Explore globalization from a European perspective

This exciting program offers you the opportunity to study in English in one of the most popular and cosmopolitan study abroad destinations. By using Barcelona, Spain, as your classroom, you'll explore local, regional, national and international issues by examining cultural, political, social and historical aspects of this intriguing location and its people. 

You'll choose one Cornerstone Course from a choice of two:

  • Brand Barcelona: Marketing the City in a Globalized World - Explore Barcelona as a geographical, economic, and symbolic environment and critically examine the success of the ‘Barcelona Model’ of urban redevelopment, paying particular attention to the way marketing has extended its sphere of influence from the selling of commodities to the branding of places.
  • Gastronomy and Culture in Spain - Enjoy a detailed examination of Spanish regional food and culture and explore how they reflect and advance societal development.

The only way that you will learn about the place you are in and, to a greater extent, about yourself, is by becoming immersed in a new culture and society. ”

Jennifer Reese

Northwestern University Student, Arcadia in Barcelona

  • In addition to the Cornerstone Course, you’ll choose four electives. Spanish language at any level is available, but not required.

  • All Cornerstone courses at the Arcadia Barcelona Center include a one or two day excursion with relevance to course themes.

  • An exciting array of courses are available in both English and Spanish at the Arcadia Barcelona Center and at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).

  • Students interested in business and economics can pursue courses taught in English at UPF's renowned International Business School (ESCI)

  • Spanish language at any level is available. If you have a high proficiency in Spanish, the Hispanic and European Studies Program at UPF provides an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture.

  • Learn more about the Arcadia Barcelona Center.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Spring 2019 1/1/2019 4/4/2019 13-16 $18,500 10/1/2018 More Info
Fall 2019 9/15/2019 12/19/2019 13-16 $15,500 4/20/2019 More Info
Academic Year 2019 9/15/2019 4/2/2020 26-32 $25,500 4/20/2019 More Info
Spring 2020 1/1/2020 4/2/2020 TBA TBA 10/1/2019  

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 housing. 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