Trinity in Barcelona

The Trinity-in-Barcelona program offers students the opportunity to spend a semester or full year of study in the dynamic city of Barcelona, Spain.  From the time of Picasso and Gaudi, Barcelona has stood at the cutting edge of modern art and architecture. The city also serves as a model for urban and economic innovation and renewal.  Barcelona’s long history and its vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere provide students with a rich environment for study and exploration.  The program offers strong academic options for students interested in Hispanic Studies and other areas in the humanities and social sciences. Students experience both the Spanish and Catalan cultures in this bilingual and multicultural ​​​city. 


Trinity students must have a Request to Study Away approved before applying to any study away program unless their advisor has specifically advised them to apply before hearing about the request decision (typically due to programs with early application deadlines).  Applications to Trinity programs will not be reviewed for students without approved requests to study away.**
Non-Trinity students are welcome to complete the Trinity in Barcelona application via the link below.
 Click here to access the online Trinity in Barcelona application. ​
The application deadline for fall 2014 is March 3, 2014 .

Program Highlights

  • The program offers two language tracks to accommodate students with both intermediate and advanced Spanish language abilities.

  • Students have 24 hour access to the program space in Central Barcelona, including computer facilities

  • The program features a weekend study trip to Madrid and Segovia, excursions in and around Barcelona, and a trip to rural Catalunya. Students also participate in walking tours, visits to museums, sports events, and other cultural activities.

  • A Spanish student mentor helps students adjust to Spanish academic and social life, and students also have the option of being matched with a Spanish student language partner. 

The Ci​​ty

Barcelona is the capital city of Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain.  The city is located on the Mediterranean Sea near the French border.  Barcelona was the site of a great Roman metropolis, and the present-day city dates back to the 9th Century.  The Catalan language and culture are a great source of pride to the people of Barcelona and Catalonians have a strong national identity. Led by a renaissance that began with the 1992 Olympics, Barcelona has experienced dynamic change, with entire districts undergoing renovation.  Originally developed as a series of largely self-contained neighborhoods, Barcelona is easy to navigate. From its medieval Gothic quarter and historic old town to its famous art nouveau buildings and futuristic architecture near the harbor, Barcelona is a city of contrasts and unrivaled beauty and diversity.  Barcelona’s contributions in business, education, entertainment, the sciences, and the arts has led to its standing as a leading economic and cultural center.

The Universities

Universitat de Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

Founded in 1990, UPF is one of Spain's highest-ranked and most selective educational institutions.  UPF has an enrollment of 7,200 and is a modern, international university located in central Barcelona.  It offers courses in Hispanic Studies, the humanities, and the social sciences.

Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB)

Founded in 1968, the UABis a distinguished private university that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the humanities and social sciences.  The UAB has an undergraduate enrollment of 28,000 with three campus in and around Barcelona.  

Universitat de Barcelona (UB) 

The UB is a highly distinguished, public, urban university that has three undergraduate campuses spread across the city.  Founded in the 1400s, the university has over 91,000 students including 38,000 undergraduates.  It offers a full selection of courses in many areas, including Hispanic Studies, History, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Studies, Anthropology, and Educational Studies.  

Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IMBEI)

The IBEI is an inter-university institute created in 2004 to provide postgraduate training and research in politics and international relations. The IMBEI is highly recognized at a European and international level.  This option is limited to a small number of highly motivated, qualified students in International Relations or International Studies.

Academics at a Glance

There program is open to students at the intermediate and advanced levels of Spanish.  All courses are taught in Spanish and the program emphasizes language and cultural immersion.

All students begin the program with an orientation and two-week intensive Spanish language course at the appropriate level.  In addition, all students enroll in a program core class, “Barcelona: In Search of the Structures of Its Daily Life”, which is co-taught by a Trinity faculty member and guest lecturers.  This course covers the history of the city and key points of contact between Barcelona's various linguistic and cultural repertoires.  It includes excursions and activities that engage students in the city.  ​
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