Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain

Quick Facts | Why Barcelona? | City Description | Host Institutions | Internships | Housing | Excursions

Course Offerings | Costs & Dates | What’s Included | Program Itinerary | FAQs

Quick Facts

Host Institution:
Eligibility Rules:

For Eligibility rules, such as GPA, click here.

**NOTE: Students are advised to APPLY EARLY for the best course selection, as Barcelona is a very popular location and sometimes fills to capacity prior to the Application Deadline. Classes are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Students who wait until the Application Deadline to apply may not have all courses available to them.

Language/Academic Focus:
  • Open to all Spanish levels.
  • Classes are available in Spanish and English.
  • Subject areas include: Architecture, Art History, Business, Design, Economics, Finance, Geopolitics, History, International Business, International Relations, Literature, Marketing, Photography, Political Science, Social Policy and Development, Spanish Language, Spanish Culture.
  • Click here for full course offerings.
Volunteer Opportunities: Semester students in Barcelona will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of volunteer opportunities (not for credit). For details about volunteering, visit the Course Listings page for your program.
  • Host Family: Students can choose to live with a Spanish host family, which includes 3 meals a day and 1 load of laundry per week. Internet is provided.
  • Shared Apartment: Students can choose to live in a shared apartment. Meals are not included. Internet is provided.
  • Residence Hall: Available for an additional fee beginning Spring 2019. Please see the Housing Options page for further details.
  • For more detailed information about these housing options, please click here!
Sample Day Excursions: Girona, Tarragona, Montserrat, Sitges
Sample Overnight Excursions: Madrid & Toledo, Sevilla & Córdoba, Costa Brava

Why Barcelona?

  • Live and study in the heart of Barcelona!
  • Beaches easily accessible from the city center
  • Mild climate gives you an extended summer and early spring
  • Cutting edge culinary and fashion scene
  • Easy and inexpensive travel to other European countries
  • Stunning modernist architecture by Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí

City Description – Large city of 2 million

Located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is one of Europe’s oldest cities. Yet, it boasts cutting edge style, cuisine, and culture, as well as some of the most amazing architecture in the world. No other city in the world looks quite like Barcelona, and experiencing it will forever change your perception of the world around you!

Barcelona’s architecture ranges from medieval to surreal, sometimes on the same block. From the centuries-old Gothic Quarter to the sophisticated, tree-lined boulevards of the Eixample, Barcelona’s architecture reflects vastly different styles and eras.

Barcelona’s landscape was forever changed by Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, he built a number of Modernist parks and buildings that, although they were built over a century ago, look surreal and futuristic even by today’s standards. Gaudí built the majestic Sagrada Familia Cathedral, as well as Parc Güell – a veritable wonderland of gardens, mosaics, winding park benches, hidden footpaths, and whimsical cottages that look like they’re straight out of a fairy tale.

Of course, we would be remiss not to mention Barcelona’s connection to artists such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró. Barcelona’s impressive Picasso Museum is a must-see, and outside of the city in the town of Figueres is the birthplace of Salvador Dalí and an incredible museum celebrating his life and works.

But don’t worry, if you’re not into art and architecture, there is still plenty to keep you busy! When the weather is warm, head down to the Olympic Village or the beach to work on your tan. Cheer on the soccer team, Barça, in a match at Camp Nou, or grab a bite at one of the city’s numerous tapas bars. Barcelona’s fast and efficient public transportation system will make it easy for you to explore every corner of this amazing city.

Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB)

The Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona is a public university that has grown quickly in size and stature since its founding in 1968. About 45,000 students now matriculate at the university, including a large number of international students.

ASA students will take classes at the two UAB campuses located in the city center: the Sant Pau Campus and the Eixample Campus. Both are situated in the beautiful and centrally located Eixample district of Barcelona. ASA student housing is always conveniently located to both campuses. It takes most students only 15-25 minutes to get to school by subway, and many live within walking distance.

The Sant Pau Campus is near the world-famous Sagrada Familia Cathedral, as well as the stunning Palau de la Música Catalana, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Eixample Campus is near one of the most famous streets in all of Barcelona: the Passeig de Gracia. Here, you can find some of Barcelona’s most famous modernist points of interest, including Gaudí’s Casa Mila and Casa Batlló, as well as the architecturally curious “Block of Discord.”

The two campuses are located just 3 Metro stops from each other, making it possible to take classes offered at both campuses. The UAB offers a wide variety of electives in English, open to students at any Spanish level. You can take classes as varied as Spanish Language, Business, Art History, Photography, Architecture, Economics, International Relations, Spanish Culture, and more. A few electives are offered in Spanish for students who are at the Intermediate or Advanced level.

