Students interested in applying to IES Barcelona for Spring 2022 must attend a group advising session before making an individual appointment with an Education Abroad Adviser.
Interested students should consider meeting with their academic adviser to discuss potential course work as well.
Barcelona Information Sessions
This mandatory session will give an overview of the IES Barcelona program and will cover the application process, how to choose classes, and housing. Once you have attended a group session, you can make an individual appointment with Sara Paliga in Penn State Education Abroad through Starfish if you have additional questions.
Please choose one IES Barcelona program group advising session to attend and follow the hyperlink to register for the session. You must register in advance to attend. All times listed are in EDT.
- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.75 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Second semester sophomore standing or above at the start of the program - Some courses at local universities may not be open to sophomores.
Students will enroll in at least one Spanish language course and then can choose to take English or Spanish area studies course at the IES center or course taught with either International students or local students at one of the local universities that partner with IES.
Academic Year: Early September-Late April
Fall: Early September-Mid December
Spring: Early January-Late April
Refer to the program website for the specific dates, if available.
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and the second largest metropolitan region in Spain, with 1.6 million people living in the city and 4.8 in the greater Barcelona area. Located on the Mediterranean Sea, between the Llobregat and Besos river, the city has a typical maritime climate with mild winters and hot summers. As one of the world's largest tourist destinations, Barcelona has a rich cultural scene, including numerous museums, entertainment options and world heritage sites,
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.