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    • Barcelona
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Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Apartment Host Family


Price Details
The program fee includes tuition, housing*, optional internship placement, local transit pass, full-day excursions to Girona, Figueres and Dali museum, student events, insurance, and CAPA services and support including a 24-hour emergency phone line.

*You have the option to live in a shared apartment or homestay. The homestay incurs an additional fee which provides breakfast and dinner.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Classes Transportation Travel Insurance Wifi
Jun 02, 2022
Sep 24, 2020
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About Program

Dynamic and diverse, Barcelona is bursting with bold and distinctive architecture, sandy Mediterranean beaches, and an exciting tapas food culture. Did you know that it’s also one of the most LGBTQIA friendly cities, home to one of the world’s most beloved soccer teams, and has no fewer than nine UNESCO World Heritage sites to explore? Plus, it’s a booming hub for business and foreign investment, especially for entrepreneurs and tech start-ups, which makes it a fantastic place to add on an international internship.

The CAPA Barcelona program is based at the Institute for American Universities (IAU) in the downtown Plaça de Catalunya area, near Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter. We are also pleased to offer online study abroad programs and remote global internships. Challenge yourself and go abroad (or online) with us. We have a good feeling that you’ll find a second home and an experience you’ll never forget.

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CAPA Scholarships and Financial Aid

Each year, CAPA awards $1.5 million in study abroad scholarships, grants, and affiliate benefits! With CAPA you can participate in a study abroad and/or global internship program in Barcelona, Dublin, Florence, London, Paris, Prague, and Sydney.

$300 - $1,000

Program Reviews

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  • Academics 8.6
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.7
  • Housing 9.6
  • Safety 9.6
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Yes, I recommend this program


This experience was unique because it was the first time I had ever traveled to Europe, Barcelona was the most beautiful and perfect place I ever had the honor to live at. The beaches, the clubs, the environment and especially the weather was all amazing. One thing I would recommend future students to do is travel light, and always keep your belongings close to you. My classes with CAPA were super fun and educational, field trips were the best part of my educational experiences. Most museums were free and parks were amazing. Definitely recommend this location as well as CAPA as your program of choice!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The most unfamiliar thing I ate, would have had to be a typical Spanish breakfast sandwich, that was only cut up potatoes ketchup and bread. It usually with a promotion at the coffee shops for about 3 euros.
38 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing program for curious minds and immersive experience!

CAPA is a unique study abroad experience that gave me some amazing opportunities for personal growth. I studied in Barcelona in spring 2019. My specific program was small which at first was scary but it came with some amazing flexibility. The small class sizes allowed professors to personalize the coursework and even take us on trips to teach us lessons in terms of their lives in the city. This means professors could give us their unique take on living in Barcelona from the city rather than a classroom. I had friends in other programs in the city as well. Although these other students enjoyed their experience I honestly feel that CAPA did an exceptional job of encouraging immersion and providing a raw look at what it means to live in a global city. The internship opportunities are also something that stands out among study abroad programs that they provide. I cannot recommend CAPA highly enough!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would push myself farther out of my comfort zone. Salsa and Bachata Classes were very fun and a great way to experience Spanish culture in the world of dance. If dancing isn't your thing (well it can be) but using the opportunity of a new place to grow as a person and try things you otherwise might not is so fun.
40 people found this review helpful.
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My Global Internship Experience

Overall, my summer 2019 internship experience with CAPA in Barcelona, Spain was pleasant. Jane and Madeline from the CAPA center in Barcelona were always resourceful when students faced difficulties abroad. My Internship placement was not as formal as I had hoped or expected, but I learned so much. I worked as a business development intern for "The Nanny Line", an international childcare agency based in Barcelona. We worked out of cafes, office spaces, and from home. I learned so much, and got to work with students from all over Europe. The workshop course that accompanied the internship occurred once a week. The class was beneficial because it taught students how to apply our internship experience to our future career goals. On top of professional and academic experience, I grew tremendously in my personal life while abroad. I loved meeting new people and experiencing the nuances of Spanish culture. I cannot put into words ow life-changing my study abroad experience turned out to be. I would definitely recommend CAPA!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The most unfamiliar thing I ate while abroad in Barcelona was a snail.
41 people found this review helpful.
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An Unforgettable Experience