ELISAVA: Barcelona School of Design and Engineering

ELISAVA – Barcelona School of Design and Engineering – was founded in 1961. Its headquarters on La Rambla could not be more centrally located – you will have the advantage of living and studying in the very heart of Barcelona, close to all the major attractions and museums, shopping, and more.

ELISAVA offers undergraduate degrees in Design and Engineering in Industrial Design, as well as postgraduate degrees in Photography, Interior Design, Graphic Design, and more.

The mission of ELISAVA is to promote knowledge, research, development, and innovation in the fields of Design, Industrial Design, and Communications. ELISAVA strives to prepare students to meet professional challenges at an international level, to be active both in their community and in the business sector. In this way, students are assured viability in a constantly changing global environment.

In 2000, ELISAVA won a National Innovation and Design Award, and in 2013 and 2015, it had the honor of being ranked among the top design and architecture schools in Europe by Domus magazine. ELISAVA students have won numerous design awards, and their work has been featured in major publications such as Wired magazine.

ELISAVA has been affiliated with the Universitat Pompeu Fabra since 1995. The UPF is also located in Barcelona and will issue the final transcript for students who attend ELISAVA.

In your free time, we hope you will join ELISAVA’s Theatre Troupe, composed of teachers, students, and personnel of the school. And, one of the most recent additions to the ELISAVA community is a Gospel Choir. Joining one or both of these groups would be a wonderful to way to integrate into the school community and meet local students!

Universitat de Vic

Description coming soon.

Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

The Universitat de Barcelona (UB) is the leading public university in the city, and the main university in Catalonia. The UB is the largest school in terms of enrollment, with 64,000 students enrolled – including about 11,000 international students from 120 different nationalities! Founded in 1450, the UB is considered one of the most important universities in Spain, due to its long tradition, prestige, and quality. Currently, it is the top Spanish university in the QS World University Rankings, Academic Ranking of World Universities and SCImago.

The Hispanic Studies program within the Universitat de Barcelona teaches Spanish Language and culture to international students, offering a a wide range of language, culture and elective courses throughout the academic year. The classrooms are situated in the Historic building of the UB as well as the Jeroni Granell Building, both of which are located in Barcelona’s city center. It will take most students only 15-25 minutes to arrive at school via Barcelona’s metro – and some may even live within walking distance!

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

Description coming soon.

UB CETT: School of Tourism, Hospitality and Gastronomy

The CETT- Universitat de Barcelona is a private international university affiliated to Universitat de Barcelona was founded in 1969. The university currently enrolls about 2,500 students, 700 of which are international. The CETT-UB specializes in tourism, hospitality and gastronomy courses, as well as different aspects of business. There are a variety of electives within those disciplines taught in English. A few electives may be offered in Spanish for students at an Intermediate or Advanced Language level.

ASA students will take classes at the CETT Campus located in Barcelona’s Horta neighborhood, very close to the Mundet metro stop. It will take most students about 30 minutes to get to the CETT-UB by metro.

ESADE: Business, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Global Governance

Description coming soon.

UAB Barcelona Summer School at Bellaterra

Description coming soon.


ASA is pleased to offer internship opportunities in Barcelona for students participating in the ASA Barcelona semester or summer program! Customized internship placements are available as an “add-on” to our academic semester and summer programs.  (Not available as a stand-alone option. ) Internships are available in a wide range of fields: Accounting, Animation, Art, Architecture, Business, Communications, Culinary Arts, Dance, Education, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Event Planning, Fashion, Government and Politics, Graphic Design, Health & Fitness, Hospitality and Tourism, Information Technology, International Business, Journalism, Marketing, Photography, Public Relations, and Theater Arts.  If your field is not listed here, please feel free to contact us, and our Internship Coordinator in Barcelona will be happy to investigate placements in your area of interest! For full details about ASA’s internship offerings in Barcelona, please click here.


Students can choose to live with a Spanish host family or in a shared apartment. Homestay accommodation includes 3 meals a day. The shared apartment option does not include meals, but each apartment has a kitchen.

Starting in Spring 2019, ASA students can choose to live in a private residence hall for an additional fee. Please see the Housing Options page for further information.

All ASA housing includes Internet access and is located in safe neighborhoods, within a reasonable distance from the university. For full details about ASA housing, as well as answers to common questions, please visit our Housing Page!


