The city is host to a variety of public and private educational institutions, and many study abroad programs in Barcelona have their own academic centers within the city as well. Even though the official language of Barcelona is Catalan, most classes available to international students are taught in Spanish or English. Classes which are taught in Spanish can often be challenging to follow for non-native speakers, but are a great way to advance your fluency of the language and they are sometimes adapted to fluency levels.
Popular areas of study in Barcelona include Spanish, Art, Architecture, Media Communications, and International Business. Barcelona may be a city best known for its rich artistic and cultural tradition, but it is also an increasingly important international place of business. Thus, there are a wealth of opportunities outside the classroom to advance your immersive experience in any of these areas of study in Barcelona. Like many great cities, history meets modernity in the streets of Barcelona.
The classroom structure in Spain is fairly laid back, whether you choose to study at the University of Barcelona, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, or any other institution, so you will find that professors often even show up late for their own classes. Remember, this is all part of the culture, so just enjoy this aspect of student life in Barcelona. The temperate Mediterranean climate makes easy studying and living in Barcelona year round, and study abroad courses are typically offered for the summer, semester, or full academic year. Semesters generally run from September to December and January to June, with winter and summer breaks in between.