As Spain’s second largest city, Barcelona embodies every quality of a European city. Experience the typical hustle and bustle of a busy city on La Rambla, take a stroll through one of the many barrios or enjoy any of its famous Mediterranean beaches. The urban city is host to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, attracting millions of tourists each year.

“While studying in Barcelona, you will be able to experience everything about the Catalan culture. Barcelona’s rich culture and Mediterranean climate provide activities year-round. The wide array of culinary options – from savory fideuá and butifarra to sweet pastries and chocolates – will give you something new to try every day. Take a short trip north to Figueres to discover Costa Brava, the Salvador Dalí Museum, or travel south to relax on the beautiful beaches of Sitges. The city is also home to the region’s most beloved sports team, FC Barcelona. Experience Barcelona with us!" - Michele Duran, Spanish Studies Abroad Academic Director.
While studying with Spanish Studies Abroad you will be enrolled in the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). Centrally located in the heart of Barcelona, UPF is a modern day university with a fantastic array of courses. As an urban study abroad student you will be immersed in both Spanish and Catalan. You will benefit from the university's central location.

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Just a little of what Barcelona has to offer:
  • Subtropical and Mediterranean climate
  • Cosmopolitan coastal city
  • World class arts and entertainment
  • Famous for Gaudi, Dali, Miro and Picasso
  • UNESCO World Heritage sights
  • Beautiful Beache
A little of what Spanish Studies Abroad offers:
  • U.S.–compatible curriculum
  • Guided direct enrollment at UPF
  • Guidance with the immersion experience
  • Opportunities for volunteer work
  • Speaking Partner program with local students
  • Modern university facilities with full access, including clubs, organization, and events
  • Day and overnight study trips and excursions


Spanish Studies Abroad offers a variety of courses and "tracks" in Barcelona, Spain with the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Our Barcelona program model is unique in that we have:
  • A program for all Spanish language levels
  • Courses in English, Spanish or Catalan
Semester Programs Short Term Programs
Spanish Studies  
Integrated Studies Summer Term
International Studies in English  


All courses are designed to advance critical thinking, and mature, correct expression of Spanish language.



Spanish Studies Abroad also provides professors and faculty with the opportunity to create their own Customized Program. These programs are designed to be flexible and focused, according to the institution's needs.