Barcelona—una ciudad llena de cultura e historia, cuna y musa de escritores, artistas y pensadores que han influido notoriamente en lo que hoy se entiende como cultura española, y también en la cultura hispánica. Te invitamos a mejorar tus habilidades en las calles en las que Picasso, García Márquez, Gaudí Esther Tusquet y Carlos Ruiz Zafón, entre muchos, se nutrieron de inspiración. Ciudad cosmopolita y eje literario y cultural que marcará tu experiencia en el extranjero con las múltiples experiencias que te esperan.
This program is designed to elevate your Spanish language skills. In addition to an advanced language course and other Spanish-taught IES Abroad courses, you can also directly enroll in a local university: Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) or Universitat Ramon Llul (URL). Here you may make some Spanish friends as you study alongside local students. Internship opportunities are also available to fully experience all Barcelona has to offer.
Barcelona will also be your classroom. The strengths of the academic and cultural experiences offered through the IES Abroad Center are among its most distinguishing characteristics. Visit one of the city’s outdoor markets to practice your Spanish with the shop owners, order tapas while out to dinner with new friends, or take in a Spanish opera at the world-renowned Gran Teatre del Liceu Opera House. All of these things (and more!) will help you take your Spanish to a whole new level.
We want you to feel at home in Barcelona, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Barcelona. From internships to cultural activities, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible. You will be living with a local resident, who can serve as your local host and resource to help you make the most of studying abroad in Barcelona.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
*Students enrolled in partner university courses are required to complete university exams on the official exam date and vacate IES Abroad housing one day after their last final exam. Final exam dates will vary by partner university.
All partner university exams have been confirmed. Students enrolled in partner university courses are required to complete university exams before departure and vacate IES Abroad housing on April 24.
*For students participating in the post-semester field trip (DiscoverIES): The dates for the field trip are April 24 - April 30. Students participating in this field trip will depart on May 1.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. We offer unique courses that explore Advanced Spanish Language, as well as other topics, through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.
While in Barcelona, you take 15–19 credit hours per semester. IES Abroad Barcelona offers a wide range of academic opportunities, which can be summarized into five course types:
This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.
To learn more about IES Abroad’s innovative theoretical and pedagogical approaches to teaching language abroad, refer to the IES Abroad MAP for Language & Intercultural Communication.
You can enroll in courses at the following local partner institutions.
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)University Courses in Spanish
Hispanic and European Studies in Spanish
Universidad Ramon Llull (URL)University Courses in Spanish
Interning abroad as part of your study abroad experience will help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market. It’s an exhilarating challenge, and we’re here to help guide you in securing your placement and succeeding in your internship.
Participating in an internship abroad helps you:
All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship.
Past students have interned in the following fields. Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Advisor—new internships are always being added.
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Barcelona, it will feel like home.
Homestay – Normally, two or three IES Abroad students live with a host family and share a double room. You are provided two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) while the program is in session.
Part of making you feel at home in Barcelona is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
The program begins with an orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Barcelona staff, your fellow students, and the city of Barcelona. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during this time.
Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home. During the first week of the semester, Spanish language courses meet daily to help you develop your language skills.
A field trip is included as a part of orientation; past destinations have included Madrid and Valencia.
Redefine the way you live and learn in Barcelona through our City DiscoverIES, such as:
Although your adventure begins in Barcelona, our DiscoverIES take you to other great cities in and around Spain. DiscoverIES brings you closer to the Barcelonan and Spanish culture through a broad array of activities that merge together the academic insight provided by field trips and the guidance of our faculty. They provide contrast and context for what you are learning in Barcelona.
You take a field trip that is included in your program fee. Additional DiscoverIES are available with a portion of the cost covered by IES Abroad. DiscoverIES are organized by language level and conducted in English or Spanish accordingly. Possible destinations include:
The Basque Country & Navarre
Discover the nature, history, and culture of the Basque Country; Bilbao; and the Guggenheim Museum, the picture-book city of San Sebastian; and many charming villages of this unique region in the north of Spain.
Explore this vibrant city with a youthful population that provides the clearest window into Spain’s unique historical symbiosis of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.
Visit one of Europe’s artistic centers also known as Spain’s financial and political hub.
Spend a day in this scenic Medieval town with a beautiful waterfall, and picturesque stone roads and houses.
Experience this cultural and artistic vacation destination renowned for its beaches, LGBT nightlife, film festivals, and Carnival.
