Spanish Studies Program

Dates and Fees

  • 2020-2021 Barcelona Spanish Studies/Integrated Studies Academic Year
    Sept, 2020-Mar, 2021
    May 15, 2020
  • 2020 Barcelona Spanish Studies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra Spring Semester
    Jan, 2020-Mar, 2020
    Oct 15, 2019
  • 2019 Barcelona Spanish Studies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra Fall Semester
    Sep 18, 2019 - Dec 11, 2019
    Application Deadline has passed. Please contact us to start an application.
  • 2019-2020 Barcelona Spanish Studies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra Academic Year
    Sep 18, 2019 - Mar 29, 2020
    Application Deadline has passed. Please contact us to start an application.
  • 2020 Barcelona Spanish Studies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra Fall Semester
    Sept, 2020-Dec, 2020
    May 15, 2020
  • 2020-2021Barcelona Spanish Studies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra Academic Year
    Sept, 2020-Mar, 2021
    May 15, 2020

Course Catalog

Spanish Studies in Barcelona, Spain

Program Information

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. This urban city is host to several UNESCO World Heritage sights, attracting millions of tourists each year.

All Spanish Studies courses are specifically designed to enhance your understanding of modern Spain while you immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture. You will choose from courses taught in Spanish specifically created for international students in the the following departments: Hispanic and European Studies or Legal Studies. These courses are taught at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).

Why choose this program?

  • Language and culture classes to improve your Spanish and knowledge of the local culture
  • Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
  • Classes with international students
  • Courses in Hispanic and European Studies, International Business, Design or Legal Studies (Political Science)
  • 12-18 credits per semester
  • Opportunities for volunteer work
  • Full access to university facilities

Spanish Studies Requirements:

  • Completion of one semester of Intermediate college level Spanish (or the equivalent) or heritage speaker
  • Class standing junior or senior during program
  • 3.0 overall GPA
  • Students must enroll in one Culture course and select two alternates
  • Students may select 1 to 3 courses taught in Spanish from the Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) or Legal Studies Program. Note: HESP has language requirements. Content courses may have additional language prerequisites.

Legal Studies Requirements:

  • 3.3 overall GPA
  • 2 years (4 semesters) of college level Spanish recommended


All courses will be taken at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). This is a modern-day university that is centrally located with a fantastic array of course selections. Courses will be taught in Spanish by UPF professors.

Internship Add-On

Enhance your study abroad program in Barcelona with an internship at a local business or organization. This is not a stand-alone program.


  • 3.3 GPA Overall
  • 4 semesters of college Spanish or the equivalent (UPF recommends 5 semesters)
  • Spring term only

Costs Include

  • Tuition
  • Double occupancy room & full board
  • Laundry
  • Overnight & local study visits & cultural activities
  • Orientation
  • Health Insurance
  • Spanish Studies transcript
  • Support of onsite staff

Special Dietary Needs

  • Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other medical conditions that require a special diet may incur an extra fee to cover related dietary expenses. Please contact Spanish Studies for additional details.

All fees are in U.S. dollars and based on current exchange rates. Any considerable decrease in the value of the dollar will affect fees.

Housing Information


Your Spanish home will be the focal point of your social experience– where you will sleep, eat, study, and relax. A homestay gives you a unique insight into Spanish culture by allowing you to become part of a Spanish family.

Your homestay includes full room and board as well as laundry and the cleaning of your room. Special dietary or housing accommodations may be made, but may require an additional fee. To ensure that your home will provide a warm and tranquil atmosphere, one conducive to learning, Spanish Studies Abroad staff discusses norms and policies with hosts and regularly inspects the homes.

Cultural Information

Population: 1,621,537

Region: Catalonia

Currency: Euro

Famous for: Architecture, World Heritage Sights, Gothic Quarter, Fashion, Beaches

Spanish Daily Routine:

Breakfast/Desayuno is not a major meal, consisting of small amount of food and is generally eaten early in the morning.

Lunch/Almuerzo is the biggest and most important meal of the day and is generally eaten between 2:00 and 4:00PM.

Dinner/Cena is a small meal, although more substantial than breakfast and is generally served between 9:00 and 10:00 PM.

Siesta is a time to rest. It starts around 1:30 PM when all the shops begin to close, and lasts until 5:00 PM. Almost all shops are closed during siesta while Spaniards may sleep or watch TV, leaving you no choice but to also relax.

Traditional Spanish Dishes:

Paella is a rice dish commonly mixed with a variation of seafood, meat, vegetables, and beans.

Tortilla is a dense omelet full of fried potatoes (sometimes onions or another vegetable as well).

Jamón Serrano is a salted, cured ham that is sliced thin and is typically served either on its own or in a bocadillo (sandwich).


Spanish culture is not particularly vegetarian/vegan friendly due to the importance of ham and other pork products in their diet. While the salads may not be filling, Spain offers delicious breads, cheeses, and vegetables dishes.

How to Dress in Spain:

Most Spanish people dress up more than the average American. Young men wear jeans and t-shirts or soccer jerseys, but you’ll also see men wearing nice pants and shoes. Women generally wear very feminine clothing.

To fit in with your surroundings, avoid wearing grubby jeans, sweatshirts, and sneakers. Nice, fitted clothing is what most people wear.

Life Outside the Classroom:

Spanish people tend to be very friendly and open. However, you will need to make an effort to introduce yourself. Some of the best ways to do so are by signing up for a local speaking partner, attending Spanish Studies cultural activities, or by going to the places Spanish students hang out.

Spanish Studies Abroad wants you to have fun while studying abroad; however, you are expected to meet all of your academic responsibilities. Spanish nightlife is probably unlike the social scene you have experienced in the U.S. The Spanish often plan to go out at midnight or later, which is just the start of the evening. Many friends you meet will stay out until six or seven in the morning, then go straight to breakfast, and rest during siesta.


All Spanish Studies semester programs include day trips to neighboring cities. Additional activities and excursions within the city of Barcelona will also be made available to students on these programs. Specific destinations and trip dates will be announced closer to the start of the spring semester.

Examples of Study Visits include:

Modernist tour (Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and Part Güell); olimpic tour (Mnac museum, Montjuic castle, stadium, cable car); overnight trip to Figueres and Cadaques (Dali's house and museum); excursion to Montserrat; tour to Freixenet's winery; local activities (concerts, sports, museums) with your local speaking partners.