Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain

DVC, LMC and CCC Students have a once in a lifetime opportunity to live and study in beautiful Barcelona Spain for the Fall 2023 term. Known for its gorgeous beaches, spectacular architecture and vibrant night life, Barcelona’s splendor will make this term one you’ll never forget.


Located on the western shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and second largest city in Spain, with an urban area population of 4.5 million people. Its more than 2,000 years of history as a center of trade and culture have left their mark on the city’s architectural, artistic, and cultural heritage. Said to be the most cosmopolitan city in Spain, it’s not surprising that Barcelona has become one of Europe’s most popular venues for Study Abroad students, with its many café terraces, its 50 museums to choose from (including some that house Picasso and Miró), its narrow medieval streets in the Gothic Quarter, its plazas, theaters and concerts, its beaches, and, perhaps most colorful of all, its whimsical architectural creations of Antoni Gaudí, including his iconic Sagrada Familia. Want to relax after your day of classes and homework? How about sitting at a table with some paella and people-watching along the Ramblas, or finding a spot on a mosaic sea serpent bench created by Gaudí at Parc Güell?

Barcelona 2023 information

Go to AIFS site and click "Enroll Online" to complete your application.

Program and Meeting Dates 

CCCCD Student Orientation Meeting: TBA May 2023

Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation Meeting: Saturday, August 19 at Skyline College, San Mateo

  • Saturday, September 16, 2023:  Depart U.S.
  • Sunday, September 17, 2023:  Arrive Barcelona
  • Monday, September 17, 2023:  Orientation and workshops
  • Wednesday, September 19, 2023:  Classes begin
  • Saturday,  2023:  Mid-Semester Break
  • Thursday, 2023:  Last Day of Class
  • Friday, December 15, 2023:  Depart Florence
  • Priority Application Deadline:  Friday, April 28, 2023
  • General Application Deadline:  Friday, June 16, 2023
  • Late Applications on Space Available Basis:  May be accepted up to July 21, 2023 on a case-by-case basis only.
Program Costs 

The AIFS program costs for Barcelona Fall 2023 will have a base price of $7,945.These costs will include all lodging, medical insurance, and AIFS services. They will not include airfare (there will be a group flight option for an extra fee), class tuition, books, and day-to-day expenses such as food. Check back here later for a rundown of what specifically is and isn't included in the costs of the program.

Upcoming Zoom Information Sessions

To request an individual zoom, email

Upcoming in-person information session

Wednesday, May 10th, 12 pm to 1 pm, DVC room BWL-104

Application Information 

Go to AIFS site and click "Enroll Online" to complete your application.

Once you have applied online through AIFS and have placed your $450 deposit, you will be contacted by CCCCD’s Study Abroad Office, Harue Takanashi .

You’ll be asked to turn in your forms via email and will receive more details and information about the program also through email. Agreement Between the Foreign Study Student and the Northern California Study Abroad Consortium (PDF) Field Trip/Activity Liability Waiver (PDF)  

Financial Aid Office

Contact Sonya Castro at the DVC Financial Aid Office
Complete the FAFSA form before making an appointment with Sonya.
Financial Aid process information (PDF
AIFS Financial Aid form (PDF

Scholarship Information

AIFS Refund Cancellation Policy/Refund Policy 

Refund requests must be done in writing to AIFS. They accept emails and that is generally the easiest way , and CC to  

June 23, 2023: Last day to request refund of $450 deposit less $150 processing & non-refundable deposit fees. After that date, AIFS will not refund any of the $450 deposit. Students may also be subject to any nonrefundable canceled reservation fees by AIFS after this date. Details on AIFS Agreement & Release form on your AIFS application.

July 21, 2023: Total program fee is due. NO REFUND OF PAYMENTS after this date

Barcelona pic

Eligibility requirements

Must be 18 years of age or older
GPA of 2.25 or higher
Completed at least 12 college/universities units

Provisional student enrollment

Students who do NOT meet the application criteria (of at least 12 units and at least a 2.25 GPA) may use their current semester progress report to assist with meeting the criteria. Students will be approved to the Study Abroad Program after the progress report was review by the Dean of Study Abroad Program. Contact email to by April 28, 2023. Provisional students who finish the semester without meeting any of the minimum requirements will be dropped from the program.

Go to AIFS site and click "Enroll Online" to complete your application.

