Barcelona, Spain

Business in Barcelona

Joint Program with the Learning Abroad Center

Program Dates:

Fall Semester 2021: Spring Semester 2022: Summer Term 2022
Application Opens: December 2020 Application Opens: May 1st, 2021 Application Opens: December 2020
Application Deadline: May 1, 2021 Application Deadline: October 1st, 2021 Application Deadline: March 1st, 2022

Arrive in Barcelona: September 5, 2021 (Study Center track)

September 18, 2021 (UPF Track)

Arrive in Barcelona

Study Center Track: January 23, 2022

UPF Track: January 5, 2022

Hybrid Track (UPF & Study Center courses): January 5, 2022

Arrive in Barcelona: May 19, 2022
Depart Barcelona: December 18, 2021

Depart Barcelona

Study Center Track: May 7, 2022

UPF Track: April 2, 2022

Hybrid Track (UPF & Study Center courses): May 7, 2022

Depart Barcelona: July 2, 2022
  **If you plan to use the LAC visa service, apply as soon as possible  


Offered in partnership with the Learning Abroad Center, this program gives you the opportunity to enroll in business and non-business courses in addition to an optional credit-bearing internship experience while living in Barcelona.  

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Program Details

    Live and study in the international city of Barcelona. Explore Catalan and Spanish working life through an English-speaking internship while also taking a mix of business and non-business courses. Begin the day with a papaya smoothie in Barcelona’s biggest food market, La Boqueria. Climb to the top of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. Delight in Gaudí's art. Relax in a beautiful city park. Cheer on FC Barcelona among 100,000 screaming fútbol fans. Gaze into the glistening Mediterranean Sea. Get ready to live like a barcelonés.

    The Business in Barcelona program offers courses that deepen your understanding of Spanish and Catalan culture.  A key feature of the program is the internship experience, which allows you to integrate with Spanish people, experience the culture firsthand, and gain professional work experience.


    Between 5 and 7 students usually share apartments, which include single or double bedrooms, bathrooms, and laundry. Meals are not included, but each apartment has a full kitchen.


    If you choose the homestay option, you will have your own room. Breakfast and dinner are included during the week; you are responsible for lunch and meals on weekends.  Homestay options may be limited during COVID-19.


    Guided academic activities and tours in and near Barcelona, as well as networking events with European and other international students, are included in the program fee.

    Students can also take advantage of MyEducation events, a calendar of events centered around key themes that provides students a tool to help personalize their experience in Barcelona.

    There are three tracks available for Carlson School of Management undergraduate students, and the option to take courses at either a study center, a local Spanish university (Universitat Pompeu Fabra "UPF"), or a mix of the two.  If students take classes at the study center, they will be in class with other students from the United States (not international students).  If students take classes at UPF, they will be in class with a mix of students from the United States, other international students, and Spanish students.  It's important that Carlson students understand that if they take classes at UPF, the academic environment will be very different from the Carlson School.  They will be held to UPF grading systems, classroom behavior expectations, and there will be cultural differences in how they interact with their faculty member.  Please reach out to CGI if you would like to discuss this further. 

    TRACK 1: Business in Barcelona - Study Center  (offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer term)

    • Students enroll in classes at a study center with other students from the United States.  The following business courses are available:
      • Global Internship course - 3 or 6 UMN credits (Fall, Spring, & Summer term)
      • International Finance - 3 UMN credits (Fall, Spring, & Summer term)
        • approved for FINA 4622, IB Foundations course, & Writing Intensive
      • Marketing & Distribution Channels - 3 UMN credits (Fall, Spring, & Summer term)
        • approved for MKTG 4060
      • Transportation & Logistics Management - 3 UMN credits (Fall, Spring, & Summer term)
        • approved for SCO 3048
      • Global Marketing - 3 UMN credits (Fall, Spring, & Summer term)
        • approved for a MTKG elective & IB Foundations course
      • Intercultural Management - 3 UMN credits (Fall & Spring & Summer term)
        • approved for IB Foundations course
      • Business of Social Media - 3 UMN credits (Fall, Spring, & Summer term)
        • approved for MKTG 4076 & IB Depths
    • All grades will come back A/F on the official UMN transcript
    • To see a full list of courses (including non-business courses) see the Learning Abroad Center "Study & Intern in Barcelona" website -

