Barcelona is the exciting new destination for OIEC students, with a central location in Europe, Mild Mediterranean climate, renowned soccer team, and an international student scene. Learning opportunities about in the Catalonian cuisine and culture, Roman ruins, rich art museums, historical churches and capricious architecture.
With 4 million people in the metropolitan area, Barcelona is Spain's second largest city after Madrid. It is actually more cosmopolitan and European, even though it also serves as capital of the traditional region of Catalonia. Barcelona is charming for the vast diversity of its neighborhoods: the rambling alleys of the Gothic Quarter, the grand nineteenth-century boulevards, and the pedestrian Ramblas, which is a world of its own by day or by night, from the elegant shops and cafes to the robust markets to the rough-and-tumble harbor. Barcelona is home to Antoni Gaudi's fanciful Sagrada Familia church and Parc Guell, which epitomizes the Art Nouveau of Modernisme, as well as major museums featuring modernists Miro and Picasso, Catalan art, and a lively maritime history of six hundred years. Everywhere, the modern competes with the ancient—even the fourteenth century cathedral boasts a nineteenth-century neo-Gothic facade. The Castle of the Mount of Jews overlooks the 1992 Olympic Stadium, where the U.S. Dream Team earned basketball gold. Barcelona students can indulge themselves in a rich cultural tapestry of art and history, while also trying the tapas and the mile-long man-made urban beach.
For more information contact Ryan Maple RMaple@roguecc.edu