CIEE-Barcelona: Business 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 04/20/24
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


CIEE-Barcelona: Business and Culture

Students applying for semester 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.

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, one of Spain's seventeen provinces. The distinctive history and language of this port city are the products of a continuous influx of different cultures. on courses.

The CIEE Study Center in Barcelona, Spain, is located in two adjoining historic buildings on Passatge Permanyer, near Passeig de Gràcia and Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona’s main square. This historic passageway provides a quiet haven in the city center and houses CIEE classrooms, a computer lab, and student lounges.

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


CIEE-Barcelona: Business and Culture

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 any Purdue undergraduate student in good standing who has reached junior standing by the start of the program and who has completed at least three semesters of microeconomics, macroeconomics, finance, accounting, marketing, management, or statistics courses.

Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 0-6 Sem Spanish

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.

Academic Program

Students are required to take 14-18 U.S. semester credits.
The Business + Culture program will be composed of four tracks:

    ESCI - Escola Superior de Comerç Internacional

    UVic - Universitat de Vic

    UAB - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

    CIEE Only

Students need to choose one track and they can’t combine courses from different host institutions (ESCI, UVic, UAB).
For more information on academics, visit this link.


Excursions on this program may include:
  • Day trip to Montserrat, a Benedictine monastery retreat high atop one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in Catalunya
  • The Gràcia neighborhood, famous for its bohemian and artistic style and streets filled with color and culture
  • The oldest preserved garden, reflecting both Neoclassical and Romantic styles
  • Try popular traditional dishes like churros, patatas bravas, tortilla de patata, tapas, and pinchos
  • A flamenco show
  • Hike the Carretera de les Aigües for amazing views over the city


Study abroad students can choose to live in either Spanish homestays, in a student residencia (residence hall) with other Spanish and international students in individual rooms, or in a shared apartment typically in double or single rooms.

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

CIEE-Barcelona: Business and Culture

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