Barcelona, Spain

Summer - Language & Area Studies

Study Abroad

At a Glance


Apartment, Homestay


7 per Summer

Language of Instruction:

English, Spanish

Language Prerequisites:


Visa Required:


About the Program

Open to all language levels, this program provides you with the equivalent of more than an entire semester of Spanish language study. English-taught area studies classes also are available. 

We want you to feel at home in Barcelona, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city—from your housing to our highly subsidized DiscoverIES, which are a unique blend of course-related trips and cultural field trips. 

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Explore Barcelona

Visit Collserola and take in art at the Picasso Museum.

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Receive Personalized Support

Your IES Abroad advisor is your #1 resource for preparing to study abroad.

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Stay with a Local Host

Live in a homestay with local residents.

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Follow Your Academic Interests

Select courses in Art History, International Business, Sociology, and more!

Summer 2024

Program Dates:

May 21 - July 06

Application Deadline:

Estimated Cost:


Program Advisor

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Camilla Alway, Spencer Biery, Sarah Duran & Sarah Fang

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?

Picture yourself spending six weeks of your summer focused on speaking Spanish while living and learning in Barcelona, one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, and cultural cities.

With IES Abroad, you’ll get to know Barcelona like a local student through our DiscoverIES: a unique blend of course-related and cultural field trips in Barcelona and beyond. Think of all the wonderful architecture you’ll see, history you’ll learn, local residents you’ll meet, and tapas you’ll eat during your summer in Spain!

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


You live with three or four other IES Abroad students in double rooms.  Apartments have fully equipped kitchens, but meals are not provided. Wifi is included in this housing option. Washing machines are available but dryers are not, as they are not commonly used in Spain. Placements are limited, and an additional fee applies for this housing option.