Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain


Stylish. Cosmopolitan. Eccentric. There are many reasons why our study abroad program in Barcelona is CEA's most popular — explore this amazing metropolis with us! Spain's second-largest city offers an ideal blend of historic and modern, combining Gothic charm with thriving immigrant cultures, Gaudí's quirky architecture with world-class dining and shopping... and some of Spain's best universities are here, too. Whether you want to study business or liberal arts, immerse in Catalan culture or improve your Spanish skills, you'll find what you seek when you study abroad in Barcelona.

About the Country


Studying abroad in Spain can lead you to experience the sophisticated life of a country more diverse than you could imagine. Rich in history, Spain’s art, architecture, and culture will amaze you. The birthplace of some of the world’s most influential artists including, Pablo Picasso and Manolo, travel to Spain to live amongst some of the worlds most treasured art. From the ancient Roman ruins, to the flamenco dancers and matadors, to the gothic cathedrals overlooking the streets, and even to its captivating mountain ranges, Spain captures the true essence of traveler’s journey overseas. Experience the true beauty and history behind some of the most admired art in the world. When you study abroad in Barcelona, you can visit the Museum Marítum, where a large collection of art represents how Barcelona’s history is connected to the sea. While in Madrid, see one of the most famous art pieces in the world, Pablo Picasso’s La Guernica, which depicts the horrors of the Spanish Civil War. As the local gallery scene within Seville is growing, one of its most popular galleries is the Wabi Sabi Shop Gallery. There you can find more than just paintings, home to all types of contemporary art, including fashion to décor, to furniture or handmade ceramics. If you’re looking for classical art, then Granada is the place to be, visit the Museum of Fine Arts, where it houses over 2,000 pieces, with works of art from Alonzo Cano, who designed the façade of Granada’s cathedral. Granada’s star attraction though, is a piece of art in itself and is one of the most iconic sights, the Alhambra. This sprawling complex sits on the Darro Valley, with the Sierra Nevada Mountains as its backdrop. 

Enric Figueras, Vice President, Spain, Barcelona

As Vice President, Spain, Mr. Figueras establishes a country strategy to ensure consistency among all sites, and to lead and support all program development initiatives geared toward enhancing quality. Mr. Figueras also monitors the academic standards of our programs and ensures that CEA policies are in place to serve the CEA community and deliver study abroad programs of quality and rigor. More

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City Sights: Beautiful Barcelona


Local Highlights

Plaça Sant Felip Neri

One of the most beautiful squares in Barcelona is also the most tragic. It was here that Gaudí was travelling when he was run over by a tram in the Gran Via and subsequently died, and it was here that a Fascist bomb blast killed people sheltering in the church during the Civil War. Along with a commemorative plaque, you can still see evidence of the violent past in the church’s pockmarked stones.

Barcelona Museums - Free Sundays

Many of Barcelona's museums are free the first Sunday of every month, or every Sunday afternoon. Don’t miss out the great views of Barcelona´s old port from the Catalan History Museum rooftop terrace, the Maritime Museum, the Picasso Museum, the CCCB (Barcelona Contemporary Cultural Center).

Vall de Nuria Weekend Getaway 

The mountain resort of Vall de Nuria in Spain’s Eastern Pyrenees is definitely worth a day trip. A ski resort during the winter and a nature and hiking haven during spring and summer, it’s easy to get to Vall de Nuria by train. The regional railway system has a direct line from Placa de Catalunya to Ribes de Freser, where you'll board the mountain track railway up to Vall de Nuria. The complete journey takes about two hours.

Temple of Augustus

Inside Number 10 Carrer Paradís lies one of Barcelona’s best-kept secrets. Tucked into a small medieval courtyard, four columns from the Roman Temple of Augustus have survived the passing centuries. These columns are more than 2,000 years old, like Barcelona itself.

Labyrinth Park in Horta

The Labyrinth Park is Barcelona’s oldest park, and since it's located outside of the tourist radius, it's something of an undiscovered treasure. Inside the neoclassical garden, you’ll find an 820-yard-long labyrinth that gives the park its name. Navigate the maze to find Eros —the god of love—at its center.

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Robert Smith, Spring 16 MOJO, Barcelona.

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, Spain
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