Fall 2023 Barcelona Classes

Chart of Class Schedules (PDF)
Course Descriptions and Bios (PDF)
Course Preference Sheet (Barcelona FA23 course preference )
Transferability of Proposed Courses (PDF)
* All students will take at least 4 classes and must carry a minimum of 12 units for the duration of the program. Everyone is required to take the INTD 100 Spanish Life & Culture class and at least one other class offered through DVC, and then any two others from DVC or other colleges. 

DVC Academic Counselor: Study Abroad Drop-in Hours

Spring 2023 Semester: Wednesday 3-4 pm 

At Study Abroad Office FO 219: 05/10, 05/17

For Zoom meeting, please email 
or you can meet any DVC, CCC or LMC counselors at their available time.

Contra Costa Community College District: Diablo Valley College - Scott MacDougall 

POLSC 220 – Comparative Politics
POLSC 250 – International Relations
SOCSC 123 – American Pop Culture
INTD 100* - Spanish Life and Culture

Santa Rosa Junior College-Panella 

COMM 7 – Intercultural Communication
HUMAN 5 – World Humanities: Arts, Ideas, Values
HUMAN 7 – Introduction to the Humanities

Los Rios Community College District - Roxanne Morgan 

ENGLT 340 – World Literature I (Ancient World to Early 17th Century)
ENGLT 341 – World Literature II (18th Century to Present)
ENGWR 301 – College Composition and Literature

ATTN: ENGLT 340, ENGLT 341, & ENGWR 301 all have a prerequisite of College Composition (ENGL 1A or equivalent)

San Mateo County Community College District - Jeremy Ball 

PHIL 100 – Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 244 – Introduction to Ethics: Contemporary Social and Moral Issues
GBST 101 – Introduction to Global Studies

For more information, review the Barcelona Fall 2023 brochure

Visit the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)

Go to AIFS site and click "Enroll Online" to complete your application.

Contact Us

DVC, LMC and CCC Students have a once in a lifetime opportunity to live and study in beautiful Barcelona Spain for the Fall 2019 term. Known for its gorgeous beaches, spectacular architecture and vibrant night life, Barcelona’s splendor will make this term one you’ll never forget.



Enroll online and find other resources at the Northern California Study Abroad Consortium website.

Upcoming information sessions - Coming soon in spring 2019 term

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General information

Program Dates: September 7- December 6, 2019
Program Cost: $7745
Financial aid and scholarships available

Program cost covers

  • Accommodation in shared apartments
  • An unlimited Barcelona travel pass
  • Cultural events and free museum passes

Airline and community college fees/tuition not included.  

For more information, please see our program flier, program brochure, and program cost details.

Barcelona course offerings

Stay on your transfer track with 12 IGETC courses to choose from in Barcelona. Courses have been specially designed to take advantage of Barcelona’s fabulous resources and are taught in English.  

List of the Barcelona Courses and their transferability details.

Extra-curricular activities

Soccer GameIn addition to your classes, every week has multiple extra-curricular activities to choose from for highly reduced rates.  Past activities have included

  • An FC Barcelona soccer match
  • Walking tours of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter
  • Tapas and wine tasting
  • Flamenco performances
  • Weekend trips to places like Madrid, Granada or Girona and MORE!

Flamenco Park Guell Gothic Quarter

Eligibility and application process

To participate in the Barcelona Study Abroad Program by Fall 2019 there are three requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • 12 completed college units
  • GPA of 2.25 or higher


Priority Application Deadline: April 19, 2019
Application deadline: May 17, 2019

Meet Professor Anthony Gonzales, Barcelona Trip Leader

Anthony Gonzales holds a BA in English and Spanish (double major) from the University of New Mexico and an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. He has been teaching at Diablo Valley College since 2014. Between teaching at the high school level and teaching for outreach programs, tutoring, afterschool programs, and test prep, he has worked with students from kindergarten through four-year colleges and has over 10 years of experience teaching and 15 years of working with students.

 Anthony has traveled to 20 countries—mostly as a student discovering new cultures and societies while earning college credit. He has seen first-hand the impact that travel can have on a student and individual, and is dedicated to bringing that experience to as many students as possible. He has been to Spain multiple times and brings knowledge of the language, culture, history, and customs of Spanish society.

Contact us

DVC, LMC and CCC Study Abroad Office
Harue Takanashi

Barcelona 2019 faculty leader
Professor Anthony Gonzales

Other resources

Northern California Study Abroad Consortium (NCSAC)

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