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This program is intended for students who want to study abroad in Barcelona and improve their Spanish language skills in an immersion setting. Level of language study is based on a placement exam administered upon arrival by the University of Barcelona

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation


Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities


Housing (including meals and laundry with host families)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of Spanish speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Additional supplemental materials
  • Entry Documents: valid passport

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 6 semester credits

This program is intended for students who want to study abroad in Barcelona and improve their Spanish language skills in an immersion setting. Level of language study is based on a placement exam administered upon arrival by the University of Barcelona


API students will receive a transcript from the Universitat de Barcelona upon completion of their program.



Summer students have a language course (for 90 contact hours). The culture portion of the language course (30 contact hours) focuses on key aspects related to Spanish History, Art and Literature in its periods of greatest splendor and character (Middle Ages, Siglo de Oro, Art, and Culture in the 20th century). Visits to some of the major cultural sites in Barcelona are part of the course.


Most API partner universities in Spain operate on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.

Beginning Spanish Grammar

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of Spanish grammar. Particular attention is given to the difficult parts of speech that foreign students encounter. Spanish culture is incorporated into this course.

Intermediate Spanish Grammar

This course offers a systematic review of all verb tenses and moods, and helps students to further develop and improve their writing, reading and speaking skills. Vocabulary acquisition is a key component of the course. Spanish culture is incorporated into this course.

Advanced Spanish Grammar

This course concentrates on the following topics: past tense narration, subjunctive, future, and conditional. Students also review pronouns, ser/estar, comparisons, impersonal “se”, and prepositions. Spanish culture is incorporated into this course.

  • Classes: taught in Spanish
  • Volunteer and community service activities


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    Alicia Castillo

    Alicia Castillo will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.

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    Ruth Gómez Layola

    Ruth will be your Housing Director in Barcelona and will organize your living accommodations for you!

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    Mireia Pujol

    Mireia Pujol will be your Student Services Director in Barcelona and will assist you in adjusting to the Spanish culture!

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    Arnau Roma Sansa

    Arnau Roma Sansa will be your Academic Director on-site and will assist you in achieving your educational goals abroad.

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    Manuel Ramirez

    Manuel Ramirez will be your Program Coordinator and prepare you to go abroad!

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API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Barcelona programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Costa Daurada

    With almost 60 miles of golden sandy beaches, la Costa Daurada stretches from the north of Tarragona to the Ebro delta. Tarragona’s biggest lure is the wealth of ruins in Spain’s second most important Roman site, including mosaic-packed museums and a seaside amphitheater. Les Cases d’Alcanar or Sant Carles de la Ràpita conjure up a mix of Mediterranean essences. The towns alternate between flat alluvial land and craggy coast depict the terrain; between mud and rocks; olive trees and rice fields; marl rocky banks and lagoons. The Ebro Delta is the largest wetlands in Catalonia and the main aquatic habitat in the western Mediterranean. Due to the Delta’s ecological importance, many parts of it were declared a natural park in 1983.

  • Island of Menorca

    Menorca is one of the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea belonging to Spain. The island is known for its collection of megalithic stone monuments: navetes, taules and talaiots, which speak of a very early prehistoric human activity. Minorca is also well known for its traditional summer fiestas, including the popular ‘Festes de Sant Joan.’

  • Montserrat

    Montserrat is regarded by many Catalans as the most important spiritual and cultural center of Catalonia. The 14th century Benedictine Monastery is where the monks worship Catalonia’s Patron Saint, the Black Madonna of Montserrat. As one travels up the mountains, one has a chance to admire the breathtaking views from the Shrine located 2100 feet above sea level.

API students in Barcelona can choose from three different housing options. Students may choose to live with a host family, in a student apartment, or in a student dormitory. Internet access is included in all three options.

Students who choose to live with families share a double room with a fellow API student and be provided with 2 meals per day and laundry service. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.

API apartments in Barcelona generally have 2-4 bedrooms (the majority of which are double-rooms) with a shared kitchen, common area, and bathrooms. Apartments are located throughout the center of Barcelona and tend to be 30-45 minutes from the universities. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.

Students who would prefer apartment-style living alongside other Spanish and American students would enjoy API’s dorm/residence hall option. The student dorm has both single and double-room options, with a shared kitchen and private bathroom. Internet access is guaranteed in all rooms. This option carries an additional fee.

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Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 2 Jun 25, 2019 - Jul 19, 2019 $4,980 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 10, 2019