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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Apartment Eligible Year: 2 Sophomore, 3 Junior, 4 Senior
Program Type: Pace Partner
Program Description:

Study Abroad in Barcelona

Designed for all levels of Spanish language ability, the Communication & Journalism program allows you to choose from a range of courses, taught in your choice of English or Spanish, as you delve into topics like the role of social media, photojournalism, and Spanish media. Instructors turn the city into your classroom, helping you gain insight into the new media landscape and different journalism approaches in Spanish society through active engagement with the host city, people, institutions, and culture. The location of the CEA CAPA Barcelona Center helps frame the curriculum, encouraging you to draw connections between your personal observations and the related topics addressed in class.

 Semester/Term Eligibility Requirements Rec. Semester Credits
 Semester 2.5 Min GPA; High School Graduate; All levels of Spanish  12-15
 Summer  2.5 Min GPA; High School Graduate; All levels of Spanish


Where You'll Study

The CEA CAPA Barcelona Center, located on the Plaza Catalunya in the heart of the city, offers courses in a range of subjects, taught in English and Spanish. Learning takes place both in and out of the classroom, with instructors taking full advantage of Barcelona’s many notable sites and attractions. Students will receive a transcript from CEA CAPA's School of Record upon completion of their program.

What's Included

  • Pre-Departure Advising
  • Housing
  • 24/7 Onsite Emergency Assistance
  • Excursions & Cultural Activities
  • and more


  • Girona & Besalú
  • Madrid
  • Penedès Wine Country
  • and more.

Funding Options

CEA CAPA has several ways to help you fund your program, including scholarships, grants, and flight credits. Find out more about what we have to offer.

Learn more about funding

Pace's Partner Application Process:
Steps to Study Abroad Pace

Pace's Study Abroad Application Deadlines:
  • Fall Semester: March 15
  • Summer Term: March 15
  • Spring Semester: September 20
NOTE: Pace students are not eligible for the CEA promotion offering a flight voucher worth up to $1,000 USD.

FIND ACADEMIC COURSE CATALOGUE HERE: CEA Communication & Journalism Course Catalogue

minimum of 12 U.S. credits is required during a semester abroad to maintain full-time status, defined as being enrolled in 12-18 U.S. credits per semester. However, we STRONGLY recommend that you take the equivalent of 15 U.S. credits abroad because:  
  1. Any unforeseen changes to your schedule abroad could reduce your course load below 12 U.S. credits (e.g., canceled classes or a change in your class choices)
  2. Pace students must have full-time status to receive financial aid. If you are eligible for financial aid but enroll in fewer than 12 U.S. credits, you will lose your financial aid. Taking 15 U.S. credits abroad acts as a cushion so you’re not at risk of losing financial aid in case of any unforeseen changes.

Click the above link to see the courses that have been approved for Pace students who previously studied abroad on this CEA Barcelona program. 
  • Pace recommends that you try to select courses from this Pre-approved Courses list because these CEA Barcelona program courses have already been reviewed and approved by Pace Department Chairs. If you select courses from this list, you’ll only need to receive approval from your Pace Academic Advisor for those courses - which will make the process of receiving Pace academic credit for your semester abroad much easier. 
  • However, if the pre-approved courses listed don’t fit with your interests/academic plans and you chose a course that’s NOT on the pre-approved list, you’ll need to seek approval from a Pace Department Chair, which could take some time. 
  • Be sure to check with CEA's current course catalog (and Pace’s current course catalog) because some courses listed on the link above may no longer be offered on this CEA Barcelona program or are only available during one of the terms (Fall or Spring). 
  • Read more about the process of obtaining Pace academic credit for courses taken abroad
Pace resources for you:
  • Study Abroad FAQs: If you have more questions about studying abroad while at Pace, review these Pace study abroad FAQs.
  • Pace study abroad FAQs: If you have more questions about academics related to study abroad, review these Pace FAQs.
  • Financial FAQs: If you have more questions about the cost of study abroad, financial aid, and scholarships, review these Pace FAQs.
    • Pace tuition and fees, including a $100 Study Abroad Fee are billed to the student account. 
    • Room charges are the responsibility of the student and are paid directly to the host institution.
    • Out-of-pocket expenses (airfare, meals, local transportation, etc.) are the responsibility of the student.
    • All federal and state financial aid apply during the semester abroad. Up to $12,500 of institutional financial aid (Pace scholarships/grants) applies to the semester abroad. (Portability of Pace institutional aid is limited to 2 semesters, and Pace tuition remission does not apply.)
Health & Safety Abroad
Pace Education Abroad will help support you before, during, and after your study program abroad. However, you are ultimately responsible for your own physical and mental health while abroad. Although there are many factors outside of your control, making good decisions, preparing in advance, avoiding unnecessary risks, and staying informed about what to do in case of an emergency will help mitigate the problems you may encounter. Carefully read through  

