Study Abroad in Barcelona Spain

Students deepen their understanding of Spanish language and culture through IAU College’s semester and summer programs in the vibrant city of Barcelona, Spain.

Located along the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona allows students to experience the culture of Catalunya.The mild climate, famed cuisine, and breathtaking arts give the Mediterranean region a distinct feel, unique from anywhere else in the world.

There’s no better way to improve one’s knowledge of the Spanish language and its customs than by interacting with the local community. Students in Barcelona will have the opportunity to practice their language skills in the classroom and also with native Spanish speakers through language exchange programs and cultural events. Over the course of their time abroad, students can expect to participate in field study trips associated with specific classes, study tours, and day trips, as well as cultural activities like Catalan cooking courses, Flamenco classes, and cava tastings. A city tour of Barcelona and  its architecture as well as visits to local markets and enterprises round out the experience.

Students who participate in the Barcelona Program can choose from a variety of Spanish language and culture courses that range from introductory level Spanish to upper division Spanish literature and cinema courses.

To complete the course curriculum, IAU hosts a plethora of guest speakers and lecturers from a wide breadth of disciplines including journalists, musicians, and political activists. Panels and conferences that are hosted throughout the semester allow students to hear a full spectrum of opinions about both Spanish and Catalan politics andlifestyles

Study Abroad Barcelona Spain IAU College. Parc Guell

Summer Program


IAU College  is pleased to offer an intensive summer program in Barcelona, Spain. Students will earn up to nine academic credits and can choose from a variety of course offerings. Courses are offered in Spanish language, culture, film and literature. IAU also offers courses instructed in English in political science, history, art history, international relations, film, and psychology. Students will investigate the most significant neighborhoods, plazas, architectural achievements and public art. Lectures and activities will also help students to demystify the city's multi-ethnic population as the result of numerous occupations, expulsions and migrations. Students may choose to live in homestays, which encourages immersion into the Spanish language and culture, or they can opt to reside in apartments.

Semester Program

IAU College offers a semester-long study abroad program in the vibrant city of Barcelona, Spain. Building on IAU's history as a study abroad school in the Mediterranean Basin, IAU's Barcelona semester program uses its site-specifity and influences of the Spanish and CatalanOver the years, IAU College has modified and enhanced its study abroad programs and curriculum in order to meet the needs of the students it serves. IAU's academic calendar closely mirrors the traditional fall and spring semester calendar that many U.S. institutions follow and its courses are comparable in design and demand of those offered by the students' home institutions. Therefore, students will be quite familiar with course structure, grading and testing. IAU's courses are rigorous and unique, especially because they are able to incorporate region-specific content and experiences.


View of the Port of Barcelona, Spain
Port of Barcelona