The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2024
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Immerse yourself in university life at CIEE Spain: Liberal Arts program in Barcelona. Increase language proficiency and learn about Spanish culture by taking a combination of CIEE-run courses and local university courses at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). In order to participate, you need to complete 4 semesters of Spanish, or the equivalent, prior to departure.

Academic Program

You will have the opportunity to take courses designed for U.S. students at CIEE and classes with local and international students at UPF. UPF is known for its international outlook and emphasis on technology and offers a wide range of courses from business to social sciences.

Based on your language proficiency, it is recommended to take one direct enrollment course at UPF; otherwise, you can take a blend of classes at the CIEE Barcelona Study Center as well as UPF-Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies (UPF-BaPIS). All courses are taught in Spanish.

Program Features

You can choose to live in a homestay, a student residencia (residence hall) with other Spanish and international students, or in a shared apartment. These housing options are located in urban settings throughout the city.

Also, CIEE provides an array of cultural immersion opportunities throughout the course of the semester to enhance your learning experience.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Note the program language requirements.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.