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

93%
based on 23 reviews
  • Academics 7.7
  • Support 9.3
  • Fun 9.2
  • Housing 9
  • Safety 9.2
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Courtney
7/10

Study Abroad Barcelona

Overall my experience with CEA was great and I am so grateful for this experience. As I explored the beautiful city of Barcelona I always felt safe and aware of what is happening day by day in the city thanks to CEA. I think CEA did a great job at welcoming us during orientation, as well as making us know how to stay safe during our time abroad. I also think the teachers at CEA were very helpful as well ensuring your time abroad is a memorable one! The only thing I would recommend to CEA is their absence policy, because I feel that 2 absence is not enough especially while overseas. I would also recommend to take a class at UAB or UVic that is offered through CEA because the attendance is more lenient and you get the opportunity to meet a lot of locals and students from all around the world. In all my experience in Barcelona was amazing and would recommend studying abroad here!

What would you improve about this program?
I think this program can be improved in certain areas like the housing department. I think CEA needs to do a better job at explaining exactly where you are going to live considering you are spending four months in a foreign country there. I signed up for Residencia Plus but ended up in a dorm styled room when I thought it was supposed to be two private rooms. Another thing I think CEA can improve is their absence policy. You are supposed to save your two absences for when you are sick but then that prevents you from being able to travel.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Courtney, we appreciate your thorough review of your semester in Barcelona. We’re happy that CEA helped you fully experience the city, and we are always looking for ways to improve our programs and appreciate your insight. CEA’s programs are academically focused so that students can transfer credits back to their home institution. As with home institutions, it’s important to attend classes regularly to get the most out of the curriculum. While students do have weekends to travel independently, CEA excursions and local activity recommendations help students learn about their host city.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Tasia
10/10

Best Experience with the Best Program

CEA was the perfect program for studying in Barcelona because they provide you with all the support you need to succeed in your education and experiencing Barca. They make available multiple activities so you can immerse yourself into the culture. They also have an incredible staff that makes sure you are happy with your classes and housing. CEA was located in the heart of Barcelona making it central for students to explore before and after class. Overall, CEA definitely enhanced my experience abroad!

What would you improve about this program?
Doesn't need improvements!
Yes, I recommend this program
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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!

What would you improve about this program?
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!

What would you improve about this program?
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!

What would you improve about this program?
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!

What would you improve about this program?
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!

What would you improve about this program?
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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.

What would you improve about this program?
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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