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Program Description:
CEA Barcelona
Parc Guell
Through the Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Program, you will take classes in English or Spanish at the CEA Barcelona Center. Barcelona, Spain's second largest city, is stylish and cosmopolitan, offering the perfect blend of historic and modern and combining the charm of the medieval Gothic quarter with thriving immigrant cultures, Gaudi's quirky architectural creations and world class dining and shopping. 

The program offers many opportunities for students to actively engage in the local culture through in- and out-of-class activities, tours, lectures, and workshops. Students can volunteer, participate in language exchanges, or play in a soccer league. You can learn to cook Spanish "tapas" and attend an FC Barcelona soccer match. Day and overnight trips will give you a deeper understanding of Spain as a whole, as well as surrounding regional cultures, populations, and landscapes. Examples of past day and overnight trips include Girona and Figueres, Madrid, Penedés Wine Country, Valencia, and Seville.

Please note: This program will be discontinued after the Spring 2019 semester.

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • SU required course load: 12-19 credits for undergraduate students
  • No language prerequisite
Program Calendar
Fall: early September to mid-December
Spring: early January to mid-April

This program is designed for students of all language levels who wish to take courses in English and Spanish from a wide variety of subject areas within the liberal arts and social sciences. Students typically choose four or five courses. Courses and grades from CEA Barcelona will be posted to your academic record and factored into your overall GPA at SU.

SU students are required to take a language course and may take Spanish or Catalan. Students who need to fulfill specific language requirements must consult carefully with their academic advisor before deciding to participate in this program. CEA beginning and intermediate languages courses are worth 3 credits, while SU's are worth 4 credits, so the courses are not equivalent.

For a list of courses pre-approved for SU credit, please click on the "Courses Offered" link at the top of this page. There is no guarantee courses on the list will be offered during your semester abroad, so please refer to the World Partner website for the most up-to-date course offerings. If you want to take a course that is not already approved, Syracuse Abroad will assist in obtaining approval from the appropriate SU academic department.

There are three housing options available to students in Barcelona. Most students live together in CEA apartments. Apartments host 1-2 students per room, 4-7 per apartment. Students prepare their own meals in a shared kitchen. For an additional fee, students may choose to live in a "residencia" (an apartment type building specifically for local and international university students) or in a homestay. Students commute to class from their apartment or residence by bus, subway, or walking.  A typical commute from an apartment or homestay to the CEA Barcelona Center is 30-40 minutes. From the residencia, the commute is 15-25 minutes.

Students are not permitted to choose to arrange housing in Barcelona through an outside company or organization. Students must choose one of the housing options arranged and overseen by CEA.

All U.S. Citizens and non-U.S. citizens (except those with an EU passport) are required to have a student visa for their semester in Spain. CEA will provide assistance with the visa application process.

Program Cost
You will pay SU tuition and can apply all SU financial aid except work-study. You will also be charged a program fee, which includes international travel insurance and services not covered by tuition and for which a separate fee is not charged. For further explanation of costs, please see the financial planning budget here:
CEA Barcelona Budget 2018-2019.pdf

Cara Hardy, Counselor,

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Applying to this program requires completion of the Syracuse Abroad application and supplemental documents for CEA.

Syracuse Abroad
  • Complete the Syracuse Abroad application. All application material must be submitted by the SU Abroad application deadline. 
  • Do not begin an application with CEA directly.
  • Once your application is complete, Syracuse Abroad will make an admissions decision and inform CEA about all accepted students on a rolling basis.
  • After receiving a list of accepted students from Syracuse Abroad, CEA creates online accounts for each accepted student with access to housing, academic, visa, and other important information.
  • CEA emails students their login information so they can complete the required CEA forms.
  • For better access to course and housing preferences, CEA encourages you complete the required information as early as possible.
CEA Barcelona

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/03/2019 04/13/2019
NOTE: Specific program date is not available at this time. Contact the Syracuse Abroad office with questions.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.