Barcelona! the Mediterranean's most dynamic and cosmopolitan city!
Mediterranean and European are two defining characteristics of this ancient, modern, calm and vibrant, cosmopolitan city.
Located on the western shores of the Mediterranean, Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, has more than 2,000 years of history as a centre of trade and culture. It has a population of 4.5 million people.
Since the 1992 Olympic Games, and more recently Forum 2004, Barcelona’s popularity has grown and grown and it has become one of Europe's favourite tourist destinations. It has also become a prime destination for students and is the European city with the largest student population.
What is it that is so attractive about Barcelona?
It’s probably a combination of many things: It’s unique location as a threshold, as it were, between Spain and the rest of Europe, the wealth of history and culture, the superb architecture, the warm climate, the sea and the beaches, the light, the cafés, the excellent food, the people, the relaxed atmosphere, the night life…
Whatever it is, we are sure you will enjoy discovering the many things Barcelona has to offer you!
Sip coffee or have a leisurely breakfast in one of the many café terraces in the famous Rambla de Catalunya or in the magestic Passeig de Gracia, soaking in the colourful cosmopolitan atmosphere of the city, as it parades past you.
Allow yourself to get lost in the labyrinth of narrow medieval streets of the Barri Gotic (the Gothic Quarter) and stumble upon quiet plazas untouched by the passing of time.
Visit Gaudi’s famous La Pedrera, his wavy-lined apartment building, or the delicate art nouveau of Casa Batllo ,both in Passeig de Gracia. Or visit Barcelona’s emblematic Sagrada Familia , Gaudi’sdream like cathedral, ever in construction.
On another day, you may wish to climb the hill to Park Güel, and enjoy the mix of Gaudi’s fairy tale architecture and the beauty of Mediterranean nature. Contemplate the glimmering city far below, the port, and the blue sea beyond.
There are also 50 museums to choose from, some of which house permanent collections of work by artists such as Picasso, Miró and Tapies.
Evenings and night life
In the evening you will be spoilt for choice with the large offering of theatres, cinemas and concerts. You can find practically any style of music, from opera to flamenco, and from jazz and salsa to vanguard electronic music.
Imagine a city where people don’t start having dinner before 9:30 or 10:00.in the evening. Night life commences after dinner with myriads of bars to choose from and carries on far into the night with discos that start filling up after 1:00 or 2: 00 a.m.!
At the weekend you might wish to venture further a field and take the train to the picturesque costal town of Sitges, a famed for its bohemian life style.
On another day you could visit El Tibidabo hill above the city with its emblematic monastery and FunPark. Or take the trip to the impressive Monserrat Mountain with its unique rock formations where you can also visit its ancient monastery.
If you travel northward, you will encounter the rugged coastline of La Costa Brava (WildCoast) with its endless succession of breathtaking cliffs and quiet coves. Still further north lie the Pyrenees, the great mountainous barrier that separates Spain from France, the perfect scenario for lovers of trekking, skiing or snow boarding.
For specific enquiries about the course or for general questions about studying and working in Barcelona, please feel free to contact us.