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Put your advanced Spanish skills to work in the lively Mediterranean city of Barcelona by enrolling at CIEE’s partner school, Universitat de Barcelona (UB). Dramatically improve your proficiency by immersing yourself in the Spanish education syste... read more

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OVERALL RATING 3.8
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October 02, 2023 Time Of My Life!
I feel like it was my first time truly learning real life skills and living like a real independent adult. I had to make my own friends outside of school, I got a summer job, I had to cook for myself and budget my money for over six months. It was also just so fun--Barcelona is so fun and relaxed. The pace of life is much more t... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
This semester abroad was incredibly valuable to the development of my independence, to find out more about where I belong in the world and what I want to do with my career, to broaden my horizons and perspectives about life and culture, and to experimentally learn about topics I am so interested in. Every student should have the... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
being abroad for so long compared to what I had been exposed to before was scary at first but it taught me to be confident in myself. I believe it was worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
So worthwhile. I learned a different kind of independence. I learned resilience. I was able to see what life was like at another university in another country, which allowed me to both appreciate and constructively criticize my home university. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Fantastico!
I learned a lot about myself and how I handle uncomfortable/not ideal situations - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I think I grew a lot because studying abroad comes with challenges (especially if you are traveling alone or with friends). I have never lived in a big city, much less with so much independence. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing
It was the best five months of my life. I highly recommend it - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Traveling is the best feeling in the world, and doing it alone can actually be quite fun. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CIEE: Barcelona - Advanced Liberal Arts
My experience abroad was more than I could have asked for. I learned to be truly independent and take full control of my academics. I gained a lot of knowledge about a foreign culture, and learned what living outside of the U.S could be like. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Gained better fluency and cultural understanding. Definitely worthwhile. - Vanderbilt University View Entire Review
I gained an understanding of the country's character and the views of Catalonia. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how to be more independent and travel well. Also I learned about different cultures. It was definitely worthwhile. I met some amazing people and had some of the best experiences of my life. I highly recommend studying abroad if you have the means and desire to do so. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing
I learned about Spanish culture and how to adapt to a different environment. I learned how to be independent and manage to travel around Europe. It was the best decision of my life. - Barnard College View Entire Review
Abroad was a great experience that I sculpted on my own terms with travelling, exploring the city, and making new friends. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned so much not only about myself but also about Barcelona: the culture, the politics, the city, everything was absolutely incredible. I was constantly going out and doing things, meeting new people and trying new things. T - Wellesley College View Entire Review
that you need to rely on yourself more - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Yes, it was worthwhile. Learned about the culture and made new American friends. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile to go abroad. I was able to become more fluent in spanish, as well as gain confidence when speaking it. I was pushed outside my comfort zone by having to study at a spanish university where I had to take difficult classes in the local language. I also gained a lot of "inside" knowledge about a differ... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about the experiences of other students around the world and of life in Spain. Definitely worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I became fluent in Spanish an amazing and applicable skill, learning a lot about European culture and history, growing more independent through travel, and making lifelong connections from people throughout the world. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Worth It
Spanish and friends. Yes. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I really enjoyed travelling the most and living in a city. It was definitely worthwhile for the life experience. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Not My City
Absolutely worthwhile. I learned so much about myself just spending that much time alone and by being forced to use a second language to communicate and travel solo. I really dislike the city, the culture and the people there, but it was so valuable regardless. - Barnard College View Entire Review
Going abroad allowed me to embrace a new culture, meet lots of wonderful people and have a lot of fun. I loved it! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Absolutely worthwhile! - Barnard College View Entire Review

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Put your advanced Spanish skills to work in the lively Mediterranean city of Barcelona by enrolling at CIEE’s partner school, Universitat de Barcelona (UB). Dramatically improve your proficiency by immersing yourself in the Spanish education system and practicing your Spanish with local university students. You’ll find a wide range of courses across UB’s 16 colleges, in addition to CIEE elective courses. CIEE Barcelona is located near the city’s main square, a short walk from University Plaza where UB classes are held. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to make your understanding of this diverse region complete – and unforgettable.

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Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
Language Requirement(s):
  • Spanish
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Spanish and Iberian Studies
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • Catalan Language, Literature
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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