• Spain
    • Barcelona
Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
Accounting Art History Arts Business Hospitality International Business International Relations Latin American Studies Liberal Arts Marketing Tourism +1
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships, Payment plans, LGBTQIA+ funding, BIPOC funding
Health & Safety

Program Details

Program Type
Apartment Host Family


Starting Price
Price Details
• Comprehensive Advising and Support
• Tuition at the Host University
• Official Transcript from Host University with ISA Cover Letter
• Housing
• Meals and Laundry Services
• Bridging Cultures Program
• Full-Time Resident Staff
• On-Site ISA Offices
• Computer and Internet Access
• Excursions
• The ISA Discovery Model
• Cultural Activities
• Medical Insurance
• Comprehensive Health, Safety and Security Support
• Airport Reception
• Visa Support
• Tutoring
• The Professional Development Toolbox
• Scholarship Opportunities
Oct 06, 2023
Mar 09, 2024
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About Program

International Studies Abroad (ISA) offers this exciting program in Barcelona, Spain. With four different schools to choose from, ISA makes it easy to find the perfect fit for you. Study at the Pompeu Fabra University, Autonomous University of Barcelona, University of Barcelona, or Menéndez Pelayo International University-Barcelona!

Barcelona is a large city (pop 1.5 million) in the northeastern corner of Spain with history dating back 2,500 years. The gothic architecture clashes with the modern city, making this eccentric destination like few others in the world. Check out ISA's extensive website to find out every detail you need to make the right decision!

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

Our team at ISA is committed to providing exceptional support through identity-focused advising and resources for students, university partners, and ISA staff. We have developed our ISA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee to help serve all students and stakeholders, particularly the needs of underrepresented student populations. Our country-specific diversity pages offer information about the societies and cultural history of ISA destinations. This information can be used to start your reflection about how your intersecting identities relate to the host community context.

LGBTQIA+ Support

Our team at ISA is committed to providing exceptional support through identity-focused advising and resources for students, university partners, and ISA staff. We have developed our ISA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee to help serve all students and stakeholders. Our country-specific diversity pages offer information about the societies and cultural history of ISA destinations. This information can be used to start your reflection about how your intersecting identities relate to the host community context.

Neurodivergent Support

ISA is committed to facilitating quality programming to students with varying levels of neurodivergence. Our Health & Safety team is available to answer questions about insurance and medication, as well as provide students with materials on overseas access to support.

Accessibility Support

ISA is committed to facilitating quality programming to students with varying levels of accessibility. With our wide portfolio of program types and locations we’re confident there is a suitable and accessible program for each student. Accommodations abroad can be complex and take time, so those with accessibility needs should inform ISA of any accommodations requests as early as possible in the advising process. Please contact accessibilityteam@studiesabroad.com with questions or for more information.



We have partnered with Fill it Forward to engage team members and program participants in waste reduction practices. The goal is to encourage the elimination of single-use waste. Every QR code scan shows the impact of reusable bottles and unlocks a donation to environmental impact groups.

Ethical Impact

WorldStrides, a global organization, is committed to educate and serve communities worldwide. Our commitment is fueled by the passion of our team members and partners to make experiential learning accessible, while also being socially, environmentally, and ethically responsible. Together, we accomplish this by investing in initiatives to promote inclusion, diversity, and sustainability.

Popular Programs


Located in the heart of the city, the Universidad Pompeu Fabra sits next to the beautiful Ciutadella Park and only blocks from the Barceloneta beach. The UPF offers a variety of courses including Cultural/Area Studies with international students in both English and Spanish, and Business courses during the Spring and Fall semesters.


The Universidad de Barcelona, located in the very center of the city, is the oldest university in the city and is housed in a beautiful, historic building. Courses offered through this program are perfect for students majoring in Spanish or trying to finish a Spanish minor, but there are also several courses taught in English. The Universidad de Barcelona is fully accredited and recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport (Ministerio de Educación, Cultura, y Deporte).


CETT is an extension of the Universidad de Barcelona dedicated to tourism, gastronomy, and hospitality management. You will be taking courses with both international and local students and will be able to take classes in either English or Spanish. This campus is located about 25 minutes by public transportation from the city center. The Universidad de Barcelona is fully accredited and recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport.


Although the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona’s primary campus is outside of the city, you will be attending classes at the Sant Pau campus, which is near the Sagrada Familia. It is centrally located in Barcelona and are easily accessible by public transportation. You will be studying with other international students and will be able to choose from a wide variety of courses in Cultural Studies, Business, Economics, Art History, and International Relations, most of which are taught in English.


The UIMP, whose central campus is in Santander, offers numerous post-graduate seminars in various fields as well as courses in Spanish as a Second Language at various satellite campuses throughout Spain. The language courses in Barcelona are held at the UIMP’s academic center which is just a short walk from the ISA office. The UIMP’s courses are only offered in the Summer and range from beginner-level language courses to advanced-level content courses taught in Spanish.