Where to start... Coming in, I hoped to gained a broader perspective of the world from my abroad experience. Not only did this program enable that to happen, but it did more... way more than that! The CAPA Barcelona program and its professors sparked a new interest for me. One of the courses I had the pleasure of taking was Intercultural Management with Laura Cervi. She designed the class so that we learned from the city that we were in as much as we learned in the classroom. Barcelona is such an amazing place to learn about Interculturality. Other than that, the program itself was a very enjoyable one. My classmates were student abroad from the US, as well, so it was easy to make friends and have travel buddies for the weekends. Lastly, I would recommend living in a homestay. It is a much easier way to integrate into the local culture and makes your time abroad feel a little more homey.

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I would improve about this program is the program providing more excursions .
39 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

$tudying Abroad in Barcelona- Spring 2019

Who would have thought I would ever study abroad? Considering that I am first generation college student and I am living on my own since the age of 18, this idea seamed like an illusion mainly so because of the cost. I used to think studying abroad was for a few selected, lucky people, however, CAPA made this dream come true at a very, very affordable cost. The program I went with was faculty-led semester abroad, meaning that professors from my campus came along with us, making us feel safer. The program made every possible effort to locate our apartments at a reasonable distance from our classes. CAPA provided transportation cards, housing, covered insurance and flights. The only thing I would care for would be food and individual trips. While abroad, the staff located in the city made sure that we also had fun connecting us to local weekend events, My Global City excursions and visits to museums to enhance our learning. The program made a great effort to provide classes that are transferable and can in some way benefit from this trip. For example, I was taking Travel Writing, which fit perfect! I got to make my own book with my experiences, emotions, and travels. Students, I would really recommend studying abroad with CAPA.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Stay more weekends in Barcelona instead of traveling.
42 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Absolutely do this program!

My experiences in Barcelona are second to none. CAPA provided me with an excellent internship, rewarding classes, and fantastic guides to the city. I spent six weeks in Barcelona working, taking classes, and exploring all the city had to offer. Six weeks really was not enough time to see everything I wanted to see, so I'll definitely have to go back.

The CAPA staff were so nice and helpful that I never felt alone, even though I was thousands of miles away from home. They treated us like adults, helping us when we needed it and leaving us alone when we didn't. I've been abroad with other programs and it's nice to feel like you aren't being hounded. Additionally, the other students I roomed with in the city kept the days lively. This aspect of the trip gave me the most pre-departure jitters, but after a few days of interacting, when became great friends.

I would recommend this program to anyone. Go explore what they have to offer. You're probably going to like the options.

38 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I fell in love with Barcelona!!

Not to sound clichéd, but my summer abroad in Barcelona was a life-changing experience. And it is all thanks to CAPA!

I loved my courses! Learning about Barcelona from local professors really enhanced my overall experience. The CAPA directors in Barcelona were an amazing help and were always there if I needed anything. My host family was incredible! The food in Barcelona is amazing, and my host mom always made new local dishes for me to have for dinner each day. My favorites were all of the fresh seafood and definitely paella!

Interning at a local nonprofit and staying with a host family were really immersive experiences. Not knowing Catalan made it apparent that I was a foreigner, but everyone in Barcelona speaks Castilian Spanish, so I was able to communicate pretty well with everyone. I spoke Spanish in my internship and homestay, but I took my courses in English, so most of the time I was speaking with locals in Castilian Spanish. I was taking the metro and living pretty much like a local for the whole summer!

My advice if you are traveling to Barcelona: The city is extremely safe, with the only real danger being pickpockets. Make sure you guard your phone, wallet, purse, backpack, etc. at nighttime and on the metro. Never put things in your back pocket or out on the table! Also, don't eat or shop in the touristy spots if you can avoid it! You shouldn't be paying more than 1.50 euros for a café con leche, for instance, but touristy areas will charge you 2 or 3 euros! You can find a sandwich and a drink for around 4 euros if you know where to go. Barcelona can be an expensive city if you stick to just the tourist areas, but if you ask around you can find the places where locals hang out. That is where the reasonable prices are!

Everything about my experience, from the language immersion, to my internship, to my engaging courses, to my local friends, to the individualized tailoring that CAPA offers, was outstanding. 11/10 would recommend, and I would 100% do this again in a heartbeat!

37 people found this review helpful.

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