Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain
Spain is a country filled with national and regional traditions that immediately captivate the visitor and Barcelona, located in the heart of the Catalonia region (Catalunya to the natives), is without question, one of the most elegant and strikingly beautiful cities in all of Europe.
Barcelona is proud of its artistic heritage and celebrates the resonating presence of such artists as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí, among others. The city continues to be a haven of inspiration for visual artists and designers. Home to the modernist movement in the early part of the 20th century, many of Barcelona’s buildings are dressed in façades of vibrant colors, shapes and patterns. Antonio Gaudí’s world famous Sagrada Familia, Casa Milá (la Pedrera), and Parque Güell are just a few of the architectural treasures that decorate the city.
Barcelona is considered to be Spain’s business capital and the Catalans are a hard-working and industrious people. With that said, the Catalans, like all Spaniards, are certainly no exception when it comes to knowing how to enjoy life to the fullest. Home to 1.5 million people (4.5 million including the metropolitan area), the city is filled with cafés, theaters, musical venues, art galleries and nightclubs, and offers endless cultural and social opportunities. Barcelona has an irresistible energy all its own.
The official languages of Barcelona and the Catalonia region are Catalan and Spanish. The two languages and the vast majority of the residents of Barcelona are bilingual. The signs of most of the city’s shops, restaurants, and businesses can be found in both languages. The resulting environment makes for a particularly fascinating and culturally-rich laboratory for study abroad.