CEA Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain

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About

Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city, features a cosmopolitan atmosphere, a temperate climate, marvelous art, and fantastic 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 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’s Barcelona Center, located in the heart of the city. You can also experience both with a hybrid learning program.

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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

Scholarships

CEA Scholarships and Financial Aid

Studying abroad will change your life, improve your employability, and enhance your global competence. That's why we commit more than $2.0 million each year to our financial and scholarship programs.

Value
$400 - $3,000

Questions & Answers

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

Reviews

9.31 Rating
based on 26 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 84.62%
  • 7-8 rating 11.54%
  • 5-6 rating 3.85%
  • 3-4 rating 0%
  • 1-2 rating 0%
  • Academics 7.6
  • Support 9
  • Fun 9.2
  • Housing 9
  • Safety 9.2
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Jonathan
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

If I could do it again, I would

This was by far, THE best experience of my life. Barcelona truly became my home, even though I spent such a short time there. CEA really helps you, not just academically, but also provide helpful insights about Spain, as well as really fun trips/excursions to other places in Spain. The classes I took really helped me understand Spain's culture and gave me a new outlook on how similar we all are. I came into the program not knowing anyone, because I wanted to get the most out of this experience and step out of my comfort zone, and it was the best decision I've made. I met amazing, like-minded people who I shared the best experiences with, traveling throughout Europe and throughout Spain. Traveling throughout Europe, between countries is very easy, which was great, because I was able to travel to Paris, Rome, Milan, Greece, as well as other parts of Spain.
If you're given the chance, Barcelona is the place you need to go.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
For future travelers on this program, I would highly suggest doing the program alone, as in go into it without friends from home/school, because it really gets you out of your comfort zone and you end up making the greatest friends. Also, don't travel so much on weekends, and if you do, you'll want to extend your stay in Barcelona. There's so much to see in Barcelona; it's nearly impossible with just the four months you have. Lastly, try to travel far from the city center, on the last metro stop, because that's where you'll find the real Spanish culture and not just the tourist traps. Finally, have a great time! There's so much to do and so much to see, make sure you're making the most of it.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Jonathan, thank you for your thorough and positive review! Your detailed tips and insights will help guide future students when researching and deciding upon their own study abroad experiences. We are thrilled to hear you had a great semester studying abroad with CEA in Barcelona, and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

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Austin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Do it!

When I say "do it," I don't just mean go study abroad in Barcelona, that should be a given. When I say "do it," I mean fully immerse yourself and make sure you are uncomfortable as often as possible. It sucks that the majority of kids travel for the sake of Instagram, or are simply doing the things that they are already comfortable with... those are not the things that make you grow as an individual. I went as a sophomore, and as most kids go as juniors, I went not knowing anybody on my program. This was definitely the right decision as I was forced to step outside of my comfort zone to create relationships that may end up lasting a life time. I highly suggest you study abroad somewhere, I just hope you do it the way that it should be done, not the way that everyone else does it.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I chose to march alongside the yellowjackets in Paris, and it was a combination of terrifying awe.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Austin, we appreciate hearing your personal approach to studying abroad and are glad it resulted in such a wonderful experience for you in Barcelona. Getting outside your comfort zone is one of the best things about study abroad, and we’re thrilled you embraced it throughout your semester. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

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Bridgette
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Absolute Best Time of Your Life

Everyone tells you this a thousand times over, but let me add to the list -- studying abroad is the absolute best time of your life. The only way to make the best time of your life even better is to experience it with the help and support of CEA's staff. With the help of CEA, I was influenced to travel to different cities, not just the mainstream and touristy ones, I felt safe in my own city, and was confident that if I needed assistance with anything, a staff-member would happily be there for me. Without CEA, I would have felt so lost and homesick but they helped me form a community in a foreign place and connected me with friends and weekly activities to enjoy and help me acclimate to my surroundings like cooking classes, beach yoga, and mountain hiking trips. I love CEA for their helpfulness and their kind employees, that became my friends.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If I could give you one piece of advice, it would be to remember that you are gathering knowledge and experience in every single moment, so live life the way you want to. Talk to people and try to understand them. Eat everything that looks interesting. Walk the path less traveled. Book that flight. Go out dancing. Swim in every ocean. Just do whatever makes you feel alive.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Bridgette, what a heartwarming review of your time in Barcelona. We so appreciate hearing your kind words about our fabulous Barcelona staff and the adventures you were able to experience through CEA. Your advice for future students is spot-on, and we’re thrilled to hear you had such a positive experience that lends to lifelong memories of your time abroad. Be sure to stop by and say hello the next time you’re in Barcelona! 