Pace's pre-departure health and safety tips
Pace study abroad’s “In an Emergency” web page
destination-specific Travel Advisories and alerts posted by the U.S. Department of State 
health-related information about your study abroad destination from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (CDC) 
safety tips to remember while being abroad

STEP: All study abroad students are enrolled by Pace Education Abroad in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service from the U.S. Department of State (DoS) for U.S. citizens who are traveling or living abroad. Students are enrolled with the nearest in-country U.S. Embassy or Consulate so that the DoS can assist the student and their families in case of an emergency.
Schedule a physical exam with your healthcare provider before you travel, and discuss your plan for filling prescriptions abroad to ensure you’ll have enough for your entire term abroad ahead of time.
Meet with your mental health provider to discuss how you will manage your mental health and wellness while abroad. Be proactive prior to travel. Stresses can heighten mental health struggles. Anticipate potential challenges and talk about coping strategies in advance. Understand what resources you have available through your host institution/provider, Pace-provided international insurance, and your own insurance.
Share health and safety information with your family to make informed decisions regarding participation in study abroad and behavior while abroad.
Mandatory Pre-departure Orientation at Pace & AbroadAll Pace students going abroad on credit-bearing programs are required to attend a pre-departure orientation held by Pace Education Abroad. The orientation stresses health and safety abroad, cultural adjustment, insurance, student identity, mental health, COVID-19 protocols, and other topics. It also covers Pace's academic policies and procedures such as enrollment and credits.  
Students must also attend on-site orientation(s) abroad, arranged through their host institution.
Pace’s Resources Students should download Pace’s free “PACE SAFE” app, with helpful safety and travel features. 
All study abroad students have access to Pace Study Abroad Advisors who can provide additional health and safety information, direct them to further resources, and address specific concerns. 
While preparing for study abroad, those who feel they need extra support can reach out to the Pace Counseling Center prior to departure. (Note: Pace Counseling Center services cannot be accessed while abroad because they are not licensed to provide ongoing international services.)
If you require accommodation(s) in order to participate in your program abroad, you must self-identify and contact Pace Student Accessibility Services to request copies of your Pace-approved Letter of Accommodation and other documents to provide to your Study Abroad program or foreign university. Think about how you will manage these differences abroad, consider programs that can best support you, and seek as much information as possible before you depart. Advance planning is the key to a successful study abroad experience! 
Who to Call — in case of an emergency while studying abroadFirst contact the on-site Resident Director, other in-country program staff, or Pace Faculty (for Faculty-Led programs abroad). These people are all in-country and will be best able to assist you at the moment of need. 
Every CEA program destination has a local CEA team trained in student support and emergency response, and they are available to assist you onsite. During the mandatory onsite orientation, the CEA team will provide valuable information on where to receive medical care, what to do in an emergency, and how to maintain your overall wellbeing. You will also receive a 24/7 emergency phone number to call a CEA team member if you have a serious health emergency.
Call Pace Security. +1 (212) 346-1800. They answer the phone 24/7 and will then reach out to the appropriate Pace departments who can assist you. You can also quickly contact them through the Pace SAFE app.
If needed (for example, with a lost passport), contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate or the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services. Consular officers are available for emergency assistance 24/7 at +1 (202) 501-4444 (when calling from outside the USA).International Emergency Medical & Travel Insurance
When participating on a third-party provider study abroad program (CEA, SIT, Semester at Sea, or TEAN), these programs require that you enroll in their emergency medical and travel insurance plan. As a result, Pace will not enroll you in the Pace-arranged international travel insurance plan through Chubb during your semester abroad to avoid charging you for similar coverage which is already provided by your program. ​However, if you would like to be additionally insured by the Pace-arranged plan, please contact our office at

