• 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
Nov 17, 2023
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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.

Interested? Click the “Visit Site” button to learn what’s waiting for you!

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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



CEA CAPA 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.

$400 - $3,000

Program Reviews

4.88 Rating
based on 52 reviews
  • 5 rating 90.38%
  • 4 rating 7.69%
  • 3 rating 1.92%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Academics 4.2
  • Support 4.8
  • Fun 4.85
  • Housing 4.75
  • Safety 4.8
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Yes, I recommend this program

An Amazing Experience with CEA CAPA

I recently had the pleasure of participating in the CEA CAPA program in Barcelona, and I can confidently say it was an incredible experience that exceeded my expectations.

From the moment I arrived, the staff at CEA demonstrated an unparalleled level of support. They were not only welcoming but also readily available to answer any questions I had, making the transition into the program seamless. Their dedication to ensuring a positive experience for every participant truly stood out.

One of the highlights of my time with CEA CAPA was the opportunity to try new things. The program encourages a spirit of exploration, and I found myself stepping out of my comfort zone to engage in activities I wouldn't have considered before. This added an exciting and enriching dimension to my overall experience.

Meeting new people is always a significant part of any program, and with CEA, I not only met incredible individuals but also formed what I know will be lifelong friendships. The sense of camaraderie among participants was fostered by the inclusive and welcoming environment created by both the staff and the program itself.

What sets CEA CAPA apart is the array of activities included in the tuition. I wholeheartedly recommend taking advantage of these offerings. The activities were not only enjoyable but also provided a unique way to immerse myself in the culture of the location. From cultural excursions to recreational events, each activity added a layer of richness to my experience.

In conclusion, my time with CEA CAPA was nothing short of amazing. The supportive staff, the opportunity to try new things, the formation of meaningful connections, and the diverse range of included activities all contributed to an unforgettable experience. I wholeheartedly recommend CEA CAPA to anyone seeking an immersive and enriching program abroad.

6 people found this review helpful.
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Great Experience in BCN!

I had a great time with this program, as CEA/CAPA did a great job of orchestrating all aspects of this study abroad experience. Classes were interesting but not crazy tough, the city is one of my favorite in Europe, and the housing was nice, safe, and clean (though I did have to pay extra-- I am not sure about regular housing). I volunteered through the program and found it to be one of the most meaningful experiences I had during this time. Only complaint is that it is all American students, so my Spanish did not approve as much as I wish it had- but if you make a point of it, you will definitely be able to do better!

  • Great social scene and nightlife
  • Beautiful city with a beach and great parks
  • Unbelievable history and museums
  • Very touristy in warmer months, so lots of pickpocketing
  • Not able to stay with a host family during my time
  • Not studying in an actual Spanish university
9 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Hi Sam! I'm so glad you had such a meaningful experience with CEA CAPA by studying abroad in Barcelona. Thanks for volunteering and sharing your feedback!

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Study Abroad in Barcelona!

I had the best time of my life studying abroad and Barcelona was the perfect place! I loved how Barcelona had so much to explore in the city and around it, it was also near the beach which I loved, and was a place where you were really able to immerse yourself into their culture. CEA offered a lot of support and guidance throughout the program and my experience would not have been the same without this program. While being in Barcelona, I was able to explore so much more than I thought I knew about the city and was able to learn things beyond what I could have imagined. I was also able to learn and grow within myself more than I would have thought. Being abroad, you don't realize how much you can really test yourself and see how adaptable you are. It was also the biggest culture shock I could have experienced but in the best way possible. From things as what time people eat their meals, to what time people go out, to what mannerisms are appropriate and so much more, it was the best experience trying to live out a different lifestyle and learn about theirs.

  • Housing was awesome
  • So much to explore
  • Freedom to go and do what you want
15 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Hi Chloe! So glad you had the best time of your life in Barcelona. Thanks for sharing such great feedback about your explorations and learning more about yourself!

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Barcelona Review

Last semester, I had the incredible opportunity to participate in the CEA CAPA study abroad program in Barcelona, Spain. From the moment I arrived, I was captivated by the vibrant culture, rich history, and stunning architecture that the city had to offer. But what truly made my experience unforgettable was the exceptional quality of the program itself.

The teachers at CEA CAPA are genuinely world-class. Their passion for their subjects is evident in every lecture, and they go above and beyond to ensure that students not only understand the material but also appreciate its relevance in a global context. The curriculum was thoughtfully designed, blending traditional academic rigor with practical insights about Spanish culture and history. This holistic approach to education allowed me to immerse myself fully in the Barcelona experience, both inside and outside the classroom.

