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Study abroad in Barcelona and let the city’s wonders enchant you, because where else can you marvel at Gaudi’s whimsical architectural genius while embracing the laid-back Spanish lifestyle?

Whether it is the salty sea air, the sweep of mountains in the distance, or the romance and excitement of Las Ramblas, you will never want to leave when you're studying abroad in Barcelona.

Enjoy all that Barcelona has to offer with one of our Barcelona study abroad programs, which allows you to customize your academic experience by focusing on Arts, Business, Communications, Culture, International Relations, Journalism, Politics, or another Liberal Arts area of study. 

On a full-time semester or summer internship program, you can build a global network of professional contacts while taking in the sights and sounds of this bustling Spanish city on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

Experience a large university community, beautfiul architecture, and Catalan tradition, when you study abroad in Barcelona.

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Programs

Barcelona - Arts & Culture

Barcelona
,
Spain
Length: 
Fall 2019, Spring 2020
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$18,135
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Barcelona - Journalism & Communications

Barcelona
,
Spain
Length: 
Fall 2019, Spring 2020
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$18,135
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Barcelona - Liberal Arts & Business

Barcelona
,
Spain
Length: 
Fall 2019, Spring 2020
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$18,135
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Barcelona - Political Science & International Relations

Barcelona
,
Spain
Length: 
Fall 2019, Spring 2020
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$18,135
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Barcelona Summer - Internship

Barcelona
,
Spain
Length: 
Summer 2019
Language prerequisites: 
None (some Spanish knowledge preferred for select placements)
Estimated Cost: 
$7,325
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Barcelona Summer - Language & Area Studies

Barcelona
,
Spain
Length: 
Summer 2019
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$6,200
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Barcelona – Full-Time Semester Internship

Barcelona
,
Spain
Length: 
Fall 2019, Spring 2020
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$7,650
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Barcelona's Top Five

Have Fun in the Sun

Spend time strolling and swimming under the sun along Barcelona's four miles of sandy beaches.

Hike Mount Juic

A climb up this hill offers spectacular views of the city. From here, you can also explore several great museums and the beautiful buildings from the 1992 Olympic Games.

Check Out Some Live Music

From huge festivals to hole-in-the-wall venues, playing everything from electronica to punk, there’s more to Barcelona’s music scene than its iconic Rumba Catalana.

Appreciate the Art

Home to numerous works by Pablo Picasso, the surreal sculptures of Joan Miró, and the fantastic, dreamlike architecture of Gaudi, there’s plenty of art—indoors and out—to inspire you.

Eat, Drink, and Eat Some More!

Catalan cuisine consists of savory stews, fresh seafood, delicious jamón, spicy potatoes, olives, and so much more. Wash it down with a cold orxata (a refreshing drink made from the tiger nut plant).

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From Out of State to Out of the Country

by Rachael

Two years ago, I made quite possibly one of the biggest decisions of my life: I enrolled in a university that was 484 miles away from my home. Looking back on it, the decision to go out of state for college changed me to become the person I am today, someone who is more independent, confident, and adventurous. As my sophomore year has just come to a close, I can safely say that my life in Lincoln is greater than I could have ever imagined. I have the most amazing and supportive friends, a boyfriend who Is there for me even when I failed a class and was certain the world was ending, and a family that’s always willing to pick up the phone, even when it’s just me asking them something completely irrelevant. Yet, the biggest realization of all is that Lincoln has finally become comfortable, which means I need to challenge myself once again.

After thinking about what my next adventure could be, I remembered all the wonderful stories that my mom had told me about her time that she spent in Alicante, Spain during her study abroad. She speaks so wonderfully of these memories that I decided I would be crazy not to attempt to have the same experience. After many conversations with both my family and my university I decided to take the leap and spend my summer studying in Barcelona, Spain. Going back to the same country that my mom visited years ago gives me the chance to have a very unique experience to relive some of the memories that she holds very fondly still to this day.

So now, I find myself in a familiar situation. I have decided to once again move to a place where I know no one, and quite frankly nothing about the city. The only difference is that this time it’s not for four years. The nerves are all the same, and the questions running through my head have not changed. Will I get along with my roommates? Will I miss home? Will I be able to visit all the places I want to? I know that this experience is going to be one that pushes me to discover myself in ways that I cannot even imagine, and I know I’ve never been so excited about something in my life. One of the things that I have found comfort in is that I know that my mom has been through this experience and will be with me in spirit throughout my whole journey. So, to end this first post of mine I have included snapshots of my life as it is right now, knowing that when my plane touches down back in the United States that I will no longer be the exact same person who boards that plane in a short ten days. I will be changed, and here’s to hoping it’s for the better. Additionally, I have included some pictures of my mom from her journey across Spain that are a clear reminder that in just over a week a will be standing on the same ground that she was.

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What They Don't Tell You About Studying Abroad in Barcelona

by Ceryna

It has almost been two weeks since I arrived back in the States, and I thought it would be the perfect time to share some important travelling, safety, and general advice with you guys that the video below does not include. 

1) Get your school work done in advance.

