Getting here & Arrival Tips

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.

  • Some tips:  On the basis of the experiences of former students who have come to spend an unforgettable period in this city, we encourage you not to leave certain key tasks for the last minute.
    • Getting here & Arrival tips: Click here for further information about your arrival to Barcelona.
    • Health Care: In Spain, the health care system is public. If you are a resident of the European Union, you can have a health card made in your home country. Otherwise, you can take out a private health insurance policy.
  • 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 the city’s tourism offices. Click here for further information.The climate in Barcelona is purely Mediterranean. For more information, contact the Agencia Estatal de Meteología.
  • Getting around : 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. Click here for further information.
  • Geography and demography : Barcelona is the 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.
  • Language:  In Barcelona there are two official languages, Spanish and Catalan.
  • Currency:  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.