• Spain
    • Barcelona
    • Madrid
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Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Degree Level
Apartment Host Family


Price Details
Program fees vary between program selection and duration. Please visit www.iau.edu for further details. Fee includes tuition, housing (homestay with a Spanish host and daily breakfast and dinner or apartment accommodations with no meals), orientation, textbook rental, insurance (health, liability, and repatriation), field study tours, and scheduled cultural activities. Additional student costs include round-trip airfare, lunches, and personal expenses. Students also can enroll on a multi-country travel seminar in January for a reduced cost. Please note IAU offers a wide range of scholarships and grants to study abroad students year-round.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Classes Some Meals Travel Insurance Wifi
What's Not Included
Some Activities Airfare Some Meals Transportation
Nov 23, 2020
Sep 03, 2019
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About Program

IAU offers study abroad programs in the lively and beautiful cities of Barcelona and Madrid, Spain. While students participating in either program will have access to a breadth of course disciplines, diverse student life activities, and modern facilities and amenities to support their academic and intercultural experiences-- the programs offer distinct features and opportunities. IAU’s campus in Barcelona is centrally located in the downtown Plaça de Catalunya area in the Gothic Quarter in close proximity to many of Barcelona's famed attractions. The city of Barcelona allows students to experience the culture of Catalunya through field study trips, cooking classes, sports activities, art and architecture tours, and more. Students studying in the capital city of Madrid can enroll in courses alongside local and international students at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas while having access to a wide range of cultural and co-curricular activities available through campus.

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Program Highlights

  • Engaging semester, summer, and year-long programs in the Mediterranean region or capital city of Spain
  • No previous college experience or language experience required
  • Internships for-credit
  • Spanish homestays or apartments available
  • Scholarship, grant, and work-study opportunities

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Yes, I recommend this program

12 Weeks in Barcelona - IAU

Studying abroad is one of the greatest investments I have ever made for myself. There’s not much I can say to compare, but studying through IAU is in large part what made it all possible. In high school, we had the opportunity to study two years of Spanish. While I am thankful, this is all we had. I grew up speaking one language but seeking more.

If it wasn’t for IAU, me being given the opportunity to immerse myself in a country that speaks a different language than my own, studying and interning, would have been slim. I wouldn’t have had the capacity to communicate. IAU found professors willing to meet me and my colleagues where we were at in terms of language and provided me with an internship understanding and willing to speak English. IAU pushed me to try my best at immersing myself with the locals through practicing my Spanish and steering me to where locals acquaint.

At every moment, I was treated with respect. There was never a moment where I felt like a burden to faculty; full attention would be granted to me if there was something needed to be followed by additional half-hour 1:1 conversation about cultural differences. IAU pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I am confident saying that I have grown tremendously as a person through studying abroad.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Many speak Catalan but try and speak Spanish over English!
13 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

IAU Barcelona summer internship

Taking a summer course through IAU along with completing an internship for credit has helped me grow academically, professionally and personally. Throughout the duration of my stay in Spain, the staff continuously offered support and guidance that I may have needed, making me feel apart of their community. Their willingness to accommodate what was best for me specifically helped individualize my experience for optimal growth. IAU genuinely cared about my experience outside of the classroom as well. Although our weekends were free for us to travel and explore, there was one weekend excursion, already planned and paid for. Each weekend the staff extended invitations to give tours throughout the city and suggested many activities for our free time.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
After meeting local college students in the apartments we stayed at, we were invited to one of their favorite restaurants. They introduced me to snails, or escargot. I was not huge fan, but it definitely added to my cultural experiences!
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