Spanish Language in Barcelona, Spain

Learn or improve your Spanish language skills in the bustling seaside city of Barcelona 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 while being immersed in the language and traditions of Barcelona.

Program Overview

Breathe in the fresh Mediterranean air while you soak up the Spanish language and the distinctive Barcelona culture. The program is a short-term experience primarily located in the L’Eixample neighbourhood, close to the metro stop Urquinaona, in a beautiful district of Barcelona between the old city (Ciutat Vella) and what were once surrounding small towns, constructed in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Gain credit while you have fun
In a short time you can expect to gain or improve your Spanish language skills – there is nothing like hearing, reading and speaking a new language every day. You can earn the equivalent of one full-time academic course towards your degree in Australia at the Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS).

A diverse jam-packed experience
You really will hit the ground running when you arrive. CISaustralia provides an orientation, activities and tours so that you have something happening most days you’re in Barcelona. We want to ensure you get the most out of your time while providing a nice balance of free time to discover the city on your own. It is not surprising the number of students that return after their program – it’s hard not to love Barcelona, truly one of the world’s major global cities.

If you know you will love it, plan to stay
If you have the feeling that a few weeks is just not long enough, consider pre-planning an internship or other study abroad program. You are already in Europe, why not continue on to spend more time in London, Florence, Rome, Czech Republic, France or Ireland? Alternatively, if you know Spain is for you, stay on for an internship and get to know Barcelona even more!

Are you in?
If this all sounds like a perfect couple of weeks in your university break, apply today as spaces are limited. You will be travelling with like-minded students from Australia and the US – so come alone and meet a bunch of new and interesting people, or bring a friend to share the experience. Either way we would love to have you on board.


If you’re going to learn the Spanish language there is no better place to do it than in Spain. The Spanish Language 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:

  • 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!

Choose Your Course

The CISaustralia Spanish Language in Barcelona program is offered over 2 sessions in June and July each year at Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS).

Course Load: 1-4 courses per 4-8 week sessions

  • Depending on your Australian university, “courses” may be referred to as “subjects” or “units”.
  • Each course/subject/unit you undertake on a CISaustralia program 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 academic 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 degree allows!
  • Your CISaustralia Program Advisor can assist with any questions or details your university needs to make a decision.

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, you may still be considered for the program but will need to be prepared to provide supporting documentation. Please contact us to discuss your situation and we will work with you to help find another suitable program if required.

NOTE: Please be advised that Barcelona SIS 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.

Course Descriptions:

CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: Session 1 and 2

This course is geared towards students who have a grasp of the four basic language skills – speaking, listening, reading, and writing – and augment their knowledge of the world’s Hispanic peoples and their cultures. Building on the foundation of previous Spanish study or direct experience with the language, this course is designed for those who have already achieved an intermediate mastery.

CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: Session 1 and 2

After completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Produce simple sentences
  • Ask and answer questions about him/herself, about others, and about things s/he has or needs
  • Produce simple statements concerning his/her needs or usual subjects and to answer questions of this type when they are directed to him/her
  • Use culturally appropriate non-verbal communication
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: Session 1 and 2

After completion of this course, the student will able to:

  • Tell detailed accounts that occurred in the past
  • Understand the main ideas in semi-complex Spanish debates
  • Justify an opinion in informal debates
  • Ask for specific information, complain, ask for an explanation
  • Give detailed instructions about how to do something
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: Session 1 and 2

After completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Use frequent polite structures, speak in short social exchanges, describe what s/he does at work or in his/her leisure time, arrange an appointment
  • Ask for information in different situations (in shops, banks, travel agencies…)
  • Describe personal experiences in the past. Describe objects and places
  • Explain what s/he likes or prefers
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: Session 1 and 2

After completion of this course, the student will able to:

  • Tell detailed accounts of events that occurred in the past
  • Speak in detail about future and possible future events
  • Argue and communicate effectively in a speech
  • Explain his/her point of view about current issues arguing all of the points and counterpoints


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.


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.

The University

This program is based at Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS), a truly international institution allowing students exposure to many different nationalities.

SIS is in the L’Eixample district of Barcelona between the old city (Ciutat Vella) and what were once surrounding small towns, constructed in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It is an ideal location – just a short walk to Plaza Cataluña, one of the city’s main plazas, and about a 5-10 minute metro ride to Plaza España.

The campus facilities include spacious classrooms, multimedia equipment, Wi-Fi, common spaces and a cafe. If you have a passion for Spanish culture and language, this is a perfect program to immerse yourself.

While there is a primary study element to the program, you will have endless activity options to fill in any spare time. Barcelona boasts some of the best beaches right in the city centre and more just a short drive away, plus plenty of art exhibitions, theatre and dance performances, film festivals, museums, concerts and more. There really is something exciting and new happening every day!


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, cafes, 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 breakfasts and dinners. 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:

  • Two meals per day: breakfast and dinner
  • Communal living space or kitchen with a table and chairs
  • Shared bathrooms which include a toilet and bathing area
  • Bed linens, pillows and a towel
  • 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. Living conditions and expectations are different in every country in the world. Be flexible, patient and understanding. This is part of your cultural immersion!

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.

Please note: Students are liable to pay for any damages that occur to the accommodation. Replacing lost/stolen/damaged room keys and/or other damages that happen onsite will be charged directly to the student (in local currency).

Program Fee & Dates

June 2020: Session 1
Application Deadline30 March 2020
Arrival Date02 June 2020
Departure Date27 June 2020
Program Fee A$ 6,599 - 7,399
OS-HELP A$ 6,913
June-July 2020: Session 2
Application Deadline10 April 2020
Arrival Date29 June 2020
Departure Date25 July 2020
Program Fee A$ 6,599 - 7,399
OS-HELP A$ 6,913
June-July 2020: Sessions 1 and 2
Application Deadline30 March 2020
Arrival Date02 June 2020
Departure Date25 July 2020
Program Fee A$ 10,599 - 12,699
OS-HELP A$ 6,913


Program fees include the following:
  • Tuition fees
  • CISaustralia support services before, during and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial advice
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure guide and session
  • Airport pick-up (on specified program arrival date within designated arrival times)
  • Accommodation – apartment (shared or single room*) or local homestay
  • Breakfast and dinner are included daily in homestay accommodation only
  • Cultural and recreational trips and activities in Barcelona
  • One guided weekend excursion outside of Barcelona
  • CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support – Site Director
  • Jacksonville University official transcript**
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Participation (available on request)

NOTE: Please be advised that Barcelona SIS 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.

*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.

What is not included:

  • Flights
  • Medical insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Vaccinations (if required)
  • Meals (unless mentioned above)
  • Extra travel/excursions (other than those mentioned above)

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.

CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

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