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  • Explore Spanish literature & culture in a bustling city
  • Earn 6 credits in 5 weeks over the summer

  • Excursions to museums and guided tours throughout Barcelona included in program fee

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Barcelona is one of the oldest European cities and the capital of Catalonia, one of the most vibrant and modern regions in Spain. It is also an international landmark for art, architecture and financial trade. As the region that pioneered the Industrial Revolution in Spain, Catalonia developed a strong national bourgeoisie and proletariat largely comprised of immigrants. The struggles between these two social classes left their mark on the city as can be seen in a number of architectural gems that express the European aspirations of the bourgeoisie--from the Modernist buildings by Gaudí (La Casa Milà, La Sagrada Família) and Domènech i Montaner (Palau de la Música) to the more recent works by Frank Ghery or Santiago Calatrava.

In the midst of these economically and ethnically marked spaces, the city offers world-class museums (most notably the Picasso Museum and the Miró and Tàpies Foundations), varied musical offerings, experimental and internationally acclaimed theater and film, as well as a remarkable street culture. All of these impressive cultural sights and offerings will be directly incorporated into the course.


You will live in homestays Barcelona.

Welcome and Farewell Dinners are also included in the program fee.


You are responsible for making your own transportation arrangements to Barcelona and back.

Transportation on program-related field trips while in Spain is provided as part of the program fee. During and/or after the program you may travel independently to other cities in Spain (Girona, Tarragona, Madrid, Seville, Granada, Bilbao, etc.) or other countries in Europe.


  • Courses: SPAN 3230 Discovering Barcelona and SPAN 3270 Barcelona: Understanding Local and Immigrant Cultures
  • Credits: 6 upper-division credit hours
  • Approved for: The courses fulfill two in-demand areas: SPAN 3270 (3 credits, fulfills the Human Diversity area of the core curriculum) and SPAN 3230 (3 credits, 3xxx level course). Both courses count toward the requirements for all three tracks of the Spanish major as upper division electives.
  • Grading: This is a CU Boulder course, so you will receive letter grades
  • SPAN 3230 Course Description
  • SPAN 3270 Course Description

The courses are based on cultural sites and events unique to Barcelona. The syllabi include readings on and about Barcelona, Spanish literature and culture.

Classes incorporate guest lectures by Spanish scholars on various topics (immigration, literature and culture, history, art, architecture, and political science). You will gain a unique perspective on the complexities, tensions, and struggles inherent in the multiple cultures that coexist in Barcelona.


Students at Fountain

The program is directed by Professor Javier Krauel and Professor Juan Herrero-Senés. Both are natives of Barcelona. Both are Associate Professors in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and have taught previously on these topics.

Drs. Krauel & Herrero-Senés have published on the topics covered in the Global Seminar such as Catalan nationalism and the cultural legacies of the Spanish empire, two issues that are crucial to understanding the ways in which Barcelona presently negotiates Catalan, Spanish, European and immigrant cultures.

Professors Krauel & Herrero-Senés, along with staff from the CU Boulder Education Abroad office, will select program participants.


The program schedule is relatively busy but when you are not in class or doing a group visit you will have time to explore Barcelona. Many site visits and guided tours are included.


  • Gilman Scholarship: For students currently receiving Pell grants as part of their federal financial aid.




Program Reviews:
Summer 2016 Participant
I wished I had really known how hot it was going to be. I also wished I had known that it didn't matter so much what I wore (I was lead to believe that there was a very specific way that everyone dressed in Barcelona). Both of these would've affected my packing decisions for the better.

Summer 2016 Participant
The housing was a homestay, with one housemate. The situation was a pretty good fit for me, but I am quite flexible. The host mom was never really home so there was not much interaction with her, which was very unfortunate, but I enjoyed the freedom to come and go as I please as long as I communicated with her about my whereabouts. I would prefer this situation time and time again to living on my own in an apartment with other students. This provided much more structure and immersion into the culture and how daily life is.The commute was very simple. I always took the metro wherever I went and found that it was a great source of transportation. I would walk 10-12 minutes to the metro, take the metro for 5 minutes and then walk for another 10 minutes to get to CIEE. The daily commute was very simple and I loved it!

Summer 2016 Participant
I learned the value of traveling and learning about other cultures, and now I want to travel more and see more! I also gained a lot of independence and a stronger sense of self from the program. I learned what type of surroundings I should live in one day, and which ones I should avoid.

Summer 2016 Participant
Dinner with my host mom was always interesting because she would make me traditional Catalan dishes using her mothers recipes and it felt so special to experience food passed down through generations.

Summer 2016 Participant
I lived in an apartment. It was a nice fit but was somewhat far away from the school. I had been told that all the host families lived within two metro stops of the school and my commute had 6 stops. Overall it was a nice apartment and I really liked the family.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01-MAR-2018
Variable 10-JUN-2018 14-JUL-2018
NOTE: Dates on this page are for information only; final dates will be confirmed with participants after acceptance to the program. Do not purchase airfare until instructed to do so by your Program Manager. The Start Date indicates the day participants arrive at the program location; the End Date indicates the day participants depart from the program location.
Summer 2019 01-MAR-2019 ** Variable TBA TBA

** Most programs’ applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (starting August 1st for Spring programs and January 15th for Summer and Fall programs). NOTE: Some programs start the admissions process earlier and fill before the deadline, and some programs’ applications aren’t reviewed until after the deadline. Check with Education Abroad staff for details.

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