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Spain’s second-largest city is an ideal destination for an internship abroad, popular with both international and Spanish students for its many prestigious universities. As one of the most dynamic and exciting start-up business scenes in Europe, Barcelona has something for every future professional looking to develop job-related skills. When you aren’t working your internship, find out why the capital of Catalonia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world: soak up the local culture at the beach, in a tapas bar, or at an art gallery with friends and co-workers. Barcelona offers an abundance of potential internship placements in career fields ranging from business management and entrepreneurship to education, tourism, communication, marketing, education, the arts, and design. Whatever you want to explore as an intern, you’ll find the right opportunity in this unique Spanish city. Experience an internship abroad in Barcelona and you’ll return home ready to start your career.

Internships to love in Barcelona

Internships to love in Barcelona

Study + Internship in Barcelona

Study + Internship in Barcelona

CEA Barcelona Center
Barcelona, Spain

Spain’s second-largest city offers an ideal blend of the historic and modern, including the chance to interact within an innovative technology start-up community. The Study + Internship program in Barcelona allows you to make steady progress toward your academic degree while developing practical skills in fields such as business, design, marketing, tourism, urban planning, and more. The program incorporates a professional internship placement into your semester or summer study program.  Our strong academic focus,  personalized placements dedicated to meaningful experiences that make a real impact, and multiple options and price ranges—from 8-week summer sessions to a full semester program - allow you to take care of those degree requirements and give your career a boost all while gaining the international experience you’ve been seeking. 

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Internship in Barcelona

Internship in Barcelona

CEA Barcelona Center
Barcelona, Spain

Spain’s second-largest city offers an ideal blend of the historic and modern, including the chance to interact within an innovative technology start-up community. The Internship in Barcelona allows you to develop practical skills in fields such as business, design, marketing, tourism, urban planning, and more. Our strong academic focus and personalized placements dedicated to meaningful experiences that make a real impact, allow you to give your career a boost while gaining the international experience you’ve been seeking . 

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What's Included in your Program'

What's Included in your Program

From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!
  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising
  • Visa & Immigration Advising
  • Financial Advising
  • Tuition and Registration
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Onsite Orientation
  • City Tour
  • Onsite Staff Support
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • International Emergency Service 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)

Girona & Besalú

Madrid

Penedès Wine Country

Pyrenees and Romanesque Art

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. 

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.

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.  

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.  

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:  

  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. 

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.  

    *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.
        

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.   

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.  

Play Sports   
Studying abroad in Barcelona 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.  

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.   

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. 

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Barcelona Housing

Barcelona Housing

*Housing options may change term over term and will be confirmed on the housing application form prior to the start of the term. Below are the housing options that have been offered in the past.

Available:

Semester
Summer

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 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.

Typical Commute

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

Meals Included

N/A

Roommates

  • 2 students per room
  • 3-6 students per apartment

Unit Amenities

  • Shared kitchen
  • Shared - co-ed bathroom
  • Internet access
  • Washer only
  • Space heaters
  • Fans provided
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Available:

Semester
Summer

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.

Typical Commute

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

Meals Included

N/A

Roommates

  • 1 student per room
  • 3-6 students per apartment

Unit Amenities

  • Shared kitchen
  • Shared - co-ed bathroom
  • Internet access
  • Washer only
  • Space heaters
  • Fans provided

Additional Fees

  • Summer: $400 - $1,200
  • Semester: $1,600-$2,500
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Available:

Semester
Summer

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 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 and Poble Nou neighborhoods. Residencia is available in fall, spring and summer programs.

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
  • CETT - University of Barcelona: 30 - 40 minutes by metro & walking

Meals Included

  • N/A

Roommates

  • 1 student per room

Unit Amenities

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

Additional Fees

  • Semester: $1,800 - $3,000
  • Summer: $500 - $700
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Available:

Semester
Summer

If you crave a taste of university life abroad, along with a stress-free meal plan, pay a little extra to live in a Barcelona Residencia – an apartment type building furnished with 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 and Poble Nou neighborhoods. Residencia - half or full board is located in the same residences as “Residencia” but includes half or full board and is available in fall, spring and summer programs.

