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Amazing food, bustling sidewalk cafes, and seven city beaches make this artsy metropolis a magnet for international students.

Tapas and ancient temples. Picasso and paella. Quirky, colorful buildings that look straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. In Barcelona you’ll discover all this and more. Museums display bold works by Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró. Buildings themselves are as impressive as the masterpieces inside. Delicious food abounds, with specialties unique to the Catalonian region like creamy custard and caramel desserts. Here you’ll study the standard Spanish language, also known as Castilian, while being exposed to the regional Catalan language as well. Not to worry: In Barcelona, 98% of the population speaks “regular” Spanish, even if they also speak Catalan. Barcelona is a fascinating place to discover linguistic differences while ramping up your Spanish vocabulary and conversational skills. After daily language and culture classes you’ll head out on the town for group activities, museum trips, and downtime in local parks and cafes. On evenings and weekends with your host family, you’ll get into the rhythm of Spanish life while shopping, kicking around a soccer ball, hitting the beach, and helping to prepare meals with host siblings and friends.

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