ISA Barcelona

Depending on language level and academic interest, study in one of ISA’s renowned partner universities in this jewel of the Mediterranean. Barcelona is cosmopolitan, contemporary, and proud of its Catalan heritage – though no Catalan or Spanish language skills are required for many of the program options. Content courses in English and Spanish are available, along with all levels of Spanish language courses. Explore the famous Las Ramblas, be amazed by the architecture of Gaudi, and sample amazing regional cuisine. Optional (for a fee) and free excursions are included in program cost.  Housing is either homestay, apartment, student residence or independent (independent housing - the student secures their own housing). 

Please note that this program is not approved by the University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration.  Thus, College of Business Administration students or students seeking dual or double degree with the College of Business Administration will not be awarded academic credit for participation and are strongly discouraged from applying to ISA Barcelona.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter please contact Bryan Schultz, Director of International Programs – College of Business Administration at



Academic Description: 
You can choose from programs focusing on Spanish Language, Liberal Arts and Business; International Studies, Business and Culture; Hispanic Studies; Legal Studies Honors; Tourism, Hospitality, Management and Business; and Design and Visual Arts. Not all courses may be available during all study periods, see your program's website for up-to-date course lists.
Administration of Justice
Arts and Sciences
Communication: Rhet & Comm
Gender Sexuality & Women's Studies
History of Art & Architecture
International Studies
Legal Studies
Political Science
Application Instructions: 

If you are applying for a Pitt-Recognized Program for Spring 2020 and beyond, Program Application Questions must be completed before your application can move forward, regardless of any application requirements established by your Pitt-Recognized Provider. These questions can be found under “Questionnaires”  in your application. Most require short answers of 150-200 words. Our goal is to help you to think about and express your goals for studying abroad in a way that will help you to maximize learning and growth in the following 3 phases of your experience:

  1. Pre-departure
  2. While abroad
  3. Post abroad 

While you will work on our application and your Provider’s application simultaneously, you will need to complete your Pitt application before your study abroad advisor will complete any forms or approval for your provider. Even if your Provider accepts your application, your application cannot move forward in our process until you complete our application questions.

SAO Staff: 

Leslie Ann Smedley

Hello Students! I am Leslie Ann Smedley, Senior Advisor and look forward to helping Arts and Sciences students to identify, apply for, and thrive in the study abroad program that fits each students’ academic/linguistic/cultural needs. I have been in the field of International Education for many years, including the last 10 in the Study Abroad Office. I am a Pittsburgher who studied abroad in Strasbourg, France while an undergrad and haven’t stopped travelling since. In addition to being passionate about discovering new places, I love to cook, garden and read. I look forward to helping you to achieve your goals!

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