Arizona State University in Barcelona

The Experience

Explore and thrive in this eclectic city. Barcelona offers something for everyone – enjoy a Flamenco performance, tour Gaudi architectural masterpieces, or delight in a gastronomic adventure at La Boqueria, and much more! 

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Multicultural Barcelona

A Brief History:

Barcelona was founded around 15 B.C., as the Roman colony Barcino. The city was then passed between the Visigoths, the Moors and the Franks where the region was divided into counties. Eventually the counties unified and became Catalonia. During the 17th century, with the help of France, Catalonia declared its independence and went to war with Spain. Some regions of Catalonia were successful in their quest for independence. Alliances changed during the era of Napoleon when French troops invaded. These territories were then given back to Spain after the fall of the French Empire. Barcelona emerged once again in the 19th century due to the Industrial Revolution. After establishing itself as an influential city once again, Barcelona and Catalonia pushed for more independence and proudly displayed the Catalonian culture.

Barcelona hosted the 1992 Olympic Games, once again putting the city and region on the map. Barcelona has become one of the most popular cities to visit. The city is still extremely proud of its Catalonian heritage, still pushing for independence from Spain.

Interesting Statistics:

  • Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain with 1.7 million people
  • It is the capital of Catalonia
  • 95 percent of people in Barcelona understand the Catalan language, whether they can speak it, write it, or read it.
  • In offices and schools, Catalan is the dominant language. Similarly, many lectures at the University are hold in Catalan.
  • Barcelona is also a leading cultural, sports, economic, tourism, arts, science, fashion and commerce center.
  • It is the fourth most economically powerful city in the European Union and one of the most successful city brands.

Religion

  • Majority of Barcelona considered themselves Roman Catholic, followed by Islam as the second most popular religion.
  • Barcelona is home to the largest population of Jewish people in Spain, at 3500 people.

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People from Around the World

  • 62 percent of people living in Barcelona were born in Catalonia, while 24 percent were born in other areas of Spain
  • The remaining 14 percent primarily hail from Ecuador, Peru, Morocco, Colombia, Argentina, Pakistan, and China

The Food!

Spanish and American customs surrounding food are very different. Lunch is the largest meal of the day, including multiple courses and wine. Food in Spain is savored and lunch can last for over an hour. The siesta is not a myth! After enjoying a large midday meal, a short nap is taken before getting back to work. Dinner in Spain is much smaller and eaten much later than in the U.S. It is very common for dinner to be eaten between 9 p.m. and midnight!

Besides traditional Catalonian dishes such as Tapas, Paela, Allioli, and Escalivada; Japanese, Peruvian and Middle Eastern food is everywhere in Barcelona. Traditional Japanese cuisine such as ramen and shoyu are popping up across the city. Peruvian and Arabian spices are blending with traditional Catalonian dishes, creating a whole new flavor palate!

Festivals & Celebrations

With a rich history is Catholicism and religion, it’s no surprise Barcelona celebrates many Saints. Some of these festivals include Festival de Sant Medir de Gràcia, Easter week for Semana Santa, Sant Jordi and La Mercè. Barcelonans celebrate their Catalonian pride each year on September 11, Catalan National Day.

The Arts

Barcelona is home to many famous artists and architects and their works. The works of Gaudi, Picasso, Dalí and Miró can be found across the city. Gaudi’s mosaic-filled Park Güell and forever unfinished La Sagrada Familia are visited by millions each year. The Museu Picasso in Barcelona is home to the most extensive collection of his works in the world. Barcelona is also home to a Picasso fresco – his only open air work, found outside the restaurant he frequented   Two of the most defining surrealist painters, Dalí and Miró also once called Catalan home.

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Go Beyond

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Barcelona specific ” things to do”

 

Religious Resources in Barcelona

 

LGTBQ Community Resources

 

Race and Ethnicity in Barcelona

 

Disabilities in Barcelona

 

Food Restrictions Abroad


Have Questions?

Anne McDonnell

Director of Pre-Departure Services

amcdonnell@capa.org or 1-800-793-0334

 

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