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IFSA January in Barcelona

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Program Overview

Start the new year off with a bang in the charming Catalan city of Barcelona. With an abundance of picturesque sights and moderate weather, there will be no shortage of Insta opportunities. Your three-week Social Media Marketing in the Age of Self class, perfect to fulfill an elective or communications requirement, will develop your strategic and communication skills to achieve business objectives. With activities included, your time in Barcelona will be even more valuable and memorable.

Students attending select Australia universities are welcome to participate in this program.

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

Winter: Nov. 1

Minimum GPA


Credit load

3 U.S. Semester Credit Hours



Instruction language


Language prerequisites

Class taught in English. No Spanish required.

Visa required?

Not in most cases. Learn More.

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Social Media Marketing in the Age of Self  
This class will outfit you with the tools and expertise to develop strategic and comprehensive social media marketing plans that integrate with overall marketing and communications efforts to achieve business goals. Through case studies and hands-on exercises, you will develop a deep understanding of social media platforms and best practices, leveraging these channels to elevate reach and reputation. Topics include choosing appropriate platforms, creating effective and engaging social media content, and developing social media policies and content management strategies. Emphasis on social listening, ethics, and diversity. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

Australia Outbound Program
Students enrolled at select Australia universities are invited to participate in this program. The program is open to students of all year levels and all fields. Students will earn 45 contact hours credit; the equivalent of one subject.

Please see the Australia Outbound term below in the Dates and Fees section for program fees and expected expenses in Australian dollars. For more information on the Australia Outbound program, please reach out to us at



  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university. Students attending select Australia universities are also eligible.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) full-time semester of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letter
Not required.


Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects classes taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.


Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.

Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program. We’ll make every effort to run them all, but sometimes things we can’t control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.

  • City-as-Text: This activity will use the city of Barcelona as the frame to understand socioeconomic, artistic, and cultural aspects of the city. Learn about how and why Barcelona was the first city awarded the Biosphere Certification as a responsible tourist destination committed to economic, social, environmental, and cultural sustainability thanks to the guided tour of the city.
  • Architecture and Design: Barcelona’s colorful, distinctive, and unique architecture successfully blends the traditional with the modern. You will visit Gaudi’s masterpiece Sagrada Família.
  • Food and Local Culture: Gastronomy in Cataluña and Spain is about more than just food. It is a way of living and an essential part of the culture and history of the region and the country. An expert will discuss central issues surrounding the importance of food and the importance of the Mediterranean diet. You will visit the several markets in the city and also participate in cooking a traditional Catalan-style meal.
  • Folklore: You will learn about Flamenco, Rumba Catalana and the traditional dance Sardana thanks to the dance and culture classes IFSA organize.

Housing and Meals






Barcelona students typically live in flats (apartments) shared by four to six IFSA students. Apartment locations vary but are typically in neighborhoods with plenty of local charm, no more than 30 minutes from the IFSA Program Center via public transportation.  

Flatmates could include all genders. Bedrooms are shared by same gender students. Students are responsible for their own meals, either cooking in their flat or eating out—in Barcelona, there are delicious options at every turn. 

Sample housing 

Take a look at Carrer Córsega 528 to see what your Barcelona home might be like:  

  • Location: Barcelona’s Eixample district.  
  • Commute: A 25-minute walk or 12-minute bus ride to the IFSA Program Center.   
  • Living space: Apartments include shared bedrooms with single beds and storage, living space, a kitchen and eating area, and a bathroom. Sometimes two students share one desk. Complete bedding and towels provided at program start. Kitchens are equipped with stovetop, oven, refrigerator, and basic dishes and kitchenware for all flatmates. 
  • Meals: No meal plan. Students prepare or purchase meals, and often tell us cooking together is a fun, social part of the day.  
  • Other details: Internet included. Washing machine and drying rack in each apartment. 
  • Nearby: Cafes, fresh markets, supermarkets, public transportation, and galleries. La Sagrada Familia. Casa Batlló. Casa Milà. Passeig de Gràcia. 

Dates and Fees

Term begins
Term ends
Program costs
Application deadline
January 2025
Early Jan. 2025
Mid-Jan. 2025
$4,375 (estimated)
Nov. 1, 2024
January 2025 (Australia Outbound)
Early Jan. 2025
Mid-Jan. 2025
$6,250 AUD (estimated)
Nov. 1, 2024

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Eleni Katsarelas

Eleni Katsarelas

Enrollment Counselor