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July in Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is a bustling seaside city in the Mediterranean country of Spain. An eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional culture, celebrated architecture, and a world class dining scene – experience this and more during your four week July in Barcelona program!
Try this on for size – four to eight weeks immersing yourself in a study abroad program that goes beyond sitting in an air-conditioned classroom. Soak up the summer sun in one of the world’s most enchanting cities, not to mention the world-famous nightlife… Sound pretty good? Welcome to Barcelona.
Barcelona is often known as the cultural hub of the Mediterranean and there are a million reasons why. When you think of Barcelona, often the first things that spring to mind are tapas and sangria. Don’t get us wrong, food plays an integral part of this experience but Barcelona has so much more to offer than just trendy tapas bars.
Summer (July) in Europe is the perfect time to visit. Enjoy one of Barcelona’s famed beaches and join the locals in a game of beach volleyball, or just take in the views.
Barcelona boasts more World Heritage listed sites than any other city in Europe. Culture vultures will go gaga over the amazing architecture, some of which is 2,000+ years old. There are a ton of museums, churches, cathedrals, concert halls and of course the modern art of famed artisans like Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso. During your cultural discovery you’re guaranteed to see the influential architecture of Antoni Gaudí. His work is easy to spot around the city – just keep a look out for whimsical and playful architecture that you’d expect to find in a Dr Seuss storybook.
Make the most of your time in Barcelona by catching a Flamenco show, taking a cooking class and visiting the local markets in your free time!
This winter abroad program is perfect for absolutely anyone, because Spanish language classes are offered for speakers of all levels (beginner to advanced). Lessons are tailored to meet individual needs and most electives are taught in English. So if you’re after a true immersion experience you’ll love this program – it will be your best ‘European summer’ of a lifetime!
If you’re going to learn the Spanish language there is no better place to do it than in Spain. The July in Barcelona study program is one of the best on offer. The program is dynamic and unique and will no doubt leave a lasting impression. Don’t just take our word for it! Check out some of key highlights below and then see it all for yourself in July:
You’ll be given a personal orientation upon arrival
Guided tours of the amazing city of Barcelona are on offer
The program attracts a range of students from all over the world, so there are plenty of opportunities for making new friends
There are custom housing options available so we can make sure you’re cosy and comfortable, whatever your preferred style
Immerse yourself in a truly Spanish experience by taking part in a Spanish and Catalan cooking class
Catch a Flamenco show (or take a lesson or two), visit museums, galleries and parks and enjoy cinema nights with your fellow students
All language classes are tailored to your proficiency, whether you are a beginner or advanced speaker, we’ve got you covered
The July in Barcelona program includes a one-day excursion. Past activities have included to Figueres to visit the impressive Dalí museum, and to Tarragona, the ancient Roman capital on the Iberian Peninsula.
A weekend trip is also included in your program. Past excursions have been to Morocco, Valencia and Costa Brava – all popular destinations in their own right!
Choose Your Course
The unique curriculum offered on our July in Barcelona program at Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS) includes coursework in language, culture, history, art and the humanities.
Subjects are as diverse as ‘Sports and Society in Spain and Catalonia’ and ‘Contemporary Spanish Society: From Dictatorship to Democracy’. The program offers plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the local culture, meet Spanish friends and study with students from all over the world.
NOTE: Please be advised that the Barcelona School for International Studies requires a student’s official transcript when considering applicants for their Summer School. Ordering an official transcript from a university can take up to a few weeks. Students applying near or on the program’s application deadline should plan to have their official transcript on hand.
Course Load: Choose from 1-4 courses per 4-8 week sessions.
Depending on your Australian university, you may refer to “courses” as “subjects” or “units”.
Each course/subject/unit you undertake on a CISaustralia program overseas is designed to be a full-time, semester course that has been condensed to fit into an intensive, short-term program. As such, for any 1 course you study abroad, you should receive the credit points for 1 full-time course/subject/unit at your Australian university.
Many universities work off of a 1-for-1 equivalency (1 course abroad = 1 course in Australia), but ultimately credit approval is the decision of your faculty and Australian university.
CISaustralia strongly recommends that you have any overseas courses pre-approved for credit before you depart for your program. Some documentation that may be useful are the course outline/syllabus, program overview, and the contact hours.
Before you head overseas we encourage all students to have at least 3-4 courses approved from your home university in Australia. This will allow some flexibility in your class schedule. Studying overseas is also an opportunity to take some interesting electives if your program allows.
Your CISaustralia Program Advisor can assist with any questions or details your university needs to make a decision.
How to Choose Your Courses: This is the fun part. As part of the application process you will be required to complete a CISaustralia Course Selection Worksheet. See below for more information about the courses on offer.
Option A (3 US credits): 1 Spanish Language course (45 Hours)
Option B (3 US credits): 1 Elective (45 Hours)
Option C (6 US credits): 1 Spanish Language course plus 1 Elective (45 Hours Each)
Option D (6 US credits): 2 Electives (45 Hours Each)
Please note: All courses are scheduled to be on offer during both sessions; however, course availability (per session and in general) may vary based on demand and enrolment. Your CISaustralia Advisor will inform you if alternate courses need to be considered.
