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Art History in Florence. Biomedical Engineering in Barcelona. Comparative Healthcare Systems in Havana. Global Business in London. With API Customized Programs, some of the best learning happens outside of the classroom walls. The world is your classroom. API is ready to help you develop your next customized or faculty-led program.
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Experience the world from anywhere in the world with API’s virtual programs. Tackle global challenges, study a new language with native speakers, give your resume a global edge, and more! Want to go abroad and go virtual? You can mix and match your programs to do both at the same time.
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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Barcelona is a city of contradictions: old and new intertwined, beautiful and industrial, traditional and avant-garde. Bordered by France to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the east, Barcelona is one of the most ‘European’ of Spanish cities. Stroll Las Ramblas, one of the city’s most famous and busy boulevards and weave through the medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic). Enjoy the unique and colorful architecture of Barcelona’s most famed architect, Antoni Gaudí. Barcelona is a very cosmopolitan city that combines the latest trends with the most typical Spanish traditions. Barcelona offers museums, cinemas, restaurants, clubs, bars, the beach and the mountains, and people from all over the world.
Although Spaniards from Barcelona speak both Spanish and Catalán, the mixture of local residents and international visitors makes it an easy city to understand and make yourself understood. Barcelona exposes students to several cultures, languages, and worldviews; but then, what else could be expected from the marvelously complex city of Barcelona?
Students who choose to study abroad during their gap year in Barcelona will take courses at the Universitat de Barcelona. The Universitat de Barcelona was established in 1450 and is the oldest and largest university in Barcelona. Students complete Spanish language and culture courses alongside other American, Erasmus (European) and international students in the university’s Department of Hispanic Studies.
“The cultural events were incredible and made me feel like I was really living the life of a native and immersing myself in the culture. I learned more from each event than I have learned from all of my culture and history classes at my home university. It all made me feel connected and appreciate all aspects of life in Spain."
API students in Barcelona have the opportunity to give back to their local community through various volunteer projects, including working with children and adults with special needs.
Enjoy the beach and waterfront
Wander Park Guell and other Gaudi creations
Learn how to make a human tower (Castellers)
Tapas (bar snacks)
Croquetas (fried snacks)
Gràcia Festival (August)
Whit Monday (May)
St. George's Day (April)
The Universitat de Barcelona was established in 1450 and is the oldest and largest university in Barcelona.
Julia Nelson will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
Alicia Castillo will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.
Mireia Pujol will be your Student Services Director in Barcelona and will assist you in adjusting to the Spanish culture!
Arnau Roma Sansa will be your Academic Director on-site and will assist you in achieving your educational goals abroad.