Merrimack College Business Students in Barcelona

Application Deadlines

Summer 2022 February 9, 2022
Fall 2022 March 5, 2022

Program Dates

Summer 2022

Arrive June 4, 2022
Depart July 16, 2022

Fall 2022

Arrive September 8, 2022
Depart December 17, 2022

Payment Process

Students planning on using financial aid will need to work with their home campuses to complete CAPA’s Financial Aid Disbursement Form (Please also refer to our “Financial Aid” page on this website for additional useful information). Financial aid students need to submit this completed form along with 30% of their program fee by the application deadlines above. The remaining 70% of the program fee is due at 30 days before the program. Students not using financial aid will be responsible for the full program fee payment upon the application deadline noted above.

Cancellation Penalties

Withdrawal Date Cancellation Fees
Cancellation prior to 60 days $300
46 to 60 days prior to departure 25% of the program fee plus $300
22 to 45 days prior to departure 50% of the program fees plus $300
21 days or fewer prior to departure 100% of the program fee

This cancellation penalty policy is necessary because the booking of overseas facilities requires substantial non-refundable payments and commitments from CAPA in advance of the program start date. All notifications of withdrawal must be made in writing and sent to CAPA The Global Education Network. Students requiring CAS numbers for Tier 4 visa applications on the London program to participate in internships or service learning will include a $500 cancellation penalty for withdrawal from the program, or just the internship component between issuing of the CAS and 61 days prior to departure. Standard penalties will go into effect after that point.


Semester programs earn 12 to 18 credits. Summer session earns 6-9 credits.


Optional experiential learning opportunities are included in the program fee. CAPA’s Global Internship Program consists of completing an internship along with a seminar for credit. The seminar meets 1.5 hours per week (3 in the summer). The internship is for credit. The number of credits granted for the internship varies per university. English and Spanish speaking placements are available. However, students need a minimum of four semesters of college-level Spanish for the Spanish placements.


Students will be housed in shared apartments or homestays throughout the city, all of which will be 45-60 minutes from the IAU/CAPA Center. Homestays include breakfast and dinner with the family. No meals are included in the apartment.

Local Transportation

A metro pass is included in the program fee.


Full day to Girona
Figueres and Dali Museum
Full day to Montserrat (semesters only)

Student Events

Social events including an arrival reception, mid-term dinner (semesters only), and a farewell ceremony.

My Global City Barcelona

My Global City is CAPA’s unique learning immersion program, which blends local culture and top-notch academics into the experience of a lifetime for our students. A proven education program that combines theme based learning with unique cultural experiences turning Barcelona into your classroom.


Medical, travel and accident insurance.

CAPA Services and Support

The CAPA Barcelona team is available throughout your program to assist and support you. Students can also contact the 24 hour emergency cell phone for any urgent situations outside of office hours.


Learn more about the housing options for your program.

Whether you are traveling for the first time, or have been traveling your entire life, studying abroad is a one-of-a-kind experience. Your housing is meant to be a supportive part of your program experience and time abroad. Housing may be different from what you are used to at home, and this can require some adjustment and changes to your lifestyle. This is a critical part of the development process, however, and this flexibility is a skill that will carry over into your future travels.


This is definitely the most common choice for CAPA students studying in Barcelona. The reason for this may be the sense of community you get by living with other American students on the CAPA program with you. Living in student apartments, you will share an apartment with students that you know from home, or students that you’ve just met in Barcelona. This is a great way to make new friends and hear what others are doing around the city. You will be able to explore together.

Some things to remember about staying in apartments:

You are studying in the city of Barcelona, which extends beyond the immediate touristic center. Barcelona is a dynamic, diverse, global city. Each neighborhood has a distinct identity, and we seek to engage you with this on the CAPA program. We discourage students from requesting to live within close proximity of the CAPA center for convenience or comfort’s sake.

