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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Past Review Yo Soy Espanyol
I learned to experience a country for its culture, art, music, people, attractions education and marvels. I cannot recommend this program enough. I learned so much about Spanish and Catalan culture from my host family, my teachers and my program facilitators. I had the time of my life just wandering the narrow streets, enjoying ... - Ohio State University - Columbus View Entire Review
it was 150% worth it because of all the new things i learned that i never would have had i not gone abroad. i traveled to many places and met so many new friends. - University of Florida View Entire Review
It has actually propelled me in to the the same field of work. I am going abroad again in September and can't wait. - University of Kansas View Entire Review
It was amazing to speak Spanish at all times and be immersed in the culture. - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
It was very worthwhile. It gave me a great amount of knowledge of how other cultures live and it will help me to advance in my major of international business - Oklahoma State University - Stillwater View Entire Review
Past Review
Studying abroad was the best decision I made in college. Learning to adjust to such culture shock and going through such nerve wrecking experiences at the end of the day was so much fun. Looking back, I learned alot about myself, and being independent. The Spanish culture is so awesome, and in particular the Catalan culture in B... - Austin College View Entire Review
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Yes, it has made me fall even more in love with Spanish language and culture and I have become more independent and self aware. - Rice University View Entire Review
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Yes. I learned that Europe is very similar to the US. - New Mexico State University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Barcelona - International Studies
Past Review
I learned a lot about European culture, particularly Spanish and Southern European culture. My Spanish skills also improved a bit, I learned a lot of new vocabulary specific to Castilian Spanish in particular. - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
My study abroad experience was definitely worthwhile. I not only enhanced my Spanish language skills, but I learned so much about other people, the Spanish and Barcelona/Catalan culture, and expanded my horizons and really got out of my comfort zone. My main academic focus at school did not change, but my passion for the Spanish... - Grand Valley State University View Entire Review
Past Review
It was absolutely worth it. At first, I was intimidated by the level of language fluency required in this program, but now I am generally fluent in Spanish and I even understand Catalán. I met many locals, and they are now some of my good friends. I know I will always have a place to stay in Barcelona. The city is so liberal and... - Rice University View Entire Review
ABSOLUTELY! Living abroad made me a much more confident student and strengthened my resolve to continue to study and speak Spanish. - Ohio State University - Columbus View Entire Review
I always wanted to study abroad and I am so happy I went when I did and with the program I did. I did not know anyone on my program before I left, but I made so many new friends from around the country and really improved my Spanish by living with a host family. I had a wonderful experience that has only help me positively as ... - Saint Marys College of California View Entire Review
Past Review Vamos Barca
Yes, I would like to return to Barcelona. I fell in love with the city and culture. - Goucher College View Entire Review
Yes. I gained greater insight all over my European travels and improved my Spanish. - Austin College View Entire Review
Past Review
Extremely worthwhile. I was so happy with my choice to study in Barcelona, and I made some lifelong friends. - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
Past Review
The improval of my spanish and being self sufficient were my two biggest gains from this program. Personally, I think studying abroad anywhere will give you this experience if the country does not speak your native language. My only caution would be to students going to Spain: the grading system is much harder here in some insta... - Austin College View Entire Review
Past Review
I would study abroad again in a heartbeat. As a result of this experience I have become more independent and have gained more cultural knowledge. - University of South Dakota View Entire Review
Past Review
It was initially much harder to be away from home than I thought. But once the initial few weeks passed by, I was having the time of my life. I wish I was still there and that it had not ended yet. These experiences are ones that I will cherish forever. - Austin College View Entire Review
Absolutely! I feel like I would have enjoyed a more traditionally "Spanish" experience in the south of Spain rather than in the north, but I definitely wouldn't trade this experience for the world, it was truly amazing and eyeopening and I learned a ton about myself throughout the experience - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
I think my experience was worthwhile and much needed. I thought it was a great break from university life and a great opportunity to learn more about a different country and culture. I improved my language speaking, comprehension abilities and met interesting and fun new friends. I felt I had a unique experience traveling indepe... - Rice University View Entire Review

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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 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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