Elisava is the design school of Universitat de Vic – Universitat Central de Catalunya. You will be studying different design disciplines on a small design-focused campus with state of the art facilities located just off Las Ramblas, in the heart of Barcelona, where all of the other students share the same focus. The Universidad de Vic is fully accredited and recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport (Ministerio de Educación, Cultura, y Deporte)


ISA Scholarships

ISA by WorldStrides Diversity Scholarship

This scholarship is offered for summer and semester programs and is intended for students with identities historically underserved in education abroad. This can include, but is not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, Alaskan Native, American Indian, Native Hawaiian, LGBTQIA+, First-Generation College Students, U.S. Military Veterans, students with disabilities, and/or students at Minority-Serving Institutions.

$2,500 - $5,000

Program Reviews

4.89 Rating
based on 27 reviews
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  • Academics 4.1
  • Support 4.65
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 4.85
  • Safety 4.75
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Yes, I recommend this program

Barcelona Fall 2023

I loved going abroad to Barcelona so much! Upon arrival, ISA made sure we were set up with everything we could possibly need. They made sure we knew what to do in any situation we might find ourselves in and gave us resources I would not have otherwise known about. The ISA team was extremely helpful in communicating with the university I was enrolled in and making sure I had access to classes that UCLA would award me credit for. They were quick to respond to my emails and always available to answer any questions I had throughout my time. I would definitely recommend ISA to any student looking to go abroad and I would not change a thing about my experience!

8 people found this review helpful.
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Studying Abroad in Barcelona

Studying abroad has been a transformative experience that opened my eyes to new cultures and perspectives on a new continent. One significant advantage of studying abroad in Spain was the opportunity to practice my secondary language, Spanish. Proficiency in another language is highly advantageous in cybersecurity - my current major. During my internship, which occurred immediately after I returned from Spain, I learned that working in cybersecurity occasionally requires you to work in an international setting where multilingual communication is often necessary. Although most Spaniards speak Catalan, I was still able to communicate with them in Spanish. I challenged myself to do so every day, even though many Catalonians understood English enough to speak with tourists. This practice greatly increased my proficiency in Spanish and will enable me to communicate effectively with diverse teams and stakeholders across different regions in my future career. Beyond academics, my time in Spain helped me grow personally and foster independence and self-reliance. These qualities, although not solely beneficial in cybersecurity, are universally valuable in any professional setting. I stepped out of my comfort zone and did my best to adapt to local norms. Among many things, this involved learning the local public transportation system (which to say I used frequently would be an understatement) and ensuring the safety of myself and my peers. I learned how locals dressed, acted, and protected themselves in the busy city. Additionally, I was offered numerous opportunities to learn about the culture and had the privilege of making lifelong friends with people from various corners of the United States and Europe. While exploring Europe, I visited three different countries including Spain, France, and Andorra. I ventured to monasteries nestled in the mountains, marveled at awe-inspiring churches and Basilicas (including, but not limited to the Sagrada Familia), viewed historical landmarks in and outside of Barcelona, indulged in regional cuisine, explored remote beaches, journeyed through caves and coastal cities, and, of course, experienced the vibrant and exciting nightlife the city is famous for! I am profoundly grateful for the support that made this journey possible and will carry the lessons and experiences I had with me forever.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The most surprising thing I saw in Barcelona was during a memorable evening at a restaurant while celebrating a friend's birthday. To my astonishment, Lionel Messi and his family walked in. The restaurant section we were in was relatively small, placing us only a few meters away from him and his family. Surprisingly, I hadn't recognized Messi until that moment, but the excitement among my friends was clear. The experience turned out to be extraordinary. I enjoyed a delicious Spanish meal near one of the greatest footballers of all time, adding an unexpected and unforgettable twist to our celebratory evening.
  • Public transportation made it easy to travel all around the city
  • We were in close proximity to a supermarket and were able to cook our own food. Groceries were very cheap too!
  • My school was gorgeous and our classroom had a very open-air feel to it.
  • The lack of air conditions made sleeping stuffy during the warmer nights of the summer.
10 people found this review helpful.
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Getting out of my Comfort Zone

Before I left for Spain I was a ball of nervous but excited energy. I found out I was the only student from my university participating in the program, and I had been placed in an apartment with 5 other girls! As a more introverted person, this made me extremely nervous. In reality, these girls and this experience would change my life. Barcelona is an amazing city. It has great food, and easy public transit as well as a great mix of history and fun. I learned so much about Catalonia and its rich history, and participated in a lot of independent travel. Barcelona gave me the best months of my life. I enjoyed exploring every inch of the city and cant wait to go back someday.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I tried arros negre or "black rice", a staple of Catalonia! It was similar to paella but the rice is turned black with fish ink! It is topped with seafood and is the perfect savory dish! I definitely recommend taking advantage of the seafood offerings in Barcelona!
  • Extremely walkable
  • Travel hub
  • Great food
  • Expensive
  • No Air Conditioner
  • No dryers
15 people found this review helpful.
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Best time of life!!