Be prepared to cook for yourself! You will be provided with a kitchen, refrigerator, stove and other basic cooking supplies to make meals or lunches in your apartment. Every housing area is within a short walk of a local grocery store, so it is easy to pick up ingredients you may need. This will help you budget your money better by not having to eat out for breakfast lunch and dinner every day.

There will be a cost to use the laundromat within the apartments/dorms.

You will have roommates! European apartments are much smaller than in the US, so try your best to not over pack. You will most likely live with at least three other students, and share a bedroom with one of them. This means you should expect to respect their space as you would want them to respect yours.

There will most likely be washers for your clothes, but many cities outside the US do not use dryers. In the common case of air-drying, be prepared to take time to let your clothes hang before you can wear them again! Drying racks are often provided.

Be prepared to share a bathroom. Leave extra time in the morning to get ready—your flat mates will probably be trying to get out the door to class or their internship at the same time you are!

Commuting will be a way of life. Barcelona is a large city, and an average commute could be 45 minutes to 1 hour on a combination of transporation options. This reflects life in a global city. For many students, this is a cherished part of the experience as it is a daily opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the city.


Homestays are a great way to get a better insight to your new city. Living with a local host family may provide you with a way to get to know other aspects of the community, such as meals, living arrangements, day-to-day activities, and the lifestyle aspects of Barcelonians.

Homestays also carry an additional cost to your program fees – please consider this in your decision making.

Here are some questions to ask yourself when deciding if a homestay will be right for you:

Do you want to live with or near other American students? You might be the only student living with your host.  Your host may also have rooms for other international students.  You will not likely be living with any other American students.  It is unlikely that homestays will be near the student apartments. Hosts tend to live in familial suburban areas that are further away from central areas of Barcelona where many student apartments are located.  This means that your commute into CAPA for class may take longer than students who live in apartments.

Do you want to live in a student environment? Homestays offer a domestic setting and will certainly not reflect the type of ‘college environment’ that students living in apartments might experience. For some students, this is more desirable than living in a ‘dorm-like’ setting, but for others the homestay option may be seen as a detriment to a campus style social life with lots of other students around at all times.  Remember that homestays are not typically located near CAPA’s student apartments and are most often located in suburban areas.  Journeys into (and back from) central Barcelona at night will take longer and may need to be done on your own.

Are you happy to live within a set of rules? Hosts must provide a continental breakfast and a dinner for students; you may be told that these meals will be served at the same time each day, or be prepared to call in to report if you will not be home to your host.  Likewise, your host may set specific times during the week for you to do your laundry or, in some circumstances, may even set a curfew for you to be home by at night.  You must be prepared for the possibility of these rules in a homestay.

Are you choosing a homestay because you want a ‘typical Spanish experience’ while studying in Barcelona? How do you define that? Hosts come from a variety of cultural, educational and religious backgrounds.  Hosts are rarely a ‘classic Spanish family’ comprised of a husband, wife and children playing in the garden. This can be a great way to experience the multi-culturalism of Barcelona, and you need to be prepared to be flexible and open to a different type of environment than you may be expecting. For example, your host might be any of the following: A single parent, an immigrant who came to Spain a few or many years ago, still have adult children or grandchildren living at home, retired, of a different ethnic, religious or cultural background than yourself.

Some things to remember about staying in a homestay:

This is someone’s home! Please remember you will be expected to respect their space—belongings, household guidelines, and schedule. If you are expecting to have early mornings or late nights, it may not be the most convenient fit to be living in a homestay.

People in Barcelona speak Spanish and Catalan. You should not assume that your host family will speak much, or any English. Host families are prepared that you may not speak Spanish, but this means that you will likely feel outside of your comfort zone as you acquire more Spanish during the first weeks of the program.

You will be provided breakfast and dinner every day. This means you will be able to save money by eating with your host family—a great time to connect and catch up on your day. They will be able to provide you with interesting tips about your new city. You can be upfront about your diet, and your host family will do their best to accommodate you, but keep in mind American eating habits vary greatly from the rest of the world! It will still be your responsibility to buy lunch and snacks and any other goods that your host family doesn’t provide.