About the Center
Dr. Cèsar Alegre Alsina has been the Director of our Barcelona programs since 2008. He is originally from Barcelona and speaks Spanish, Catalan, and English fluently. He brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education to IES Abroad, including a noteworthy teaching career in the United States, experience in student services, and a strong research portfolio. Before coming to IES Abroad, Dr. Alegre Alsina taught Spanish language, as well as Spanish and Hispanic Culture and Literature at Amherst College for 16 years. He is the author of a book on Hispanic Americans (Scholastic), and has contributed to the Encyclopedia of Hispanic Americans (BRG Oxford) and numerous articles and reviews in American and international journals. Dr. Alegre Alsina received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University, his Master’s degree in Hispanic Literature at Auburn University, and his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
IES Abroad Staff
Jane EwartHead of Registration and Advising
Francesc FontesAdministration Coordinator
Pilar GraciaAdministration Coordinator
Salvador OrtizOutside Courses and Customized Programs Coordinator
Noemí PoloStudent Affairs Coordinator - Health and Safety, Homestays
María RomeroAssistant Dean of Faculty
Olga SánchezHead of Student Affairs
Beatriz TabernerCenter Administrator
Ferran TeresStudent Affairs Coordinator - Apartments
Betsey TufanoGeneral Manager and Director of Administration
Alex WalkerDirector of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
María MejíasLanguage Faculty Advisor
Ignasi PérezArea Faculty Advisor/p>
Ataúlfo PortelaLanguage Faculty Advisor
Laura VázquezLanguage Faculty Advisor
Cèsar Alegre AlsinaSpanish Language, Literature and Linguistics
Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics, University of Massachusets Amherst
John Frederick AndersonMaster of Arts in Documentary Photography, University of Wales College Newport, UK
Sandra BecerrilSpanish Language
Nieves BorregoSpanish Language
Rosa BrionSpanish Language
Ph.D. (in progress) Linguistics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Ph.D. in Biology, Universitat de Barcelona
Laura CerviPhD. in Political Science, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain- Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italy
Matthew ClearArt History
Ph.D. in Mediterranean History, University of Sussex
Josep María ContrerasSpanish Language
Xavier De PedroEnvironmental Studies, Sociology
Ph.D. in Biology, Universitat de Barcelona
Ph.D. in History, Tufts University
Marga García BolivarSpanish Language
Ph.D. in Spanish Literature and Linguistics, Temple University
Ph.D. in History, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Dawn HiscockAnthropology, Sociology
Jeannine HorowitzInternational Business
Ph.D. in Genetics/Biochemistry, University of East Anglia/John Innes Institute
Sinan HosadamPolitical Science
Ph.D. (in progress) in Political and Social Science, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Pep InglésCatalanPh.D. (in progress) in Spanish as a Second Language, Universitat de Barcelona
Ph.D. (in progress) in Management Sciences, Universitat Ramon Llull
Raúl LozanoSpanish Language
Ph.D. in Hispanic Philology, Universitat de Barcelona
Meritxell MartínReligious Studies
Ph.D. in History of Religions, University of Virginia
James McGladeHistory, Archaeology
Ph.D. in Archaeology, Cambridge University
María MejiasSpanish Language
Ph.D. (in progress) in Education Studies, Universitat de Barcelona
HistoryPh.D. in History, University of East Anglia
Mauricio MolinaPhD in Philosophy Music, City University of New York
International BusinessMBA, Emory University
Iolanda NievesSpanish Language
Ignasi PérezHistory, Political Science
Ph.D. in Political Science with European Honors (Doctor Europeo), Universitat de Barcelona/University of Florence
Nuria PlazaSpanish Language
Ph.D. (in progress) in Philology, 17th Century Spanish Literature, Universitat de Barcelona
M.A. Spanish, Miami University, Oxford Ohio
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Southern CA
Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Manchester
Daniel RodriguezMáster Spanish Teaching as a Foreign Language, University of Granada
Ph.D. in Archaeology, University of Texas at Austin
Isabel SanchezArt History
Nuria SilvestreSpanish Language
PsychologyPh.D. in Mental Health, Trinity College, Dublin
Anna Solé del BarrioMaster Degree in Economic History, Universitat de Barcelona
Suzanne StrumUrban Studies
Ph.D. (in progress) in Architectural Theory and History
Laura VázquezSpanish Language
Ph.D. (in progress) in Teaching of Language and Literature, Universitat de Barcelona
Alexander WalkerUrban Studies
Ph.D. in Planning Studies, University College London
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