Barcelona: FAQ

What are the dates for the 2023 Study Abroad program in Barcelona?

The program dates for the 2023 program are September 21 - December 16, 2023.

What is the cost of the program?

The total cost of the progam is $9,915 for program fees plus tution for COCC courses.  Program fees include:

  • Round trip flight Portland to Barcelona and airport transfer for group flight arrival/departure.
  • Homestays with daily breakfast and dinner (homestays may be individual or shared with other students) or Double bedrooms in apartments, with shared living room, kitchen, bath.
  • 4-credit Spanish language course, four hours weekly, multiple levels possible depending upon enrollment (e.g. SPAN 103, 201)
  • Hosted welcome and farewell dinners
  • 3-credit Spanish Life and Culture course taught by local faculty (such topics as History of Spain, contemporary culture, Spain vs. Catalonia, sports, the politics of national languages, gentrification, immigration) and overseen by COCC faculty.
  • Weekly cultural activities aimed at cultural awareness and integration (Including Guided visit of Sagrada Familia); weekly cultural agenda with local events and activities sent to all students.
  • 2 Day-trips (one outside Barcelona and one hike & typical meal near the city) and a weekend excursion to somewhere in Spain with other students on the program included
  • Spanish-English language partners and orientations for intercultural competence
  • Activities at local universities, discounts and subsidized cultural events.
  • Full, comprehensive medical and accident insurance.
  • 24-hour emergency cell phone on-site with Barcelona SAE staff, and institutional support from Rich Kurtzman, Director, student services and activities coordinators
  • Experiential education, ICC, and language acquisition built-in to all Activities.
  • Re-entry workshop to articulate study abroad experience in resumes, application letters and interviews; preparation for return culture shock
  • Unlimited metro pass within Barcelona during your whole stay.
  • One COCC instructor offering three AAOT Social Science Discipline Studies courses in Anthropology

Program fees do not include

  • COCC Tuition and fees
  • Textbooks or other learning materials
  • Food, personal expenses or independent travel while in Barcelona
  • Cost of obtaining a US Passport

When are payments due?

20% Program Non-Refundable Deposit due to Barcelona SAE:  June 1, 2023

Full Program Non-Refundable Payment Due to Barcelona SAE: August 1, 2023

Barcelona SAE will send invoices 1 month prior to the due date. Students using financial aid to pay program fees will work with Barcelona SAE and COCC financial aid to set payment due dates.

What if I wish to find my own housing in Barcelona?

In the past we have provided a modest refund of a portion of the housing costs for participants who have their own housing. The amount of such a refund has not been determined yet for the 2023 program.

What are the policies and expectations about COVID vaccination for this program?

COVID vaccination policies are a complex mix of institutional policies from COCC and Barcelona SAE along with EU (European Union) member policies. The best information and data we have will be kept undated on our Study Abroad: Health Guidance webpage.

Who do I contact?

Please contact Sara Henson (, Amy Harper ( or Josh Evans (, Study Abroad Program Coordinators, with any additional questions.