‘If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.’ | Jane Austen
The magic of Barcelona
Barcelona is one of the most dynamic, livable and tolerant cities in the world, a jewel on the Mediterranean Sea. A truly multicultural city, it reflects the reality of the world we live in. Its art, architecture and history provide a rich environment for developing intercultural competence and global citizenship.
Where you’ll live
To get the most out of the experience, you’ll live with a host family carefully matched to you and your interests. El Casal teachers and mentors will help you adjust to host family life: the daily schedule, your diet and your need for space and independence as well. Our families give you consistent, day-to-day language and cultural immersion and a real insider’s understanding of the city, its people and its places.
A typical day in the city
What’s a typical day like at El Casal in Barcelona? See some personal reflections by former El Casal students.
I race down the two floors of my apartment building and step out onto the primarily pedestrian street. A crisp wind blows through my hair as I begin walking…
First of all, it is an experience in itself to wake up in Barcelona. If you are a suburban kid like me, the morning sounds of a city, especially a vibrant, cosmopolitan, Mediterranean city like this one, are something new.
What students think of their host families
Trust and support
Very satisfied with my host family! They were very excited to teach me Spanish and to help me learn new things about the city… They gave me space when I wanted it and they were there when I needed something.
Kindness and hospitality
While in Barcelona I lived with a host family who continually impressed me with their kindness and hospitality. I did not take Spanish [in high school] and so I had practically no Spanish background (unlike most El Casal students), making the first couple weeks living with a family who did not speak any English an intimidating challenge, but my host family was so supportive that we were communicating with ease in no time!