Close this search box.
La familia Barcelona logo

Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona Programs

Study Abroad

Barcelona, Spain

Explore a dynamic Liberal Arts program in Barcelona, taught entirely in English, designed to broaden your academic and cultural horizons. Experience the rich Spanish culture and history firsthand, enhancing your education with unparalleled global perspectives.
Semester, Year
Terms: Spring, Fall, Academic Year
Credits: 12-18 cr
Starting Price: $15,700
Study Abroad

Barcelona, Spain

Ignite your creative spark with our Design program at Elisava in Barcelona, where you’ll have the opportunity to delve into innovative design concepts and practices while being inspired by the artistic and cultural dynamism of one of Europe’s design capitals.
Semester, Year
Terms: Spring, Fall, Academic Year
Credits: 12-18 cr
Starting Price: $15,700
Study Abroad

Barcelona, Spain

Explore the forefront of scientific and technological advancements with our Science and Technology program in Barcelona, offering students a unique opportunity to engage in cutting-edge research, innovation, and hands-on experiences within one of Europe’s leading hubs for science and technology.
Semester, Year
Terms: Spring, Fall, Academic Year
Credits: 12-18 cr
Starting Price: $15,700
Study Abroad

Barcelona, Spain

Dive into the global business landscape and marketing strategies with our International Business and Marketing program in Barcelona, where you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of international trade and branding while experiencing the vibrant business culture of Spain in one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities.
Semester, Year
Terms: Spring, Fall, Academic Year
Credits: 12-18 cr
Starting Price: $15,700
Spanish Study Abroad

Barcelona, Spain

Discover the rich tapestry of culture, history, and art with our Liberal Arts in Advanced Spanish program in Barcelona, offering an unparalleled academic journey through the humanities and social sciences in one of Europe’s most dynamic and culturally diverse cities.
Semester, Year
Terms: Spring, Fall, Academic Year
Credits: 12-18 cr
Starting Price: $15,700
Study Abroad

Barcelona, Spain

Experience the vibrant energy of Barcelona during our Summer Study Abroad program, where you’ll combine academic enrichment with cultural immersion in one of Europe’s most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities.
Short Term
Terms: Summer
Credits: 3-6 cr
Starting Price: $5,450

Overview of Barcelona

Play Video

Barcelona, a vibrant and diverse city, combines Mediterranean warmth with the cool of nearby mountains. Its unique cultural landscape merges Gothic allure with modernist flair. Known for Gaudí’s architectural masterpieces like the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, the city also ventures beyond its borders to the surreal world of Dalí, enhancing its rich artistic heritage.

This cradle of creativity is not just about historic sites; it’s a modern hub for fashion, design, and technology. Its culinary scene mirrors this diversity, offering everything from traditional Catalan dishes to innovative cuisine. Education thrives here too, with programs catering to an international audience in English, Spanish, and Catalan.

Barcelona’s extensive public transportation network makes exploring straightforward, from the Gothic Quarter’s narrow streets to the colorful Boqueria Market. It’s more than a place; it’s an experience where tradition meets innovation daily. Here, students embark on a transformative journey through a city that embodies both a rich history and a dynamic present.

Why choose Barcelona over other destinations?

Barcelona outshines other destinations by offering subjects in English within a cityscape where Gaudí’s modernism meets Dalí’s surrealism. Beyond academic variety, it promises deep cultural immersion, from exploring historical depths to engaging in a vibrant contemporary scene. Its diverse, bilingual environment welcomes students into a cosmopolitan community, making it perfect for those looking to merge studies with rich, cultural experiences and personal growth.

Why Study Abroad in Barcelona?

📚 Academic Excellence and Diversity

Start studying abroad in Barcelona

Step 1. Choose your program

Choose your program!

Choose your program by destination, term, or subject.

Step 2. Start your Appliction

Start your application

Launch your application and complete the required paperwork

Step Three. Acceptance and deposit

Acceptance & Deposit

Once you've submitted all your paperwork, SSA will confirm your acceptance. Secure your place by paying your deposit.

Discover more!

Go here to Discover more

Artistic Hub

Barcelona’s artistic vibrancy is a breathtaking fusion of past and future, where the architectural and surreal wonders of Gaudí and Dalí coexist with cutting-edge contemporary galleries. Its streets and plazas, alive with dynamic street art, offer an immersive cultural experience, positioning the city as a sanctuary for creatives and art enthusiasts alike.

Culinary Delicacies

The culinary landscape of Barcelona is a sensorial celebration, presenting an array of dishes that encapsulate the essence of Catalan flavors. From traditional favorites like paella and tapas to avant-garde offerings found in its lively food markets, students can embark on a delectable journey through Catalonia’s culinary heritage.

