Barcelona, Spain

Political Science & International Relations

Study Abroad
Program Options:
Experiential Learning, Part-Time Internship
Fall, Spring, Academic Year

At a Glance


Apartment, Homestay, Residence Hall


15 to 19 per Semester

Language of Instruction:

English, Spanish

Language Prerequisites:


Part-Time Internship (Optional):

Included in Program Fee

Visa Required:


About the Program

During this program, you can take courses on a wide range of topics including politics, regionalism, international security, international business and relations, and more. Imagine taking in all that Barcelona has to offer while taking exciting courses, like Campaigning in Europe: From Propaganda to Political Marketing or Globalized Economy & Migration. 

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Learn Outside of the Classroom

Our courses feature course-related trips to government offices.

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Study at a Local University

Take Spanish- or English-taught courses at local universities.

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Gain Hands-On Experience

Participate in an internship placement and seminar.

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Follow Your Academic Interests

Supplement your study with courses from our other programs.

Spring 2025

Program Dates:

January 07 - April 30

Application Deadline:

Estimated Cost:


Program Advisor

Advisor Photo for Group Advisor Programs

Camilla Alway, Spencer Biery, Sarah Fang & Claire Wendt

Once you’ve applied for a program, one of us will be your direct point of contact. From housing to course registration and everything in between, we're here to help you prepare to study abroad. Once you’re accepted to your program, you’ll find even more detailed information about what you need to know before you depart in your Predeparture Guide. Let’s get started!

📱 800.995.2300 ✉️

About the Destination

Why Barcelona?

As a global city in Spain, Barcelona is an important place for international relations, as well as international business and commerce. Due to the city’s mix of Spanish, English, French, and more, it has strong political ties with the rest of Europe and beyond. It's also the site of a strong regional government and active EU participation. And with its mix of cultures, Barcelona offers the unusual opportunity to see how regional, national, and international views are intertwined.

Learn More About Barcelona

Get to Know Your New City

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Have Fun in the Sun

Spend time under the sun along Barcelona's sandy beaches.

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Check Out Some Live Music

Barcelona boasts an iconic music scene.

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Appreciate the Art

There’s plenty of art—indoors and out—to inspire you.

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Eat, Drink, and Eat Some More!

Enjoy stews, seafood, jamón, spicy potatoes, and so much more.

The Student Experience

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A minimalist living space featuring bright red furniture, a large window, a television, and a dining room with red chairs.
  • Apartment
  • Homestay
  • Residence Hall


Student Apartment – You live with up to 12 other IES Abroad students in a single or double room. The student apartment offers the communal vibes of a residence hall with the comfort of an apartment. Apartments have fully equipped kitchens, Wi-Fi is included, and meals are not included but optional meal plans are available for purchase onsite. Laundry is coin operated and an additional fee applies to this housing option.

City Apartment – You live with up to 7 other IES Abroad students in single or double rooms in a typical Barcelona style apartment. These apartments are located in residential areas throughout the city. Apartments have fully equipped kitchens, Wi-Fi is included, and meals are not provided. Washing machines are available for free but dryers may not be, as they are not commonly used in Spain. An additional fee applies for this housing option. This is not student housing so there will be no onsite staff. This option is recommended for students who are more independent and outgoing.