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
  • CETT-University of Barcelona: 30 - 40 minutes by metro & walking

Meals Included

  • Half Board - Includes 2 meals per day:  Monday - Sunday (breakfast and dinner) 
  • Full Board - Includes 3 meals per day:  Monday - Sunday (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Roommates

  • 1 student per room

Unit Amenities

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

Additional Fees

  • Summer: $500 - $1,500
  • Semester: $2,500 - $4,700
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Summer

CEA students studying in Barcelona have the option of living in a studio residencia. Studios are located in a residencia - an apartment type building furnished with front desk service for all your housing inquiries. Specifically designed for local and international university students, residencias typically house 200 students and provide the privacy of an apartment (with kitchenettes and bathrooms in-suite) and the environment of student living. The residencia is located in the Poble Nou neighborhood and also includes a gym, modern study rooms, swimming pool, free breakfast to go from Monday to Friday, etc.

Typical Commute

  • CEA Barcelona Center: 10 minutes by metro // 25 minutes walking
  • Pompeu Fabra University, University of Vic: 15 minutes by metro
  • University of Barcelona: 15-30 minutes walking
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona: 20-35 minutes walking
  • CETT - University of Barcelona: 30 - 40 minutes by metro & walking

Meals Included

  • Breakfast to-go from Monday to Friday

Roommates

  • 1 student per room

Unit Amenities

  • Private kitchen inside your room
  • Private bathroom inside your room
  • Bed linens included
  • Internet access
  • Washer and dryer, pay-per-wash
  • Central heating
  • Air conditioning

Additional Fees

  • Semester: $1,800 - $3,300
  • Summer: $500 - $900
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Available:

Summer (ESADE International Studies Program Only)

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

N/A

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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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

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Meals Included

  • N/A

Roommates

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Unit Amenities

  • N/A

Institutions

Institutions

CEA Barcelona Center
CEA Barcelona Center

The CEA Barcelona Center was founded in 2005 in order to provide an interdisciplinary liberal arts education, enhanced by the Center’s location in the heart of Barcelona, Spain. Courses are offered in both Spanish and English and give you the opportunity to both improve your language skills and further your academic pursuits in a variety of subjects with Barcelona as your classroom.

Courses bring the diverse history, politics, culture, economics, and art of Spain to life, incorporating components that expose you to different elements of the city, from monuments and museums to businesses, local food markets, and government agencies. You’ll be encouraged to explore on your own and draw connections between the subjects you study and the observations you make outside of the classroom. Not only will you get to know your host city, you’ll also gain insight into how Spain fits into the larger European context.

CEA Barcelona Center curriculum provides the tools and direction you need to both learn about Spain, and to reflect on your own country and culture. Expect to actively participate in classes, as faculty will facilitate your intellectual, cultural, and emotional growth through lively discussions.

Accreditation

Courses taught at the CEA Barcelona Center have been designed in conjunction with, and approved by, the University of New Haven (UNH). In addition, faculty appointments have been approved by UNH. After the successful completion of a session at the CEA Barcelona Center, you will receive credit for your work from UNH. Located in Connecticut, the University of New Haven is a student-focused, comprehensive university that’s fully accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). The agreement between CEA and UNH follows the highest standards of good practice in education abroad and satisfies the rigorous requirements of the University's institutional accreditor, making credits earned at the CEA Barcelona Center easily transferable to US-accredited institutions. Learn more about UNH's service as the School of Record for CEA

Grading

Professors at the CEA Barcelona Center carefully evaluate student's work and progress throughout their academic session. When calculating final grades, instructors consider written and oral exercises, homework assignments, attendance, classroom participation, and exam performance.

