Barcelona - Advanced Spanish Studies

IES Abroad

Program Description

Barcelona - Advanced Spanish Studies

IES Abroad



This program is designed to elevate your Spanish language skills. In addition to an advanced language course and other Spanish-taught IES Abroad courses, you can also directly enroll in a local university: Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) or Universitat Ramon Llul (URL). Here you may make some Spanish friends as you study alongside local students. Internship opportunities are also available to fully experience all Barcelona has to offer.

Barcelona will also be your classroom. The strengths of the academic and cultural experiences offered through the IES Abroad Center are among its most distinguishing characteristics. Visit one of the city’s outdoor markets to practice your Spanish with the shop owners, order tapas while out to dinner with new friends, or take in a Spanish opera at the world-renowned Gran Teatre del Liceu Opera House. All of these things (and more!) will help you take your Spanish to a whole new level.

We want you to feel at home in Barcelona, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Barcelona. From internships to cultural activities, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible. You will be living with a local resident, who can serve as your local host and resource to help you make the most of studying abroad in Barcelona.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Barcelona
  • City: Barcelona
  • Country: Spain
  • Program Credits: 15-19 per semester (4-5 courses)
  • Language of Instruction: Spanish
  • Language Prerequisites: 4 semesters of college-level Spanish

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Fall 2017

  • Arrival: Thursday, August 31, 2017
  • Departure: Saturday, December 16, 2017
Spring 2018
  • Arrival: Monday, January 8, 2018
  • Departure: Friday, April 27, 2018*
*For students enrolled in IES Abroad courses only. Students enrolled in partner university courses are required to complete partner university exams before departure and depart IES Abroad housing the following day.


Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. We offer unique courses that will help you advance your Spanish language skills.

Our world-class professors and course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

While in Barcelona, you take 15–19 credits per semester. Our goal is to make sure your academic needs are met.

Craft your own academic experience by selecting from the following course types:

  • Spanish language courses (required, 3-7 credits) are offered at the IES Abroad Center and range from the 300- to 400-levels.
  • Area studies courses (required, 3 credits) are offered at the IES Abroad Center in Spanish in several disciplines.
  • Internships (optional, 3 credits) combine project-based placements in business, not-for-profits, or educational organizations with a required seminar.
  • Research Methodology Seminar (optional, 4 credits) involves the guided development of a detailed research project. Available at all language levels for students with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Estudios Hispánicos (Hispanic studies) courses (optional, 3 credits) are specifically designed for international students. These Spanish-taught courses are available at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and in a wide range of disciplines.
  • Local university courses (optional, 2-3 credits) are offered in Spanish. You take these classes alongside local students.

This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.

Art History

AH 223B - Great 20th Century Artists of Catalonia: Picasso, Dalí and Miró (Fall, Spring)


SO/AN 320B - Sports and Society in Spain (Fall, Spring)


IC/CM 329 - Language, Culture and Communication: Hispanic Cultures and their Societies (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Film Studies

FS/HP 340B - Contemporary Spanish Film (Fall, Spring)

Hispanic Studies

FS/HP 340B - Contemporary Spanish Film (Fall, Spring)

Intercultural Communication

IC/CM 329 - Language, Culture and Communication: Hispanic Cultures and their Societies (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Internship Seminar

IN 395B - Internship Seminar (Fall, Spring)


LT 375 - Barcelona and the Latin American Literary Boom (Fall, Spring)


MS 201 - The Music of Spain: Diversity, Functionality and the Construction of Cultural Identity (Fall, Spring)

Research Seminar

RE 496 - Research Methodology Seminar (Fall, Spring)


SO/AN 320B - Sports and Society in Spain (Fall, Spring)


  • SP 302 - Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad II (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 351 - Spanish Language in Context: Independent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 351I - Spanish Language in Context: Independent Abroad I Intensive (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 367 - Grammar Through Composition: Independent Abroad III (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 410 - Spanish for Heritage Speakers (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 444 - Creative Writing Workshop: Short Stories in Spanish (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 462 - Spanish Through Theater (Fall, Spring)

You may enroll in courses at the following local partner institutions.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

University Courses in Spanish

  • BS 51270 Advertisement and Communication (Fall)
  • BS 55321 Innovation and Entrepreneurship (syllabus not currently available)
  • IB 51243 International Negotiation (Fall)
  • MK 52366 Creativity and Digital Commerce (Fall)
Hispanic and European Studies in Spanish
  • AH 5156EH Picasso, Miró, Dalí and the Art of the Modernity (Fall, Spring)
  • FS 51157 Images of Spain in Contemporary Cinema (Fall)
  • HS 51152 Barcelona: The City and Its History (Fall)
  • HS/SO/PO 51621EH Social Movements in the 21st Century in the Context of Globalization, Crisis and Democratization Processes
Universidad Ramon Llull (URL)

