What You Get

Expect a lot of perks when you study abroad with CEA. From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!

Here's what you get when you study abroad with CEA in Barcelona:

  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising
  • Visa & Immigration Advising
  • Financial Advising
  • Tuition and Registration
  • Airport Pick-up
  • On-site Orientation
  • City Tour
  • On-site Staff Support
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • Generali Global Assistance Travel Support
  • Welcome & Farewell Events
  • Centrally Located Housing
  • Wellness Activities
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Language Exchanges
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Excursions
  • Student Clubs & Organizations
  • Host Institution Services & Amenities
  • Career & Re-entry Workshop
  • Official Transcript(s)

Housing Options

Our carefully chosen housing options enhance your experience abroad by allowing you to live like a local. While we do attempt to match your preferences with our housing options, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed. Housing and roommate assignments are first-come, first-serve based on availability; apply early to help us organize your housing arrangements.

Apartment

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CEA Barcelona students enjoy city-living apartments as their standard housing option. A perfect fit for the do-it-yourself types who want to experience Barcelona as a local apartment-dweller, CEA's apartments scatter neighborhoods like Le Corts, Eixample, Sagrada Familia, Gracia and Poble Nou. Stroll past some of this city's most beautiful treasures daily, as you walk to and from your Spanish abode.

TYPICAL COMMUTE

  • CEA Barcelona Center: 30-40 minutes by metro & walking
  • Pompeu Fabra University, University of Barcelona, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, University of Vic: 30 - 40 minutes by metro & walking

MEALS INCLUDED

N/A

ROOMMATES

  • 1-2 students per room
  • 4-7 students per apartment

Unit Amenities

  • Shared full kitchen
  • Shared - co-ed bathroom
  • Partial bed linens included
  • Internet access
  • Washer only
  • Space heaters
  • Fans provided
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Homestay

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Engage in Barcelona’s vibrant Catalan culture firsthand when you live in a homestay with a Local family. For the culture-seeking type who want to live life abroad exactly as their host locals do, homestays enable students the opportunity to dive headfirst into Spanish life for an additional fee.

TYPICAL COMMUTE

  • CEA Barcelona Center: 30-40 minutes by metro & walking
  • Pompeu Fabra University, University of Barcelona, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, University of Vic: 30-40 minutes by metro & walking

MEALS INCLUDED

  • Full Board -3 meals per day

ROOMMATES

  • 1-2 students per homestay

Unit Amenities

  • Shared-co-ed bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Towels included
  • Internet access
  • Washer only
  • Space heaters
  • Fans provided

ADDITIONAL FEES

  • $1,400-$1,800 Semester
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Residencia

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If you crave a taste of university life abroad, pay a little extra to live in a Barcelona Residencia – an apartment type building furnished with a pool and front desk service for all your housing inquiries. Specifically for local and international university students, residencias typically house 200 students – both Spanish and international – in the Eixample, Sagrada Familia, Poble Nou and Gracia neighborhoods.

TYPICAL COMMUTE

  • CEA Barcelona Center: 30 minutes walking
  • Pompeu Fabra University, University of Vic: 20 minutes by metro
  • University of Barcelona: 15-30 minutes walking
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona: 20-35 minutes walking

MEALS INCLUDED

N/A

ROOMMATES

  • 1-2 students per room

Unit Amenities

  • Shared full kitchen or kitchenette
  • Private bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Internet access
  • Washer and dryer, pay-per-wash
  • Central heating
  • Air conditioning

ADDITIONAL FEES

  • $1,400-$1,800 Semester
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ESADE Residence Hall

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This housing option is only available to students in the summer ESADE International Studies program. Immerse in student life to the fullest by living in the residence hall at ESADE’s Sant Cugat campus, located in the outskirts of Barcelona. The facilities boast modern rooms, spacious communal areas, a self-service restaurant and much more. If you enjoy living in a student community and hope to make friends from all over the world, this housing option is a great fit for you.

