CISabroad - Semester in Barcelona - Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

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Spend a semester or summer in the beautiful, coastal city of Barcelona! Study at the world-renowned Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona for a quality location in an unbeatable location. The university is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts impressive programs in language and business in addition to a wide variety of class offerings.

The campus is positioned perfectly amongst bustling Barcelona, which is famous for its beach, nightlife, and art cultures - all of which any student will surely enjoy during a semester or summer. Experience all that this Mediterranean hotspot has to offer while studying abroad in Barcelona with CISabroad!

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94%
based on 10 reviews
  • Academics 7
  • Support 8.8
  • Fun 9.2
  • Housing 8.2
  • Safety 9.2
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Courtney
9/10

CIS Abroad

Going abroad was one of the best experiences of my life. I met a lot of great people from around the world, saw cities that existed long before the United States were even colonized, and learned far more than what I could ever be taught in a classroom. Living and having to immerse yourself into a different culture forces you to grow and experience new things, the skills I learned and brought home from that will help me in the future with whatever I choose to do with my life. Going abroad creates a new way of seeing the world and understanding different cultures and customs, I think it is definitely something every student should have the opportunity to do.

How can this program be improved?
housing was mainly the only issue I had
Yes, I recommend this program
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Anna
7/10

Semester in Barcelona

I spent a semester in Barcelona with CISabroad and the program had its ups and downs. I lived in an amazing neighborhood in a nice, clean, and well-equipped apartment right by the metro and train. I also lived pretty close to the school I attended. The day and weekend trips they had planned for us were always a lot of fun but they always seemed a little unorganized. Overall, my classes weren't too difficult and Barcelona was an amazing city.

How can this program be improved?
The staff can be more knowledgeable and helpful before and during the program.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Allie
9/10

Life Changing Experience

Barcelona truly felt like my second home. Every day there was a new adventure to go on and even after months there are things I didn't have the chance to do. If you like a city with a great variety of nightlife (everything from clubs to breweries to cocktail bars), beautiful beaches and a rich culture then this is the program for you. It is also super easy to get to other cities from the Barcelona airport and transportation is great. The classes aren't very hard because professors know that you are there to learn but also there to explore and visit other cities.

How can this program be improved?
Housing kind of treated us like kids. Most of us were over the age of 21 and couldn't have alcohol in the apartments and could not have guests sleep over even if they were guests in the same program
Yes, I recommend this program
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Monica
10/10

Best Experience of my Life!

I knew that I would love Barcelona, I Just didn't know how much, and my expectations were BEYOND exceeded with the help of CISabroad. From the beginning, applying and preparing to go abroad all of the staff were extremely helpful in answering questions and making me feel prepared. Once I got there, it was super easy to find them at the airport and they delivered me to my apartment door, literally a 1 minute walk from Las Ramblas and the Christopher Columbus statue. Their orientations and welcome activities on site helped me get my bearings and make friends immediately. The classes and teachers were wonderful. There were many cultural activities to help immerse us in the culture from hikes, city tours and my favorite a cooking class. I'm not a super emotional person, but my roommates and I cried when it was time to leave and I cannot wait to go back. None of this would have been possible without CISabroad (and I'm actually planning to study abroad through them again, seriously that great).

Yes, I recommend this program
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Yasmeen
10/10

AMAZING!!!!!

My time in Barcelona was one for the books. This was my first time studying abroad and flying on an airplane by myself, and I felt very confident going through CIS abroad. They were very organized and they made me excited and ready upon arriving in Barcelona. The activities and the people made me very comfortable and I learned so much by just walking up La Rambla hearing Catalan and Spanish of the people around me.

How can this program be improved?
It can be improved by having more activities and a bit more guide ness on how to explore the city. I like how the program let us do what we wanted, but I feel like when I got to Barcelona, there was a bit of chaos.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Amanda
10/10

Three Months in Barcelona

On a daily basis, I learned new things about Barcelona. I tried new foods, met new people, and saw new buildings produced by amazing architects and artists. I was constantly amazed that I was living in the most beautiful city in the world.

How can this program be improved?
The school did not have an adequate number of computers.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Alia
10/10

CIS Abroad

This past semester in Barcelona was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Being able to experience and live in a beautiful new city, meet great people and travel around Europe really opened my eyes to what I want out of life and how much I love to travel and take on new challenges. I am so happy I chose CIS because they made all of the pre departure requirements really easy but more importantly the incredible staff in Barcelona were always willing to help and worked hard to make our time in Spain memorable. Barcelona is the best city in the world and I would not change a thing about my time there. From the beach to the lively culture to the incredible night life, I will look back on this amazing time for the rest of my life. Thanks CIS!!

How can this program be improved?
I think it would be helpful to the people living in the apartments to be given new sheets and blankets upon arrival that we could pay for. It was a little difficult at first figuring out where to buy these kind of essentials for cheap prices. Also I would suggest allowing students to remain in the apartments for a little longer after the end of finals to be able to pack-up stress free and say final goodbyes to the city.
Yes, I recommend this program
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KelC
10/10

Abroad staff

The abroad staff is absolutely amazing! You can tell that they all really love their jobs and the city and they work so hard everyday to get you to love it too!

How can this program be improved?
Being able to attend school with natives and not just all study abroad students. I feel like the information when we joined the group didn't make it clear that you would not be attending school with any natives.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Barca
10/10

Amazing Experience

Studying abroad in Barcelona was the best four months of my life and it hasn't stopped there. By having the opportunity to study abroad for so long, I can take those experiences and positively apply them to my future career and networking.

How can this program be improved?
I would suggest for the students without home stays be granted an opportunity to stay with a family for a week or weekend. A rotational basis, basically where a family could meet everyone in the program or where a different family would do it each time.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Rachel
9/10

A Blast in Barcelona

Barcelona is a vibrant city where you'll never run out of things to discover. Whether you're exploring one of the historic barrios like El Raval, Borne, or El Barrio Gotic, shopping on Passieg de Gracia or relaxing on the beach along the Mediterranean, there's something for everyone. My days usually involved one of these activities! Barcelona is always buzzing with activity late into the night. Although they speak Catalan, they speak Spanish as well, and more often than not, English. So don't be afraid of a language barrier!

How can this program be improved?
Being at UAB, I regret not being as close to the directors of the programs as I would've been if I had gone to BIC.
Yes, I recommend this program

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