The following grading system is in use at the CEA Barcelona Center:

CEA Grading Scale (Effective Spring 2017)

Letter Grade

Numerical Grade Low Range

Numerical Grade High Range

Percentage Range

Quality Points

A+

9.70

10.00

97.0 - 100%

4.00

A

9.40

9.69

94.0 - 96.9%

4.00

A-

9.00

9.39

90.0 – 93.9%

3.70

B+

8.70

8.99

87.0 – 89.9%

3.30

B

8.40

8.69

84.0 – 86.9%

3.00

B-

8.00

8.39

80.0 – 83.9%

2.70

C+

7.70

7.99

77.0 – 79.9%

2.30

C

7.40

7.69

74.0 – 76.9%

2.00

C-

7.00

7.39

70.0- 73.9%

1.70

D

6.00

6.99

60.0 – 69.9%

1.00

F

0.00

5.99

0 - 59.9%

0.00

W

Withdrawal

 

 

0.00

INC

Incomplete

 

 

0.00

Completion of a course is defined as a receipt of a letter grade (A+ to F) as opposed to Withdrawal or Incomplete.

In order to determine a quality point ratio, each letter grade from a completed course is assigned a quality point value. The quality point value for each grade earned during a semester is multiplied by the number of semester hours assigned to that course. The sum of these points is the total number of quality points earned during the semester. It is divided by the number of semester hours completed to obtain the quality point ratio (QPR).

Classroom and Information

  • Classes are taught by international faculty.
  • Most faculty are bilingual (Spanish/English) and represent a variety of different backgrounds.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • You’ll attend class with other CEA students of equivalent language levels, not with native Spanish students.
  • Teaching styles in Spain may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to your school’s classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • The maximum class size is 15 students for language courses and 25 students for electives. Small class sizes mean more personalized attention from your instructors.

Amenities
  • Student Center
  • Student Lounge
  • Study Room
  • Counseling Services
  • CEA Academic Resources
  • Travel Books & Resources
  • Digital Resources from UNH Library
  • Computers
  • Student ID
  • Printing Services
  • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
  • Academic Advising
  • Language Learning Services
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) was founded in 1968. Today, UAB offers undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate programs in the fields of humanities, social sciences, health sciences, experimental sciences and engineering. UAB’s links with local institutions, industry, and businesses provides students with practical experience helping them to be better prepared as they enter the professional world. More than 17% of UAB’s 50,000 students are international.

UAB encompasses several campuses; CEA students may attend classes at la Casa de Convalescencia in the city center, close to Gaudi's famous Sagrada Familia. The building was completed in 1930 and granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1997. CEA students may also attend class on the Eixample campus, located on the same metro line (and within walking distance) of the CEA Study Abroad Center.

Accreditation

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a degree-granting institution of higher learning. Additionally, UAB is accredited through the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency. 

Grading

The Spanish grading system is based on a scale of 10, as opposed to 100 in the U.S. system; however, grading varies from subject to subject. For example, in mathematics, a student may receive a 10 for completing all the problems correctly, whereas in the humanities, a 7 on an essay is considered very acceptable. Grading in Spain can be severe, and grades of 9 and 10 are rare. Transcripts from Spanish universities list both numerical and verbal grades.

Per Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, interpretation of the Spanish grading scale is as follows:

Spanish Verbal Grade

US Verbal Equivalent

Spanish Number Grade

US Letter Equivalent

Matricula de honor

With Honors (awarded to 5% of enrolled students)

9 - 10

A+

Sobresaliente

Excellent

9 - 10

A- to A

Notable

Very Good

7 - 8.9

B to B+

Aprobado

Adequate/Pass

5 - 6.9

C

Suspenso

Insufficient/Fail

0 - 4.9

F

No presentado

Incomplete or Exam not taken

N/A

F

*NP = Not Present/Exam Not Taken

Please note that this grading scale is recommended by CEA and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, but final credit and grade evaluation is ultimately determined by your home school.

Classroom and Information

  • International faculty will teach your courses.
  • Homework assignments and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Teaching styles in Spain may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to UAB’s classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Class size is a maximum of 40 students.
  • You will attend class with international students from the U.S., Europe, Canada, and other parts of the world. Due to the superior mastery of the language required, you will not be in classes with host national students.

Amenities
  • Computer Lab
  • Student ID
  • Printing Services
  • Multi-Media
  • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
  • Academic Advising
University of Barcelona
University of Barcelona

Founded in 1450, the University of Barcelona (UB) is the oldest and largest university in Catalonia with a student population of over 90,000. UB emphasizes international relations and has been a leading host of study abroad students for many years, welcoming 5,000 international students each year. The university awards more than 10,000 bachelor’s degrees and 450 doctorates annually.

