ALBA: A unique, flexible, personalized experience.
For the past 30 years, we have hosted students from all over the United States, Canada and Europe studying a wide range of study areas at our very unique and small-group program.
ALBA is very proud to be an accredited program of Portland State University (Oregon), and a partner of the University of Washington Foster School of Business.
What we stand for
We are a small, hands-on study abroad program, based in Barcelona, and accessible to a wide variety of students worldwide. We offer a culturally immersive experience together with academic excellence by the hand of outstanding people and professionals from some of the most prestigious universities in Spain.
Hosting students from over 20 schools in the United States since 1989.
Learning beyond the classroom: cooking classes and field trips are included.
Academic excellence & personalized attention (max. 15 students per class).
Experience culture every day alongside Spanish classes for all levels.
In the very heart of Barcelona
Just step outside the ALBA facility and you will immediately experience what the city has to offer. You’re a metro away from your apartment, the beach, or a trip to one of Gaudi’s finest works.
The ALBA facility is equipped with three personalized classrooms, a full kitchen, and a lounge area. You are always welcome to use the facility to hang out, study for classes, or recharge your batteries after strolling around the gothic quarter.
Meet the Team
Xavier received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and his Master in International Business from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He also holds a Bachelor’s in Communications by Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Despite his business background, Xavier’s passion is international education. As ALBA program manager he works in a wide variety of areas, including academic planning, faculty coordination and students advising.
Xavier loves travelling, socializing and getting to know new cultures. He likes to be aware of international affairs and is interested in social entrepreneurship and business ethics. Other interests include sports, scuba diving and marine biology, hanging out with friends and showing the best of his home city, Barcelona.
Concierge & Cultural Manager
Raul’s new adventure in Barcelona is with ALBA Study Abroad where he enjoys helping the Students to feel at home and make the most of their stay here in the “Ciudad Condal”.
Marketing Manager & Student Services
He is an experienced Art Director and hands-on Graphic Designer. Enjoys working ALBA’s Social Media, loves productivity and workflow optimization and is a strong defender of collective intelligence.
Simon is a true explorer, he loves riding his bicycle around the city and enjoys swimming in Catalunya’s coves. You will see him at his best when cooking a BBQ for his friends or taking a trip in his Volkswagen T3.
Spanish Trails General Manager
Spanish Trails Assistant Manager
Isabel now combines her background in Communication, Journalism and Multimedia with her passion for the Travel sector. When she’s not traveling around herself, she’s helping you plan the most exciting and memorable experiences in Spain!
Besides solo traveling, Isabel loves outdoor concerts, wine, books and podcasts. She also likes to think of herself as a star in-house DJ, while she daily imposes her playlists to her patient colleagues in the office.
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