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Courtney
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Study Abroad Barcelona

Overall my experience with CEA was great and I am so grateful for this experience. As I explored the beautiful city of Barcelona I always felt safe and aware of what is happening day by day in the city thanks to CEA. I think CEA did a great job at welcoming us during orientation, as well as making us know how to stay safe during our time abroad. I also think the teachers at CEA were very helpful as well ensuring your time abroad is a memorable one! The only thing I would recommend to CEA is their absence policy, because I feel that 2 absence is not enough especially while overseas. I would also recommend to take a class at UAB or UVic that is offered through CEA because the attendance is more lenient and you get the opportunity to meet a lot of locals and students from all around the world. In all my experience in Barcelona was amazing and would recommend studying abroad here!

What would you improve about this program?
I think this program can be improved in certain areas like the housing department. I think CEA needs to do a better job at explaining exactly where you are going to live considering you are spending four months in a foreign country there. I signed up for Residencia Plus but ended up in a dorm styled room when I thought it was supposed to be two private rooms. Another thing I think CEA can improve is their absence policy. You are supposed to save your two absences for when you are sick but then that prevents you from being able to travel.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Courtney, we appreciate your thorough review of your semester in Barcelona. We’re happy that CEA helped you fully experience the city, and we are always looking for ways to improve our programs and appreciate your insight. CEA’s programs are academically focused so that students can transfer credits back to their home institution. As with home institutions, it’s important to attend classes regularly to get the most out of the curriculum. While students do have weekends to travel independently, CEA excursions and local activity recommendations help students learn about their host city.

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Tasia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Experience with the Best Program

CEA was the perfect program for studying in Barcelona because they provide you with all the support you need to succeed in your education and experiencing Barca. They make available multiple activities so you can immerse yourself into the culture. They also have an incredible staff that makes sure you are happy with your classes and housing. CEA was located in the heart of Barcelona making it central for students to explore before and after class. Overall, CEA definitely enhanced my experience abroad!

What would you improve about this program?
Doesn't need improvements!
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Natalia
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best four months of my life!

I was greeted by CEA staff from the moment I arrived at the airport to pick up my bags. All throughout the semester, the staff showed unconditional support in academics, housing, and even travel tips. Professors are very knowledgeable in their subjects and courses offer field studies which allow for learning to take place outside four walls.
CEA also offers Experiential Learning Activities which involve activities within the city in addition to trips to Sitges, Valencia, and even Madrid! No matter where you end up going, you learn so much about the culture, language, and the people.
There's always something to do and somewhere new to go eat. Barcelona itself has SO much to offer that there's no going wrong in choosing Barcelona as your study abroad destination. I don't regret my choice and would recommend it to anyone wishing to study abroad!

What would you improve about this program?
Involving more activities with locals.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Hi Natalia, we are delighted to hear your study abroad program in Barcelona was the best four months of your life! Thank you for your feedback and for studying abroad with us. Best of luck in your next adventure!

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Alison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CEA Study Abroad in Barcelona

I had the most amazing semester in Barcelona thanks to CEA. The program staff was always available and helpful and the professors were knowledgeable and approachable. I was placed in a lovely apartment close to the program center, as well as many restaurants and shops, and CEA was able to accommodate all of my roommate requests. CEA offered a great range of courses and the professors are knowledgeable and truly care about their students. Overall I highly recommend this program to anyone looking to explore Barcelona!

Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thanks for the recommendation, Alison!

Julia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Experience with CEA in Barcelona

I am studying abroad for the Spring 2018 semester. I only have about one month left in Barcelona and it feels like the time flew by! I have had a great experience studying abroad with CEA. The support of the staff and professors is very helpful. Communication is great and if I ever have questions or concerns there is always someone at CEA who can help.

My favorite parts about CEA are all of the included activities we can participate in. The other day a group of us went on a hike to Montjuic, which is a big mountain in Barcelona. It was great to have a CEA staff member as our guide. Activities like this make my study abroad experience exceptional. Not all study abroad programs are as involved and supportive of their students. CEA does a great job with this.

I would highly recommend studying abroad through CEA to anyone!

What would you improve about this program?
I would enjoy having more scheduled trips with CEA on the weekends. I participated in the Madrid and Valencia trips, but it would be fun to have more organized trips- maybe some outside of Spain. A trip to France or Portugal would be great.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thanks for the recommendation and sharing ways we can improve. Best of luck to your future, Julia!