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Arguably the first world power and marked by a history rich in cultural exchange, Spain has a plethora of opportunities for students studying abroad. Spain remains a global nation, offering a look into an imperial past and an exciting future.

BC Programs - Semester & Academic Year
BC Students in Spain

BC students wishing to study in Spain have the choice of several programs, including ESADE and Universidad Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao and San Sebastian, the University of Granada, and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad Carlos III, and Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid in Madrid. All of these programs offer access to their host cities, as well as excellent academic programs.

BC Programs - Summer
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Boston College currently offers summer programs in Spain. There is also the opportunity to complete an internship in Madrid. Please visit our Summer Programs Page to learn about current offerings.

Approved External Programs

Boston College has over 60 BC programs around the world. To accommodate those students who would like to study in a country or a city in which BC currently does not offer a program or need tailored programs for certain majors, the Office of International Programs has compiled the following list of approved external programs.

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Speak to an OIP Advisor

In preparation for your study abroad in Spain, you will work with a Boston College OIP Advisor who specializes in this country and in BC's programs there. Your advisor will help guide you through the application and pre-departure process, as well as act as your main contact with BC while abroad. For students studying abroad in Spain, your advisor is Patrick O'Donnell.

To find out more information about this program, or to schedule an appointment with Patrick, please click here.


Currency in Spain

As an EU member, the euro is Spain's official currency.

It is important to remember that euros and US dollars are not equal, however, and students should consult a currency conversion calculator.


Spanish Cityscape

Current Events & News Resources

In preparation for your time in Spain, you should familiarize yourself with the current events and contemporary issues facing the Spanish Kingdom. By knowing about your host country before you arrive, you are making yourself a more informed traveler, a more receptive student and a better prepared individual. It is also helpful to know about your host country so you can pack correctly. Following these and other news sources will be of great value in preparing you for your time abroad.


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Language & Customs

Castilian Spanish is the official language and most widely spoken language in Spain. Students should anticipate relying heavily on their Spanish language skills while in Spain. Furthermore, students should be aware that Basque, Catalan, and Galician are also official languages of the Spanish Kingdom and may be the primary spoken language in certain areas.

Spanish customs may be very different than many in the United States. It is best to familiarize yourself with acceptable practices before you arrive in the country. Some tips for successful cultural integration may be found here.

Visa Information

A student visa can be obtained by visiting the Consulate of Spain’s website for information regarding student visa requirements and procedures.

Students will receive visa workshop and pre-departure orientation information via e-mail. All workshops and orientations are mandatory.