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CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts Program in Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
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Program Type: Study Abroad (semester) Language of Instruction: Spanish
Language Prerequisite: Degree Level: 3 Junior
Time Away: Housing options: Dormitory, Homestay
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
Program Description:
Program Description:


CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts in Barcelona, Spain 
Please be reminded that you need to meet different application deadlines when applying to this program:

  • CIEE application deadline: October 1, 2020
  • Princeton application deadline: October 16, 2020
CIEE Barcelona is designed for students with an intermediate level of Spanish who are eager to take their language skills to the next level by taking courses at Universitat de Barcelona alongside other Spanish and international students. In addition to courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Universitat Barcelona also offers courses in STEM areas of biology, chemistry, physics, and more. 

The University

Universitat de Barcelona (UB) was founded in 1450 and is the oldest and largest university in Barcelona. It has 105 departments, 98 degree programs, and 20 research centers. UB classes are held at University Plaza (a few minutes walking-distance from CIEE Barcelona) and may also be held on the UB Diagonal Campus which is a 20-minute metro ride from CIEE Barcelona.

The Setting

The largest city on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is home to 1.6 million in the city proper and 4.5 million in the broader metro area. It is edged with a river on either side and backed by the Serra de Collserola mountains to the west. Castilian Spanish and Catalan are both official languages. Catalan is regularly used in all aspects of life, but not imposed. Spanish is widely used, and students are not required to speak any Catalan to participate in the program. Barcelona has a rich and unique history, and students will find a city with stunningly beautiful architecture and art around every corner. 



Students are required to enroll in a minimum of 15 credits for the semester in order to transfer back a full course-load to Princeton. This typically equates to five courses consisting of one advanced language course and a combination of CIEE-taught and university courses. 

Courses taught at CIEE will follow the CIEE academic calendar and are usually have smaller class sizes and more work throughout the semester. In general, the academic environment of the local university is very different, and the expectation is that students are pro-active, independent, and receive far less guidance from their professors and the university than in the North American university system. Students are required to take all of their courses in Spanish. Visit the CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts page for more information on academics. 


For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad. Students almost must have taken at least up to the 107 level of Spanish. 

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: early September to late December
Spring Semester: late January to late May 

Please refer to the CIEE website for updated academic calendars.


CIEE offers several housing options for students: a homestay, residence hall, or apartment. Please note that students must reside in CIEE-sponsored housing; independent housing is not permitted.

Homestays offer students the opportunity to live with a Spanish-speaking family and experience the daily life of Barcelona. Each student would have their own bedroom, and breakfast and dinner are provided by the host families (students are responsible for lunch). Weekly cleaning, laundry, and internet are also provided.

Residence halls offer students the opportunity to live alongside Spanish and other international students with individual bedrooms with shared kitchens and common areas. Students can opt to pay for access to the kitchens and cafeterias (meals are not provided). 

Apartments may have double or single rooms. They have shared kitchens and laundry facilities, and students will live with other CIEE students on the program. 

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. Students who do not receive financial aid will pay all program fees directly to the provider. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.

For estimated program costs, please click on the budget sheet at the top of this brochure.

Passport and Visa

Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay in Spain. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website.

Students studying in Spain for more than 90 days are required to obtain a student visa. CIEE provides a free service for students eligible to obtain their visas from either the Chicago, Boston, New York, Houston, San Francisco, or Los Angeles Spanish consulates, where they go to the consulate on the students' behalf. CIEE provides students with the instructions for gathering the materials, and then the students them to CIEE with their passport. CIEE takes materials to the consulate on their behalf, and then once the visas are done, they pick them up from the consulates and mail them back to the students. We strongly encourage students to utilize this service.
For students who are unable to participate in the group appointments, or need to obtain their visa from one of the other Spanish consulates where they do not have a group appointment agreement (D.C., Miami, or Puerto Rico), they provide an extensive document with instructions for how to apply for a Spanish student visa.

Application Process

Students interested in applying to the CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts Program should complete the following steps:

  1. Click "apply now" here on the GPS brochure to begin an application. Complete all of the study abroad application items listed in GPS by the GPS deadline and submit to the Office of International Programs. 
  2. Complete the CIEE online application according to CIEE's deadline.


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 01/25/2021 06/01/2021
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