ISA Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain

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Barcelona (pop. 1.5 million) is the heart and capital of the region of Cataluña in the northeast corner of Spain. The origin of this Mediterranean city goes back more than 2,500 years and is crucial to the history of Spain and Catalonia - ruled by... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.8
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I understood more about Spanish culture and language, and can still remember what I've learned. It also instilled a sense of well being and respect for different cultures around the world. Makes me want to travel a lot more. - Washington State University - Pullman campus View Entire Review
I learned that I might not be a big-city person, but the fact that I navigated through one, mastered public transportation and traveled alone, having to make all new friends entirely gave me a lot of confidence in my personal capabilities. - University of California - Santa Barbara View Entire Review
I am completely changed for the better. - University of California - San Diego View Entire Review
This experience was the beginning of my studies abroad. My experience through ISA in Spain has led me to travel to four other countries and to constantly seek opportunities for international travel. - West Virginia University View Entire Review
Studying abroad is an experience that will change you forever, and probably in ways you can't even imagine before you actually leave. For me, studying abroad was really about myself and about the things inside of me that stay the same regardless of the continent where I am. It's hard to summarize all the ways that the experience... - Boise State University View Entire Review
Past Review Good
I think I would choose another program if I were to study abroad again because ISA was often very unprepared and hypocritical. They would tell us to be prompt for trips and that if were not there they would leave without us, but half the time we would all be there and waiting for the directors to show up. Furthermore, it was ver... - Arizona State University View Entire Review
This past semester opened my eyes so much culturally. I really do not know if I can put inot wors what studying abroad did for me. I learned more about myself than I ever thought I could and it made me more open to new experiences, people and places. Since studying abroad, I definitely would like to travel more and eventually... - University of Tennessee - Knoxville View Entire Review
Independence is what I gained from this experience. It hasn't really changed my academic interests or future plans, however, if an opportunity came up where I could work abroad for a few years, I would definitely take advantage of it. - The College of New Jersey View Entire Review
I love the Spanish language, I love Barcelona, I loved my time abroad. It was professional, yet laid back & the instructors were younger, allowing cultural anxiety to be almost nonexistent. I ended up going on to major in spanish & communications & this course definitely helped me determine that path. - DePaul University View Entire Review
I have always loved travelling, but this experience truly changed my life. - University of Central Florida View Entire Review
I gained a better understand of Spanish language and culture. I made some really great friends who I keep in contact with to this day. Studying in Barcelona only enhanced my passion for Spanish language and culture. I graduated with my BA in Spanish. - Kean University View Entire Review
YES - University of Miami View Entire Review
definitely. - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
See above mostly... but the reason that I would not choose this program again is because although Barcelona is amazing and it will always have a place in my heart, I feel that what I was looking for out of my experience could have been found in another city. Better personal relationships with the locals, a smaller city, less ni... - Lewis-Clark State College View Entire Review
I speak often about the amazing experience I had in Spain during the summer of 2008. - University of Central Florida View Entire Review
do it! - Colorado State University View Entire Review
Absolutely! This experience was the best experience of my life and I will never forget it. I am still close to several of my friends who studied abroad with me and I have since been back to Barcelona! - University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh View Entire Review
My study abroad experience was one of the best experiences I have had. I would recommend it to any student! - University of North Carolina - Charlotte View Entire Review
Study abroad was the best decision I ever made. I am much more self confident. I want to give free medical care abroad before I got o grad school and someday I would love to live in Europe. - Edgewood College View Entire Review
Past Review Barcelona <3
Yes, so worth while!!! It set me back a semester but I wouldn't trade it for the world. Incredible - University of Wyoming View Entire Review
For sure, I learned more within those 6 months than with all of my schooling previously put together. - University of San Diego View Entire Review
I can't even begin to express just how worthwhile it was! If I could redo it 100 times I would! Although I did a lot of partying and had a lot of fun, I really felt like this improved my understanding of another culture and of life outside of the United States. Now anytime I see anything referencing Spain or hear the Spain Sp... - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
Study abroad was beyond worthwhile....if you have a chance to do it and you dont then you are missing out on some of the best days of your life. - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
I would have spent all four of my college years abroad. - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
It was beyond worthwhile and has encouraged to further my travels abroad into the future. - Drury University View Entire Review

About

Barcelona (pop. 1.5 million) is the heart and capital of the region of Cataluña in the northeast corner of Spain. The origin of this Mediterranean city goes back more than 2,500 years and is crucial to the history of Spain and Catalonia - ruled by Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Moors, and Franks until it finally became part of the Spanish empire in the 17th century.

