CIEE-Barcelona: Economics and Culture

Program Details

Program Location Barcelona, Spain
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31019
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2025 01/01/25 to 04/12/25
Fall 2024 09/01/24 to 12/19/24
Past Dates
Spring 2024 01/02/24 to 04/18/24
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


Students applying for programs in Spain must have a valid, usable passport at the time of application. Passport must be valid for 12 months after the program end date.

How does one event like the Olympic Games impact a city’s economy? Students will explore this, the challenges facing European economies, and more in Barcelona on CIEE's Economics and Culture program. Participants enroll in courses in a world-renowned economics program, live with a local family, pursue an internship, and go on a variety of cultural activities and excursions – all with the goal to gain insight into business and economics in Barcelona, Spain, and Europe.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:CIEE.


Students applying for programs in Spain must have a valid, usable passport at the time of application. Passport must be valid for 6 months after the program end date.

The program is open to Purdue students who have reached junior standing by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

Prerequisite: 3 semesters of college-level economics and 1 semester calculus

GPA Requirement: 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts] [Daniels School of Business]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.


Due to COVID-19, excursions are subject to change.

The program will offer several excursions, which may be day or overnight trips. Please see the CIEE website for more details.


CIEE will arrange housing for students in one of the following options. Please note that housing is tight in Barcelona, if your first choice is not available CIEE will let you know before arrival. All housing is within a 30 minute commute to the CIEE center.

Homestays. Live with a Spanish-speaking family -- with or without another CIEE student -- and immerse yourself in the city’s language and culture. Each student has an individual  room and weekly laundry service. Homestay students have breakfast and dinner with their host families, and they are responsible for lunch.

Residence Halls. Students live with other Spanish and international students. Students share kitchens and common areas. No meals are included.

Apartments. Students can live in apartments shared with other CIEE students. No meals are included.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The Program and Housing Fees include: Tuition, on-site orientation, housing, and excursions. Depending on the housing choice, some meals might be included.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $16,006.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $4,750.00
Insurance $194.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,250.00
Local Transportation $65.00
Visa $160.00
Books and Supplies $100.00
Meals $1,120.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $260.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

CIEE has scholarships available, more information can be found HERE.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Fall Semester Program Mar 1
Spring Semester Program Sep 1

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email