Language and Culture

In Barcelona, the melodious tones of Catalan enhance the multicultural tapestry alongside Spanish, offering students a vibrant linguistic immersion. Engaging in language exchanges and embracing daily cultural interactions foster a deep connection with Barcelona’s diverse identity, broadening students’ linguistic skills and cultural understanding.

Life in Barcelona

Living in Barcelona is to immerse oneself in a lifestyle marked by diversity and cosmopolitanism. Whether it’s participating in the rich traditions of local festivals like La Mercè or finding tranquility along its picturesque beaches, Barcelona offers a harmonious blend of academic advancement, cultural depth, and memorable moments. 🇪🇸✨

Your semester in Barcelona is an expansive journey beyond academics, delving into the heart of Catalan and Spanish culture. Our curated selection of cultural activities and excursions, organized by us or recommended for personal exploration, aims to deepen your connection to this vibrant community. Below is an overview of the cultural odyssey that awaits you:

Cultural Activities in BarcelonaCultural Activities Organized by the SSA Barcelona Team:

  • Culinary Delights: A welcoming dinner featuring local specialties like paella and traditional Spanish tapas.
  • Guided Cultural Visits: Tours to iconic sites including Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló, Park Güell, and Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres.
  • Dance Workshops: Flamenco and sardana workshops to immerse you in local traditions.
  • Cooking Workshops: Hands-on experience preparing Catalan dishes.
  • Cultural Events: Celebrate holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving with a local twist. Participate in language exchanges showcasing Spanish cinema.
  • Architectural Exploration: Guided explorations from Gothic roots to modernist landmarks by Gaudí.
  • New Activities: Engage in diverse workshops such as ceramics, self-defense classes, and CV building.

Recommended Activities for Personal Exploration:

  • Tour Modernista: Discover Barcelona’s modernist architecture on your own.
  • Chocolatada con Churros + Paseo: Embark on a leisurely walk paired with churros and hot chocolate.
  • Calçotada Event Experience: Join local festivals featuring ‘calçotadas’, a traditional Catalan meal.

Recommended Day Trips & Beyond:

(While not organized by us, these are highly recommended experiences.)

  • Explore Catalonia’s richness through trips to Montserrat for its spiritual serenity; Figueres for Salvador Dalí’s surreal art; Tarragona’s ancient Roman ruins; and more adventures in Sitges, Ampuries Ruins, L’Escala, Blanes, Girona. Additionally, venture beyond to the Balearic Islands, south France, or the microstate of Andorra.

Please note that while most organized activities are included in your program fee, some personal explorations may incur additional costs. Availability may vary depending on program timing.

This broad array of cultural experiences ensures you’ll fully embrace life in Barcelona as part of its dynamic fabric. 🇪🇸✨

Catalonia's Cultural Tapestry and Barcelona's Role

The Heart of Catalan LiteratureCatalunya
  • Book-Loving Barcelona: Catalonia, with its capital in Barcelona, treasures the art of reading. This enduring love is evident in the city’s numerous libraries and bookstores, serving as key cultural hubs.
  • Sant Jordi’s Day Celebration: Celebrating love and literature, Sant Jordi’s Day is akin to Valentine’s Day in Catalonia. People exchange roses and books—a tradition that deeply symbolizes the region’s literary heritage.
Unique Catalan Traditions

Catalonia’s cultural tapestry is vibrant and unique, deeply enriched by a variety of traditions that celebrate community, bravery, and artistic expression. Here are some of the most cherished Catalan traditions:

  • Castells: Marvel at the human towers—”castells”—a symbol of teamwork and courage as people create towering structures by standing atop one another.

  • Correfocs: Experience the fiery “correfocs” parades during festivals, where participants dressed as devils run through the streets wielding fireworks—a vivid display of energy and color.

  • Sardanes: Join in the circle to dance the “sardana”, a traditional Catalan dance signifying unity and community as dancers hold hands and move in harmony to music.

  • La Diada de Sant Jordi: Celebrate love and literature on April 23rd with La Diada de Sant Jordi, when Catalans exchange roses and books—akin to Valentine’s Day but with a literary twist.

  • Caga Tió: Embrace the whimsical Christmas tradition of “Caga Tió”, where children hit a decorated log that ‘defecates’ small gifts.

  • La Patum: Witness La Patum in Berga, an event acknowledged by UNESCO for its mix of religious, pagan elements along with theatrical performances, music, and dance.

  • Els Pastorets: Delight in “Els Pastorets”, traditional plays recounting the nativity story—a staple during the Christmas season.

  • Castanyada: Indulge in “Castanyada” festivities on All Saints’ Day, savoring roasted chestnuts, sweet potatoes, and “panellets”, small almond-based pastries.

  • Gegants i Capgrossos: Behold “Gegants i Capgrossos” processions featuring large figures parading down streets representing historical or mythical characters.

