IES Barcelona

  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Language of Instruction: Spanish
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Class Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


Barcelona is Spain’s second largest city and capital of the autonomous province of Catalonia, one of the most prosperous areas in contemporary Spain. Barcelona was once home to prominent 20th century artists like Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro. The experimental works of Art Nouveau architect Antoni Gaudi are one of the city’s unique attractions. His Templo do la Sagrada Familia, still unVinished but strikingly original, is a landmark symbol of the city of Barcelona.

The IES Barcelona Center is ideally located in downtown Barcelona, just one block from the Plaza Catalunya and minutes from the city’s main pedestrian strip, Las Ramblas. The center has a colorful and inviting ambiance which students can enjoy for both academic and social use. The Center includes high-speed wireless Internet access, multimedia classrooms, study lounges with printers and a library with research materials.

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  • Fees: Students pay regular tuition, room and partial board to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program.

  • Requirements

    Advanced Spanish track only. Students who have no background in Spanish cannot attend this program. 

    Previous Spanish language study is required. Students must have completed the equivalent of 4 semesters of college level Spanish courses (through Intermediate Spanish II). Students must have taken an appropriate level Spanish course no more than one year prior to the program start date. Some Economics and Business courses have additional prerequisites. Students must enroll in an appropriate-level IES Spanish language course while abroad. The application requirements can be found on the IES website.

    Academic Credit

    Students must carry 15 credit hours per semester. Students are not permitted to take less than 15 credits unless they have permission from their dean and advisor in advance. Spanish majors/minors take the majority of their courses in Spanish at one of the Universities. Spanish majors/minors cannot take courses toward their major/minor at the IES Center or take courses in English at the Center. Students may take elective credit at the IES Center in Spanish. Non-Spanish major/minor students must take at least 2 courses at one of the universities. All courses must be taken in Spanish. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


    Students should know that Catalan is spoken in Barcelona rather than Castilian. The program is primarily for advanced students of Spanish. Students take courses in Spanish at the partner universities Universitat de Pompeu Fabra and Universitat Ramon Llull.

    Course Highlights

    Anthropology, Communications, Education, Hispanic Studies, History, International Business, Intercultural Communication, Literature, Music, Research Opportunities, Sociology, and Spanish Language. A Wide range of humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences courses are available through the partner institutions.

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

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  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: Includes intensive work in Spanish language and culture.

    Number of Students: Beginning Spring 2006, a maximum of 500 students can attend each semester.

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Homestay only. Students live in a Spanish home with one or two other IES Abroad students in a single or double room. Meal plan includes two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) seven days a week. Once accepted to the program, complete the online Housing Form to indicate your preferences and special needs; Haverford students must choose the homestay option. Students enrolled in courses at the partner universities, can remain in IES Abroad housing through the conclusion of their final exam period. Housing is not provided between semesters. Academic year students who remain in Barcelona during this period are responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing and meals during this time. Haverford believes that living with a family provides the best opportunity to learn a language and experience full cultural immersion. Due to this educational benefit, Haverford will only incorporate the full cost of room and board for a homestay into the financial aid package for students who qualify for aid.

    Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. 

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    Field Trips:  One study journey is included in the program fee.  Additional optional partially-subsidized field trips are also available each semester.  Trips are organized by language level and conducted in English or Spanish accordingly.  Previous destinations have included Euskadi, Madrid, Sitges, Rupit, and Granada.

    Sports: Students can play club sports at universities where they take classes. A wide variety of sports are offered including Aerobics, Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Canoeing, Climbing, Cycling, Fencing, Golf, Racquetball, Rowing, Rugby, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Squash, Volleyball, Water Polo, and Yoga.


Internships: All IES Abroad internships are offered as academic options earning IES Abroad credit to students who have taken at least four semesters of college-level Spanish. An IES Abroad internship provides invaluable cultural experience in the global workplace, practical exposure to the demands of speciVic jobs, and development of professional and personal skills. Above all, internships provide you with the perfect opportunity for cultural integration. Internships are supervised and offered as academic options earning IES Abroad credit. Internship placements are combined with a strong academic component which includes an academic seminar, tutorial, or directed independent study, and an evaluative report from the supervisor of the organization offering the placement. Placements can be in Business, Media and Communication, Education, Advocacy, Art and Architecture, Community Service, and Political Science at businesses or at non-profit organizations.

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  • Semester/Year
  • Semester I: Early September to mid-December
  • Semester II: Early January to mid-May
  • Year: Early September to mid-May
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: October 1
  • Year: March 1
Faculty Contact

Israel Burshatin

  • Barbara Riley Levin Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of Spanish
  • Hall 205
  • (610) 896-1065