“Taking classes on architecture, history, culture, and Spanish and then seeing the buildings and customs that we learned about was an experience unlike any other. Linking real life memories with information creates an appreciation for the work that went into building La Sagrada Familia—and respect for the technique it takes to make real Spanish tapas—that I would not have gained in any other way. ” Rachel Eisner, 2015


Sunday, July 3 – Saturday, July 23, 2016

  • Spend three weeks studying at the University of Barcelona.
  • Experience college life while living in one of the world's great city.
  • Broaden your worldview.
  • Earn a Columbia University Statement of Attendance and evaluation letters from University of Barcelona teachers.

A program, conducted in English, for students entering grades 11 or 12 or freshman year of college in fall 2016. The program is mounted in collaboration with the University of Barcelona, founded in 1450, the oldest university in Catalonia and the second largest in Spain.

Students examine the history, art, urban development, and language of Barcelona, enriching their understanding of how European communities develop local, regional, national, and international identities. Students share a common three-course curriculum taught in English, supplemented by a Spanish-language workshop. University of Barcelona faculty members teach the courses.

Academic work breaks out of the classroom and into the city itself as classes visit sites of historical and cultural relevance throughout Barcelona. Additionally, two days are devoted to visiting important sites outside of the city

Students live in a state-of-the-art University of Barcelona residence hall and are supervised by a trained and experienced residence life staff. The site director and resident advisers, in addition to providing for the safety and well-being of the students, organize various cultural and recreational activities around Barcelona.