  • El Ball de Gitanes: Experience “El Ball de Gitanes”, a traditional dance performed during local celebrations wearing vibrant costumes with coordinated choreography.

These rich traditions not only mirror Catalonia’s diverse cultural heritage but also strengthen its distinct identity within Spain.

Diversity in Barcelona

Barcelona stands out as Spain’s most international, cosmopolitan, and intercultural city. Here, social and intercultural assistance is not just an initiative but an integral part of community life.Diversity in Barcelona Numerous organizations and programs are committed to fostering inclusion, equality, and mutual understanding among the city’s diverse communities. Key areas of action include:

  1. Integration Programs: Barcelona offers programs aimed at integrating individuals from varied cultures and backgrounds into society—ranging from language classes to cultural activities that encourage interaction and mutual understanding.

  2. Support for Refugees and Migrants: Various non-profit organizations and government agencies in Barcelona dedicate resources to supporting refugees and migrants through legal advice, housing assistance, and cultural integration programs.

  3. Multicultural Education: Educational institutions in Barcelona champion multicultural education by including curricula that reflect cultural diversity and promoting intercultural understanding among students.

  4. Community Events and Celebrations: The city hosts events and celebrations that spotlight its cultural diversity. These festivities serve as platforms for cultural exchange and community bonding.

  5. NGOs and Volunteering: A multitude of NGOs operate in Barcelona, tackling social and intercultural issues. Volunteering plays a critical role in running programs aimed at enhancing quality of life and fostering community understanding.

  6. Intercultural Meeting Spaces: Barcelona is home to spaces designed for intercultural meetings where people from varied backgrounds can share experiences and build bridges of understanding.

  7. Community Empowerment: Initiatives are undertaken to empower local communities by providing necessary tools for active participation in the city’s social and economic life.

In summary, Barcelona endeavors to be an inclusive, supportive city where social and intercultural support acts are essential in forming a diverse yet unified community. These efforts contribute to creating an environment where individuals from various backgrounds can thrive, enriching the city’s social fabric.

Meet your Resident Director

From the moment you apply to our Barcelona program, through every step of your adventure here, until the bittersweet moment of your departure, I am here to support, guide, and even offer a comforting hug when needed. This incredible journey is more than just an educational experience; it's a transformative leap that will reshape your worldview, and I'm enthusiastic about being a part of this pivotal chapter in your life. Engaging closely with students and ensuring you feel secure, included, and thoroughly satisfied with every facet of the program is what I cherish most. Embrace this life-changing opportunity with open arms. We eagerly await your arrival!
María de la Viña
Resident Director, Barcelona

Guiding Your Journey: Embracing Barcelona with SSA

At SSA Barcelona, we recognize the challenge of transitioning from a small town or city to the bustling metropolis of Barcelona. To transform this vibrant city into your new home, our team focuses on proactive guidance and support, emphasizing active engagement over passive observation.

Emphasizing Student Over Tourist: From day one, we actively differentiate between being a tourist and becoming an international student. Through orientation sessions and ongoing support, we provide an integrative perspective that encourages you to understand and engage with the local culture, duties, and societal obligations. Our aim is not just to navigate away from the tourist lifestyle but to cultivate a meaningful sense of belonging in Barcelona.

Cultural Integration Activities: We facilitate various activities designed to immerse you deeply into both the spectacular diversity and daily life of Barcelona. From guided tours that avoid typical tourist trails to language exchange programs that foster genuine connections with locals, our activities are tailored to promote your transition into a fully engaged citizen of this dynamic city.

Personalized Support: Recognizing the potential overwhelm that comes with city life’s fast pace, noise, and pollution—especially for those from quieter backgrounds—we offer personalized support. Our team is here not just to guide but also to listen, providing comfort and advice as you navigate this new environment.

By focusing on these actions, SSA ensures that your study abroad experience is far more than academic enrichment; it’s about transformational personal growth within Barcelona’s cosmopolitan setting. We invite you to join us in embracing every aspect of living in Barcelona—turning what might initially appear overwhelming into an enriching chapter of your life.

The Barcelona team with their students

Commonly-Used Team Quotes to Inspire and Motivate Their Students

Students may select to live with a local host family or in a student residence.

Student Residences

Students interested in the cosmopolitan experience of a student residence can opt for one in Barcelona. The city is a popular destination for international students and those from other parts of Spain, offering several private student residences throughout the city. These residences are typically centrally located, providing easy access to attractions and the city center. They also offer a diverse mix of students, creating unique social opportunities.

Please note that due to high demand, SSA cannot always guarantee placement at a specific student residence. Prices can vary, and supplemental charges are required in addition to program costs as meals are not included. If you’re interested in staying in a student residence, it’s essential to inform us as soon as possible to secure your place, which may involve paying a deposit. SSA carefully vets all student residence options to ensure safety, cleanliness, and convenient locations.