Semester and summer programs include 1 overnight excursion and 2 day excursions. Destinations may vary by term. Past terms have included trips to:

  • Madrid and Toledo (overnight excursion) – While Madrid’s nightlife, la marcha, is world famous, daytime offers some of the world’s greatest art collections, palaces, and parks. Stay in the heart of this bustling city with its liveliest neighborhoods within walking distance. We’ll also visit the picturesque hilltop city of Toledo, its stunning cathedral, and its famous collection of El Greco paintings.
  • Sevilla and Córdoba (overnight excursion) – We’ll see all of the most important sites in the Andalusian city of Sevilla: the Giralda Tower, the Royal Palaces, the Cathedral, and more. The Old Quarter, where we’ll stay, is full of quaint plazas and shops, and just a short walk away you can explore the Triana neighborhood, home to tapas bars, restaurants, and music venues. We’ll also take a day trip to Córdoba to see the world famous 8th century Mosque, tour the historic Jewish Quarter, and explore the winding, ancient cobbled streets. During the 10th and 11th centuries under Muslim rule, Córdoba was one of the world’s largest and most advanced cities, as well as one of great religious diversity. A center of learning in math and astronomy, it housed the world’s largest library.
  • Tarragona (day excursion) – Tarragona was once the capital of Rome’s Hispania province. Its archaeological ruins include a Roman circus and coliseum. You’ll also have time to relax on the beach – one of Tarragona’s biggest attractions!
  • Girona (day excursion) – The highlight of this Catalan city is its wonderfully preserved Gothic Quarter, which includes a Jewish history museum, Arab baths, and one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world. Enjoy the view and take beautiful photos from atop the city’s medieval wall.

Costs and Dates

Please CLICK HERE for Costs and Dates.

What’s Included – ASA Barcelona Program

  • ROOM & BOARD / ROOM ONLY: Students can choose between the following 2 housing options.  Rooms are double or single occupancy. We cannot guarantee you a single room.
    • Option A: With a Spanish host family. 3 meals a day and 1 load of laundry per week are included.
    • Option B:  Shared apartment. Meals not included.
    • For further details about these housing options, please click here!
    • Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB): Students at the UAB may enroll a maximum of 15 U.S. semester credits per semester or 6 U.S. semester credits per summer program. (A 9-credit summer option at the UAB is available for an additional fee.)
    • ELISAVA:  Students at ELISAVA may enroll in a maximum of 18 U.S. semester credits per semester.  Enrolling in more than the maximum number of credits (if permitted by the host institution) will result in an additional fee.
  • ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution.
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: Final transcript is issued by your host institution. Upon completion of the program, ASA will provide one free shipment of your final transcript to your U.S. institution.
  • EXCURSIONS: 2 day excursions and 1 overnight excursion, locations to be decided.
  • CULTURAL ACTIVITIES within Barcelona (museum visits, walking tours, etc.)
  • INTERNET ACCESS: Students will have free Internet access at their host institution and in their program housing.
  • AIRPORT PICK-UP: Group ground transportation is provided from Barcelona (BCN) airport for students who arrive on the official arrival date, by the designated time.
  • SITE DIRECTOR: Students will have an on-site director to assist them with any academic or cultural difficulties they may encounter.
  • MEDICAL INSURANCE: Comprehensive international medical insurance is included.  For full details on benefits and coverage, please click here.
  • VISA ADVISING: While students are ultimately responsible for obtaining their visa (if required for their term/host country), ASA will provide detailed, helpful information upon acceptance as to which visa students will need and how to go about applying for one.  Please click here and scroll down to “Student Visa Information” to find out if a visa is required for your program.

Not Included:

  • Round trip airfare and travel expenses to and from the program location
  • Damage deposit ($500), paid to ASA 30 days before departure; refundable upon return. (Required only for students who choose apartment housing)
  • Books, materials, lab fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Local transportation
  • Meals and laundry, if living in a shared apartment
  • Meals on excursions
  • Student visa, if required
  • Transportation from the airport if the student does not arrive on the official arrival date by the designated time
  • Transportation back to the airport at the end of the program
  • For academic year students or those enrolling in more than one session, room and board/housing and all other ASA services and benefits are not provided during the break between sessions.

Click here for Billing Information and Cancellation/Refund Policy

NOTE: If you need a “Costs of Attendance” budget for your financial aid office, or if you simply want an estimate of the not-included costs listed above, please click here.

Program Itinerary

Please CLICK HERE for detailed program itineraries.


If you have questions about HOW TO APPLY and make sure your credits transfer back to your home university, please CLICK HERE.

We encourage both prospective students and parents, as well as those who have already been accepted to an ASA program, to visit our INFORMATION LIBRARY. Here you will find tons of helpful info to help you know what to plan for and what to expect, such as:

  • ASA Guide to Study Abroad
  • Student Visa info
  • Medical Insurance info
  • Booking your flight
  • Financial Aid info