Photo of the entrance to Parc Guell, in Barcelona, taken by Mehmet Turgot Krikgoz

Barcelona Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program

June 22-August 11, 2024

Program Fee $3,800 

The Humanities Department has a $1000 fellowship for HU majors & HU minors 

Live 7 weeks in cosmopolitan Barcelona while improving your Spanish language skills. Explore the city through time and ages, from its creation to modern city: through the Roman Barcino, its medieval Gothic downtown, Modernist architecture, Civil War, dictatorship and up to the 21st century. Investigate the issues the modern Barcelona face, in terms of bilingualism, lodging, immigration, and work. Examine art, literature and film across the city. Participate in Barcelona’s life as one more citizen or newcomer: discover everything the city has to offer. Explore Cataluña to deepen your understanding and knowledge of Spanish cultures.

  • Get a general feel of Barcelona through a Bus city tour
  • Visit Montjuïc and the MNAC museum in Barcelona
  • Discover the medieval town of Girona, with its Jewish Call (neighborhood), see where some scenes of Game of Thrones were shot!
  • Visit Salvador Dalí’s museum in Figueres 
  • Enter Gaudí’s world through the Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell
  • Take a cooking class to learn how to make some of Spain’s staple dishes
  • And so much more!

As well as these planned excursions, we will also explore the city in the context of the course content. Classes take place Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, in the morning. In the afternoons we will explore the city framed by what you will have learned those days. You will have plenty of free time (Fridays through Mondays) to explore on your own the city, the rest of Spain or even other European cities. Barcelona has an international airport, as well as a fast train & ferry. 

Program Fee:  $3,800 (if you are a Humanities major or Spanish minor you will get a $1,000 reduction)
Travel Dates:  June 21 – August 11, 2024

Application Deadline: February 16, 2024
Deposit Deadline:  $500 due by 4:00 p.m. on March 1, 2024

You must pay your deposit to secure your spot. Waitlisted people will be admitted immediately following the deposit deadline.

Student Cancellation Deadline Without Penalty: February 29, 2024
Remainder of Program fee ($3,300) due: May 1, 2024
Summer program fee & bill available: April 5, 2024
Summer Tuition Bill Due: May 1, 2024


Students will register for up to 9 summer session credits through Michigan Technological University and pay the associated tuition costs. Courses offered include:

  • HU3293: Level II C Spanish Composition and Conversation (3 credits) Taught in Spanish by Leyre Alegre Figuero – This course counts towards the International Spanish Minor
  • HU3294: Hispanic Literatures and Cultures (3 credits) Taught in Spanish by Marcelino Viera – This course counts towards the International Spanish Minor
  • HU3261: Topics in Communicating Across Cultures (3 credits) Taught in English by Leyre Alegre Figuero – This course satisfies upper-level HASS requirements.
  • HU3264: Topics in Spanish Speaking Cultures (3 credits) Taught in English by Marcelino Viera - This course counts towards the International Spanish Minor and satisfies upper-level HASS requirements.

 Note that HU3293 & HU3294 can’t be taken concurrently during this program.


You will make arrangements to fly to Barcelona, Spain, arriving on Saturday, June 22nd, 2024. You will be received at the Barcelona airport by our partner organization, Worldstrides and they will take you to your host family home. 

You will depart from Barcelona on Sunday, August 11th.

Homestays in Barcelona

You will have a better immersion experience by staying with a family. It has been arranged that you might have to share a room with another student from your same gender. Families will provide breakfast and dinner for you, as well as laundry services.


The day of your arrival (June 22nd) you will have an orientation meeting with basic information. Next day, we will all meet, on Sunday June 23rd, to go on a city tour. We will talk about how to get to the class location (classes to start on Tuesday 25th).


We will get together on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at a university (still TBD exact location). The four courses will be offered those 3 days, between 9 and 1.30pm. You will have lunch on your own, and on some occasions you will meet your instructors to explore the city in the context of the class content studied that week. Still, students will have plenty of time to explore the city on their own during the week. Summertime in Barcelona is characterized by many open air concerts and events. Museums welcome many tourists during the summer months, so there are unique exhibits worth attending.

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Costs for Students

The program fee for the Barcelona program is $3,800 with 15 students.

$1,000 Fellowship for Spanish minors & HU majors

A $500 deposit must be paid to the Registrar's Office by March 1, 2024. Payment should be accompanied by a form designating payment to the faculty-led travel abroad index A12046.

Students register for summer Track B credits with MTU.  Tuition and the remainder of the program fee ($3,300) are due by May 1, 2024.

The following is a summary of costs students can anticipate:

  • $3,800 program fee includes: 
    • Lodging for the duration of the faculty-led portion of the trip, June 22-August 11, 2024;
    • City transportation passes (1 month);
    • Organized excursions, and other experiences, already listed in the Program Itinerary;
    • all breakfasts;
    • all dinners;
    • Instruction facilities;
    • Program administration;
    • International health insurance;
  • MTU Tuition for course(s), 3, 6, or 9 credits;
  • Plane ticket to Barcelona (not included in program fee).

Other costs students can anticipate:

  • Non-included meals: lunches (you can shop & prepare lunch at home, or eat the cheap menús at restaurants attended by locals);
  • Cell phones and SIM cards;
  • Spending money for souvenirs, entertainment, etc.;
  • Optional travel.

What is not covered by the program fees?

  • Airfare;
  • Cell phones and SIM cards;
  • Lunch;
  • Passport;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Souvenirs;
  • Independent activities on free days;
  • Lodging and meal costs associated with self-isolation or mandatory quarantine, including after the program ends;
  • Any costs associated with COVID, if you get sick

Photos from previous Barcelona Study Abroad