CEA Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain

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Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city, features a cosmopolitan atmosphere, a temperate climate, marvelous art, and fantastic opportunities to learn. Gaze upon Antoni Gaudí’s gothic Sagrada Familia, the church of the Holy Family. Enjoy delicious tapas as you socialize with new friends. Experience the thrill of soccer at Europe’s largest stadium, Camp Nou.

To give you the widest range of options, CEA partners with some of Spain’s best universities, including University of Barcelona, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, University of Vic, and Pompeu Fabra University. You can study at one of these prestigious institutions, or at CEA’s Barcelona Center, located in the heart of the city. You can also experience both with a hybrid learning program.

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Highlights
  • Hands-on learning experiences that transform the world abroad into a classroom
  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising, including visa and immigration support
  • Courses offered in English that fulfill major and general graduation requirements
  • Comprehensive on-site support, including 24/7 emergency phone
  • Career workshops, Internships Abroad, and Alumni Ambassador positions

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Reviews

94%
based on 21 reviews
  • Academics 7.6
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.2
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.2
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Natalia
9/10

Best four months of my life!

I was greeted by CEA staff from the moment I arrived at the airport to pick up my bags. All throughout the semester, the staff showed unconditional support in academics, housing, and even travel tips. Professors are very knowledgeable in their subjects and courses offer field studies which allow for learning to take place outside four walls.
CEA also offers Experiential Learning Activities which involve activities within the city in addition to trips to Sitges, Valencia, and even Madrid! No matter where you end up going, you learn so much about the culture, language, and the people.
There's always something to do and somewhere new to go eat. Barcelona itself has SO much to offer that there's no going wrong in choosing Barcelona as your study abroad destination. I don't regret my choice and would recommend it to anyone wishing to study abroad!

How can this program be improved?
Involving more activities with locals.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Hi Natalia, we are delighted to hear your study abroad program in Barcelona was the best four months of your life! Thank you for your feedback and for studying abroad with us. Best of luck in your next adventure!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Alison
10/10

CEA Study Abroad in Barcelona

I had the most amazing semester in Barcelona thanks to CEA. The program staff was always available and helpful and the professors were knowledgeable and approachable. I was placed in a lovely apartment close to the program center, as well as many restaurants and shops, and CEA was able to accommodate all of my roommate requests. CEA offered a great range of courses and the professors are knowledgeable and truly care about their students. Overall I highly recommend this program to anyone looking to explore Barcelona!

Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thanks for the recommendation, Alison!

Yes, I recommend this program
Julia
10/10

My Experience with CEA in Barcelona

I am studying abroad for the Spring 2018 semester. I only have about one month left in Barcelona and it feels like the time flew by! I have had a great experience studying abroad with CEA. The support of the staff and professors is very helpful. Communication is great and if I ever have questions or concerns there is always someone at CEA who can help.

My favorite parts about CEA are all of the included activities we can participate in. The other day a group of us went on a hike to Montjuic, which is a big mountain in Barcelona. It was great to have a CEA staff member as our guide. Activities like this make my study abroad experience exceptional. Not all study abroad programs are as involved and supportive of their students. CEA does a great job with this.

I would highly recommend studying abroad through CEA to anyone!

How can this program be improved?
I would enjoy having more scheduled trips with CEA on the weekends. I participated in the Madrid and Valencia trips, but it would be fun to have more organized trips- maybe some outside of Spain. A trip to France or Portugal would be great.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thanks for the recommendation and sharing ways we can improve. Best of luck to your future, Julia!

Yes, I recommend this program
Sadie
Sadie
9/10

The Best Decision I Ever Made

In the months prior to studying for four months in Barcelona, through CEA, the process was so easy. Between my parents and I, the forms were easy and the class options were exciting and interesting. CEA staff were extremely helpful with moving in to our apartment once we arrived in Barcelona, and all of my professors were kind, interesting, and caring. I loved practicing my Spanish with them, and taking the class trips all over the city. CEA planned weekend and day trips to cities like Madrid, Besalu, and Girona, all of which were well-planned, educational, and still lax and fun. Studying abroad in Barcelona was the best four months of my entire life and I would do it over again if i could. My advice would be to seize every opportunity: visit Camp Nou, see as many museums as you can, use your Spanish (or learn Catalan) as often as possible, try every restaurant, and wander around by foot any time you can!

