Here's what you get when you study abroad with CEA in Barcelona:
City-living apartments are a perfect fit for the student who wants to experience Barcelona like a local. CEA's apartments span neighborhoods like Les 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. Most apartments combine single and double rooms. If you prefer to be placed in a single room within a shared apartment this is a good option for you. Students would share common living areas such as a kitchen and bathroom with other CEA students residing in the apartment.
Please note that there is a limited amount of single room availability. If you request a roommate, priority will be given to that request first over the specific housing type request.
Experience the Barcelona Residencia, a sleek student-only, apartment-style building with its own private pool and front desk. Located in neighborhoods such as Sagrada Familia, Poble Nou, and Gracia, residencias create a community of up to 200 students from Spain and around the globe. Residencia Plus is available in Fall, Spring and July programs.
Get out and explore! Excursions are offered for most semester, year, and summer programs*. Semester students are typically offered between two to three excursions and summer study students are typically offered between one to two excursions. When you study abroad in Barcelona, 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.
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.
Take advantage of your time studying abroad 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.
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.
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.
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.
Language Exchange Program
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:
Students participating in exchanges are encouraged to share contact information so they can continue practicing.
Participate in a volunteer experience with local organizations such as:
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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.