University Courses in Spanish

  • PH211172 Ethics (Spring)
  • PS211061 Psychology (Spring)
  • LW300 Communication Law (Spring)
  • MG201 Information Management (Spring)
  • MG402 Organization of Advertising Companies (syllabus not currently available)
  • EC012 Macroeconomics (Spring)
  • LW351 Business Law (Spring)


Interning while you study in Barcelona gives you a rewarding job experience with a wealth of long-lasting career benefits. You will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the real-life, everyday culture of your host country
  • Add global work experience and skills to your résumé or your application for graduate school
  • Improve your confidence

All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a 3-credit seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship.

Personalized Placements

Once you indicate your interest in an internship, we work with you to find the ideal internship placement that fulfills your academic and career goals. We’ve placed students with a wide variety of organizations and businesses. If we don’t currently work with a business or organization in your field of interest, we will search for a placement that’s right for you.

Placement Examples

Past students have interned in the following fields. Don’t see your field here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Advisor—we are always seeking out new opportunities for our students.

  • Business/Business Development
  • Event Management
  • Fashion
  • Finance
  • International Relations
  • Language Teaching
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Media & Communication
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations & NGO's
  • Public Relations


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Barcelona, it will feel like home.

Homestay – Normally, two or three IES Abroad students live with a host family and share a double room. You are provided two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) while the program is in session.

Student Life


The program begins with an orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Barcelona staff, your fellow students, and the city of Barcelona. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during this time.

Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home. Also, during the first week of the semester, intensive Spanish language courses meet daily in small groups to help you to develop your language skills.

You will also meet our Barcelona cultural companions or tutores culturales, who will join you on DiscoverIES and help you get to know the Spanish culture.

A study journey is included as part of orientation. Past destinations have included Madrid, Sevilla, and Tarragona.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events


DiscoverIES are a unique blend of course-related excursions (for class) and cultural field trips. With this hybrid experience, you have the ability to understand the culture in the context of your coursework.

With 60+ DiscoverIES per semester, you have the exciting opportunity to familiarize yourself with Barcelona through cultural activities led by IES Abroad Barcelona professors. Visit the city’s many influential buildings, learn about its one-of-a-kind history, and become part of the Spanish and Catalan culture.

DiscoverIES are also a great way to meet and spend time with other students on your program, as well as IES Abroad Barcelona staff and professors. These optional activities are either free or highly subsidized.

Past examples of DiscoverIES include:

  • Discover the Quadrat d’Or, or Golden Square, in a guided tour in the Eixample District, an exceptional area that focuses on Barcelona’s Modernist style (Art Noveau) at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century
  • Enjoy a Flamenco workshop, where you’ll learn a few basic dance steps, the history behind the dance and attire, and taste traditional Andalucían fare
  • Hike Tibidabo, the tallest mountain in Serra de Collserola, tour the Modernist and Neogothic Sagrat Co Temple, and visit the oldest amusement park in Spain
  • Visit an organic farm and learn about sustainability with an IES Abroad professor
Volunteer Abroad

When you volunteer in Barcelona, you have the chance to make a difference in the local community while meeting new people and gaining a new perspective on the world. If you are passionate about volunteering abroad, just let the on-site staff know at the beginning of your term.

Past volunteer opportunities in Barcelona include:

  • Visit a children’s hospital
  • Serve dinner for the homeless
  • Give English lessons to underprivileged young people
  • Organize food drives at local supermarkets
  • Provide lunch for the elderly without family

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.75 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing when program begins. Some courses at local universities may not be open to sophomores. Please contact an IES Abroad Representative for further details
  • 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent
  • Enrolled in a Spanish course within the year prior to the program start date

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required.

A student visa is required to enter Spain. Upon admission, you will receive more information about the application process and any related fees. The visa application process for non-U.S. citizens can be extremely lengthy, please contact us for more information. If you're studying with IES Abroad in Spain, you may be eligible to use the IES Abroad ACCeSS program. ACCeSS is our visa processing service in which we submit your visa application and supporting documents to the consulate for you.


Fall 2017

  • Tuition: $13,975
  • Housing: $2,995
  • Insurance: $230
  • Total: $17,200
Academic Year
  • Tuition: $25,140
  • Housing: $5,990
  • Insurance: $455
  • Total: $31,585
Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.
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