    TRACK 2: Business in Barcelona - University Study at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (offered in Fall and Spring term)

    TRACK 3: Business in Barcelona - Study Center & University Study Hybrid (offered in Fall and Spring term)

    • Carlson students can take a mix of courses at the study center and Universitat Pompeu Fabra
    • Global Internship course - 3 or 6 UMN credits (Fall, Spring, & Summer term)
    • Study Center Track: 2.5 preferred GPA
    • Optional internship: 2.8 required minimum GPA

    US citizens participating on the Study & Intern in Barcelona program for a semester or year, or US citizens staying in Spain for more than 90 days, must obtain a student visa. US citizens participating in the Summer session do not need a visa. Non-US citizens should check with the Spanish embassy to determine any special regulations pertaining entry into Spain at any time.

    Remember to read all information that you receive regarding student visas carefully. Requirements could change at any time and vary from consulate to consulate.

    University of Minnesota Visa Service

    The Spanish consulate in Chicago has graciously granted the University of Minnesota the ability to both drop off Spanish student visa applications and pick up the completed student visas on behalf of students studying abroad in Barcelona. 

    This is an optional service, and is only available to students on the Barcelona program. Each student MUST inform the Learning Abroad Center of their plans for obtaining the student visa whether they chose to use this service or not.

    Using the Visa Service
    • If you use the visa service, a $100 fee will be assessed to your University of Minnesota account. This fee will not be listed separately on your student account. It will be added to the overall program fee.
    • The deadline to use this service is either slightly before or after the application deadline. To use the service, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities students must attend an appointment with the Spanish visa adviser to drop of visa application materials before the deadline.
    • If you live outside of the Twin Cities area, you must set up a phone meeting with Amy Garwood-Díaz or the student visa specialist prior to sending in your visa application materials via FedEx.
    • Only complete visa applications will be accepted. If you fail to include one or more of the necessary pieces to receive your visa when you present your visa application to the Learning Abroad Center, you will have to return at a later time with your complete visa application. 
    • If you live outside of the state of Minnesota, completed visas can be returned to the student via Fed Ex once picked up from the Chicago Spanish Consulate by the UofM.
    Not Using the Visa Service
    • CAPA will provide instructions for applying for the National Visa once you are accepted to the program. You will need to apply for the visa *in-person* at the Consulate in your jurisdiction. The in-person consulate appointment is required no earlier than 90 days and no later than 4 weeks prior to program start date. Student’s are *ONLY* eligible to apply to the consulate with jurisdiction over the state where they are from or the state in which their school is located. Click here to find your Consulate. Each consulate will require slightly different supporting documents. Students should refer to the consulate’s website. Visa Application Procedure:

    Visa Application Requirements

    To date, the following items are required to apply for a student visa through the Chicago consulate. If you are applying through a different consulate, requirements may differ. 

    • Two copies of signed and completed National application—the Step-by-Step Instructions will assist you in completing the visa application
    • Original, signed passport
    • Money Order for $160 payable to the Consulate of Spain. This can be purchased at a Post Office or bank. You must pay with a debit card or cash. More information can be found at USPS—Money Orders.
    • Two photocopies of the information and photo page of your passport
    • Two photocopies of US driver's license, US state ID or voter registration card
    • Two passport photos glued to the upper right hand corner of the National application and copy
    • Letter of acceptance—this serves as proof of admission, medical insurance, & financial means (Provided by the Learning Abroad Center to all students, regardless if you are using our visa service or not.)
    • Acknowledgement Letter - (Provided by the Learning Abroad Center to all students)
    • If you are using the Learning Abroad Center visa service, you will also need a notarized letter granting the University of Minnesota permission to pick up and drop off your visa materials (use template provided). Do NOT sign the letter before meeting with the notary public.

