• Spain
    • Barcelona
Fall, J-Term, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
Accounting Anthropology Architecture Arts Biology Business Communications Computer Science Cultural Studies Economics Entrepreneurship European Studies Film Finance Geography Global Studies Health Sciences History Hospitality Humanities Information Technology International Business Journalism Liberal Arts Literature Marketing Mathematics Philosophy Political Science Psychology Public Health Religious Studies Service Learning Sociology Tourism +25
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Apartment Dormitory Host Family


Price Details
You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE! There are no hidden charges or surprises when you arrive, and scholarships opportunities are available!
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Classes Some Meals Travel Insurance
What's Included (Extra)

Pre-departure advising, airport pick-up, on-site professional staff, and iNext travel protection

Apr 30, 2024
Apr 11, 2024
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About Program

Barcelona’s art, architecture, and gastronomic reputation alone are enough to command global attention. Add its political, economic, and cultural influence to its respected higher education system and you get an irresistible destination for students from around the world.

CIEE Spain gives you access to homestays; internships; volunteering opportunities; direct enrollment options; and cultural clubs, activities, and excursions that provide a uniquely immersive international experience. Come write your story of Spain with us.

Courses are available in English and Spanish.

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Program Highlights

  • CIEE Barcelona is located in downtown Barcelona, near the city’s main square. Both ESCI and UVic are just 20 minutes from CIEE.
  • Every CIEE semester program has cultural excursions and study tours uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion.
  • Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to volunteer or participate in an internship.
  • Students can volunteer to help children with homework after school, help kids with special needs during school breaks, or take part in food-drives to help feed people in need.

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Main entrance to Gaudi's Parc Guell

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Program Reviews

4.85 Rating
based on 82 reviews
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  • 4 rating 14.63%
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  • Academics 4.35
  • Support 4.8
  • Fun 4.8
  • Housing 4.7
  • Safety 4.75
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Best City to Live In

CIEE Barcelona offered a wonderful study abroad program in Barcelona. The courses offered were related to academic work at my university, but students were never too busy with school work to go out and explore Barcelona's restaurant, cultural, and nightlife scenes. CIEE offered coordinated day trips and weekly activities for no additional cost that were also very enjoyable and a great way to meet more students on the program. I would recommend this program to students who are looking for an adventurous semester in Barcelona.

9 people found this review helpful.
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Study Abroad In Barcelona

The best part of the experience was the ability to travel easily to countries all around Europe. Barcelona was usually a 2 hour flight from most countries and about 4 hours from countries that are further North or East. The program itself was great as well. The campus was located in the center of the city center and getting around wherever you want was very easy. Classes and teachers made it easy to travel, explore, adventure, and complete courses successfully. Professors encourage you to travel and see Europe and even ask you how your weekend traveling was. The pre-departure tasks were a lot to deal with the semester prior to leaving but once you're here, it's all worth it. The CIEE excursions were also great and well organized. However, there are very limited spots so it may be hard to actually go on them. Housing was also great for me. My apartment was located on the classic street of Consell de Cent. The apartment was big and in a great location. I had 10 random roommates and overall it was a great experience to get to know new people.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The culture here is very different from the United States. People tend to be slower when walking on the sidewalks and you can expect a meal at a restaurant to last around 2 hours. Servers take their time as the culture tends to be to sit and enjoy your meal over an extended period of time. Tip here is also not expected but appreciated and one big difference is that water is not free at restaurants.
  • You can take your time to enjoy and take in moments
  • Food is great
  • Most restaurants have outdoor seating and are a great setup for enjoying your time with friends and family
  • If your time is limited, you may not be able to eat at a restaurant and get out of there in a timely manner
  • You have to pay for water
  • Sidewalk traffic due to slow walking
7 people found this review helpful.
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Amazing Experience

For anyone deciding to Study Abroad, Barcelona is the perfect location and CIEE offers amazing support. CIEE is very organized in their communication with students, which has made my experience better and stress-free. The classes themselves are not too challenging which allows students to spend time exploring the city of Barcelona and to travel to other cities in Europe. The CIEE buildings are conveniently located - only a 3-minute walk from the Metro! I recommend Barcelona - CIEE to anybody interested in studying overseas.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Do your research before traveling to new places.
11 people found this review helpful.
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My experience in Barcelona

