Explore Barcelona, Experience Europe.               Study Abroad

We are a small, personalized study abroad program in Barcelona, Spain, with over 25 years experience. Our on-site team is here to help you maximize your time abroad, offering personalized academic advisment during your program. Your professors are local experts who teach in English and think in Spanish.


  • Courses taught in English by local Barcelona university professors
  • Enrollment is limited to approximately 25 students per term
  • Classes held in the heart of Barcelona’s old-quarter, “Barrio Gótico”
  • Students from diverse U.S. and international backgrounds
  • Personalized learning environment with 15 students or less in each class session.
  • Faculty-led field events and excursions in and outside of Barcelona
  • Dynamic, contextual, experiential learning focus in every class
  • Accredited and supported by Portland State University (Portland, Oregon) since 1988
  • Easy credit transfer to all Western Undergraduate Exchange universities (http://wiche.edu/wue)
  • Develop your global fluency and international readiness and start building your international network for your future


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“I studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain through Alba in the spring of 2012, as a 21-year-old undergraduate student. During which time I took a Catalan Culture and Society course, advanced Spanish, and one of the most impactful and eye-opening courses in my entire undergraduate trajectory, Spanish Film and Literature, taught by renowned Spanish professor, Dr. Carles Murillo. In the spring of 2014 during my first year of graduate school at Portland State University I decided that ….”
Erasmo R., ALBA Spring '12 & Spring '14, Portland State University
“I was looking for a study abroad program that would allow me to explore and experience the best that Spanish culture has to offer, all at a reasonable price. ALBA gave me just that. Between the relaxed schedule of classes, and the highly knowledgeable coordinators, I had an outstanding experience in Barcelona! Moreover, the financial aid programs offered made ALBA accessible and a great value.”
Matt Dooney., ALBA Spring ‘11, Portland Sate University
“My experience in the ALBA program was amazing! I had an absolutely spectacular, unforgettable time. The classes were very interesting and the coordinators helped to give me a true study abroad experience. I highly recommend ALBA to anyone who is interested in studying in Barcelona.”
Julie S., ALBA Winter ‘11, Dartmouth College
“I attended ALBA as a junior at the University of Washington. After not knowing what I was getting myself into, studying abroad through ALBA turned out to be the best experience of my college career. I took four classes (22 general quarter credits!) – Catalan Culture, Spanish Art & Architecture, European Economics, and Spanish Language. The classes were straightforward and extremely rewarding if you put the effort into learning. ALBA emphasized cultural immersion by encouraging us to try new restaurants, attend language exchanges, meet new people, go to FC Barcelona games, and travel every weekend (no Friday classes!). The ALBA administration (Charles, Tracy, Danny) was amazingly helpful by finding me a private apartment three blocks from the beach, helping us to and from the airport, coordinating to make sure our credits transferred, etc. Overall, I give ALBA a 10/10 and only wish I could go back to school to attend ALBA over and over again!”
T. Kellogg., ALBA Spring '12, University of Washington
“I’m going to keep this short (maybe not) because I could write forever about how amazing Alba was as a program. When I was looking to study abroad a couple things were important to me: passionate teachers, full immersion, living situation, and a smaller program. All my criteria were far exceeded and Barcelona could not have been a cooler city”
A. Maddox., ALBA Spring '12, University of Washington
“Every element of ALBA was incredible! My apartment was centrally located, my classes were challenging and interesting, and the other students on the program were fun and great people! Barcelona is such an outstanding city to study in! I walked away feeling as though I got a terrific cultural experience, and had a wonderful time doing it!”
Alex Grant., ALBA Spring '11, University of Oregon