The Wi-Fi and landlines are in the control of the host family. They may have these accommodations, but if not, please be aware that you may need to go to a local café or restaurant to pick up Wi-Fi. The CAPA center has Wi-Fi access to all students.

Your host family is not your personal tour guide! They live busy lives, just like you. They will be able to give you tips and tricks of the city, but the exploring will be left up to you. My Global City events are a great way to get involved and interact with the city and your fellow CAPA students.

Homestay guarantees:

Students living in a home stay have a single room to themselves, equipped with a bed, a closet / dresser or some clothing storage facility, and a desk or place to study / do homework.

Students will have access to a bathroom that includes a bath / shower.

The host will provide a continental breakfast and dinner for students living in their home.


Calling all Merrimack Business students! Barcelona is your Classroom!

If you are studying Business at Merrimack College, you are eligible to study abroad in Barcelona with CAPA! Across the board, every CAPA course has integrated activities designed to get you out of the classroom and into the city, making your whole time abroad an engaging and dynamic experience!

To view the course offerings and download sample syllabi for upcoming programs, please click here. It is important that you contact your study abroad office for more information on which courses will be available to you.

As part of the Barcelona program, you will also have the option to participate in an international internship.

All CAPA students receive full credit for courses and internships completed. Most contextual course earns 3 credits. Italian language earns 4 credits during the semester, and 3 credits during the summer. The number of credits granted for the internship option, including the required Learning through Internships course, varies per institution.

Internships and more…

CAPA has an extensive network of internship sites available in Barcelona. Internships in Spanish are an excellent experience for students who have already studied Spanish for 4 semesters. Internships in English may also be an option for students with limited Spanish proficiency. 

Internships are available in businesses of many kinds, as well as nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations. Our local staff visit each CAPA internship site, many of which are frequent recipients of CAPA interns.  Students are placed in sites that best meet their individual interests, abilities and academic background. 

CAPA will help you to gain professional experience in your field of study in a global environment. Below are just a few of the benefits you can expect to earn through your participation in an international internship experience. 

– Demonstrate flexibility and courage in unfamiliar surroundings.
– Gain cross-cultural communications skills.
– Learn about your field from a different perspective.
– Stand out from the crowd in the competitive job market.
– Build relationships with international references.
– Find further immersion in local culture.
– Get academic credit for your work. 

The internship placement is paired with a Global Internship Program class that meets each week. 

Programming and Activities

CAPA’s unique My Global City Program was developed to offer you, the student, a unique opportunity to make decisions about how you will learn about culture according to how you enjoy learning.  Compiled by local CAPA education abroad advisers, the calendar offers a menu of different activities, events, volunteer opportunities, lectures, visits, and self-directed tours to help teach you the most about Barcelona. 

With My Global City in Barcelona, you and your new CAPA friends will be able to: 

Learn about the Mediterranean cuisine through Tapas tasting.  

Explore what locals do by the sea (from sport, to dancing, to eating).  

Visit a Design Trade Show.  

Visit small local businesses and learn how these family businesses are run (from chocolate factories to wineries).  

Explore the Born District, the Gothic Quarter, Barcelona’s famous food markets.  

Walking tour of Gaudi architecture. 

– And many more! 

You will have the opportunity to choose from a range of activities with varying styles of presentation. This allows you to pick a session that speaks to you and your way of learning. 

What will I be able to do with My Global City? 

CAPA presents a My Global City Calendar to all students and faculty.  The events, reflective sessions, and activities listed are designed around significant academic themes such as Diversity, Social Dynamics, Globalization and Urban Environments.  Participation in these activities will give you an intelligent, well rounded, and in depth view of Barcelona and Spain. 

Some CAPA professors integrate My Global City activities into their courses and assessment, so that you may have an opportunity to reflect upon, write about and present your experiences. 

Have Questions?

Matthew Lawson

Program Manager or 800-793-0334

Erika Bass

Associate Director of Global Education or 978-837-5733


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