Study Abroad / Affiliated Programs / Summer Programs

Barcelona, Spain

Spend a summer in Barcelona, Spain!

Students in Barcelona study onsite at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).

Founded in 1990, the campus offers courses in social sciences, humanities, communication and information technologies as well as in health and life sciences.

Why choose this program?
  • Courses can be taken in English, Spanish or Catalan
  • Beginner to Advanced levels of Spanish
  • 6-week program
  • 6-9 credits, two or three courses
  • Study visits included in program fee
  • Want to study in two locations in Spain this summer? You can add Seville May Term and/or Summer Term 1

Visit the Spanish Studies Barcelona Summer program website.


Spanish Studies Abroad in Barcelona offers high quality education at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), giving students the chance to fully integrate and immerse themselves into Spanish life for the summer. During the summer term in Barcelona you choose two or three classes from the Hispanic and European Studies Program.

Courses are offered in English and Spanish. Areas of study include: Language, Art History, Business, European Studies, History, Management, Marketing, and Social Science.

Examples of Summer Courses: 


  • Beginner
  • Pre-intermediate
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Superior


  • Society and Politics in Contemporary Spain
  • Current Issues on the European Union in a Global World Communication
  • “Sketches of Spain”: Spain in Contemporary Mass and Visual Culture
  • Imágenes de España en el cine contemporáneo
  • Barcelona on Stage: Documentary Workshop


  • Spanish Postmodernism and Beyond
  • Contemporary Barcelona and Its Cultural History
  • La edad de plata: Intelectuales y artistas en las vanguardias españolas de entreguerras
  • Cataluña: Tierra de encuentros y territorio de fronteras

Language (Special Activities)

  • De compras por Barcelona
  • F.C. Barcelona: Más que una institución deportiva
  • La empresa española: Una cervecera catalana

Through university coursework, homestays with Catalonian families, and multiple cross-cultural opportunities, students will find Spanish Studies Abroad in Barcelona to be a highly immersive and integrated study abroad experience.


The program cost is $5,600 for the Summer Term.

Since the Barcelona, Spain summer abroad program does not occur during the regular academic year, Federal, State, and Saint Mary’s institutional aid may not be applied to the program’s costs.

Costs Include:

  • Tuition
  • Double occupancy room & full board
  • Laundry
  • Overnight & local study visits & cultural activities
  • Orientation
  • Health Insurance
  • Computer access & high-speed internet access
  • Spanish Studies transcript
  • Support of onsite staff

Scholarship Information

CC-CS has a scholarship program that is open to all participants. Award recipients are chosen based on the submission of an original essay in Spanish, an essay in English and a faculty recommendation. Students may receive awards up to $2,500.

Scholarship Program Instructions

Students should research the details of non-Saint Mary’s scholarships for applicability and see the Director of Study Abroad for other scholarship and grant opportunities.

Program Dates/Application Deadlines

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Spanish Studies recommends that you apply as early as possible to allow more time for pre-departure arrangements, such as applying for a student visa.

Click here for Program Dates and Application Deadlines

Application Procedures

To be eligible, you must have a 3.0 GPA in Spanish Coursework. Individual courses may have language pre-requisites.

Apply online to the Spanish Studies Abroad. Complete the Saint Mary’s required paperwork, application may be picked up in the Study Abroad Office, Saint Mary’s Hall, Room 103.

Acceptance is contingent on a thorough review of the student’s application and subsequent approval from Spanish Studies. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Spanish Studies recommends that you apply as early as possible to allow more time for pre-departure arrangements.

Next Steps

After acceptance, complete the following required items.

  1. Obtain a passport. Submit a copy of the first page to the Study Abroad Office.
  2. Attend all orientation sessions.
  3. Arrange travel plans. Submit a copy of your flight itinerary to the Study Abroad Office.
Culture/City Information

As Spain’s second largest city, Barcelona embodies every quality of a European city. Experience the typical hustle and bustle of a busy city on La Rambla, take a stroll through one of the many barrios or enjoy any of its famous Mediterranean beaches. The urban city is host to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, attracting millions of tourists each year.

Just a little of what Barcelona has to offer:

  • Subtropical and Mediterranean climate
  • Cosmopolitan coastal city
  • World class arts and entertainment
  • Famous for Gaudi, Dali, Miro and Picasso
  • UNESCO World Heritage sights
  • Beautiful Beaches
  • Fashion Center

Learn more about the culture of Barcelona

The weather is pleasant year-round except for the rainy season in October. The winters do cool down quite a bit, especially at night. Some say that summers are unpleasantly hot, but the heat of Barcelona never compares to that of Madrid or Seville. The absolute best time to visit is spring and early summer, when the weather is perfect and the city is full of annual celebrations.

When Central Standard Time is in effect in the United States, Spain is seven hours ahead.

The currency in Spain is the Euro. Euro bank notes come in the following denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. Coins are in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 1 euro and 2 euro.

For more Information:

Find Us

The Heights International Center, Room 103
Winona Campus
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fax: 507-457-6917