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Make Barcelona Your Classroom

Barcelona is a diverse and welcoming Mediterranean city where sun warms long stretches of sandy beaches most of the year, surreal Gaudí architecture lines the streets, and tapas are enjoyed al fresco in open plazas. Soccer fans, foodies, history buffs, lovers of art, culture, and design, and those with a passion for language learning will feel at home living, studying, and interning abroad here.

CAPA Barcelona students study at the Institute for American Universities (IAU), located downtown near Placa de Catalunya, Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter. Students on our direct enroll program study at the centrally located Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona (UPF).

The experience of a lifetime awaits.

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Quick Facts:

  • One of Europe’s greenest cities, with 68 parks
  • A hub for start-up companies 
  • One of the world's most LGBTQIA-friendly cities
  • Has four miles of sandy beaches
  • Two official languages: Catalan and Spanish
  • Has 55 museums covering topics as diverse as Lego, funeral carriages, and soccer

  • Average temperatures: 49°F (Jan) - 74°F (Aug)
  • Currency: Euros
  • Population: 5.5 million

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Learn About Studying with CAPA in Barcelona



Explore the diversity of multicultural Barcelona with our My Global City events: learn about Mediterranean cuisine with a tapas tasting, walk through the old streets of the Gothic Quarter, or tour the city's impressive architecture.
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Live like a Barcelona local and stay in a shared apartment or opt for a homestay, all within commuting distance to the CAPA center. Plus, CAPA offers students Health & Wellness support.


Choose from a range of courses covering a variety of disciplines such as business, Spanish language, history, political science, art, urban/global studies, film, and much more!
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During your internship, you'll acquire useful professional skills for your future career, enhance your classroom experience, connect with locals, and improve your resume. Learn More

CAPA's Barcelona Center Location

  • Pl. de Catalunya, 20, 2
  • Barcelona,
  • 08002
  • Spain

From our Resident Director

Rebecca Swanson

CAPA Barcelona Resident Director

Hola from Barcelona, the city that welcomed me more than 30 years ago into its lively and colorful way of life! Bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, this global city is a mixture of ancient and contemporary history and culture. Vibrant centers of modern art and architecture sit next to the ancient Roman walls and the medieval Jewish and Gothic quarter. I invite you to discover how tradition and modernity encounter and fuse through its astonishing gastronomy, its plazas, its neighbors, and the diversity of its people. We will help you explore all that the city has to offer: from understanding Gaudi’s Modernisme and living like a local in the Eixample neighborhood, to having the possibility to intern in the one of the many tech-start ups in the Glories District… once you set foot in Barcelona, it will stay in your heart forever!

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