Students have the option to immerse themselves fully in Barcelona’s diverse and cosmopolitan life by choosing to live with a host family. Homestays offer not just room and board, which includes breakfast and dinner, but also laundry and room cleaning services. Should you have specific dietary or accommodation needs, we’re able to make arrangements, though this may incur an additional fee.

Living with a host family in Barcelona opens up the inspiring opportunity to delve into local customs, language, and the everyday rhythms of city life. It’s an unparalleled experience of receiving personal support and insight from your hosts. Our host families come from a variety of backgrounds reflecting Barcelona’s richly diverse character—not limited solely to traditional local profiles. This ensures that whether you’re seeking a deeply authentic experience or a multicultural exchange, opting for a homestay can enrich your stay with genuine connections to our community. If you’re drawn towards an intimate living situation and wish to forge deeper bonds within the local or international community here, choosing a homestay in Barcelona is undoubtedly a rewarding path.

Where will you study?

Discover more!

Go here to Discover more

ELISAVA, a globally recognized design and research institution affiliated with Pompeu Fabra University, is nestled in the heart of Barcelona—an epicenter of innovation and design. With approximately 2,200 students and over 800 faculty members, ELISAVA prides itself on fostering a creative and technical community.

In 2000, the institution was honored with a National Innovation and Design Award. Since 2013, ELISAVA has maintained its reputation as one of Europe’s top 100 design and architecture schools, as ranked by Domus magazine.

ELISAVA offers an international program in design for both novices and experienced designers alike. This program invites students to immerse themselves in technological and creative fields right in the bustling center of innovation. Situated on La Rambla, the campus lacks the traditional university feel, instead bringing life to learning within a single building complete with outdoor areas like terraces and patios. Here, local and international students integrate seamlessly, engaging in coursework exclusively designed for an international audience.

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), established in 1968, is a beacon of higher education and research within the vibrant city of Barcelona, Spain. Known for its commitment to academic excellence and a broad spectrum of undergraduate and postgraduate programs, UAB fosters an environment ripe for academic achievement and international collaborations.

UAB’s international program offers a wide array of interdisciplinary courses, echoing a pace and style similar to that of institutions in the United States, thus facilitating smoother adaptation for students. The university is housed in a historic building protected by UNESCO, primarily serving an international student cohort. This setting provides an unparalleled opportunity for students who might find it challenging to adapt to new environments or step out of their comfort zones. With its modern campus and global outlook, UAB stands as an ideal choice for those seeking a nurturing yet stimulating academic setting amidst Barcelona’s cultural richness.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) stands as a beacon of dynamic and innovative education within Barcelona’s vibrant heart, celebrated for its academic excellence and research in social sciences, humanities, health and life sciences, and ICT.

Since its inception in 1990, UPF has swiftly ascended the ranks of Europe’s top universities through its unwavering commitment to quality education and a nurturing environment for its community of approximately 13,000 students. Its interdisciplinary approach is bolstered by an international integrated program that blends local students with their global counterparts within an urban campus setting. This fosters a rich exchange of ideas and perspectives, enhancing the student experience.

UPF distinguishes itself with rigorous academic standards and a commitment to high-capacity profiles seeking profound intellectual engagement. It challenges students with a different educational paradigm from the US model, preparing them for a globalized world through diverse perspectives and robust discourse.

The university’s reputation for excellence is underscored by numerous accolades, including high rankings in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings. With modern facilities immersed in Barcelona’s cultural tapestry, UPF offers an unparalleled academic journey deeply interconnected with the city’s life.

Alumni Experiences

A day in the life of a student...

Alumni who went to Barcelona say

Sandy Schneider from University of North Carolina at Wilmington – Barcelona Testimonial

Mandy from Ithaca College – Barcelona Testimonial

Parker from Ithaca College – Barcelona Testimonial

Want to talk to a student ambassador about Barcelona?

Not sure if Barcelona is the right destination for you? Let us put you in contact with previous students so you can find out more about the destination or program to see if it’s the right fit. You may chat via text, email, telephone, or video call – whatever works best for you.

Give us as much information as possible to help pair you with the right alumni.

We're Here to Help!



The IRs are your go-to contacts for navigating the complex study abroad process. 

They aim to respond to all inquiries within one business day.

Don’t hesitate to drop a message. No question is too small!

We're Here to Help!


Susan Hyman

Custom Programs Director

Susan is your go-to contact for navigating the complex process of customized programs. 

She aims to respond to all inquiries within one business day.

Don’t hesitate to drop a message. No question is too small!

Trying to learn more about Study Abroad?

We’re sending you our A-Z study abroad guide, including:

  • What study abroad is
  • Why you should study abroad
  • Where you can study abroad
  • Best universities for international students
  • How much study abroad normally costs
  • Financial aid requisites and how to apply
  • Hot tips for living abroad
  • How to get started
Skip to content