International House Barcelona

Learn Spanish in Barcelona, Spain

The Area & School

The school is located in the heart of Barcelona, the funky, artistic capital of Catalonia in Spain. Just a five minute walk from Plaza Catalonia, IH is located on a bustling street corner in a building from the early 20th century. The Gothic Quarter and the beach are just a short metro ride or walk away. The school has 40 air-conditioned classrooms throughout its six floors, free WiFi throughout, a terrace, library and snack and coffee bar. Bathrooms with handicap access are available for disabled students.

Spanish Courses

Standard 20 Spanish

20 lessons of group Spanish courses per week totaling 18 hours and 20 minutes. Small group courses are limited to a maximum of 10 students per class, and are broken into two, 110 minute lesson blocks each morning (afternoon courses are sometimes scheduled in July and August). Students with some Spanish knowledge can start any Monday of the year. Total beginners have specific start dates. (See registration tool for exact dates)

Starts at €210 for one week

Dele Exam Preparation

This four week intensive Spanish course will focus on preparing for the DELE examination. All levels are welcome to enroll. After the conclusion of the first week of the program, your instructors will recommend which level of the exam you should take in order to ensure a successful result. DELE Exam The DELE exam is the official Spanish language proficiency test, issued by the Instituto Cervantes in Madrid, Spain. The school in Barcelona is one of the official testing sites, so students can prepare in the weeks leading up to their test date, and take the exam without moving locations...

Starts at €210 for one week


Shared Apartment

(Private room, no meals) Shared, furnished apartments available for rent. The normal minimum period for renting an apartment is two weeks, although shorter rentals can sometimes be arranged on request. All apartments are centrally located, approximately 10-20 minutes from the school on foot or by public transport. Each apartment also has a kitchen, bathroom and living room which you share, and each room is furnished with a bed, desk and wardrobe. Facilities include a washing machine and TV. Some apartments also have telephones but these are programmed to accept incoming calls only. Each student is provided with a set of keys so that they can come and go as they please. Sheets, lines and bath towels are included, but beach towels are not. Check-ins occur the Sunday before your program begins and check-outs the Saturday after your program ends.

Starts at €225 / week

Host Family

(Private room, half-board) Living with a local Spanish family is the best way to learn a lot of Spanish in a short amount of time. Host family students are given a private room and their own key so they can come and go as they please. All host families live in flats, individual houses are rare in Barcelona. Apartment buildings (both old and modern) are rarely more than 8 floors high. A typical flat will have 3 or 4 bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, a dining room and living room. Some flats have terraces; almost all of them have balconies. Half board (daily breakfast and dinner) and laundry service is included in the price of the host family. Families are hand-selected by the accommodation staff and are very accustomed to hosting students from around the world. Please indicate any allergies or special needs on your registration form.

Starts at €235 / week

Additional Details

Courses are offered starting every Monday throughout the year. The school will be closed for public holidays on the dates given below. Classes cancelled due to holidays are not made up at other times and no discounts are given during holiday weeks, so schedule accordingly.

  • January 1st, 6th
  • April 18th, 21st
  • May 1st
  • June 9th, 24th
  • August 15th
  • September 11th, 24th
  • October 12th
  • November 1st
  • December 6th, 8th, 25th, 26th

Students are encouraged to fly into Barcelona International Airport, or take the train from another Spanish city. Students should plan to arrive on the Sunday before their program begins. Unless a transfer has been requested, students will be expected to find their own way to their host families. The school will send you the host family address when your booking is confirmed. Students should inform the school and their host family of their travel arrangements and estimated time of arrival so a member of the family can welcome them.

Airport pickup can be arranged for the following rates. Students must inform the school of their exact arrival information at least one week before their program begins.

  • From Barcelona airport - €60 each way for 1 person
  • From Girona airport - €180 each way for 1 person

The prices quoted are for transfers from 08.00 to 22.00 (arrival time at the airport). If a transfer is needed before 8.00 or after 22.00, these prices will increase by 25%.

Max Group Class Size: 10.0 students per class
Max Capacity: 300 students
Adjusted Price of INT 20: €11.45 per class hour

Every week, teachers from the school lead a cultural and social program in Spanish, giving students hours of extra practice in a fun and relaxed environment. Popular activities include:

  • Guided tour of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter
  • Visit to Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia
  • Visit to the Picasso Museum
  • Friday club language exchanges with locals
  • Visit to Gaudi's Park Güell
  • Ribera District walk
  • Fiestas
  • Beach days

All courses are fully accredited by Instituto Cervantes. All classes are taught by native speakers. Each student will take a placement test before beginning their program and be placed in one of the 6 core levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (A1-C2). Classes consist of a combination of exercises, role playing, reading, conversation, and grammar. Each Spanish teacher will customize a program from a variety of lesson materials based upon the level of the participants in the class. Courses begin each Monday throughout the year.