Study Abroad in Barcelona

"Arcadia in Barcelona changed my outlook on study abroad from a narrow focus on just one country, one place, to interacting with many other cultures and people. It was an unforgettable experience of a city that expresses a truly global community."

-Allison Walsh, University of Pittsburgh student who studied in Barcelona with Arcadia.
  • The Arcadia Center for Catalan, Spanish & Mediterranean Studies is located in the heart of the city, and offers a wide variety of courses taught in English and Spanish.

  • Courses taught by faculty at the Arcadia Center and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) are open to students at all levels of Spanish language.

  • UPF is one of Europe's top universities and among the 500 best universities in the world. With state-of-the-art facilities, extraordinary faculty and a vibrant student community, It is a young university that has become a leader in excellence.

  • Engage in the local community and immerse yourself in the bustling life of Barcelona and Spain.

  • A summer program is also available at Arcadia in Barcelona.


The core of each student’s academic program is the course, Barcelona: Mosaic of Culture, Language and People. This 2 credit course will introduce you to the compelling culture, history, economy, language, and politics of Catalonia. Participants will engage in lectures, seminars, and field studies that highlight the dynamic nature of the region and its people.

In addition to the core course, students will enroll in Spanish language classes, as well as choosing 3 or 4 electives, which can be taken at the Arcadia Center, at Universitat Pompeu Fabra International Business School (UPF ESCI), or at Universitat Pompeu Fabra Hispanic and European Studies Program (UPF HESP).

The hallmark of Arcadia in Barcelona is the co-curricular program, in addition to the academic program. Discover the unique identity of a state within a state - Catalonia in Spain - and how that has influenced this vibrant country throughout the ages.


Contact a Past ParticipantFall and spring semester: 14 - 17 credits
Academic year: 29 - 32 credits

Admission Requirements

GPA Requirements: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation. You need to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation and an advisor's form before your application will be considered.

Students who wish to take all of their semester electives in Spanish at UPF HESP must also meet UPF's eligibility requirement that they have completed at least 60 undergraduate credits at their home university.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester: April 20
  • Spring semester: October 1
  • Academic year: April 20