UB operates four campuses throughout the city. Classes are instructed by university faculty through Estudios Hispánicos at both the main campus—centrally located in a 16th century building—and a secondary campus located just outside the city center and easily reached by metro or bus.

Accreditation

The University of Barcelona is recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a degree-granting institution of higher learning.

Grading

The Spanish grading system is based on a scale of 10, as opposed to 100 in the U.S. system; however, grading varies from subject to subject. For example, in mathematics, a student may receive a 10 for completing all the problems correctly, whereas in the humanities, a 7 on an essay is considered very acceptable. Grading in Spain can be severe, and grades of 9 and 10 are rare. Transcripts from Spanish universities list both numerical and verbal grades.

We have found verbal grades to be more universal and reliable when determining U.S. grade equivalents. Therefore, even though a numeric grade is listed, we rely primarily on the verbal grade, since the verbal grading scale is consistent across Spanish universities.

Per the University of Barcelona, interpretation of the Spanish grading scale is as follows:

Spanish Verbal Grade

US Verbal Equivalent

Spanish Number Grade

U.S. Letter Equivalent

Sobresaliente

Excellent

8.6-10

A

Notable

Outstanding

6.6-8.5

B

Aprobado

Pass

5-6.5

C

Suspenso

Fail

0-4.9

F

Classroom and Information

  • International faculty teach language courses and electives.
  • Homework assignments and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Teaching styles in Spain may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to the UB’s classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Class size ranges between 10 and 20 students for language courses and electives, and between 30 and 70 students for culture electives.
  • You will attend class with international students from the U.S., Europe, Canada, and other parts of the world. Due to the superior mastery of the language required, you will not be in classes with host national students.

Amenities
  • Student Offices
  • Student Center
  • Study Area
  • University Library
  • Computer Lab
  • Student ID
  • Printing Services
  • Multi-Media
  • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
  • Academic Advising
  • Language Learning Services
Pompeu Fabra University
Pompeu Fabra University

Since it was founded in 1990, Université Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) has had two goals: to train responsible professionals and citizens who are committed to civic values, and to contribute to the development of research. UPF welcomes approximately 10,000 students each year, 800 of which are international, and offers coursework in three areas of knowledge: social sciences & humanities, information technology & coding, and health & life sciences. The university operates six campuses scattered around Barcelona's city center. CEA students take most classes at the campus located near Olympic Village.

Unlike most Spanish institutions, UPF follows a trimester-based academic calendar. The university prides itself on offering small class sizes, dedicated teaching staff, and advanced technological and information systems. Spanish language and elective courses for international students are instructed by university faculty in both Spanish and English through the Hispanic & European Studies Program, the Pre-Law Honors Program, and International Business. In addition, you may choose to take integrated courses in Humanities, Business, Communications, and more alongside Spanish students.

Accreditation

Pompeu Fabra University is recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a degree granting institution of higher learning, and holds accreditation from EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) and AMBA (Association for MBA programs). 

Grading

The Spanish grading system is based on a scale of 10, as opposed to 100 in the U.S. system; however, grading varies from subject to subject. For example, in mathematics, a student may receive a 10 for completing all the problems correctly, whereas in the humanities, a 7 on an essay is considered very acceptable. Grading in Spain can be severe, and grades of 9 and 10 are rare. Transcripts from Spanish universities list both numerical and verbal grades.