TYPICAL COMMUTE

  • CEA Barcelona Center: 35-50 minutes by public transportation
  • ESADE Business School: Residence Hall located on campus

MEALS INCLUDED

  • 2 meals/day, Monday - Friday

ROOMMATES

  • 1 student per room
  • 150 per residence hall

Unit Amenities

  • Private bathroom
  • Private kitchen
  • Internet access
  • Washer and dryer, pay-per-wash
  • Central heating
  • Air conditioning

ADDITIONAL FEES

  • N/A
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Independent Housing

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While CEA highly recommends that you choose one of our Barcelona housing options provided, you also have the option to arrange independent housing. If your ideal housing scenario includes living in a specific neighborhood with a specific program participant as your roommate, then independent housing could be the ticket for you.

Use the online housing application form to request permission for this option no later than the application closure date. You'll receive a rebate for your CEA housing payment if and when your request is approved. Rebates are not granted to students who move out of their CEA housing or who pursue independent living arrangements after the application closure date. Keep in mind, CEA will not provide you with any assistance setting up independent housing

TYPICAL COMMUTE

N/A

MEALS INCLUDED

N/A

ROOMMATES

N/A
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Excursions

Get out and explore! Excursions are offered for most semester, year, and summer programs*. Semester students are typically offered three excursions and summer study students are typically offered two excursions. You’ll receive a calendar of excursions during orientation; here are a few day and overnight excursions we’ve offered in the past.

*In an effort to offer lower-cost internship options and support you in maximizing your professional development in a condensed timeframe, summer internship programs do not include excursions.

Girona & Besalú

The charming walled town of Girona is one of Spain's most prosperous and enticing cities. Explore historical remnants of the diverse cultures that have influenced the city through the ages, walk along the steep alleyways of the Jewish quarter, visit one of many art museums, and enjoy beautiful views of the Onyar River. Nearby Besalú is a stunning medieval town designated as a historical national property. You’ll travel in time just by wandering its streets.

Madrid

As Spain’s capital and largest cosmopolitan city, lively Madrid is known for its friendly locals and innovative art and culture. Visit the Prado Museum, which houses Spanish and European paintings from the 12th to 18th century, and view modern art at the acclaimed Reina Sofia National Art Centre. Stroll around Madrid’s most famous arcaded square, the Plaza Mayor. Visit the Royal Palace and beautiful Park El Retiro. Madrid’s cultural diversity and world-famous art museums are guaranteed to offer something for everyone’s taste.

Penedès Wine Country

Explore the birthplace of the famous Cava (Catalan champagne) while exploring the vineyards and underground cellars of the Penedès wineries, learning about the wine-making process, and enjoying a wine tasting. Finish the day with a typical Catalan lunch, where you can try favorites like pa amb tomàquet.

Pyrenees and Romanesque Art

At the northeastern edge of the Pyrenees, Vall de Boí is known for its scenic landscape and for its nine tiny Romanesque churches, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the amazing architecture and paintings before completing your excursion with a hike in the stunning Aigüestortes National Park.

Cultural Engagement

Take advantage of your time in Barcelona! CEA offers cultural activities to match your interests. Whether you enjoy concerts, clubs, sports, cooking, language exchanges, or something entirely different, our on-site staff helps you engage with local culture. Many activities are offered through our AICAP, which helps you connect lessons learned in the classroom to hands-on experiences outside of class. Examples include:
 
Barça Soccer Match  
Watch a soccer match at impressive Camp Nou, Europe’s largest stadium, home to top European soccer club FC Barcelona, and a state-of-the-art city landmark. Experience the thrill of 100,000 fans screaming, applauding, and waving red and blue flags in unison while the players emerge from the tunnels to start the match.  
 
Tapas Cooking Workshop  
Learn to make the Spanish culinary treat known as tapas. These appetizers are typically eaten between main meals, allowing you to make it until lunch or dinner. The most important feature of tapeo (eating tapas) is its collective character; people usually eat tapas while standing up and talking, making tapeo a social event. In this workshop, you’ll chop and combine ingredients as you learn to make some of the best cold and warm tapas, while expanding your Spanish vocabulary to include culinary terms.  
 
Castellers  
Castells are human towers built in town squares by Castellers. People of all ages and sizes take part in a castell, forming colles, or associations, that train and prepare castells together. The building of castells is particularly popular in central and southern Catalunya.  
  
Bomb Shelter  
As a way to protect the population from bombing during the Spanish Civil War, the local community built more than 400 underground bomb shelters. Travel back in time and visit rehabilitated bomb shelter “Number 307;” here, you’ll get a taste of what Barcelona residents experienced during the war.  