While these plans are similar, they are not identical.  Please carefully review the benefits of your third-party provider program plan: CEA:
Semester at Sea:
TEAN: means that you will be insured differently from all other Pace semester abroad students. Again, if you would like to be enrolled in the Pace-arranged Chubb insurance plan, please email our office at

Strategies for Remaining Vigilant Trust your instincts and remain alert to your surroundings! Remove yourself from a situation if you feel at risk.
Keep your cell phone charged and with you at all times. 
Learn the in-country 911-equivalent emergency number(s) of your host country.
Keep important phone numbers in your phone, in your photos, and in your email (in case you lose access to your phone): on-site program staff, Pace faculty leader, Pace security, and the in-country 911-equivalent emergency numbers. 
Be aware of, and adhere to, local laws. Understand what activities are culturally and legally appropriate.  
Appropriate use of alcohol is shaped by local laws, cultural norms, individual program regulations, and safety considerations. Alcohol consumption is a major factor in many of the injuries, assaults, and thefts that might be experienced by students on study abroad programs. Excessive drinking can be disruptive to your program and have a negative impact on your experience (and those around you). Before departure, research the drinking culture in the country you're studying in. Finally, your consumption of alcohol (or another drug), and/or your behavior while under the influence, might lead to a violation of local laws in addition to program and Pace University conduct codes.
Stay away from high-crime areas.
Don't travel alone — especially if you're unfamiliar with the area.
Ensure that you and your friends always have a plan for a safe way to get back to your accommodations.
Stay informed about current events in your host country. Learn to assess unfamiliar situations and possible risks in your new environment.
When traveling away from your program site, make sure that your program staff and family are informed about where you’re going and when you’re expected to return. 
Avoid demonstrations, protests, and crowds of people. If you find yourself caught up in one, stay as far from the center of activity as you can. Maintain situational awareness and always know where your exits are! (Do not stay and document the event with your phone or camera!)  
COVID-19 Precautions & Protocols We encourage students to move forward with study abroad planning, but COVID-19 is still changing and programs/dates are subject to change.
Read about Pace policies concerning international travel and study abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic — so that you are aware of the risks (health, financial, and academic) around studying abroad during the pandemic. 
Program participation is always contingent upon foreign borders being open to receiving students from Pace, and students must follow pre-arrival and post-arrival COVID-related protocols stated by your host country and host institution abroad. 
Pace University could decide to prohibit study abroad based on U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories, CDC Travel Notices (or other data), and/or due to serious new COVID variants. The safety and security of Pace students will always be our top priority. 
Review these governmental websites concerning COVID, in relation to your host country abroad: 

U.S. State Dept: 
Centers for Disease Control (CDC): 

Review COVID-19 resources on Pace Education Abroad’s Terra Dotta homepage 
Discuss plans with your family to determine your personal comfort level with international travel. 
We strongly suggest that students purchase the most flexible or refundable option for airline tickets and/or trip cancellation insurance ("cancel for any reason" / CFAR coverage) and ensure that the policy covers cancellation for pandemic-related reasons. (Pace assumes no responsibility for financial losses or penalties due to program cancellation or student withdrawal.)  
Be cautious leading up to departure! If you test positive for COVID-19 just prior to departure, your travel could be delayed and you may incur extra costs for travel re-bookings — and you may miss orientation and classes abroad. 
Travel smart, be safe, keep in touch with family, and make the most of your experience abroad! 

Read more about COVID safety at CEA Study Abroad in Spain:
Review these governmental websites concerning COVID and Spain:U.S. State Dept:
US Embassy in Spain:
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2024 09/20/2023
09/20/2023 01/10/2024 04/27/2024
Fall 2024 03/15/2024 ** Rolling Admission 09/04/2024 12/21/2024

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed