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Barcelona, Spain: Fall 2017

Barcelona is a culturally vibrant and cosmopolitan coastal Spanish city of 1.6 million people, and it is the capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia. It boasts a wide array of museums, theaters, and historic buildings, including modernist buildings designed by the famous Antoni Gaudí. Barcelona is home to an abundance of parks and gardens, a diverse and unique local cuisine, and a world-renowned nightlife. Imagine yourself in Barcelona, walking among some of the world’s top architectural gems daily as you both live and study there.

Program Dates

 Depart U.S.: September 9, 2017

 Arrive Barcelona: September 10, 2017

 Depart Barcelona: December 8, 2017

 Arrive U.S.: December 9, 2017


Online Application Walk-Through Video

Ready to apply? Watch this six-minute video about how to complete the application.

Why Choose this Program?


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This program enables you to study abroad while making normal progress toward your degree objectives and earning fully transferable units in courses taught by community college faculty and guest lecturers. This program is offered in cooperation with the Contra Costa County, Los Rios County, San Mateo County and Sonoma County Community College Districts, and with the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), which arranges transportation, living accommodations, and a wide range of student and instructional support services.

Units earned on your semester abroad will appear on your transcripts issued by the participating colleges.


Study abroad is a life-changing and transformative experience for many students, impacting their social and cultural awareness of the world. Below are 10 reasons to inspire you to study abroad from the Institute of International Education:

  1. Learn more about yourself and become more self-aware
  2. Boost your self-confidence and independence
  3. Learn another language
  4. Learn more about your own country by going to another
  5. Expand your worldview
  6. Strengthen adaptability, communications, and team building skills
  7. Enhance your career opportunities
  8. Experience another culture firsthand and enhance your cross-cultural competency
  9. Make new friends from around the world
  10. Travel

Art and Culture:

  • Explore one of Barcelona’s 60 parks
  • Visit the bountiful museums located all over the city
  • Jump into Atoni Gaudí’s modernist fantasies by visiting his works such as Sagrada Família , Casa Vicens, Park Güell, Palau Güell, Casa Milà (La Pedrera), Casa Batlló, Crypt in Colonia Güell
  • Dive into Barcelona’s Gothic District and get lost in another time completely while viewing gothic basilicas such as Santa Maria del Mar and Santa Maria del Pi
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Program Eligibility

Students need not be currently enrolled at one of the sponsoring colleges in order to participate.

At the time of application to the program, you must satisfy the following program eligibility requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher
  • Have completed a minimum of 12 units of college level coursework

Program Costs

The fee per person is $7545. Fees are guaranteed not to change as a result of fluctuations in the dollar exchange rate.

The above fee excludes airfare, a $250 refundable damage deposit, optional medical insurance upgrade ($65) and optional personal effects coverage ($90), passport or visa fees if applicable, meals other than those listed, personal expenses, any California Community College tuition or administrative fees, textbooks, additional field trips or excursions required by the NCSAC faculty and anything not specified.

Financial Aid

If you are receiving financial aid and would like to apply this towards the Fall 2017 Semester Abroad Program in Barcelona, you MUST complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA at (due in March 2017) AND add the Title IV codes for all the community colleges involved in the consortium (SRJC -001287, SCC -001233, DVC -001191). A mandatory orientation will be required of all financial aid applicants with the Financial Aid Office at Skyline College for this program.

Scholarship Application Deadlines

SMCCCD Study Abroad offers a limited number of scholarships for students to study abroad. Visit our Financial Aid section to learn more about applying to these opportunities.

Important scholarship deadlines for the Fall Semester Abroad in Barcelona:

  • March 7, 2017: Gilman International Scholarship application due
  • June 2, 2017: SMCCCD Foundation and AIFS Scholarships application due

More Information or Questions?

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Student Guide to Study Abroad

Interested in more reasons to study abroad? Download A Student Guide to Study Abroad eBook, made possible by SMCCCD Study Abroad’s commitment to the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad Initiative. You will be asked to fill out a one page survey so that Generation Study Abroad may learn more about student interests and potential obstacles to studying abroad.

Meet Your SMCCCD Faculty Teaching Abroad in Barcelona

Alison Field, a professor of History at Cañada College

Alison Field is a professor of History at Cañada College, where she has been teaching for eleven years. Alison earned both her BA and MA in Latin American and U.S. History from San Francisco State University, where she was honored with the Distinguished Graduate Student Award. Before finding her passion for learning and teaching history, Alison worked for twelve years doing international human rights and social justice work. She has traveled in Latin America, Europe and Asia; studied abroad in Mexico; lived in the Caribbean; led educational trips to Cuba, Haiti and Mexico; and volunteered on an archeological dig in southern Spain. Alison believes that history is a verb, something that people “do” and “make.” Barcelona is one of her favorite cities in part because it has been at the center of so many significant historical happenings.

Email Alison at with any questions you have about the Fall 2017 Semester Abroad in Barcelona.