I feel like this is something that my mom always tells me, but I always ignore. However, setting aside time to do homework abroad is so crucial. The night life in Barcelona is tempting and overwhelming all at once and you will most likely be travelling out of the country on the weekends. Most teachers will give you plenty of warning of when an assignment is due while some will expect you to refer to the syllabus. I wrote out most of my assignment due dates on a calendar before I left so that I would have a better idea of my work load for the semester. Also, for the first few weeks of your program, you're going to want to explore the city during your breaks in-between classes or after class. Do it. But once you're situated and have more work, I suggest you spend time in the IES Abroad lounge and do work there. It's a great place to socialize while getting things done. 

2) Abroad grades still count (for most of us).

A lot of people are taking classes "Pass or Fail". If you're like me and this was not an option, I can't stress enough how important to rememeber that your grades do count. It is easy to get caught up in the moment and forget that you are still going to school, but it's no different from being at your home university. I'm not saying don't go out to the clubs, but I'm saying make sure you find a happy, healthy balance between work and play. And even if your classes are "Pass or Fail", doesn't mean you shouldn't try. Also, the Spanish grading system is very different from the U.S. Teachers definitely hold you and your work to a higher standard.

3) There are afforable places to eat out other than fast food.

Having class in Plaza Catalunya was so nice because there are so many food options within walking distance. I suggest you use Tripadvisor to check out inexpensive places to eat because Yelp is not as common in Spain. An unmatched deal is still Tucco (located in the Gothic Quarter) where you can get an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage, customizable pasta, AND dessert all for 9 euros!!! And the food is incredible! Wow, I'm still dreaming of it. :(

4) Use iPhone apps to travel efficiently. 

For the next four months, apps like Citymapper, mytaxi, Google maps, and goeuro will be your best friend. Citymapper and Google maps will be able to tell you metro and times and help you to calculate how to get places the fastest. mytaxi is the Spanish Uber, but you use a taxi instead of a personal car. If you're willing to brave the metros late on a Saturday night/in the wee hours of a Sunday morning, make sure you're in a group. However, the safest option is to call yourself a taxi using the app. Also, if you feel unsafe at any point, get out of the car as soon as possible. Lastly, goeuro is an app that will help you find flights and other means of travel for cheap. If you have a computer nearby, I suggest also checking out Skyscanner and Google flights in incognito tabs and comparing prices. 

5) Buy a SIM card.

My phone plan in the U.S. offers a $10 per day international plan, and that's not feasible for four months abroad. I suggest you check out Vodaphone or Orange and buy a SIM card from them. You just have to call in or visit one of their locations each month to fill up your data, and you're all good to go all over Europe. I was on a 15 GB for 20 euro per month plan, and I not once ran out of data. You could even go lower in GB if you wanted! You will have a Spanish number and you will be on WhatsApp a lot, but it's as easy as reaching out to your friends and letting them know. Oh, and put your U.S. SIM card in the SIM card holder you get from Vodaphone or Orange and store it away somewhere that you won't lose it.

6) Put your metro card at the back of your phone case.

If you live farther away from campus, you most likely need to buy a t-jove pass which is unlimited rides for three months. It is very pricy but worth it. That being said: DO NOT LOSE IT. I suggest putting it behind your phone case so 1) you don't lose it 2) it doesn't get wrinkled 3) you have access to it faster than you having to dig into your wallet each time. You will learn to live, love, laugh the metro. <3

7) Be aware of your surroundings.

This is soooooo important. Being American unfortunately makes you a target for petty crimes such as pickpocketing. You will watch a video on it during orientation, but it is very real and very serious. Pickpocketers, or carteristas, mainly are on the hunt for iPhones on the metro and at the clubs. I lived with my iPhone stuffed into the front of my pants (yes—not even in the pockets) and we both made it back home. Ladies, you do not need to bring a bag to the club or need to use a cute small backpack purse to walk around the city. You will thank me later. On top of that, always watch your drinks and do not accept them from strangers (club promoters are still strangers). 

8) Practice the buddy system.

FRIENDS DON'T LEAVE FRIENDS BEHIND. I don't care if you're mad at them or if you meet someone cute at the club. You will not leave your friends or let them go off by themselves, especially on nights off.

9) Don't be afraid to ask for help. 

This applies all across the board. If you need help, ask for it whether it be from your roommates, your BCC, IES Abroad, etc. I needed to go to the doctor abroad and someone from IES Abroad sat with me, called them for me, and went over all the options with me because I was upset and stressed and I am so, so grateful for her.

10) Your abroad friends will be lifetime long friends.

The first few days or even weeks, you will feel like a freshman again, but just remember that everyone is in the same boat as you. They feel the awkwardness you do too. Don't be afraid to introduce yourself and get to know those around you. People will come with their entire frats or sororities, but do not be intimidated to reach out. Abroad should be the time to step out of your comfort zone and meet new people. You'll be surprised how quickly you get close to them and how much they'll change your life.

I know that all this information sounds daunting at first, but you are about to embark on one of the greatest journeys of your life. Cherish every moment because you will be surprised how fast everything goes by. Have fun and safe travels!

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“I’ll sum it up in one word…AMAZING. My semester wouldn’t have been what it was if I hadn’t interned and done a homestay. I got the opportunity to experience Barcelona for what it actually is, not just the touristy overcrowded spots.”

Catarina R.S. (Barcelona - Liberal Arts & Business)