Interpretation of the Spanish verbal grading scale is as follows:

Spanish Verbal Grade

US Verbal Equivalent

Spanish Number Grade

US Letter Equivalent

Matricula de honor

With Honors (awarded to 5% of enrolled students)

9 - 10

A+

Sobresaliente

Excellent

9 - 10

A- to A

Notable

Very Good

7 - 8.99

B to B+

Aprobado

Adequate/Pass

5 - 6.99

C, D, E

Suspenso

Insufficient/Fail

0 - 4.99

F

No presentado

Incomplete or Exam not taken

N/A

N/A

Classroom and Information

  • International faculty teach language courses and electives.
  • Homework assignments and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Teaching styles in Spain may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to UPF’s classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Class size ranges from 10 to 20 students for language courses and a maximum of 35 students for electives. For those participating in the integrated option, the class size of regular university courses range from 15 to 80 students.
  • You’ll take most classes with other U.S. students of equivalent language levels, not with native Spanish students. Students participating in the Integrated Studies program have the option to take courses with native Spanish students in both Spanish and English.

Amenities
  • Student Offices
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • Student Center
  • Student Lounge
  • Study Room
  • University Library
  • Computer Lab
  • Student ID
  • Printing Services
  • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
  • Academic Advising
  • Language Learning Services
University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia
University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia

The University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC) is an independent, state-supported, educational institution with a distinctive international focus. UVic-UCC is committed to the economic and social development of Barcelona and Catalonia through teaching, research, and knowledge transfer. The university emphasizes multilingual training as a key to increased mobility of university students and staff, and views the study of language and culture as an excellent vehicle for gaining a wider awareness of today’s world.

UVic-UCC offers 32 bachelor’s degrees in the fields of arts, humanities, science, health sciences, social sciences, and engineering, 15 master’s degree programs, and six doctoral programs. UVic-UCC’s compliance with European directives on higher education, and the more-than 20,000 students who have put their trust in the university over the years, is testament to UVic-UCC’s dynamism, innovation, and quality. The UVic-UCC International Campus, an umbrella organization for UVic-UCC activities aimed at an international public, provides mobility and exchange programs, postgraduate courses, research programs, continuing education, and international cooperation projects.

The UVic-UCC campus is on the same metro line as the CEA Barcelona Center, just a 10-minute ride away.

Accreditation

The University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC) is recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a degree granting institution of higher learning. 

Grading

The Spanish grading system is based on a scale of 10, as opposed to 100 in the U.S. system; however, grading varies from subject to subject. For example, in mathematics, a student may receive a 10 for completing all the problems correctly, whereas in the humanities, a 7 on an essay is considered very acceptable. Grading in Spain can be severe, and grades of 9 and 10 are rare. Transcripts from Spanish universities list both numerical and verbal grades.

Per University of Vic, interpretation of the Spanish grading scale is as follows:

UVic - UCC Courses

Spanish Number Grade  Recommended U.S. Letter Grade Equivalent
 9 - 10  A
 8.5 - 8.9  A-
 8.0 - 8.4  B+
 7.5 - 7.9  B
 7.0 - 7.4  B-
 6.5 - 6.9  C+
 5.5 - 6.4  C
 5.0 - 5.4  C-
 0 - 4.9  F 

*NP = Not Present/Exam Not Taken

Please note that this grading scale is recommended by CEA and University of Vic, but final credit and grade evaluation is ultimately determined by a student’s home university.

Classroom and Information

  • International faculty will teach marketing and entrepreneurship courses.
  • Homework assignments and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Teaching styles in Spain may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to UVic-UCC’s classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Class size is a maximum of 25 to 30 students.
  • You will attend class with international students. Due to the superior mastery of the language required, you will not be in classes with host national students.

Amenities
  • Student Offices
  • Student Center
  • Student Lounge
  • Study Room
  • University Library
  • Computer Lab
  • Printing Services
  • Multi-Media
  • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
  • Academic Advising
ESADE Business School
ESADE Business School

ESADE Business School (ESADE) is one of the top-ranked business schools worldwide and holds the rare distinction of triple accreditation through EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA. This private institution of higher education was founded in 1958 and has since established close ties with business, economic, and social sectors to deliver an innovative learning model.

CEA students will take classes at the Barcelona- Sant Cugat campus, located 30 minutes from the city center in the nearby town of Sant Cugat del Vallé. CEA students have access to all university facilities and will be able to take courses in English with other international students.

Accreditation

The ESADE Business School is internationally accredited by EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and AMBA (Association for MBA programs). It is nationally accredited by AQU (Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency). 