How can this program be improved?
More bonding events between the participants.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for sharing your feedback Sadie. We are thrilled you enjoyed studying abroad with us and will pass along your suggestions to our Program Management team. Best of luck back in NYC!

Yes, I recommend this program
Brynn
9/10

Amazing Experience with CEA

If you have the opportunity to study abroad with CEA, take it! Studying abroad is one of the most influential and rewarding experiences and CEA provides all of the tools needed to have the best experience possible. The location of the school is right in the heart of the city, the staff is absolutely amazing, and the apartments have great locations. The school has a great support system if you ever need anything, and also provides numerous outside of the class activities if you are looking to meet new people or get out of your comfort zone. They also provide you with weekend trips, and one of my favorite trips with CEA was a weekend trip to Madrid. It was so well organized and was the perfect opportunity to get out of Barcelona for the weekend for almost no money at all. Nothing but great things to say about CEA!

How can this program be improved?
Let me stay another semester!
Yes, I recommend this program
Barcelona, Spain
Sarah
10/10

Amazing Experience in Barcelona

CEA has been wonderful every step of the way during my study abroad experience. I've been in Barcelona for almost 3 months now and I'm very happy with all CEA has done to make my stay here amazing. The staff are very friendly and helpful. I especially love the activities and trips that are planned for students, whether it is a weekend trip to the Pyrenees mountains or a tapas cooking workshop. CEA really wants to help immerse you into the culture of your host city and I think they do a great job with it. I love what I am learning in class and especially love when the education extends beyond the classroom during field studies. Overall, I've had a fantastic time studying abroad so far!

How can this program be improved?
I really love all my classes but I think some could be a bit more challenging or make better use out of the time. But I still think they are all really great!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Sierra
10/10

Sierra Best Experience Ever

Choosing to go abroad was such an exciting and life-changing decision, and CEA made the transition and duration of my stay SO amazing. From the second you sign up for the program, you have an incredible and constant support system that is available to answer any questions and offer advice. They even have friendly staffers that pick you up from the airport upon arrival and personally take you to your apartment. But it doesn't stop there. The teachers are an incredible resource of knowledge and experience, and I genuinely enjoyed going to class every day to learn from them. Barcelona itself is one of the most exciting and beautiful places on Earth, but can feel overwhelming sometimes and the staff does a fantastic job of making it feel a little more accessible. I enjoyed every second of my study abroad experience, and it wouldn't have been possible without CEA.

How can this program be improved?
I wish the program could be even longer, I never wanted to go home.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Katie
10/10

Best Semester of My Life!

I loved living in Barcelona and I don't think I would have had the same experience had I not gone through CEA. They provide you with everything you need. And they give you the best housing around the city. My roommates and I were placed a little further from the city center which we thought would be tough but I could not have been more appreciative of this experience. Besides that, CEA also has amazing excursions and field trips that you can take with them that are essentially part of your tuition. I loved being able to take advantage of these little side trips while sometimes not even having to leave Barcelona. I have come to learn so much about myself and about the world through the amazing classes I took abroad.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Alexander
9/10

CEA Barcelona

Absolutely life-changing. I encourage anybody and everybody to go abroad, though obviously I'm a little biased towards Barcelona. CEA provided me with an excellent program, from housing to classes to weekend excursions. We had opportunities to travel to great cities like Madrid or Toledo for next to nothing, not to mention we were given a three day weekend, every weekend. Living in a Barcelona will never fade from memory, it was pure ecstasy; meeting locals, speaking other languages, and reveling in the presence of a different culture was the just the tip of the iceberg. As I've learned since my return to the states, one could talk endlessly about their experiences abroad, and I've not encountered a single person who didn't enjoy their stay in that fabulous city! Just go.

How can this program be improved?
It honestly left very little to be desired!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Anne
10/10

Smooth Sailing!

Deciding to go study abroad was the easy part. The hard part was making plans to actually go. Not knowing what I was doing was nerve-racking, but with CEA they made everything so easy! Their staff was so helpful whenever I had questions about anything, from housing to registering for classes.
The CEA staff on sight becomes part of your study abroad family and you'll never want to go home!
They truly want to make your travel abroad experience like nothing you've ever done before!