Barcelona is, for all intents and purposes, now a bilingual city as inhabitants of the region speak both Castilian Spanish and Catalán, the official language of Cataluña. Barcelona offers visitors eccentric creativity, cultural diversity, and endless amounts of energy. The architecture in Barcelona is stunning and unique, ranging from medieval gothic castles to the mosaic buildings of Antonio Gaudí.

Also known for the cubist and surreal artists Picasso and Dalí, Barcelona will satisfy art lovers of all types! Bordered by wooded hills, Barcelona's surrounding area offers an escape from the bustling city life. A few hours away are the Pyrenees Mountains as well as the vineyards and orchards of the Cataluña region.

Studying in Barcelona provides the perfect blend of culture and fun, so what are you waiting for? Come study abroad in Barcelona!

Programs in Barcelona include:

  • Academic Year:
                   - Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Business
                   - International Studies, Business & Culture
                   - Hispanic Studies
                   - Tourism, Hospitality Management & Business
                   - Design & Visual Arts

  • Semester / Trimester:
                    - Legal Studies Honors Program
                    - Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Business
                    - International Studies, Business & Culture
                    - Hispanic Studies
                    - Tourism, Hospitality Management & Business
                    - Design & Visual Arts
  • Summer:
                    - Spanish Language & Liberal Arts
                    - International Studies, Business & Culture
                    - Spanish Language & Culture
                    - Tourism, Hospitality Management & Business

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Business Administration and Management
  • History
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • International Relations
  • Spanish and Iberian Studies
  • Design and Applied Arts
  • Hospitality Administration
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International Studies Abroad / ISA Scholarships

The ISA Diversity Scholarships aim to encourage students of a broader cultural make-up to participate in ISA programs by offering funds to assist with the expenses of studying abroad. The scholarship amounts to USD 14,000 in awards and is to be used towards ISA programs.

2 x $1,000 for Summer Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Fall Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th Fall: April 30th Winter/Spring: October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

In pursuit of its goals of enhancing cultural awareness and providing students with the independence and language skills necessary for the workplace, The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship seek to help those who may not otherwise be able to study abroad. As a testament to his early struggle and lifelong pursuit of academic excellence, ISA offers USD 58,000 annually in scholarships to be used towards ISA programs in memory of Dr. Castañeda. The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship are both merit and financial need-based scholarships that assist students from affiliated universities with the expenses of studying abroad. Scholarship awardees will have the opportunity to participate in the Correspondent Internship, which gives students the chance to add content to ISA’s Student blog. The student may also be given an opportunity to be part of ISA’s offices abroad based on the need of the particular office.

12 x $2000 for Fall Programs; 12 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Fall-start) Year Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Spring-start) Year Programs

Deadlines:
Fall (and Fall-start): April 30th Winter/Spring (and Winter-start): October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Attend an ISA-affiliated university. See our list of Affiliated Universities for more information. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. (Courses must appear on official transcript.) • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the Eligibility Requirements and Application for more information on eligibility, scholarship availability, and application instructions.

ISA offers USD 8,000 worth of scholarships annually dedicated to the memory of Michaela Farnum. Michaela was a junior studying International Business and Spanish at Seattle University and was a participant in the ISA program in Chile. Her experience was tragically cut short when she lost her life in a hiking accident in the mountains of La Campana National Park in Chile. ISA hopes that this scholarship will help aspiring study abroad students and will do so in memory of Michaela who only began to realize her dream of study abroad. The scholarship is both merit and financial need-based scholarships for the study abroad expenses for the summer term of the student awardees

8 x $1,000 for Summer Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA Summer study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. Courses must appear on official transcript. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

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