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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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Summer 2020 study abroad programs are canceled. Contact your GEC program manager for more information.

Barcelona Global Experiences 1


About the Location 

Located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is famous for its colorful architecture, amazing food, and welcoming people. With its unique characteristics, it is no surprise that Barcelona is consistently ranked as one of the world's top 10 tourist destinations. Millions flock to the sandy coasts each year to indulge in the Spanish culture of living life to the fullest.

Furthermore, the aesthetic design of Barcelona is unlike any other city in the world with a blend of mosaics and original creations by famous local visionary architect Antoni Gaudi. Couple that with some of Europe's most famous beaches, delicious local cuisine, the largest football (soccer) stadium in all of Europe, and a flare for flashy nightlife and celebrations, and you'll have your hands full trying to see and do everything you set out to see and do during your internship in this vibrant and exciting city.

Imagine living in paradise for 8-12 weeks while improving your Spanish skills and gaining professional experience in your career field. Make your dreams a reality with one of our full-time internships in Barcelona, Spain this summer, spring, or fall. Home to hundreds of businesses, agencies, and nonprofits, Barcelona is an ideal location for anyone who is interested in international business, public relations, NGOs, finance, or tourism.


Our comprehensive program for our internships in Barcelona provide much more than just your internship placement. We focus heavily on matching you with the best employer so you have a beneficial internship, but we also include a range of other program components to make sure you have an excellent overall experience with your internship in Spain. See the Global Experiences Internships page for details on internships available at this location.
  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.

  • Global Engagement courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.

General Program Dates

Summer 2020: May 31 - July 25, 2020 (8 weeks)


Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheet.

Scholarships/Travel Grants

GEC Access Scholarships are designed to help provide access for all undergraduate students to participate in an Elon-approved Global Engagement (Study Abroad or Study USA) program. The application for a GEC Access Scholarship is a questionnaire embedded in the outgoing program application--there is no external application. Please see the GEC Access Scholarship brochure for information on eligibility, conditions, and notification. 

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for global engagement, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your global engagement program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.


Your new home-away-from-home will be a traditional Spanish flat (apartment) in Barcelona. You will live in a shared bedroom in a shared apartment with bed linens and utilities provided. Your flatmates may be other interns in the program or other students or young professionals renting a room like you. Each building and apartment is different, so the location within the city and building amenities will vary between your place and others' -- some apartments may be recently remodeled while others are much older, some may be closer to the city center, while others are farther out.

A few weeks before your program starts, you will receive your specific address, landlord contact info, and details about included amenities. Because some of the buildings in Spain are centuries old, modern conveniences we may take for granted at home may not be available in your flat. This includes a dishwasher, microwave, air conditioning, washer and/or dryer, etc. Prepare to adjust to an apartment without A/C in the summer (it's hot!) or central heating, as well as line dry clothes or utilize a nearby coin-operated laundromat. Furthermore, housing in Spain and the rest of Europe is generally much more limited in space than what you might be accustomed to, so you should expect a small bedroom, bed, closet, kitchen, bathroom, etc. Remember, your housing is only temporary and this is the typical lifestyle for local Spaniards.



Students must complete the online MyElonGlobal application by the published deadline. See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.

Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by Global Experiences.

Note: This program has limited capacity. Applications for a given term will no longer be accepted once capacity has been reached.


A successful semester and summer abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.

View the pre-departure orientation schedule for the summer and semester programs.

Additional Information and Links

Connect with the GEC, global engagement alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal! 

Contact Global Ambassadors to learn more from global engagement alumni. Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more Study Abroad or Study USA programs and have been trained to help you prepare for your own global engagement. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/12/2020
Rolling Admission 05/31/2020 07/25/2020
NOTE: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis September 12 to 11:59 p.m., March 12. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available.

GEC Access Scholarship consideration: Students that submit the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by November 14 will be notified in January. Students that submit the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by February 13 will be notified in April. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by February 13 to guarantee consideration. Scholarship questionnaires submitted between February 13 and March 12 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applications for this program are non-binding until the withdrawal deadline, March 12. Full housing payment is non-refundable after April 9. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.