Academic Requirement: To qualify for this program, students must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 4.5 (out of 7) or equivalent. If your current GPA falls below the requirement please contact us to discuss your situation. We will work with you to find the right program for you.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – Barcelona is one of the very best study abroad destinations and you will absolutely love this short course program.
Our staff in Barcelona organise a fantastic social program that covers a lot of ground for the short time that students are there for. Activities change from year to year, but in the past students have attended cooking classes, taken a tour of Sagrada Família, learnt how to do some traditional dancing, gone for hikes or even taken an overnight trip outside of Barcelona. No matter what our team has planned, you’re sure to have an amazing cultural experience!
You also have the freedom to explore Barcelona and its surrounding areas by yourself. Finding activities doesn’t have to cost money. Spend your afternoons hanging with the locals at the beach. Sunbake on squeaky clean white sandy beaches, relax in the sun and enjoy the warm Mediterranean waters. On the first Sunday of every month, the city opens its doors to all municipal museums free of charge.
Our fabulous staff will become your best travel guides – they will look to take you to the Spanish cinema, a Flamenco show, the museums and markets. They can also help you arrange a language exchange partner and a Catalan cooking class.
If you want to travel a bit further afield, take advantage of a weekend and travel. There are a few destinations to choose from including Costa Brava, Granada and Madrid. Even if you decide not to take part in the planned cultural events and excursions, our friendly staff will still be there for you to offer advice, answer questions and help you every step of the way. All you have to do is ask.
Located on the shores of the Mediterranean it’s no wonder that Barcelona is one of the very best study abroad destinations. With a perfectly comfortable year-round climate, summer dresses, shorts and sandals will be your daily attire. Ahhh Barcelona, land of eternal sunshine.
Barcelona is on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula (which includes Spain and Portugal) and on the shores of the stunning Mediterranean. With a population of 1.5 million, it is Spain’s second largest city and one of the central hubs for business in Europe. If you include the outer lying areas surrounding Barcelona, the population expands to almost 5 million, adding to the diversity of the city and its people.
Barcelona is located in the semi-autonomous Spanish region of Cataluña and has two official languages: Castilian Spanish and Catalan. English is very commonly spoken, especially by servers and other hospitality staff, as Barcelona considers itself as much European as Spanish to certain extents and hosts millions of tourists each year.
Getting around is a breeze – a fantastic public transport system makes all the great places and beaches Barcelona has to offer easy to visit. It also gives you easy access to the campus and all the amazing sites located throughout the city. But by far, the very best way to see Barcelona is on two wheels. Vast networks of bicycle paths weave in and around the city so grab yourself a pushie and go exploring. When you need a rest, stop at a local cantina for a cool drink and when the belly starts to grumble pull into a tapas bar and indulge your senses in a fresh and colourful feast.
Barcelona is world class when it comes to culture, including art, cuisine and traditions unique to this wonderful city. From the Spanish tradition of tapas to frequent festivals, human pyramids called castellers, and a naturally healthy appetite for food, drink and social company, Barcelona pulsates with life. Like many major cities, Barcelona has dozens of distinct neighbourhoods, but the difference is substantial – some of the city’s neighbourhoods are millenia- or centuries-old, and others just years. Simply strolling the city streets is an experience in itself, as architecture, layout, demographics and locales change from street-to-street.
Barcelona is such a truly diverse city, it boats a largely international population and is alive with colour and flare. The people are the pulsing heart of the city and you’ll find yourself being welcomed – it doesn’t take too long to feel like you are ‘home’ in Barcelona. There’s also the eclectic nightlife, an abundance of significant historical attractions and welcoming and friendly locals. Barcelona is a rich cultural tapestry with history that weaves through the city. It truly is an unparalleled place to study abroad. See you in Barcelona this July!
As a student you’ll be studying at Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS), which boasts an unrivalled location in the heart of Barcelona in the L’Eixample neighbourhood. The campus is conveniently located close to the Urquinaona metro stop, providing access to the rest of the city and outlying areas.
SIS is a five-minute walk from Plaza Cataluña, the centre of the city, and from the Ramblas, Barcelona’s most famous street. To the north, a majority of Barcelona’s amazing Modernista architecture can to be found on the streets of the L’Eixample district with their distinctive grid-iron layout. A two-minute walk to the south of the school is the medieval district of Sant Pere, where the Palau de la Música Catalana is found. On the other side of Via Laietana, the historical centre of Barrio Gótico is found, which grew up around the location of Barcelona’s Roman forum (today the Plaza Sant Jaume).
Culture vultures will already know that the L’Eixample area is popular for its Art Nouveau buildings designed by Gaudí himself. You’ll have easy access to buses and the metro which makes for easy access to exploring the other neighbourhoods and many sights of Barcelona.
