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Spain Study Abroad Program
(Flag of Spain) Barcelona is a vibrant and complex city. It boasts a remarkable medieval quarter, yet it also can feel very modern. It has been ranked one of Europe's best cities for business, and our program capitalizes on the city's economic health by including an internship in a wide variety of areas.

With its multicultural atmosphere, Barcelona offers a thriving food, music and entertainment scene. This city that was once home to Picasso, Miró and Gaudí continues to exude a funky, artistic personality. The ornate, colorful architectural style of Gaudí is present throughout the city and contributes to Barcelona's unique, independent atmosphere.

Barcelona is located in the Catalunya region of Spain, which is both politically and linguistically autonomous from the country's other 16 regions. The primary language of the region is not the Castellano Spanish that most U.S. students have learned, but rather the distinct Catalan language, which shares similarities with other Romance languages like Spanish, French and Italian. Both Catalan and Spanish are widely spoken in Barcelona, and our program includes a mandatory Spanish course, with study available from beginning through advanced levels.

Available programs include:

To learn more about our dedicated on-site staff, student services and events in Barcelona, visit our Barcelona resident office website.


Program Dates

See individual program pages for program dates!

Program Fees

Below are links to our fees for our program in Spain. You can also visit program pages for individual program dates and fees.

Spring semester fees are available online around October 1. Fall semester and academic year fees are available around April 1.

What's included in our Spain program fees


Orientation and Excursions in Spain

Arrival and orientation

  • Airport pick-up for group flight travelers (when a group flight is offered)
  • Four-day on-site orientation: includes transportation, accommodation, activities and most meals
  • Introduction to Catalonian culture
  • Discussion of academic differences and expectations
  • IFSA-Butler staff lead sessions on academics, living in Spain, integrating into the host university and more
  • Introduction to Catalan language
  • Welcome meal

The following list of excursions, events and activities may be offered during your semester abroad in Barcelona. Please note that not all activities or these exact excursions are offered every semester.

  • Girona with guided tour of medieval centre and famous Jewish Quarter
  • Dali's house in Portlligat
  • Prehistoric cave paintings
  • Poblet Monastery
  • Weekend trip to Roman Tarragona
  • Volcanic National Park
  • Dali Museum
  • Collserola and La Fageda Forests
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