  • Academis
  • Safety
  • Housing
18 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Hi Eric! I so appreciate your in depth review about your time in Barcelona. I'm so glad you found the professors to be world-class and that you could fully immerse yourself in the Catalan experience. Thanks for sharing!

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International Business in Barcelona

I LOVED studying abroad in Barcelona with CEA CAPA! The courses were very educational, and the professors were amazing. I had the opportunity to take classes that applied to my major and my minor at my home institution, and the real-world experience was wonderful. The staff was incredibly supportive, and everyone was thorough and responsive in answering students' questions. I stayed in an apartment with CEA CAPA, and the living situation was also great. If you have the opportunity to study abroad with CEA CAPA, you should. This program was the best one I could have chosen!

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

Hi Luci! I'm so happy you experienced Barcelona and found the courses very educational with amazing professors too! It sounds like all around you had a great experience with staff, housing, and the real-world experience itself. Woo!

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My Study Abroad Experience

My study abroad experience in Barcelona has been nothing short of extraordinary, a transformative journey that has broadened my horizons, enriched my cultural understanding, and left me with cherished memories that I will carry with me for a lifetime. As a CEA study abroad ambassador, I am thrilled to share my incredible adventure in this captivating city.
From the moment I stepped off the plane, Barcelona welcomed me with its vibrant energy and awe-inspiring architecture. The city's unique blend of historic charm and modern innovation created an atmosphere that was simultaneously nostalgic and forward-looking. Wandering through the enchanting streets, I was greeted by the iconic works of Antoni Gaudí, such as the whimsical Sagrada Família and the mesmerizing Park Güell. These masterpieces not only served as breathtaking backdrops but also ignited my curiosity about the creative minds that shaped the city's identity.
One of the most rewarding aspects of my study abroad experience was the opportunity to immerse myself in the local culture. The Catalonian way of life revealed itself to me through its culinary delights, lively festivals, and warm-hearted people. I found myself growing not only academically but also personally as I navigated everyday life in a foreign land, adapting to new customs and embracing the Spanish language.

  • Cultural Immersion and Language Development
  • Exploration Opportunities
  • Academic Growth
  • Language Barrier Challenges
  • Cultural Adjustment Period
  • Home Sickness
26 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Hi Sophie! Your study abroad experience in Barcelona sounds absolutely amazing. The Catalonian way of life is really something, and I'm so glad you got to live it during your semester abroad.

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Barcelona, Spain

Studying abroad with CEA CAPA was easily the most exhilarating experience I have ever had. I decided to go solo; I didn't know anyone else from my school, let alone my program. The staff were extremely supportive, though and helped make my arrival as stress-free as possible. I instantly hit it off with my roommates who were two girls from California. We were all meeting for the first time, yet within a week, we were off exploring the rest of Spain together. Between the program's organized AICAP excursions and our flexible schedules, I was able to succeed in my academics while traveling and making new experiences, both in Barcelona and all over Europe. It was the easily the best four months of my life. I learned a lot about myself and the cultures around me. It's an experience I would recommend to anyone considering traveling abroad as a student.

  • Fun, organized activities that come with the original cost of the program
  • Flexible class schedules; teachers understand we are there to travel and don't overload you with assignments
  • Europe! Traveling to different countries is fast and affordable! We got to see so many beautiful places and try so much delicious food.
  • Language barrier; I took a Spanish class while I was there but still struggled in some situations
  • Thieves; many people I knew got personal belongings stolen so you have to be extremely cautious
  • Not staying long enough; I wish I had planned out my academics better so I could've done a year abroad instead of just one semester. It was incredibly hard to leave.
54 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Hi Lucy! Thanks for sharing about your exhilarating experience in Barcelona. It's incredible that you had the best four months of your life with support from staff and by making new friends in a brand new culture. Love it!

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Studying Abroad in Barcelona

Going abroad in general was life changing and opened up so many opportunities for adventure, personal growth, and getting out of my comfort zone. Barcelona was an amazing destination for studying abroad. There is so much to do around the city and the culture is so welcoming and fun to be apart of. I highly recommend going through CEA for the semester long duration. The academics are great, the teachers and staff are so kind and the excursions provide a great way to see the city. I cannot recommend Barcelona and CEA enough, as well as the Residencia housing option. This was a great way to meet new people from the U.S. as well as international students.

  • Traveling around Spain and Europe. Flights from Barcelona were convenient and relatively cheap.
  • Residencia housing was very social and it was nice to have own bedroom and bathroom.
  • Classes are only Monday-Thursday, so you have Friday available to travel.
71 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Hi Madison! I can totally relate to having such a life changing experience in Barcelona with CEA CAPA! I'm glad you got out of your comfort zone and were able to explore and grow! Thanks for sharing. :)

Questions & Answers

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