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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: IES 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2025 03/15/2025 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Anthropology, Art History, Communication, Culture, Economics, Finance, History, International Business, International Relations, Literature, Management, Marketing, Music, Photography, Political Science, Psychology, Religion/Theology, Sociology, Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Undergraduate GPA: 2.75
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Apartment-Shared, Residence Hall
Program Type: Study Abroad
Program Description:
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Barcelona - Flexible Study Abroad

Flexible Study Abroad

Our two-part program structure means that your classes are in two six-week sessions that together make up your study abroad semester. So if you can't travel to your host city by the start of the program, you can do the first session of courses online and still have your sights set on doing the second session abroad. Since each of these sessions can ‘flex’ to be on-site or online as/if conditions change, you won't leave any course credit on the table (just on your transcript).

Later start dates mean both sessions combined would take place in fewer than 89 days, eliminating the need for visas for U.S. students (we will work with international students where possible). In addition, we have established decision dates on whether a session will be offered online or on-site well in advance of the start date so students and families can make travel arrangements:

  • Session 1 Start & End Dates: September 23 – November 3, 2020
    • We will decide whether this session will run on-site or online by August 12, 2020
  • Session 2 Start & End Dates: November 6 – December 18, 2020
    • We will decide whether this session will run on-site or online by September 16, 2020

Why Barcelona?

Let the city of Barcelona enchant you. Imagine the smell of the salty sea air coming off the Mediterranean, standing before the genius of Antoni Gaudí's whimsical architecture, feeling the rhythm of the Rumba Catalana, tasting the tapas (patatas bravas, anyone?), and embracing the laid-back Spanish lifestyle. It's all waiting for you here, in Barcelona.

Student Life

We strive to make sure you feel safe, cared for, and at home while you’re away from home. Whether it’s the orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, the cultural events that make it easy and fun to meet other international and local students, or the field trips and walking tours that take you to places tourists don’t usually see—we’re all about our student service. Learn more about the day-to-day studying abroad on this program. From field trips to housing, it’s all on IES Abroad’s website. 

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Scholarships & Aid

IES Abroad firmly believes that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad program. That's why we commit millions in study abroad scholarships and aid, all offered through one quick and easy application. 

Aid Application Deadlines:
Summer – April 1
Fall/Academic Year – May 1
Spring/Calendar Year – November 1

The IES Abroad Difference

We can say that our academic standards are completely unmatched, our partnerships with more than 500 global universities and colleges speak to the quality of our programs, and our health and safety practices have set the standards for the entire field of study abroad. And all of that would be true…. But what really sets us apart is our commitment to you. As a not-for-profit study abroad and internship provider, you are our bottom line. Your success is our success. And in today’s world, that’s a pretty extraordinary thing.

  • 135 Award-Winning Study Abroad and Internship Programs
  • 33 Global Locations
  • Advising & Student Support from predeparture to after you return home
  • Strong Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
  • Millions in Scholarships and Aid
  • Passionate, Mission-Focused Staff and Faculty from our headquarters in Chicago to our Centers around the world
  • 70 Years of Experience

About IES Abroad

Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a not-for-profit academic consortium of more than 260 top-tier American colleges and universities, with more than 240 additional partner universities worldwide. IES Abroad provides premier study abroad and internship programs around the world through IES Abroad, IES Internships, IES Abroad Customized & Faculty-Led Programs, and The Study Abroad Foundation. With more than 400 study abroad programs in 85 locations worldwide, the organization creates authentic global education opportunities for thousands of students annually. IES Abroad has nearly 140,000 alumni who have benefited from studying in IES Abroad programs since its inception. 

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