Barcelona

Making the Most of Your Life Abroad

Ready to leave it all behind and have the European study abroad adventure you’ve always dreamed of?

Europe’s Mediterranean hub of culture and history is home to world-famous tapas, scenic beaches and mountains. With over 5.5 million people and internationally recognized architecture (including 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites!), Barcelona is known as the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region.

Studying abroad in Barcelona is the perfect way for students to immerse themselves in the Catalonian lifestyle. Students truly make this city their home as they can walk along the Mediterranean beach, drink hot chocolate and eat churros at a local cafe, and experience the rich cultural history of the region, all while studying and earning university credits.

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Quick Facts About Spain

Spain is the second largest country in Western Europe

The Cave of El Castillo contains the oldest known cave paintings

Spain produces 45% of the world’s olive oil

Tapas is not a food but a way of eating

Barcelona, Spain is home to the largest football stadium in Europe

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What to do in Barcelona?

One of the best parts of studying abroad is getting to really know the city and culture you are living in up close. Below find our lists for must see’s and do’s while you are here:

Top 5 Sights:

  • Don’t miss seeing La Sagrada Familia before it is eventually completed in 2028!
  • Visit Gaudí’s masterpieces: Parc Güell, Casa Milà, and Casa Batlló
  • Watch the Castellers (Barcelona’s famous “human towers”) perform during festivals and major celebrations
  • Enjoy nature at Ciutadella Park
  • Montjuïc and its Magic Fountain

Top 5 Activities:

  • Kayak, paddleboard, surf, or kiteboard in the sea
  • Play a game of beach volleyball
  • Join an amateur football league
  • Watch a Flamenco show, or better yet, take a Flamenco class
  • Explore the trendy neighbourhood of Gracia, filled with shops and restaurants

Top 5 Uniquely Barcelonian Experiences:

  • Go to an FC Barcelona match at Nou Camp stadium
  • Take a Catalán class to integrate yourself more with the local culture
  • Visit Figueras (the Dali museum), Palau Nacional, and the Picasso Museum
  • Take a walking tour of the medieval Barrio Gótico
  • Do some grocery shopping at the Mercado de la Boqueria for fresh food, before walking the entirety of La Rambla

Top 5 Nights Out:

  • Learn how to make paella in a fun and interactive cooking class
  • Enjoy Barcelona’s gastronomic scene and tapas bar culture
  • Attend an outdoor concert or movie on the beach
  • Develop your palate with a wine tasting experience
  • Dance the night away at a salsa club

Top 5 Places to Go Outside of Barcelona:

  • Go horseback riding in Catalonia
  • Explore nearby Andorra or Girona
  • Visit Spain’s capital city, Madrid, and get to know Spain’s largest city
  • Hike Montserrat, just one hour outside of Barcelona
  • Enjoy the beaches of Spain’s Andalusia region
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Activities Offered by Expanish Study Abroad

Studying abroad in Barcelona is the perfect opportunity for students to learn more about the local culture, history, and lifestyle. Expanish Study Abroad provides weekly free activities, as well as program activities, for students to take full advantage of their time abroad.