Global Cities


Go Beyond in Barcelona, Spain

During a summer studying and interning abroad, explore and engage with the eclectic city of Barcelona, which offers something for everyone; enjoy a flamenco performance, tour Gaudí architectural masterpieces, delight in a gastronomic adventure at La Boqueria, and much more.

This six-week summer study abroad program gives you insight into the significant ways in which Barcelona has been imagined, invented, and transformed by globalization. Choose from a range of courses covering a variety of disciplines such as business, Spanish language, history, political science, art, urban/global studies, and film, plus an optional global internship. Plus, take advantage of additional Online Courses in Florence, London, and SydneyEarn 6 or 9 credits.

Arrival: June 3, 2021
Departure: July 17, 2021
Application Deadline:  
April 5, 2021
Program Fee:  
All prices, dates, and deadlines are subject to change.

The Barcelona Experience

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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 that include business, Spanish language, political science, communications, history, urban/global studies, film, art history, and much more.
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The internship application deadline for summer 2021 has past. Visit our internships page to learn more about future internship opportunities with CAPA:  Learn More

CAPA Barcelona Program Inclusions


CAPA program fees are comprehensive and include tuition, housing, excursions, My Global City events and activities, 24/7 emergency support, insurance, and more.

Courses & Credit

Earn 6-9 credits in the summer (courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted; internships are 3 or 6 credits). Credits are issued by the University of Minnesota.


You can opt to live in a shared apartment or a homestay (with your own room and two meals a day), all within commuting distance to the CAPA center. Homestays incur a supplementary fee.

Local Transit Pass

A local transit pass is included for the length of the program.

Excursions & Activities

Enjoy included, full-day excursions to Montserrat, Girona, and Figueres, where you'll visit the Dalí Museum (COVID-19 restrictions permitting). Social events and program activities include an arrival lunch and a farewell dinner. 

Intern & Volunteer

Participate in an internship opportunity, earn credit, and gain valuable skills. Placements are in English or in Spanish. You must have completed at least four semesters of Spanish language to participate in a Spanish internship.

My Global City

CAPA-led events each semester include a walk through the labyrinthine streets of the old Gothic Quarter, and a visit to Santa Maria del Mar, an excellent example of Catalan Gothic architecture and Barcelona's "forgotten" cathedral. Other activities vary by semester and reflect what is on at the time.

Comprehensive, 24/7 Support

CAPA provides comprehensive support services for students to utilize during their time in Barcelona. The team is available throughout the duration of the program to assist and support students 24/7 with any emergency situations. Students will also have access to the Guardian study abroad safety app which includes emergency assistance and other support resources.



You’ll receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.

Safety, Health & Wellness 

CAPA is committed to the health and wellness of our students while they are studying abroad in Barcelona. We maintain a comprehensive health and safety plan to ensure a safe and productive learning experience, and provide a variety of health and wellness tools and resources.


Program eligibility requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale).*
  • Be the equivalent of at least a 2nd semester Sophomore (strongly recommended).
  • Submit your completed application along with supporting documents and your deposit by the program deadline.
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing with your home institution.
    *Students with a GPA below the requirement may be admitted on a case by case basis. Please contact us below for details or chat with an Admissions Advisor today.

Courses are available in person at our CAPA Barcelona Center in business, marketing, Spanish language, film, writing, urban studies, and more. Plus CAPA Barcelona students have access to CAPA online courses in Florence, London, and Sydney.

Marketing and Distribution Channels  

This course will explore the fact that today, most brands make their offerings available through multiple distribution channels and demonstrate how a brands channel strategy may also act as a key differentiator. Students will develop an understanding of how brands can distinguish themselves competitively while taking multichannel marketing, managing of channel conflict, disintermediation, and push vs. pull marketing efforts in the channel into consideration. 



