A vibrant city to learn about, experience and explore


This summer you could study, through English or Spanish, in the beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain, a place renowned for its architectural splendor, warm Mediterranean climate, vibrant, young population and cultural treasures. This program gives you the chance to explore different cultures, while learning about Barcelona’s rise to prominence over the last 20 years and meeting local Catalan people. If you wish to boost your language skills, you can also learn about the social and economic changes that have taken place in Spain in recent history. In either session, you'll learn outside the classroom, visiting key places, meeting locals and learning through experience.

This program is part of the Summer Sessions initiative, allowing you to take one or both sessions or mix a session on this program with a session on a program in another country.

You’ll choose one three-credit course in a session:

Session 1

  • Rags to Riches: The Transformation of Barcelona – Success for Barcelona is a double edged sword. Investigate what makes it such an attractive and exciting place but also understand the side-effects of its success – economic inequality, high housing prices, immigration. What does the independence debate indicate for the future? What is the legacy of the Spanish Civil War? Through lectures and excursions around symbolic parts of the city, you will experience the true transformation of a city.

Session 2

  • Picturing Barcelona: Introduction to Photography – Capture the rich colors, architecture, art and people of this fascinating city through a photography course that is open to all skill levels - you just need your own camera/device. Significant time is spent outside the classroom in the charming neighborhoods of Barcelona.

Arcadia staff in our Barcelona Center, will ensure you find your feet and make the most of this exciting opportunity, seeing famous sites, meeting the locals and learning about the enviable Barcelona lifestyle and culture.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Summer 1 2017 5/25/2017 6/24/2017 3 $4,880 3/31/2017 More Info
Summer 1 and 2 2017 5/25/2017 7/27/2017 6 $8,960 3/31/2017 More Info
Summer 2 2017 6/26/2017 7/27/2017 3 $4,880 3/31/2017 More Info

Program fees listed are base fees only. Please select MORE INFO for an estimate of additional expenses and any additional fees that may be incurred based on enrollment selections or housing placements. Dates and fees for future terms will be posted as they become available. Please see Program Calendar for detailed dates.

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Program Details



Language of Instruction

Proficiency Dependent



Location Type

Large City


As a participant on an Arcadia program, you are guaranteed accommodation. Our priority is to provide a safe, clean, cost-effective and convenient place for you to live, while offering you every opportunity to explore the local culture and community.


Health & Safety

Student health, safety and security in Spain are our top priorities. Our experienced and well-connected staff are prepared to deal with any emergencies that may arise...

Health & Safety