Welcome to Barcelona!
Barcelona is a dynamic, lively city, which is full of social diversity due to a history which has given it a great cultural richness which in turn makes it unique. Barcelona is a Mediterranean city, with a mild and pleasant climate all year long, with a great cultural and artistic heritage and its people are respectful and welcoming.
Barcelona has the reputation of being the most cosmopolitan, modern and avant-garde city in Spain.
GEOGRAPHY AND DEMOGRAPHY
Barcelona is the administrative and cultural capital of Catalonia. It is located in the northeast of Spain, a short distance from France and the Pyrenees.
The city has a population of 1,700,000 inhabitants, making it the most populated city in Spain after Madrid. The Barcelona metropolitan area consists of 36 municipalities with a total population of 3,300,000 inhabitants.
In Barcelona there are two official languages, Spanish and Catalan.
The weather in Barcelona is purely Mediterranean. Thanks to its location, temperatures are usually pleasant and warm.
As in Spain and most of Europe, the official currency of Barcelona is the Euro (€).
ELECTRICITY AND PLUGS
Outlets in Barcelona are European style, feature two round exits and a voltage of 220V.
On the basis of the experiences of former students who have come to spend an unforgettable year in this city, we encourage you not to leave certain key tasks for the last minute:
- Get a head start in your search for housing (e.g. a shared flat, a studio, or a room in a university residence).
- In Spain, the health care system is public. If you are a resident of the European Union, you can have the European Health Insurance Card made in your home country. Otherwise, you can need a private health insurance policy.
- If you come from outside of the European Union, you will need a student visa
ONCE YOU ARRIVE IN BARCELONA
Barcelona offers a wide variety of attractive features, making it a fascinating city in which to live.
You will find all sorts of cultural activities: concerts, plays, museums, etc. You can get more information at BCU Barcelona and Timeout.
In addition to using a car or motor scooter, you can get around Barcelona on the metro, the city buses, the tram or the FGC trains by public transport. You can buy vouchers for multiple trips at all public transport stations and at some newsstands.
You can also sign up for Barcelona's Bicing service, which allows you to use city-owned bicycles to get around.
If you want to request information you can fill this form. One of our advisors will contact you in order to solve your doubts and offer you all the information that you need.