Studying abroad in Barcelona was nothing short of a transformative adventure—a whirlwind of new experiences, vibrant culture, and personal growth. As I reflect on my time in this enchanting city, I can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the unforgettable memories and invaluable lessons it has bestowed upon me.
From the moment I stepped off the plane and into the bustling streets of Barcelona, I was captivated by its unique charm and energy. The city seemed to pulse with life, its streets lined with architectural wonders and vibrant murals adorning every corner. It was a feast for the senses, and I eagerly embraced every opportunity to immerse myself in its rich tapestry of sights, sounds, and flavors.
One of the most remarkable aspects of my study abroad experience was the opportunity to connect with people from all walks of life. Whether it was striking up conversations with locals in charming cafés or bonding with fellow students over tapas and sangria, I was constantly inspired by the diversity and warmth of the people I encountered. Each interaction was a lesson in cultural exchange, broadening my perspectives and deepening my understanding of the world around me.
Academically, Barcelona offered a wealth of opportunities for intellectual exploration and growth. My classes were taught by passionate professors who encouraged critical thinking and creativity, challenging me to approach learning from new angles and perspectives. Whether it was delving into the history of Catalan art or studying the intricacies of Spanish literature, I found myself truly engaged and inspired by the academic environment.
Of course, studying abroad wasn't all about hitting the books. One of the highlights of my time in Barcelona was the opportunity to explore its rich cultural heritage and vibrant nightlife. From the awe-inspiring architecture of Antoni Gaudí to the bustling markets of La Boqueria, every day was an adventure waiting to unfold. And when night fell, the city came alive with the pulsating rhythm of flamenco music and the laughter of revelers spilling out onto the streets. It was nothing short of a once in a lifetime experience.
But perhaps the most profound aspect of my study abroad experience was the personal growth it inspired within me. Living in a foreign country forced me out of my comfort zone, challenging me to navigate unfamiliar situations and adapt to new ways of life. It was a journey of self-discovery, teaching me resilience, independence, and the importance of embracing uncertainty with an open heart.
As I prepare to bid farewell to Barcelona and embark on the next chapter of my journey, I carry with me a treasure trove of memories and experiences that will stay with me for a lifetime. Studying abroad in this vibrant city has been a gift beyond measure, shaping not only my academic and professional aspirations but also my understanding of the world and my place within it. Barcelona will always hold a special place in my heart, a beacon of adventure, discovery, and endless possibility.

What was your funniest moment?
When my friends and I went to a bar and my buddy accidentally ordered a 0 percent beer and didn’t realize it.
  • Make new friends
  • Explore new countries
  • Expand your world view
  • Bad academics
  • Rude teachers
  • Harsh foreigners
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Well-Rounded Study Abroad Experience

CIEE's study abroad program provided a great ratio of academics, local culture immersion, and freedom. Staff members provided support and events, while also leaving lots of room for individual travel and personal time. Class times and schedules were perfectly crafted to allow for adequate rest and travel buffers, and I was even able to join a local sports team to maintain my training until I return back to my university. During my time abroad I also got to visit the UK, the Netherlands, Sweden, and even do a part of the Camino de Santiago! Such a fun, well-rounded experience.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
They make snails, which was strange, but I really enjoyed "croquetas". They also had "calcots" which were long onions dipped in a sauce which were in season when I studied there.
  • Easy, inexpensive public transportation
  • Lots of history and art
  • Close to city and sea life
  • Crowded (lots of tourists)
  • Lots of robbery/theft
  • Very condensed city, not a lot of open space
10 people found this review helpful.
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studying abroad

Studying abroad in Barcelona was an amazing experience. Living amidst the vibrancy of the city allowed me to immerse myself in a culture distinct from my own. Barcelona's unique blend of history and contemporary energy provided a perfect backdrop for academic and personal growth. Exploring iconic landmarks like Sagrada Família and Park Güell became a routine, weaving lessons beyond textbooks.

The city's rhythm, from flamenco sounds to lively plazas, added a dynamic element to daily life. The warmth of the locals and the sensory delights of markets like La Boqueria enriched my cultural understanding. Barcelona's strategic location in Europe also facilitated weekend travels to neighboring countries, complementing my formal education.

The Mediterranean climate enhanced the experience, creating opportunities for outdoor activities and moments of relaxation on picturesque beaches. Barcelona, with its charm and welcoming community, taught me valuable lessons about life, culture, and the beauty of exploration. In conclusion, my time in Barcelona was a holistic journey that went beyond academics, leaving an indelible mark on my heart and mind.

What was your funniest moment?
Living with my friends allowed me to share a good laugh or two every day
  • Easy to travel city
  • Great metro
  • Vibrant city
  • Lots of tourists
  • Expensive(if you eat like an American rather than a local)
32 people found this review helpful.
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CIEE Architecture Program Review

My program was a great experience and I learned so many new things, I felt that it was academically challenging and intellectually stimulating and overall a great experience. CIEE demonstrated a genuine commitment to addressing students' needs, creating an environment that stood out in my academic journey. The meticulous planning, coupled with the responsive support system, elevated my study abroad experience to unparalleled heights. I am so grateful that I chose CIEE for my study-abroad experience!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have loved to travel more but planning ahead!
  • Travel accessibility
  • Affordability
  • Nightlife
  • Safety
  • Teacher
  • Commute
30 people found this review helpful.
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Studying abroad has changed my life in such a positive direction

Studying abroad in Barcelona not only fulfilled a life long dream of mine, but I will cherish every moment the program and this entire experience has granted to me. I enjoyed meeting other students, going on excursions, and fulfilling some monuments on my bucket list. This was such an amazing trip and I hope to be back soon! I would definitely recommend to apply through CIEE. The CIEE team in Barcelona was so helpful to me during my time abroad. They were quick to respond to any concerns I had, offered us reviews on local places, and strived to make our time here the best experience.

  • Diversity of food
  • Convenient public transportation
  • Many events, monuments, and historical sites to experience. You will always find something to do!
  • Busy tourist spots
  • Very hot in July! Pack light clothes
  • Pickpocketing
57 people found this review helpful.

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