Since 1997, CEA has maintained one simple philosophy: To provide high-quality international academic programs and services. For you, that means support through each step of your study abroad experience, from the moment you apply to the day you return home again. Along the way, you’ll learn to adapt and communicate across cultures. You’ll earn credits toward graduation while gaining skills that enhance your employability. And you’ll discover more about yourself than you ever thought possible.
Spain’s second-largest city offers an ideal blend of the historic and modern, including the chance to interact within an innovative technology start-up community. The Study + Internship program in Barcelona allows you to make steady progress toward your academic degree while developing practical skills in fields such as business, design, marketing, tourism, urban planning, and more. The program incorporates a professional internship placement into your semester or summer study program. Our strong academic focus, personalized placements dedicated to meaningful experiences that make a real impact, and multiple options and price ranges—from 8-week summer sessions to a full semester program - allow you to take care of those degree requirements and give your career a boost all while gaining the international experience you’ve been seeking.
- Fall Semester: Early September to Late December
- Spring Semester: Early January to Mid April
- Summer Semester: Late May to Late July
For more information about the Academic Calendar please visit the CEA Barcelona web page
All CEA students studying in Barcelona will be able to choose from apartments, homestays, and residence halls. For more information please visit the CEA Barcelona housing webpage.
Students participating on CEA programs will be billed through Appalachian the CEA program cost. This will replace the Appalachian tuition & fees for the term they are abroad. In addition to the CEA costs students will also be responsible for submitting a $200 OIED Program Development Fee upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable. Appalachian students participating on a CEA semester program will receive a $250 credit on their invoice and $100 for a summer program.
Paid to Appalachian State
1CEA Program Fee includes tuition, housing, program excursions, and insurance.
|1CEA Program Fee
||See CEA Page
||See CEA Page
|2OIED Program Development Fee
|Intl Health Dev Fee
2The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Estimated Additional Costs
1Students will submit the non-refundable confirmation fee payment directly to CEA and it will be subtracted from the total program cost.
|CEA Application Fee
|1CEA Confirmation Deposit
|CEA Housing Security Deposit
||$1200 - $1800
||$1200 - $1800
||$1500 - $2500
||$500 - $1000
||$1000 - $2000
||$300 - $700
|Books and Materials
||$140 - $190
||$70 - $100
||$150 - $300
||$50 - $100
|Visa (for US Citizens)
|3US Based Health Insurance
|4Personal Travel and Spending
||$600 - $1000
||$200 - $400
2Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
3Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
4Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
CEA offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $3000.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
You will enroll in a two-part internship seminar course that includes an academic seminar and an internship placement. In addition, you will select 3 elective courses from our study center course options. Your internship seminar meets for 22 seminar hours, and you’ll spend 120 placement hours at your internship placement. Together, your seminar and internship placement are worth 3 credits. Elective courses meet for 45 contact hours/3 credits. Overall, semester students may earn 12 credits (277 contact hours) and academic year students may earn a total of 24 credits. Students may petition to take one additional 3 credit/ 45 hour course if needed for a total of 15 credits/ 322 contact hours. Given the demands of the internship, 12 credits is recommended. Elective courses generally meet 2 times per week, Monday-Thursday. Active learning components required by your courses may be scheduled for Fridays. Your internship seminar meets weekly. Your internship placement hours may take place Monday-Friday; the exact time of day and days of the week will be determined after you arrive.
CEA’s summer internship program includes an academic seminar and an internship placement. The internship seminar meets for 22 contact hours and you'll spend 120 hours at your internship placement over 8 weeks. Together, your seminar and internship placement are worth 3 credits. Your internship placement hours may vary depending on industry standards for your career field and will be determined after you arrive. In addition to your internship placement and academic seminar, you will enroll in an additional 3-credit elective course, bringing your total potential earned credits to 6. You are encouraged to explore the Entrepreneurship: The Art of Creative Business elective course to complement your internship experience and learn more about the entrepreneurial culture in Barcelona. Electives meet for 45 hours and run for 4 weeks in July to align with the academic study program offered at the CEA Barcelona Center. Courses meet at various times Monday-Friday; active learning components required by your courses may be scheduled for Fridays. Course options may be limited, as your primary responsibility is to fulfill your internship obligations which include honoring your employer’s preferred schedule.
Students must receive approval from their academic department for the internship and are encouraged to discuss the internship with their department before applying.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Each CEA program will have a different minimum credit requirement. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
Students applying to a CEA program should complete the CEA application
while also completing the Appalachian application.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page