Explore globalization from a European perspective

Arcadia in Barcelona offers you the opportunity to study in English in one of the most popular and vibrant study abroad destinations. Using Barcelona as your classroom, you'll explore topics ranging from local issues of identity to the international reputation of the city by examining multidisciplinary perspectives on this intriguing location and its people. This program offers students the perfect blend of a close-knit community of Arcadia program participants and all of the resources and opportunities of an immersive university experience with our local partner, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

  • You'll participate in a specially designed Cornerstone Course as the pillar of your academics for the semester: 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.
  • Your Cornerstone Course includes a one or two-day excursion with relevance to course themes to bring your learning to life.
  • In addition to the Cornerstone Course, you’ll choose four electives. Spanish language at any level is available, but not required.
  • A diverse array of courses are available in both English and Spanish at our partner institution, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). You can pursue suggested tracks of courses based on your major or design your own schedule based on your academic interests.
  • Students interested in business and economics can pursue courses taught in English at UPF's renowned International Business School (ESCI).

The experience is one I will never forget. I have learned so much about myself and about the Spanish culture. I will surely return many times. ”

Octavius Blount

Arcadia University Student, Arcadia in Barcelona

  • The Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies (BaPIS) offers innovative courses that aim to stimulate creative approaches to today‚Äôs big challenges. From Ethics to Biology, from Artificial Intelligence to Humanities, from Legal systems to Politics and Society, from Economics to Design Thinking, courses at BaPIS cover disciplines from across the spectrum of liberal arts and STEM.

  • The International Relations Program (IBEI) is an excellent option for students interested in increasing their understanding of today's world's challenges in the spheres of global politics, international relations and international security.

  • Spanish language at any level is available. If you have a high proficiency in Spanish, the Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies (BaPIS) at UPF provides an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
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 13-16 $16,500 10/1/2019 More Info
Spring 2021 1/10/2021 3/27/2021 TBA TBA 10/1/2020  

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...

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