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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 01-Oct-2020 02-Oct-2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Cruz, Peter Housing Options: Apartment/Flat, Dormitory, Homestay
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75 Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Host Country Language: Catalan, Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Sponsor: CEA
Click here for a definition of this term ISU Course: INTED Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Program Type: Direct
Click here for a definition of this term Classification at Departure: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Program Description:


A Semester in Spain: CEA Barcelona Center University

Program Features

SpainIowa State partners with CEA to provide several program options in Barcelona, Spain. You may take courses at Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Universitat de Vic, ESADE Business School, and/or the CEA Study Center. Choose the track that best fits your language ability and academic needs. You could take beginning Spanish along with courses taught mostly in English or take all upper level Spanish language and culture courses. 

Check out this video to get an idea of a typical day if you study abroad in Barcelona.






Barcelona has beaches, nightlife, amazing cuisine, and several world-class universities. The CEA Study Center is located on the Plaça de Catalunya, in the heart of Barcelona. Depending on which track you choose, you may take courses at one of the universities located throughout the city as well. The city is well-connected with public transportation with buses, trains, and subways making the city easy to navigate. In your spare time, wander the outdoor markets along Las Ramblas, the city's famous tree-lined promenade, or enjoy traditional paella at one of the many restaurants by the sea.



SpainWhat courses?

Classes are taught by international faculty. Most faculty are bilingual (Spanish/English) and represent a variety of different backgrounds. Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered. Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor. You’ll attend class with other CEA students of equivalent language levels, not with native Spanish students. Teaching styles in Spain may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to your school’s classroom structures and coursework expectations. The maximum class size is 15 students for language courses and 25 students for electives. Small class sizes mean more personalized attention from your instructors.

Located on the Plaza Catalunya in the heart of the city, the CEA Barcelona Center offers courses in a range of subjects, taught in English and Spanish. Learning takes place both in and out of the classroom, with instructors taking full advantage of Barcelona’s many notable sites and attractions.

For semester options:
You'll enroll in 1 core course and 3-4 elective courses per semester. Core and elective courses meet for 45 contact hours/3 credits. You may also choose to enroll in the Global Career Development Seminar course, which meets for 15 contact hours/1 credit. Overall, semester students may earn a total of 12-16 credits (180-240 contact hours) and academic year students may earn a total of 24-32 credits (360-480 contact hours). This program is not eligible for Spanish language credits at 300 level or above. 

Program Structure for summer sessions: 
Choose a 1- or 2-course option in June or July, or combine both months and take 3 or 4 elective or language courses. Courses meet for 45 contact hours/3 credits. If you choose the 1-course option, you may earn 3 credits (up to 45 contact hours); in the 2-course option, you may earn 6 credits (up to 90 contact hours); in the 3-course option, you may earn 9 credits (up to 135 contact hours); in the 4-course option, you may earn 12 credits (up to 180 contact hours).

Typically, core and elective courses meet twice per week, Monday-Thursday. Active learning components required by your courses may be scheduled for Fridays.

Prior to departure, you will select your preferred courses and take an online language placement exam. You will be enrolled in courses based on their availability. It is in your best interest to have multiple alternative courses approved by your advisor prior to your departure due to course availabilities. If you choose to take a Spanish language or elective course, to ensure that you receive credit for the language level you place into, have your home university pre-approve courses at several levels before you leave for Spain. This program is not eligible for Spanish language credits at 300 level or above. Please consult with your academic advisor at your home university on credit pre-approval guidelines.

The Semester in Spain, Barcelona programs are intended to meet the needs of ISU students interested in studying abroad in Barcelona and primarily taking courses taught in English with perhaps 1 or 2 classes in Spanish, at most. For students interested in pursuing a major/minor in Spanish and who are interested in taking a full load of upper-level classes in Spanish, ISU encourages you to consider the Semester in Caceres, Spain, program.
For any courses you are interested in taking in upper-level Spanish Language, you are encouraged to take those at the CEA Study Center and to get them pre-approved for Spanish Language transfer credit by an advisor in World Languages and Cultures. 


Cost and Scholarships

SpainHow much?

Please see the 'budgets' tab, above.




When you study abroad in Barcelona, you can choose from a variety of CEA housing options. 

Host families are a great choice if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Homestays will provide three meals a day. 

Student Residence (similar to a dorm) is a great choice if you would like to be independent while living with other international and local students. Meals and laundry service are not included, however there is a kitchen available for use as well as laundry facilities. 

Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking complete independence during your time abroad. Single apartments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited. Rent and utilities are included in the program price, and each apartment is fully furnished. Apartments, that are spread throughout the city, typically house four-seven students, with shared room occupancy. All apartments have kitchens and laundry.

For more detailed information, go here and scroll down to the Housing Options tab.


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