Yes, I recommend this program
Jacob
9/10

CEA Barcelona Review

CEA Barcelona gave me everything I could've asked for in an abroad experience. The classes were engaging and interactive. The school was perfectly located in the heart of Barcelona and provided for a great walk to class everyday. The actual classrooms were well designed and had an American feel to them. The faculty at CEA was superb and always wanted to help. I would suggest CEA Barcelona to anyone that is looking to study abroad.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sheridan
10/10

CEA Study Abroad Barcelona - Experience of a Lifetime

Having been my first time traveling to Europe, I truly didn't know what to expect. I was excited, nervous, and ready to take on the world (literally!) Never would I have thought that I would have found another home the way I did Barcelona. I don't only attribute that to the beautiful city and amazing friends I made - I think back to this time and remember the teachers I had, the courses I was able to take - letting us truly explore and learn the culture of this incredible city. We were able to study communications by working one-on-one with a Spanish University student - sharing every detail of each other's culture based on first-hand experiences. We were able to learn history by simply walking around and taking pictures with a photography elective. I can't say thank you enough to CEA - who made each student feel comfortable, safe, and cared for when simply just walking around in our "new home." They were accessible any minute we needed them, were helpful when things didn't go as planned (everyone knows traveling can be a nightmare), and overall, created a program where students from everywhere can come together and find a common ground in this amazing place. There will never be enough words to describe how appreciative I am for that experience.

How can this program be improved?
Become affiliated with more universities making it easier to transfer credits!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Lane
9/10

Barcelona Study Abroad

There is so much that I loved about my time abroad and much of that enjoyment had to do with the program I chose. In the first week of being abroad, CEA provided a list of excursions that you can opt to go on. I highly recommend signing up for most of these opportunities, if not all of them! Some of the events offered include cooking classes, local get-togethers, as well as, overnight trips. I signed up for a handful of each and didn't regret any of them. My favorite outings that CEA provided were to the Pyrenees Mountains and Madrid. It's convenient to take advantage of the events that CEA plans because you don't have to do anything but show up! CEA provides everything from transportation to lodging, and even offers suggestions on excursions to explore.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Rebecca
10/10

Why I Love Barcelona

Honestly, I decided I was going to study abroad two weeks before I applied. I have always wanted to travel to Europe and explore the world. I figured why not just go for it. I explored study abroad programs and chatted with people and concluded that CEA was my best bet-the staff was honestly most helpful through everything. Yeah, there’s a lot of work that goes into applying for a study abroad program, like transfer credit forms, advisor approval forms, applications through your home school etc., but believe it or not, I got it all done in those two weeks. Thanks to CEA’s staff again. It’s funny looking back to that time now because none of my friends believed me when I told them I applied and would be studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain the upcoming month.

I’m so glad I proved them wrong. Studying abroad in Barcelona was the best experience of my life. I had the opportunity to see some phenomenal works of art and the most breathtaking views. The views and buildings just got better and better with each new place I went. From Plaze de Espanya to Casa Milla to Parc Guell to Parc de la Ciutadella to Castle Montjuic to la Sagrada Familia to Montserrat… and the list goes on. Literally anywhere you go in Barcelona is beautiful.

Of course everyone wants to hear and see pictures of the architecture, that’s what Barcelona’s known for! But honestly, what I loved most about Barcelona is the culture. I had never taken a Spanish course until I got to Barcelona, and I’m so glad I did. It made it so much easier to learn the language and communicate with locals. I actually felt (half) fluent by the time I left. It definitely made it easier to immerse into the culture as well. I felt so comfortable traveling the city alone and meeting new people! Everyone is so friendly in Barcelona and everything is slow-paced, there’s nothing you could complain about.

How can this program be improved?
Honestly, I had no complaints about my experience with CEA but if I had to change something, I'd maybe add a meal plan.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Ari
10/10

BCN

I had the most amazing time abroad, especially while being enrolled in the CEA program in Barcelona! The people I met,places I traveled, and the over experience was something I will never forget! Not only was the location perfect, but the program was even more amazing, all the teachers are very personable and there as confidants and someone to lean on if you're ever feeling homesick. The program sets up some super fun excursions as well that help enrich your overall experience! My favorite was attending the FCBarcelona futbol game and traveling to Madrid with all of my friends in the program (and its all paid for which is even better). Overall, I loved everything Barcelona and CEA had to offer and would go back in a heart beat if I could!

How can this program be improved?
The housing situation was not my favorite, it is somewhat of a hit or miss with the living quarters and where you are located. I, unfortunately, was placed in a location that was a 30 min. metro ride or an hour walk from campus. So if I could change anything different about my experience it would be to live in a more central area.
Yes, I recommend this program

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