Barcelona is perfectly situated between the ocean and the mountains, so you can go to the beach, hike or take advantage of city life. The city is known for its vibrant street life, incredible food and amazing architecture. You can enjoy Spain’s cultural dances such flamenco, salsa or swing by visiting a local theatre or joining community classes. Plus, you’ll live with a host family who can provide you with opportunities to discuss Spanish politics, social issues, pop culture and family traditions. Interested students can volunteer with local organizations or local festival committees to further connect to the city and people of Barcelona.
There are approximately 66,000 students enrolled in the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) across six campuses, including 12,000 international students. As an advanced language student, you can challenge yourself to take UB courses alongside local students. If your Spanish is not as advanced, you can take a combination of BCA and UB courses.
- Refine your Spanish skills while also learning about Spanish culture and history during BCA’s pre-semester course. This three-week course ensures that you’re set to succeed in your Spanish-language courses abroad!
- Join intercambio – a program designed for English and Spanish language students to meet throughout the week to practice their language skills together. This program provides you with an opportunity to meet Spaniards from diverse backgrounds.
- Get to know your new home and meet new people by volunteering with local organizations working in the city. The BCA Resident Director can help connect you to a local community partner to learn more about the work they do and how you can be of service.
- Explore other parts of Spain on the BCA signature excursion. Past groups have visited the port city of Tarragona, famous for its ancient Roman ruins, the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes and the city of Gerona.