Located on the coast, and enjoying a pleasant Mediterranean climate, Barcelona is a dynamic and progressive city. In sophistication and cultural diversity, Barcelona ranks with the major cities of Europe, which can be seen in its rich traditions in the fields of painting, music, and architecture. With a population of over 2 million, Barcelona is a charming city. Spanish and Catalan theater, concerts, and opera abound. It has a vibrant nightlife and café scene. Because it is the capital city of Catalunya, students on this program will experience distinctive Catalan culture, while improving their ability to read, write, and speak Spanish and gain work experience while completing an internship. The University of Barcelona (UB) was founded in 1450. Participants on this program will take their language course at the main campus, which is situated in the heart of Barcelona's famous city center, near Las Ramblas, the Gaudi houses, and the Picasso museum.
This eight-week program is held at the Centro de Estudios Hispanicos of the University of Barcelona and various internship sites throughout the city of Barcelona. Students have the option of taking one Spanish Language Course and a 3-credit internship or a 6-credit internship. All students will take the Director's Course carried out by the Resident Directors.
Students will be placed in an internship in a field related to their major or minor. Some examples of placements can be found here.
Once the students are accepted into the program, an internship is guaranteed. The resident director will initiate contact with students to set up a pre-placement meeting and to understand the interests and needs of each student. From pre-departure all the way to the conclusion of the internship, the resident directors will be there to support each student, ensuring the following:
- Individual phone call or Skype meeting
- Mid-term and final evaluation
- Materials on topics such as interviewing skills and CV (resume preparation)
- On-site internship orientation
- Coaching and troubleshooting during the placement in Barcelona
The Program Directors
The Barcelona program is overseen by two resident directors. The directors assist students on the Spanish language course enrollment and internship placement arrangements. The directors also arrange and assign student housing, organize orientation, and advise students on day-to-day matters. They also serve as the 24/7 in-country emergency contacts.
||Spanish Language Course (3-credits) - following the curriculum of Estudios Hispanicos
Internship (3-credits) - Monday through Thursday for 4 hours per day
||Internship (6-credits) - Monday through Thursday for 8 hours per day
Housing & Meals
Students may choose to reside at a residence hall off-campus or independently. The program will make arrangements for the residence hall housing accommodations. Students choosing to live independently must make their own arrangements. Students will eat their meals at the residence hall or cook for themselves if residing independently.
Costs (budget sheet)
Select your term of interest for the latest budget information.
Students make their own flight arrangements to Barcelona's international airport, . It is the students' responsibility to make their way via taxi to the residence hall, or independent housing accommodations on the official start date of the program.
Participants in this program possessing a US passport do NOT need to apply for a student visa. NOTE: Non-US passport holders (or dual European Union citizens) may require different procedures. Please contact the program specialist for more details.
All students are covered by full health, evacuation and repatriation insurance.
Students currently receiving financial aid can use their aid for overseas study, and may, in some cases, have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible. Those interested in financial aid for this program should contact the financial aid office on their home campus.
Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis. Please contact the program specialist for further details.
A non-refundable deposit of $250, applicable to the program cost, must be paid within 14 days of acceptance to the program in order to secure program participation. Any deviation from program requirements must be requested in writing and authorized by the Director of International Education and Programs before the final payment date.