The campus facilities include spacious classrooms, multimedia equipment, Wi-Fi, common spaces and a cafe. The college is a truly multicultural setting and attracts students from all over the world. You’ll have the chance to meet other international students from dozens of countries.
The diversity on campus extends beyond the student population. You’ll be taught by highly qualified international professors who are used to adapting their courses for study abroad students. The program focuses on immersion in the Spanish language. But please don’t fear if you aren’t confident in your Spanish as there are plenty of courses on offer taught in English.
Students can choose from either apartment accommodation or connect with a local family and enjoy the experience of a homestay.
We have carefully selected safe and adequate housing for each student. Each living arrangement is distinct and special in its own way.
If you choose to stay in an apartment, it could be located anywhere throughout the city of Barcelona, though it will be within a reasonable commute to the campus. Apartments are fully furnished and you will share a room with another student. There can be up to six students in each apartment so the opportunity to make new friends and have a great experience is all there for you to take advantage of. Apartments include a well-equipped kitchen, a shared living room and bathrooms. Located in the heart of the city means you and your new roommates will be able to make the most of your time living in this vibrant metropolis. You will find shops, cafés, bars, restaurants and just about everything you need right on your doorstep.
Each apartment will have the following:
Fully equipped kitchen with a stovetop, refrigerator and sink
Communal living space or kitchen with a table and chairs
Shared bathroom which includes a toilet and bathing area
Blankets, pillow and a towel
As a cultural bonus, you may share the apartment with international students or young professionals from around the world. The apartments are usually co-ed and generally shared with 3-5 other people. You will never share a bedroom with someone of the opposite sex but you may share the apartment.
Apartments are usually older-style and small. Do not be surprised if things stop working or are generally not as ‘modern’ as you may be used to.
In a homestay, you could live with a mature or senior adult or couple, a young professional or a lively Spanish family. Homestay is not for everyone, but it is a truly amazing way to completely immerse yourself in the Spanish culture. You will likely share a room with another student and you’ll have access to a shared bathroom and living space. Linen is provided and you’ll be spoilt with laundry service as well as home cooked breakfast and dinner. You may or may not be allowed to use the kitchen for your own cooking, however you will be provided breakfast and dinner every day. Via the application process, we will endeavour to match you with the right homestay family.
The homestay will include:
Bed linens, pillows and a towel
Communal living space or kitchen with a table and chairs
Shared bathrooms which include a toilet and bathing area
Two meals per day: breakfast and dinner
Laundry service once a week or access to a washing machine
You will find that the outside facades of some buildings are very old – many of them are 19th century and do not have elevators. The available storage and living spaces will be smaller than most Australians are accustomed to. You will find that many places do not have air conditioning or dryers. Such amenities are expensive to operate and are treated as a luxury in Spain.
You will need to make adjustments to what you are used to in Australia. This is part of your cultural immersion. Living conditions and expectations are different in every country in the world. Be flexible, patient and understanding.
Remember that you will be living in a shared flat or a homestay with a Spanish family. Therefore, you must conduct yourself as a responsible adult and observe certain courtesies, such as keeping noise to a minimum, turning off lights when they are not in use, shutting your windows when you have the heat on, etc. Be respectful of those who you will be sharing your accommodation with. The Spanish are very frank and will not hesitate to communicate with you if there is a problem, in return they will treat you with respect and equality.
CISaustralia support before, during and after the program
Assistance with travel arrangements
Health and medical insurance (if requested)
Pre-departure guide and session
Airport pick-up (on specified program arrival date within designated arrival times)
Accommodation – shared apartment or local homestay*
Breakfast and dinner daily are included with homestay accommodation
Cultural and recreational trips and activities in Barcelona
One guided weekend excursion outside of Barcelona, usually to either Valencia or Costa Brava
CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support – Site Director
Jacksonville University official transcript**
CISaustralia Certificate of Completion
There are two sessions to choose from in Barcelona. They are similar programs with different excursions and the chance to take different classes. You can combine the two for a longer study experience!
*Single rooms are available in the shared apartments only (not the homestay) for an additional fee. Please contact your CISaustralia Program Advisor if you wish to arrange a single room. Please note that housing is limited, and we cannot guarantee a single room. If we are unable to assign you to a single room, we will refund you the additional fee paid.
**Jacksonville University will provide an official transcript as the School of Record (SOR). An SOR is a U.S. accredited institution of higher education that officially documents and awards credits for programs or institutions that are not accredited in the U.S., verifying appropriately all elements necessary for such official documentation.
Please be advised that the Barcelona School for International Studies requires a student’s official transcript when considering applicants. Ordering an official transcript from a university can take up to a few weeks. Students applying near or on the program’s application deadline should plan to have their official transcript on hand.
What is not included:
Vaccinations (if required)
Meals (unless mentioned above)
Extra travel/excursions (other than those mentioned above)
CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
Dates are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.
Just do it! Jump in and enjoy every second – it goes so quickly! I highly recommend a Spanish course… you learn SO much and classes are so much fun! Getting out into the city is the perfect way to practice Spanish and study!