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.A two-day excursion is included and spring semester also offers you the opportunity to gain workplace experience to boost your resume. 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 the choices below:

  • 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.
  • Work in Thought and Action (Spring Semester Only) - Complete a one-month externship placement at the conclusion of your semester to gain experience in a Barcelona workplace, increase intercultural competence and contribute to a globalized workforce. Externship Seminars held throughout the semester, and prior to the placement, will help prepare you to make the most of your placement in the workplace.
  • All Cornerstone courses at the Arcadia Barcelona Center include a one or two-day excursion with relevance to course themes.

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

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

  • 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
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 TBA TBA 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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