Amizade’s semester in Barcelona offers students an opportunity to explore one of Europe’s most dynamic cities, improve their Spanish language skills, and dive deeper into the complexities of the Catalan and Spanish cultures.
While many people are familiar with the city of Barcelona on the surface, students in Amizade’s Barcelona program will have the chance to become fully immersed in local life by living with host families and prioritizing volunteer experiences with local organizations. Barcelona is a thoroughly modern city with an international population, rich history, and unique regional culture. As one of Spain’s largest and most powerful cities and the capital of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia, Barcelona is a city of contrasts and contradictions and one of the most interesting places to study identity and culture in Europe today.
Barcelona, the capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is known for its amazing art and architecture, with Sagrada Família and other modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí throughout the city. With theaters, concerts, museums, and festivals to attend, Barcelona visitors and residents have plenty to do in this exciting European city.
Language of Instruction in the site: English and Spanish
GPA Requirement: 2.6
Language Requirement: 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
Housing: Host family
Volunteer opportunities available
Here are a few important details about what you can expect from a semester with Amizade in Barcelona.
As an Amizade student in Barcelona, you will study the Spanish language and enroll in a wide variety of courses at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB). All Amizade students enroll in a three-week, pre-semester Amizade Signature Course, Topics on Spanish Grammar and Culture, which counts for 3 credits. Based on your language level, you will also enroll in courses either directly at the Universitat de Barcelona with Spanish students or in courses specifically for Amizade students. Most Amizade students take all of their courses in Spanish and some students take one or two courses in English. By constantly speaking, reading and writing Spanish, you will quickly develop your proficiency.
Originally founded in 1450, the Universitat de Barcelona is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in Catalonia and one of the most prestigious in Europe. Despite its unique and often unsettled past, the Universitat de Barcelona has remained one of the most widely respected institutions of higher learning in the world. With 100 academic departments; 367 UB-specific master’s and postgraduate degree courses; 5,312 professors, lecturers and researchers; and a diverse student population exceeding 63,000, UB has much to offer from an academic, cultural and personal perspective.
Barcelona is a city full of things to see and do, including world-class museums, cultural events and festivals, delicious food, and stunning architecture. There is so much you’ll be able to enjoy day to day during your time abroad. You’ll become immersed in the culture not only through your courses and activities at UB, but also by spending time with your host family. Host families play an integral role in helping students learn more about Barcelona, Spain, and the various aspects of Spanish culture, and when they return, students often point out living with their family as one of the highlights of the program. The location of the housing varies, with some families located near the campus and others a bit farther away. All students will have access to the subway or bus system for easy transportation to the university and around the city. Three daily meals will be provided by your host family. Alternatively, according to your schedule, families will provide you with a packed lunch to eat on campus.
Another great way you can get involved in Barcelona is through volunteering You could student teach, assist immigrant women and children, help in an animal shelter, or work at the Barcelona artist workshop festival — there are many opportunities to contribute to the local community. Your site director can help you get started.
Barcelona has two official languages —Spanish and Catalan. Don’t let that stop you from considering Barcelona as a destination for Spanish immersion, though!
The majority of UB classes are taught in Spanish and all of Amizade’s host families speak Spanish. Spanish is widely spoken in the city, and it’s extremely uncommon to meet local people who only speak Catalan and no Spanish. Challenge yourself to add a few Catalan words to your vocabulary too!
CULTURE & RECREATION
Designed to enrich your understanding of local life and culture, Amizade’s excursions are unique to each program and offer exciting learning experiences. All costs are included in the program fee. Excursion destinations are likely to change from year to year, however, students typically visit a combination of places.
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DATES & FEES
Full-time Tuition & Fees
Breakfast and dinner with host family
Medical and emergency insurance
On-site resident director
Volunteer and internship opportunities
On-site group activities
Seminars and guest lectures
Amizade courses taught by host institution’s professors and/or site directors
Cultural and university orientation
Intensive language training
University official transcript
On-campus internet access
Scholarships are available! Visit our scholarships page to learn more.