I decided to go abroad for a whole semester and didn’t really know a ton of people from my school going. Definitely was nervous and excited at first but ended up meeting so many friends and we still get together and go on trips! Barcelona is definitely the place to be, its beauty, nightlife, and culture is something everyone should experience. We also got to travel just about every weekend but loved our time in Barcelona so much! I wouldn’t be the person I am today with out experiencing a whole semester of learning, laughing and truly living. Best time of my life.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Might be silly but I wouldn’t pack as much!! The shopping is amazing and in most areas cheaper. So instead of worrying and overpacking things I don’t need, I’d bring a half empty suitcase and just wait to see what I really end up needing.

And explore more of Barcelona and go up the coast of Spain!!
  • Meeting new friends
  • Amazing night life
  • Ability to travel for long weekend trips!
  • Wish I knew more about the city in the early weeks but thats what exploring is for
  • Losing a phone and the difficulty of getting a new one
  • That it went by so fast :(
22 people found this review helpful.
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My time in Barcelona

It was simply the best time of my life. Finally got the opportunity to visit so many places in Europe. I got to learn & expand my knowledge of spanish as well. Being able to travel relatively cheaply is awesome as well. The BCN airport is super easy to get to & always has flights to anywhere. The schooling was great as well. Most of the professors speak great english & are super useful for anything! The Barcelona metro system is great as well. It really can get you anywhere. The tourist attractions in Barcelona are second to none.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Make use of every minute of free time. Explore more.
  • Safety
  • Spanish
  • Transit
  • Dirty
  • Crowded
  • Expensive
19 people found this review helpful.
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The Best Decision of My College Career

International Studies Abroad went over the top with my program. They felt like my far away-from-home family. The staff and the students were very supportive and friendly. Everyone was happy to be there and wanted to share whatever knowledge they had. Everything was planned out great and they were on top of everything. There isn't much at all I would recommend changing out the program. They were there for me and made sure I was having the best time I could be having. They were able to show us around the city and help get us settled in for our new life for the next 4 months.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I was on a weekend trip to a small town in Germany called Hannover. I went to this restaurant where they had Kebaps. Which is a popular dish in Europe. Except everything on the menu was in German. I didn't know what anything was. So I decided to order the thing that had the longest name. And I'm not sure what it was, but it was the best food I have ever eaten in my life. It was like some kind of chili in a bowl with bread as the base. I don't even know how to describe it haha.
  • Made sure I was always doing alright
  • Gave plenty of notice before any event we did
  • Went out of their way to immerse us into the culture as much as possible
  • I wish they told me my host mom only spoke spanish
  • I wish I was kinda taught how to navigate the city
25 people found this review helpful.
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If you're thinking about... DO IT!!

My study abroad experience was the most incredible 4 months of my life! Barcelona is a beautiful, electric city full of culture, amazing food, beautiful beaches, and more. I got to learn a lot about international business and Spanish/Mediterranean culture through school, which has become a big talking point for me in post-grad job interviews. I was able to travel to so many cool places in Spain, as well as several other countries. I even got to go to Morocco with our program, where we camped in the Sahara desert and rode camels. And most importantly, I met the most amazing people I still talk to daily and continue to travel with. Study abroad in Barcelona- you won't regret it!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take advantage of everything living abroad has to offer!! Try new foods, travel as much as you can, and remember- you can sleep when you're dead! You'll only regret the chances you don't take.
  • Lots of stuff to do in the city
  • Fun excursions through the program
  • I got 15 transfer credits to my home university
  • I wish it was longer!
26 people found this review helpful.
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My Study Abroad Experience was a Dream!

My study abroad experience with ISA was nothing short of amazing. From the outset, ISA went above and beyond to provide a comprehensive program. The professional development opportunities were invaluable, setting the stage for personal and academic growth. Even after the program, ISA Brought me on as a global ambassador, where I was paid to talk about my experience, and help other people discover their study abroad program. The excursions offered during the program were not just outings but immersive experiences.

What truly sets this experience apart, however, is the lifelong friendships forged. My study abroad friends, whom I met through ISA, have become an integral part of my life. The bond we share is not just a result of shared experiences; it's a connection forged for life. We are so close that we're planning a reunion soon!

ISA excelled in every aspect, ensuring that my time abroad was the best period of my life so far. From academics to safety, from housing to orientation into the country, every detail was handled. I only felt confidence moving into the experience because I knew ISA had my back.

I can confidently say that choosing ISA for my study abroad experience was one of the best decisions I've ever made. It's an investment in not just education but in a transformative journey that continues to shape my perspective and relationships.

27 people found this review helpful.

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