Study Abroad

IES Barcelona

  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors


COVID-19 Protocols and Travel Warnings

  • You can read about this program’s COVID-19 safety protocols at this link, then read the CDC Travel Warning and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory at the respective links. For more information about Haverford College Study Abroad and the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, read the Study Abroad homepage here.
  • IES requires all study abroad students to be fully vaccinated before they can participate in any IES program. 

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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 unfinished 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.

There are 4 IES Barcelona Programs for you to choose from. They are listed below (click the program name for a link to the IES program page).

Liberal Arts & Business

Arts & Culture

Journalism & Communications

Political Science & International Relations


There is no language requirement for this program. All students are required to enroll in a Spanish language class at their level of proficiency.

Students with the equivalent of 4 semesters of college-level Spanish can take courses in Spanish at the IES center and at the local partner universities.

The program has a GPA requirement of 3.0. However, students with GPAs below 3.0 may still be admitted to the program but will need to discuss this with the Office of International Academic Programs prior to applying. For direct admittance, students must have a 3.0 GPA.

Academic Credit

Students are not permitted to take less than 15 semester credits unless they have the permission of their dean or advisor in advance. 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 as well as Castilian. The program offers courses in Spanish and English. Students are able to take courses at partner universities. All universities have some courses taught in English, and students should check the IES website for course offerings in English.

Local partner institutions include:

  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) (English & Spanish)
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra (English & Spanish)
  • Universitat de Barcelona (English & Spanish)
  • Universitat Ramon Llull (English)
  • Universitat de Vic (English)
Course Highlights

Archaeology, Art History, Anthropology, Art, Architecture, Communications, Criminal Studies, Catalan language, Cultural Studies, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, Finance, Film Studies, Geography, Global Studies, Hispanic Studies, History, International Business, Intercultural Communication, Internship Seminar, International Relations, Literature, Law, Management, Music, Photography, Political Science, Psychology, Research Seminar, Religious Studies, Service Learning, Sociology, Spanish, Urban Studies

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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The program begins with an orientation that introduces students to the IES Abroad Barcelona staff and the city of Barcelona. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during this time.

Number of Students

About 300-500 American students enroll in the program 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. 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. The meal plan includes two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) seven days a week.

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


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  • Semester


  • Semester I: Early September-mid-December
  • Semester II: Early January-End of April

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: September 15

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