Other Opportunities

Intercultural Learning Workshop  
This workshop is offered at the beginning of each semester. It’s designed to help you understand your new cultural context and provide strategies that help you adjust to cultural differences in order to enrich your experience.  

Career and Re-entry Workshop  
Explore the skills and knowledge you’ve gained and learn how to articulate your growth in your future job searches. In this interactive workshop, you’ll reflect and process your study abroad experience, connect study abroad with your career goals, and obtain practical advice to help you transition back to the U.S.  

Career Development Seminar  
This seminar guides exploration into your field of interest, career development, and global competence. You’ll participate in lectures, in-class discussions, and cultural encounters. You’ll also be paired with a career mentor—a local professional who works in an industry aligned with your major—so you can ask questions, share experiences, and discuss cultural differences and similarities in the workplace. Explore critical competencies for the global marketplace, reflect on career development’s relationship to study abroad, and articulate the study abroad journey in a meaningful way that enriches your professional advancement through this seminar.  

Academic Integrated Cultural Activities Programs (AICAP)  
This award-winning program helps you connect your experiences outside the classroom with the content you learn in class, following an experiential learning model. AICAP includes unique activities chosen for relevance to course offerings in areas like communications, art history, business, political science, and more, all with a recreational component. (In other words, AICAP allows you to have fun while you learn!) All activities and trips are included in the program fee; you’ll have the opportunity to sign up during the first week of the semester.  

Language Exchange Programs  
Meet with local university students to improve your communications skills and gain first-hand knowledge of each other’s culture. CEA Barcelona collaborates with local academic institutions to organize language exchanges between students, including:  

  1. Mandatory activity for students enrolled in Spanish language classes  
  2. Speak Local, Be Global activity (group gatherings at CEA or at local schools)  
  3. One-to-One language exchanges  

Students participating in exchanges are encouraged to share contact information so they can continue practicing.  

Play Sports   
Studying abroad is even better when you take care of yourself, stay healthy, and have the energy you need to fully live the experience. CEA Barcelona’s Muévete project offers discounts in a local gym and organized activities such as sunrise runs, soccer league, yoga, basketball, Zumba classes, and more. Our on-site staff can help you join a local team to keep playing your favorite sport while immersing in the culture and making new friends.  

Volunteer Opportunities  
Participate in a volunteer experience with local organizations such as:  

Pediatric Hospital Sant Joan De Déu  
The Volunteering Association of the Pediatric Hospital Sant Joan de Déu supports families while their children are in the hospital and promotes recreational activities for sick children. As a volunteer, you’ll help kids to express their feelings, communicate, get distracted from their illnesses, and experience some joy during their stay at the hospital. The activities may include reading books, helping with homework, painting, drawing, taking kids to the hospital library or playroom, or simply keeping them company.  

ITACA Associació Educativa  
This non-profit social organization offers an after-school program for at-risk children. ITACA focuses on promoting healthy habits, establishing new routines, working on values, and facilitating social inclusion. CEA volunteers help children with their homework and participate in the after-school activities.  

English Teacher Assistant at Spanish Public Schools  
The teaching assistant program allows local primary, middle, and high school students to practice and improve their English conversational skills with native English speakers like you. Along with an assigned mentor, CEA volunteers work together with English teachers, helping with language lessons and preparing and leading classroom activities.  

Mobile Journalist Program 
Want to build your digital portfolio while you study abroad? Join the Mobile Journalist (MOJO) program! You’ll blog, photograph, and video your experience abroad, then share them on social media.   

*Please note: If you intend to volunteer, intern, or participate in service learning with children, you must obtain a criminal background check prior to departure for your program. Please contact your Site Specialist for more information.

Alumni Ambassador Program 
Your study abroad adventure doesn’t have to end when your program is over. Keep sharing your study abroad love on your home campus…become an Alumni Ambassador! This internship allows you to help other students on their study abroad journeys while gaining work experience and growing your professional network. 

What Our Student Said

Loving Every Minute
I loved every minute of it. The teachers were experts in their field and shared their experiences with the class. The classes were small and teachers got to know and took an interest in each student.

Reed Heller
University of Arizona,
Fall 2015, barcelona

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