    Academic Year students (students going for more than one semester) must also provide the following:

    • Medical Statement: A doctor’s recent statement, on doctor's or medical center's letterhead, indicating that the student has been examined and found to be free of communicable diseases and in good physical and mental health to travel and study abroad (make your appointment early.)
    • Background Check
      • The Spanish consulate allows students to obtain State background checks, which are generally easier to obtain. Students from Minnesota can obtain their background check from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. In addition to this background check, students will have to obtain an Apostille from the Secretary of State's office to verify its authenticity.
      • Students can obtain an FBI background check, though it is not recommended because it may take between 3 to 8 weeks to receive.

    Step-by-Step Instructions to complete the Application for a National Visa

    1. Last name.
    2. If you have changed your last name (through marriage for example), former last name.
    3. First and middle names.
    4. Date of birth (day-month-year).
    5. Place of birth.
    6. Country where you were born.
    7. Your nationality. (If you were born in the US, put US). If you have not always been a US citizen indicate your nationality at birth.
    8. Gender.
    9. Marital status.
    10. This section is not applicable. Leave blank.
    11. This section is not applicable. Leave blank.
    12. Type of travel document. Check 'Ordinary Passport'.
    13. Passport number.
    14. Date your passport was issued (day-month-year). This date is listed in your passport.
    15. Date that your passport expires as listed in your passport (day-month-year). This date must be at least one year from the date the visa application will be submitted to the consulate. 
    16. Enter US Department of State or the passport agency that issued your passport (NOT where you applied).
    17. Write your permanent address, email address, and phone number.
    18. Check 'No'. Check 'Yes' if you are not from the US but reside in the US.
    19. STUDENT.
    20. Main purpose of the journey: Check 'Studies'.
    21. Provide your intended date of arrival in Spain (day-month-year). You may estimate your arrival date if you have not purchased a flight at the time of application for the visa.
    22. Check 'More Than Two'.
    23. Address and contact in Barcelona coming soon
    24. Complete only if you have previously received a Spanish student visa.
    25. Complete only if you have previously received a Spanish student visa.
    26. This section is not applicable. Leave blank.
    27. This section is not applicable. Leave blank.
    28. Data of the educational establishment or research centre in case of applying for a student or research visa
      1. Name of the educational establishment or research centre~ Address and contact in Barcelona coming soon
      2. Postal address of educational establishment or research centre~ Address and contact in Barcelona coming soon
      3. Telephone number of educational establishment or research centre~ Address and contact in Barcelona coming soon
      4. Email of educational establishment or research centre~ Address and contact in Barcelona coming soon
      5. Intended starting date for studies or research~ provide the start date of the Barcelona program (day-month-year)
      6. Intended finishing date for studies or research~ provide the end date of the Barcelona program (day-month-year)
      7. The remainder of this section is not applicable to you.
    29. Current address and today's date (day-month-year).
    30. Your signature.

    To submit an application, please visit the Apply page. Students will be charged a $50 application fee.  Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 4 weeks of the priority deadline.

    In the ONLINE APPLICATION you will choose between several tracks.  See below for track information.  Contact the Carlson Global Institute directly if you have questions about these tracks:

    • Study Center - to take all courses at the study center with other students from the United States.
    • Uni Study - to take all courses at the local university, Pompeu Fabra (UPF).
    • Study Center & Uni Study - to take a mix of courses at the study center and at the local university, Pompeu Fabra (UPF).

    Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships through the Carlson Global Institute as well as the Learning Abroad Center.  Please visit "Financial Aid" and "Scholarships" for more information.

    Business in Barcelona students have access to the Bridging Loan which is a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flight costs. 

Cost Estimate (Summary)

Fall 2021 Cost of Participations:

Summer 2021 Cost of Participations 

Spring 2022 Cost of Participations


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