Nicholas Mehmel, CC'17

Sagrada Familia

CIEE Spain: Liberal Arts in Barcelona

Language of Instruction: Spanish
Term: Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Spend a semester in Barcelona studying at Universitat Pompeu Fabra 

The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2021
See other program dates


If you have completed five or more semesters, please review the CIEE Barcelona: Liberal Arts Program. The CIEE Liberal Arts program includes a combination of CIEE-run courses and local university courses at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). You should consider this program if you are a student interested in significantly improving your language skills while taking classes in Spanish history, politics, literature, and culture – all taught in Spanish. In order to participate, you need to complete through Intermediate Spanish II, or the equivalent, prior to departure.

Academic Program

Upon arrival to Barcelona, you complete an intensive Spanish language course that meets for the first few weeks prior to the start of the semester. You then take four additional courses throughout the semester that are taught at the CIEE Study Center or UPF. UPF offers direct enrollment courses with local students as well as Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) courses that primarily have international students in attendance. Based on your language proficiency, it is recommended to take one direct enrollment course at UPF, if possible; otherwise, you can take a blend of courses at the CIEE Study Center as well as UPF HESP courses. All courses are taught in Spanish. If you plan to study in the fall semester, please note that all courses will end in the middle to the end of December so that you are able to arrive back on campus during the spring term.

Program Features

CIEE provides an array of cultural immersion opportunities throughout the course of the semester. You choose to live in either Spanish homestays alone or with another CIEE student, in a student residencia (residence hall) with other Spanish and international students, or in a shared apartment.These are located in urban settings throughout the city.


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 on "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.

Fact Sheet

Foreign Language Learning, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Junior, Senior, Study Abroad
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
4 semesters of language, or equivalent (Intermediate sequence)
Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 1, 2021
Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 1, 2021
Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 1, 2021