limit single plastic use

Students are provided with instructions for acquiring transportation passes to promote use of public transportation rather than taxis

Program Highlights

  • Hands-on learning experiences that transform the world abroad into a classroom
  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising, including visa and immigration support
  • Courses offered in English that fulfill major and general graduation requirements
  • Comprehensive on-site support, including 24/7 emergency phone
  • Career workshops, Internships Abroad, and Alumni Ambassador positions

Program Reviews

4.90 Rating
based on 63 reviews
  • 5 rating 92.06%
  • 4 rating 6.35%
  • 3 rating 1.59%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Academics 4.15
  • Support 4.8
  • Fun 4.85
  • Housing 4.7
  • Safety 4.75
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Yes, I recommend this program

Spanish Language and Culture in Barcelona

I loved living in the heart of Barcelona. I got to engage in my city by taking a Spanish course at the University of Barcelona, volunteering at a local Spanish high school, and traveling around Europe for many of the weekends, as we had no class on Fridays. The most important things to me during my study abroad were: making meaningful connections with other students by putting myself out there, and maintaining hobbies and routines I had at home in order to get used to the big change of lifestyle.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travelers on this program is to enjoy every moment of it, because it goes by so fast. Put yourself out there in any way you can, and plan weekend trips in advance.
  • Ability to travel around Europe
  • The big city of Barcelona has everything you could need.
  • Organized weekend trips with CEA were great
  • It was hard to learn Spanish as it is such an international city and many people know and speak English to you.
  • Not very much nature, so choose Barcelona knowing it is a big and busy city.
2 people found this review helpful.
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Fun semester

The CEA CAPA building was in the heart of the city - there was always stuff to do, cool stores to shop at, and amazing restaurants nearby. The staff was very helpful and the program was fun, plus the classes were insightful. I would definitely reccommend this program! There was a lot of support and everyone in the program was very kind. My favorite part were the sports set up by CEA CAPA such as the soccer team. Every week we had soccer games and it was such a fun way to get involved and meet new people.

15 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Hi Kali! Barcelona is beautiful and I'm so glad you had such a fun semester. Thanks for sharing your recommendation and feedback!

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My Time Abroad

When I set foot in Barcelona, I was enchanted by its vibrant energy, rich culture, and breathtaking architecture. My time in this captivating city was remarkable and filled with unforgettable experiences and cherished memories.

Exploring the streets of Barcelona felt like stepping into a living, breathing masterpiece. The iconic works of Antoni Gaudí, such as the mesmerizing Sagrada Família and the whimsical Park Güell, left me in awe of his genius and creativity. Each intricate detail told a story, weaving together the past and present of this remarkable city.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
To future travelers heading to Barcelona, my advice is to embrace the city's rich culture and vibrant energy by immersing yourself in its diverse offerings. Go beyond the iconic landmarks to discover hidden gems tucked away in charming neighborhoods, indulge in the delicious local cuisine, and engage with the warm and welcoming Catalan people.
  • The People
  • The food
  • Public Transportation
  • Safety
26 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Hi Thiago! Your explorations in Barcelona sound very enchanting and I'm so glad you found it captivating. Thanks for your remarkable review!

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CEA CAPA Barcelona was AWESOME!!!

CEA CAPA Barcelona was a fantastic way to experience Europe for the first time. Classes were held Monday-Thursday, so long weekends were perfect for traveling. Barcelona was a phenomenal city to call home for 3.5 months. CEA CAPA prepared students to go abroad with a step-by-step pre-departure process that made the logistics of going abroad far less daunting. While we were there, CEA CAPA provided us with cultural workshops, optional trips to explore other parts of Spain, and more.

My favorite class while abroad was called Intercultural Interactions: A Psychological Perspective. This course was designed for students to gain a certain level of cultural competence. It broadened my perspective on different cultural situations and challenges that I had not encountered. The class really opened my eyes to the complexity of culture by relating it to psychological concepts.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice for future students in this program is to make time for yourself when you're abroad. There's always a lot going on during abroad life, so it's very important to not get too overwhelmed and to give yourself some grace. Whether it be a walk alone, listening to your favorite playlist, or treating yourself to a nice meal, find the time to truly make your study abroad experience your own!!
  • Helpful Pre-Departure Guidance
  • Optional Pre-Planned Trips with CEA CAPA
  • Wide Variety of Courses
  • Living & Studying With Other Americans Rather Than Locals (this could be a "Pro" depending on you desires)
25 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Hi Alena! Thanks for sharing your fantastic feedback about studying abroad in Barcelona. Your study abroad class sounds very complex and we're glad you connected to the culture while diving deeper into your understanding.

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Amazing Opportunity & Unforgettable Experience

Spending a semester in Barcelona with CEA CAPA was an amazing opportunity that checked all of my boxes. Before departure and throughout the semester, staff were incredibly helpful and supportive. My housing was central in Barcelona and had everything I needed. I was also able to take classes that transferred directly to my major. The activities were well-planned and educational. There was a winery tour, tours of museums, and visits to nearby cities. I would highly recommend any student interested in going abroad to do so with CEA CAPA.

32 people found this review helpful.
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CEA Barcelona Review

I had the most amazing experience studying abroad through CEA CAPA in Barcelona. The experience could not have been more seamless. The staff are willing to go the extra mile and are so helpful with everything. I loved my housing and enjoyed my classes. I also liked that we didn't have class on Fridays! I know that you can have an amazing experience going abroad with any program - but CEA is the program to choose. The activities they have available and weekend trips are also amazing. They really do a great job integrating us into the culture.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take advantage of CEA's activites and experiences - they're known as AICAPs.
  • Amazing staff
  • Fun activities
  • Intriguing classes
  • Housing is in different areas of the city - so friends may be in different parts
  • School in the most touristy area - this is a pro and a con
  • N/A
41 people found this review helpful.
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CEACAPA study abroad was amazing!!!

I loved every single day while I was studying abroad in Barcelona! CEACAPA made it such a smooth transition by helping with the visa application process, organizing pickup from the airport, placing us in housing around the city, and holding orientation meetings that helped give insight on the city so best navigate our experience. I studied in a study center with other US students which was very helpful in meeting new people to travel with. I am so thankful for all of their help and the amazing opportunity that I was given to experience new parts of the world.

44 people found this review helpful.
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My unforgettable experience with CEA Capa

My experience in Barcelona with CEA Capa was unforgettable. It was one of the best decisions of my life. I had the experience of immersing myself in a new cultures and meeting new people. I traveled to 13 different countries over my 4 months abroad, and it was incredible. I learned so much--I gained independence and learned to adapt to new and unfamiliar situations, and became more open-minded and self-reliant. I chose student housing, where I was in an apartment building with all CEA Capa students. I loved all of my roommates as well as everyone in my apartment building and we planned trips together and would always go to class together! I met friends for life, friends that I still talk to every single day! CEA Capa is helpful and supportive in times of need, and I am glad I chose a program where I felt a sense of community.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment for me was my first day abroad. I had never travelled internationally alone before, so leaving the US and moving to Spain was very scary for me. When I landed in Barcelona, I felt clueless and anxious, but I was immediately met with CEA Capa employees who guided me through the airport and brought me to my new apartment, where I met my new roommates. I immediately clicked with my roommates and we became friends instantly!
  • Experiencing new cultures
  • Faculty/Staff/Professors
  • Sense of Community
  • Taking the metro daily
  • Expensive
41 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

No, there is no break during the fall semester however there are a lot of days off for long weekends.