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We invite you to spend your summer with API in beautiful Barcelona at the prestigious Universitat Pompeu Fabra! This exciting program offers you the opportunity to learn more about Spanish and Catalan art, culture and identity. Courses (offered in both English and Spanish) are designed to broaden and enhance your perspective and understanding of Spanish and European cultures, political systems, and society.

Earn valuable academic credit from one of Spain's top universities, enroll in classes alongside students from around the world, experience life in one of Europe's most exciting and cosmopolitan cities, and explore all that Spain has to offer!

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

API Alumni Network


On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation


Medical and Life Insurance


Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities


Housing (including meals and laundry with host families)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

View all opportunities and amenities

Application Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to students with one previous semester of college-level Spanish (or the equivalent)
  • University Approval Form
  • Official transcript
  • One (electronic) passport-sized photo
  • Entry requirement: valid passport
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 2 Jun 25, 2024 - Jul 27, 2024 $7,500 Apr 15, 2024 No Extension May 15, 2024

API students participate in excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Barcelona programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Gastronomy and the Mediterranean Sea

    Delta del Llobregat is the area placed between Montjüic and Garraf, a natural environment outside the noise of Barcelona. Close to the delta there are coastal villages such as Castelldefels and El Prat del Llobregat. In one of these villages students will have the chance to taste a traditional Catalan meal.

  • Tarragona and Costa Daurada

    With almost 60 miles of golden sandy beaches, la Costa Daurada stretches from the north of Tarragona to the Ebro delta. Tarragona’s biggest lure is the wealth of ruins in Spain’s second most important Roman site, including mosaic-packed museums and a seaside amphitheater. Les Cases d’Alcanar or Altafulla conjure up a mix of Mediterranean essences. The towns alternate between flat alluvial land and craggy coast depicting the terrain; between mud and rocks; olive trees and rice fields; marl rocky banks and lagoons.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 6 U.S. semester credits

This program is designed for students who want to study abroad in Barcelona to learn more about Catalan art, culture, and identity. This program also offers API students the opportunity to learn alongside local and other international students!

All courses include exciting social and cultural activities to enjoy Barcelona beyond the classroom! The activities explore issues such as science, wellbeing, sustainability and social impact, and promote the exchange of ideas across disciplines and subject areas.

The Spanish language course is available for all levels, but it is only required for those students who plan on taking all of their courses in Spanish. Students who plan on taking their courses in Spanish must have a minimum of 4 semesters of college-level Spanish experience.


API students will receive a transcript from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra upon completion of their program.

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    Caroline Mobley

    Caroline Mobley will be your Program Coordinator and will help prepare you for your API program.

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  • Alicia Castillo

    Alicia Castillo

    Alicia Castillo will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site in Spain.


  • Mireia Pujol

    Mireia Pujol

    Mireia Pujol will be your Student Services Director in Barcelona and will assist you in adjusting to the Spanish culture!


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    Arnau Roma

    Arnau Roma will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site in Spain.


  • Susana Chorda

    Susana Chordà

    Susana Chordà will be your Housing Director in Barcelona and is ready to assist students on-site!


  • Angela Garcia

    Ángela García

    Ángela García will be your Academics Director in Barcelona and is ready to assist students on-site!


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All courses may include on-site activities, seminars, and projects that are mandatory and part of the course evaluation. Enrollment and participation require attendance, study, the fulfillment of course workload (exams, papers) and active class participation.


Most API partner universities in Spain operate on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.

Courses at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Summer Spanish and Catalan Studies)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

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  • Classes: taught in Spanish & English
  • FORUM on Education Abroad QUIP certified

API students in Barcelona can choose from two different housing options. Students may choose to live with a host family or in a student dormitory. Internet access is included in both options.

Students who choose to live with families will be provided with 2 meals per day and laundry service.

Students who would prefer apartment-style living alongside other Spanish and American students would enjoy API’s dorm/residence hall option. The student dorm has both single and double-room options, with a shared kitchen and private bathroom. Internet access is guaranteed in all rooms. This option carries an additional fee.

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