Advertising and Society  

This course will introduce students to the dynamic relationship between advertising and society. Students will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of how advertising works; discuss the many ways in which our behaviors and attitudes as human beings can be influenced and impacted (both positively and negatively) by advertising; explore various criticisms of advertising; and apply critical thinking skills in the analysis of selected examples of advertising.



Analyzing and Exploring the Global City: Barcelona  

Cities around the world are striving to be ‘global’; Barcelona, the capital of Catalunya, is one of the largest and most cosmopolitan cities in Spain. It is globally-renowned for its art and architecture, possessing no fewer than nine UNESCO-designated ‘world heritage’ sites, and has become a major destination for global tourism. In this interdisciplinary course, students will examine the emergence of this elegant, creative city as Spain’s gateway to the Mediterranean; analyze its history and evolution since its foundation by the Romans; explore the role of population dynamics, industrial change and globalization in shaping the city and the lives of its inhabitants; and investigate the ways in which the interplay of urbanism, politics, and society has addressed challenges of social, political, and technological change in the past and today.



Media and Conflict  

This course will provide a structured approach to media systems, and explore the dynamics of news, politics, and freedom of the press. Students will examine how international media report on ongoing, international crises of global importance; investigate the dynamics governing news media; develop an understanding of why audiences from different cultural spheres perceive news in diametrically opposed ways; and gain an awareness of press repression tools used by some regimes and the courageous journalists who try to circumvent these obstacles. Given the rapidly evolving nature of subjects studied, this syllabus is subject to change.



Spain as Seen Through Its Movies: 1980s to Today  

This course will investigate the creation of contemporary identities through “Spanish” films and cinematic form. Students will critically examine the notion of a “national cinema”; the role cinema plays in constructing our stories; cinema’s impact on shifting ideas of what constitutes the human condition; and where and how issues of gender, sexuality, class, and ethnicity surface in cinematic articulations of the relationship between national identity, global trends, and personal history.



Spanish 101  

This introductory course is designed for students who have never received formal Spanish instruction or who do not know any Spanish language. Students will develop Spanish communicative proficiency in four key areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing; gain an awareness of Hispanic cultures; and have opportunities to practice Spanish language skills in real-world situations. The instructor will strive to use only Spanish as a means of communication, and students are expected to do the same.



Spanish 102  

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish 101 or its equivalent. Students will develop Spanish communicative proficiency in four key areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing; gain an awareness of Hispanic cultures; and have opportunities to practice Spanish language skills in real-world situations. The instructor will strive to use only Spanish as a means of communication, and students are expected to do the same.



Spanish 201  

This course is designed for students with some prior knowledge of Spanish, who can already use basic words and phrases, and understand simple requests. By the end of this course, Students will have built a solid foundation in five key skill areas: intercultural communication, reading, writing, listening, and speaking, in order to accomplish a variety of everyday needs in the host culture. The instructor will strive to use only Spanish as a means of communication, and students are expected to do the same.



Spanish 202  

After completing this course, the student will understand extended speech and readings (TV, movies,  newspapers, …). Will be able to communicate with a degree of fluency that will allow them to interact with natives with spontaneity. The information presented will be precise when talking about a field of  interest and quite clear when writing or speaking on a range of subjects.



The Business of Social Media  

This course will explore the new digital platforms that have profoundly changed how we live, work, and conduct business over the past decade. Students will work to demystify these technologies and develop a deeper understanding of social media as a business tool through a combination of readings, podcasts, class discussion, case analyses, and group projects.



Transportation and Logistics Management  

This course will provide the knowledge, skills, and tools for understanding core elements of logistics and transportation systems. Students will examine the dynamics of key logistics and transportation decisions, develop an understanding of best practices, and gain an appreciation for the challenges that typical companies face in managing their logistics and transportation network. 



Writing the City Barcelona  

This course will explore the craft of creative writing in relation to the city and the particular challenges of writing about place. Students will examine different aspects of the city in relation to Barcelona narratives including travel, urban spaces, solitude, politics, ethnicity, and particular boroughs and characters (both fictional and real); and participate in both practical exercises and field work.



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