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Bachelor's and Master's Programs

Academics in Barcelona

IAU offers both semester and summer study abroad programs in the lively and beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain. IAU’s campus in Barcelona is centrally located in the downtown Plaça de Catalunya area in the Gothic Quarter in close proximity to many of Barcelona's famed attractions. The facilities have been completely renovated with modern amenities to suit the needs of the 21st-century college student. IAU Barcelona employs a full-time student affairs and academic affairs staff to advise, place, house, and otherwise support incoming students for full semester, year-long, and summer programs. As part of IAU’s mission, we want to make study abroad affordable. To that end, IAU's Barcelona program fees are among the most competitive.


Spanish Honors Program

The Spanish Honors Program is designed for Spanish majors or other students with demonstrated advanced-level Spanish, interested in a comprehensive language and cultural immersion program. As part of the program, students will take a required Spanish course along with the remaining courses taught in Spanish language. Students in the Spanish Honors Program have access to courses taught at the local university as well. As part of the Spanish Honors Program, students will:

  • Be placed in a homestay where only Spanish is spoken
  • Be spoken to solely in Spanish by IAU faculty and staff
  • Enroll in all courses taught in Spanish
  • Engage in a Spanish Language Partner Program with local Spanish students at the University of Barcelona
  • Opt to be placed into a for-credit internship based on their academic background and career aspirations
  • Upon full completion of the program, students will be awarded a Certificate in Spanish Honors Abroad


Business & International Relations Program

Through the Business & International Relations Program, students will have the unique opportunity to learn about international business strategies and procedures with a specific focus on the global market. Disciplines taught include, but are not limited to, economics, finance, international business, management and marketing. Each course includes field studies to hubs of business and politics around Spain and Europe. Students participating in the Business & International Relations Program will have access to unpaid, for-credit semester-long internships at local enterprises. Students will take three courses in the Business & International Relations Program, one Spanish language course, and an additional elective of their choosing.

Art & Art History Program

Students interested in pursuing a program of study centered on the art and art history of Mediterranean Spain are encouraged to join the Art & Art History Program at IAU Barcelona. Students enroll in a minimum of two courses in art and art history, one course in Spanish and one to two elective courses of their choice. Students of all majors are welcome to join this program.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

IAU Barcelona offers a wide breadth of course disciplines to students from all majors and minors. Prior knowledge of Spanish is not required as courses are offered in English, though students are required to take a minimum of one course in Spanish language, and students with background in Spanish language will have the opportunity to enroll in courses taught at the local university.