Grading

ESADE professors carefully evaluate their students’ work and progress. Reading, written, and oral exercises; homework assignments; attendance; classroom participation; and exam performance are taken into account when calculating the final grade. Grades at ESADE are based on a 10-point scale. Below is a table used by all faculty at ESADE and represent the grades you will see on your transcripts:

Spanish Verbal Grade U.S. Verbal Equivalent Spanish Number Grade U.S. Letter Equivalent
Excelente (SB) Excellent 9 - 10 A
Notable (NT) Good 7 - 8.9 B
Aprobado (AP) Pass 5 - 6.9 C
Suspenso (SS) Fail 0 - 4.9 F
No Presentado (NP) Not Attended NP Not Attended
Classroom and Information

  • Courses are taught by ESADE faculty.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Teaching styles in Spain may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Classes are attended by students from around the world.
  • All business electives are taught in English.
  • Class size is, on average, between 15 and 30 students.

Amenities
  • Student Center
  • Student Lounge
  • Study Room
  • University Library
  • Computer Lab
  • Printing Facilities
  • Student ID
  • Multi-Media
  • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Dining Facilities
  • On-campus ATM
CETT - University of Barcelona
CETT - University of Barcelona

CETT-University of Barcelona (CETT-UB) is the University of Barcelona’s School of Tourism, Hospitality and Gastronomy. Over the past 50 years, CETT-UB has become the international gold-standard for academic excellence in the fields of tourism studies, hospitality management, and gastronomy. The school is very closely linked to the tourism, hospitality, and gastronomy industries on national and international levels, through projects, research, professors, and partnerships. All CETT-UB professors have been or are currently active in the tourism, hospitality, and gastronomy industries, bringing real world experiences and knowledge to the classroom. CETT-UB actively participates in the sustainable development of the industry through education, research, innovation, and expert knowledge.

CETT-UB offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, professional training, and continuing education for active professionals through its own educational model recognized by the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Programs are delivered in close collaboration with professors from the University of Barcelona and professional experts from the industry.

Students enjoy access to state-of-the-art classroom facilities, demonstration and training kitchens, and student-run onsite restaurant and coffee shop.

Classes are taken at the CETT-UB Campus located 25 minutes by metro from the CEA Barcelona Center.

Accreditation

CETT – University of Barcelona (CETT-UB) is an affiliated center of the University of Barcelona, dedicated to the education, research, and knowledge transfer in the fields of tourism, hotel management, and gastronomy. CETT-UB is recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a degree-granting institution of higher learning.

Grading

The Spanish grading system is based on a scale of 10, as opposed to 100 in the U.S. system; however, grading varies from subject to subject. For example, in mathematics, a student may receive a 10 for completing all the problems correctly, whereas in the humanities, a 7 on an essay is considered very acceptable. Grading in Spain can be severe, and grades of 9 and 10 are rare. Transcripts from Spanish universities list both numerical and verbal grades.

We have found verbal grades to be more universal and reliable when determining U.S. grade equivalents. Therefore, even though a numeric grade is listed, we rely primarily on the verbal grade, since the verbal grading scale is consistent across Spanish universities.

Per the CETT - University of Barcelona, interpretation of the Spanish grading scale is as follows:

Spanish Numerical Grade US Verbal Equivalent Definition Spanish Verbal Equivalent Definition US Letter Equivalent
9 - 10 Excellent Excellent A
7 - 8.9 Outstanding Notable B
5 - 6.9 Pass Aprovat C
0 - 4.9 Fail Suspens F
NP Not Present No Presentat -

 

Classroom and Information

  • Internationally experienced faculty with extensive experience in the industry
  • Homework assignments and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory
  • Teaching styles in Spain may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to the CETT-UB’s classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Class size ranges between 10-40 students.
  • You will attend class with local students in English

Amenities
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • Student Government
  • Student Center
  • Student Lounge
  • Study Room
  • University Library
  • Computers
  • Printing Facilities
  • Student ID
  • Multi-Media
  • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
  • Academic Advising
  • Tutoring
  • Language Exchange with Local Students
  • Student Sports Teams
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Dining Facilities
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