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We invite you to spend your summer with API in Spain at the prestigious Universitat de Barcelona! This immersive language program, offered through one of Spain's top universities, is perfect for anyone looking to advance their Spanish language skills while living in one of Europe's most cosmopolitan and exciting cities.

Improve your Spanish language skills, earn valuable academic credit, enroll in classes alongside students from around the world, experience life in beautiful Barcelona, 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

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Application Requirements

  • Must be in good academic standing at home institution
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of Spanish speakers
  • University Approval Form
  • Official transcript
  • Entry Documents: valid passport
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 2 Jun 28, 2023 - Jul 21, 2023 $5,500 Apr 13, 2023 No Extension May 13, 2023

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.

  • Delta del Llobregat

    Delta del Llobregat is the area between Montjüic and Garraf and one of Catalunya's most important wetland zones. The Delta is a natural environment surrounded by a vast agricultural park which is proof of the way top-quality intensive farming can coexist with a large city. It is also an excellent place for bird-watching, as well as being a strategic point on the bird migration route. Close to the delta there are coastal villages such as Castelldefels and El Prat de Llobregat with excellent beaches and fine cuisine.

  • 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 intended for students who want to study abroad in Barcelona and improve their Spanish language skills in an immersive setting. Level of language study is based on a placement exam administered online prior to arrival by the University of Barcelona.


API students will receive a transcript from the Universitat de Barcelona 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.

    (she / her / hers)

  • 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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Summer students have a language course (for 60 contact hours). The culture portion of the language course (30 contact hours) focuses on key aspects related to Spanish History, Art and Literature in its periods of greatest splendor and character (Middle Ages, Siglo de Oro, Art, and Culture in the 20th century). Visits to some of the major cultural sites in Barcelona are part of the course.


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 de Barcelona (Summer Intensive Spanish Language 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
  • Volunteer and community service activities

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 with both options.

Students who choose to live with families will be provided with 2 meals per day and laundry service. Host families may host up to two API students and most arrangements offer single rooms for each student.

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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