Spain is beloved for its fascinating history, dynamic culture, and beautiful landscapes. Study in beautiful Barcelona or cosmopolitan Madrid with CISabroad. Or, intern in Barcelona to gain invaluable work experience while immersing in the culture.
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Semester at University of Barcelona


Study Spanish language and culture during the fall, spring or for an entire year at a renowned university in vibrant Barcelona! We'll make sure you make the most of your time through frequent social and cultural activities, excursions and exceptional staff support.

Summer in Barcelona


English electives and Spanish classes tailored to your language level make this a great way to earn credits this summer. You’ll also make friends through many extracurricular activities including a Catalan cooking class, flamenco show, and cinema night.

Semester at Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona


Enjoy strong academics, a gorgeous campus, proximity to a coastline of white-sand beaches, and an exciting, cosmopolitan city that never sleeps. Soak up all that Barcelona has to offer both inside and outside of the classroom.

Intern in Barcelona


Ever dream of working at a magazine, travel agency, or finance institution in beautiful Barcelona? Well, now you can! Work in English or Spanish, and soak up Barcelona’s wonders during our hands-on orientation and guided tours of the city.

The Barcelona Semester


A superb study abroad experience awaits you in this beautiful Mediterranean city: exciting excursions throughout Spain, white-sand beaches only a short distance away, and courses in history, community development, health, and more!

Summer at Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona


Take courses in English and Spanish and enjoy the 2,000 years of architectural and cultural splendor that Barcelona has to offer. You’ll study on the beautiful new campus of this internationally known university.

Semester in Madrid at Universidad Antonio de Nebrija


Experience Spain's largest city while getting the benefits of the small, supportive campus community! You'll be able to fully immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture during your semester in Madrid with this program while also being able to take courses in English and mingle with international students from around the world.

Summer in Madrid at Universidad Antonio de Nebrija


Study at a Spanish university in Madrid's "university city" while enjoying a smaller program and exceptional support. Study intensive Spanish for one or two months and choose from other courses in local topics offered in English.

January in Barcelona


Immerse yourself in the language, culture, and traditions of vibrant Barcelona during your January Term or Winter Break. Take a Spanish language course or culture course taught in English while enjoying an active social and cultural schedule to help you make the most of your short stay.

Study Internship in Barcelona


Barcelona is home to more World Heritage sites than any other city in Europe. You will witness 2,000 years of architectural and cultural splendor. The numerous museums, churches, cathedrals, concert halls, modern art, and the influential architecture make Barcelona an aesthetically appealing destination for visitors from all over the world.

No matter what your interests or requirements are, we have a study abroad program in Spain that’s right for you! Spend a semester, summer, or January abroad in Barcelona or Madrid- we offer six different programs in Barcelona, four different Madrid programs, and an international internship in Barcelona as well. Enjoy the best of this beautiful, temperate country no matter where or when you study! As if that weren’t enough, you can also choose between our several multi-country study abroad programs that include Spain.

For more details on CISabroad study abroad and intern abroad programs in Spain, click here.

The relatively safe status of Spain makes it the perfect location for travel and study. Crimes that occur are considered petty, but just like in the US, safety measures should always be taken. At orientation, you will be given tips to avoid certain areas or questionable situations. Arrive in Spain confident in the fact that most students and tourists have nothing but wonderful experiences. By taking time and effort for precautions you are sure to enjoy your stay as well! In regards to health, general h risks are no different than those found in the US. While health insurance coverage is not required for visitors by the Spanish government, CIS includes a comprehensive medical and accident insurance plan with all of our programs.

The institute you attend in Spain will have a combination of US and Spanish university education. The majority of your classes will be taught by Spanish and European professors, but you will receive US grades at both Suffolk University Madrid and Barcelona International College. At Univeritat Autonoma de Barcelona and Universidad Pablo de Olavide you may choose to study at the language center where you’ll study Spanish-language and take courses taught in English, or you can enroll in courses at the Spanish university if you have a high enough language proficiency.

Official name of country: Kingdom of Spain

Population: 40 million

Capital City: Madrid

Time Difference: Spain is +2 GMT, so it is 6 hours ahead of the east coast and 9 hours ahead of the west coast.

National Anthem: “Royal March”

National Animal: Bull

National Flower: Carnation

National Sport: Soccer

Languages: It is no surprise that the official language of Spain is Spanish! In fact, improving their Spanish language proficiency is usually the main reason students chose to study in Spain. However, there are also a handful of regional languages that are also present in the country. The second most popular language is Catalan and if you study in Barcelona you can be sure you will pick up a few phrases in this romance tongue. Galician is somewhat similar to Portuguese, but it is likely you won’t encounter it unless you are travelling in Galicia in northern Spain. Other smaller groups of languages include Basque, Valencian, Asturian, and Leonese.

Geography: Spain is bordered by France to the northeast and Portugal to the west. The Strait of Gibraltar in the south separates Spain from Morocco. The diverse terrain of the country consists of coastlines, mountains, desserts, and even areas of wetlands. One of the country’s most famed geographic wonders is the Pyrenees Mountain range in the northeast of Spain. Like the terrain, Spain’s climate is also varied throughout the country. The coastal weather of Barcelona is generally pleasant, but is more humid than inland cities. Summers are hot in Madrid and Seville, but thankfully you can always escape to the coast on the weekend! Winters in Spain can be cold with rain and snow mostly falling in the north.

Famous People: Antoni Gaudí (architect), Pablo Picasso (artist), Javier Bardem (actor), Penélope Cruz (actress), Enrique Iglesias (singer), and Miguel de Cervantes (author).

Great Movies: Boca a Boca; 3 días; Los abrazos rotos; Jamon Jamon; The Spirit of the Beehive.