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Set on the warm shores of the Mediterranean, Barcelona is a city of contrasts. Its Roman foundations reverberate with rich history. Its arresting art and architecture celebrate the modern masterpieces of Gaudí and Dalí. Barcelona delivers a truly mesmerizing Spanish experience! Quaint streets lead to modern architectural marvels. Legendary monuments stand in the midst of bustling plazas. Marvel at the sharks at L’aquarium Barcelona or get swept into the stars at CosmoCaixa. Sample cuisines from around the world, or savor Catalan staples. Experience the surreal art of Dali and the architecture of Gaudí. Barcelona never ceases to astonish and amaze!
Unlike ordinary international pre-college programs, ACA’s experience in Barcelona is not a homestay! Instead, students live and learn together, staying at the four-star Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel, located right in the heart of Barcelona. It features in-suite bathrooms, TV, housekeeping and air conditioning. You can even soak up the sun at the pool and sundeck! Of course, ACA staff live on-site, ensuring a safe, comfortable stay.
ACA shows you Spain at its most awe-inspiring and provides you with a head start on your college career. You’ll study Spanish at The International College of Barcelona and earn 3 college credits! You’ll visit remarkable cultural attractions and participate in fulfilling community service opportunities. To help you ace the admissions process, there’s even an option to take a Kaplan SAT or ACT prep course. No prior Spanish required!
At ACA, we believe safety comes first. That’s why we maintain an eight-to-one student-to-staff ratio – one of the lowest in the industry! This lets us offer unmatched attention and unique personalized programs.
As part of our commitment to student safety, ACA staff members live on every student-occupied floor and accompany students on all activities and excursions. ACA also uses chartered coach and taxi services to get around town, never public transportation. All ACA staff members are always equipped with cellphones.
For additional safety, ACA provides all students with local cellphones, allowing them to maintain easy contact with directors and staff!
The Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel adds an additional element of security, as well. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day with trained personnel for your comfort and convenience.
Parents will be reassured to know that Barcelona is a friendly city with all the modern medical and safety resources one would expect of a popular European tourist destination.
Ready to savor true European flavor? ACA serves up amazing meals throughout your stay in Spain!
Start your days at the hotel breakfast buffet, a serious spread of eggs, cereal, pastries, baked treats, and fresh juices and fruits. You’ll have no problem fueling up for the day.
For dinner Monday through Friday, you’ll enjoy ACA’s exclusive Dining-on-the-Town-Plan, which lets you choose from a variety of ACA-selected restaurants – and it’s included in your tuition! Whether you want to tackle some local delicacies or would rather stick with American-style favorites, you’re sure to find a restaurant that suits your taste.
Once a week, if you want, you can also venture beyond the Dining-on-the-Town-Plan and visit additional restaurants of your choice. It’s an additional opportunity to sample outstanding local restaurants featuring authentic Spanish cuisine, especially the trademark local tapas – a flavorful variety of small dishes similar in size to American appetizers. Bring plenty of friends so everyone can sample and share! Need help translating the menu? Don’t worry, ACA staff are always at the restaurant ready to recommend a few favorites.
Of course, you’re always welcome to enjoy dinner at the hotel, which features a choice of kitchen-fresh entrees, side dishes, salad bar, beverages, fresh-baked breads and desserts, but you’ll probably want to hit the town for a full-tilt dining experience. Either way, the choice is yours.
Take a flavor-filled walk through the Old Town markets. Browse chic boutiques and traditional tiendas. Discover quaint plazas, stunning galleries, and magnificent museums. Sign up for a soccer tournament to try serious Spanish fútbol! Take in the combination of Gothic and ultramodern architecture, and don’t miss the beauty of the marina! Of course, a stroll down Las Ramblas, one of the most famous bustling boulevards in all of Europe, is a must!
Greek Isles Extension (supplemental tuition required)
Extend your European experience by six days! From the pictur- esque beaches of Santorini and Mykonos to the rich historical leg- acy of Athens, it’s an amazing way to conclude your European stay. Click here to find out more.
Worried your new-found taste for tapas might pack on some extra pounds? No sweat! ACA makes it easy to maintain your fitness routine, or even kick-start a new exercise habit! During your stay in Barcelona, you’ll have access to a swimming pool, weight room, treadmills, Stairmasters and other popular exercise machines and equipment at our local gym. If you need some competition to fuel your fitness efforts, team up with new friends for a game of soccer, tennis, or basketball. If you would rather get out on the town, you can always join ACA staff for a sight-seeing run through the streets of Barcelona, a great way to burn calories and get a closer look at Spanish culture. And if you’re really feeling game, our annual Spaniards vs. Americans fútbol tournament is a must!
Students traveling to Barcelona fly nonstop on ACA-staffed group flights directly from New York’s JFK Airport.
We are happy to assist with arrangements for students connecting to JFK in order to meet the ACA group flight. Please contact the ACA office for additional information.
Students enrolled in the French Riviera Extension will also fly on ACA group flights, accompanied by ACA staff.
Please Note: For your safety and convenience, we require students traveling to our international programs to fly on ACA-staffed group flights.
*Transportation is not included in tuition.