Study in Barcelona

Why choose for studying abroad in Barcelona?

Barcelona, the historic capital of Catalonia, is one of Europe’s most popular student cities. It is the second largest city of Spain with a population of 1.6 million inhabitants and a buzzing and vibrant place.

Set between the mountains and sea at the North Eastern Mediterranean coast of Spain it is a stunning seaside city that flaunts her beauty and sunny lifestyle. Gorgeous scenery, breathtaking architecture, and superb cultural attractions make for an alluring destination. Sunny beaches and the balmy Mediterranean climate add to the charm.

Barcelona is packed with galleries, museums and historical attractions. In particular it has an atmospheric medieval quarter, the Barri Gòtic, with an almost magical old-world ambience, but at the same time it is also famous for its Modernist architecture. The architect Antoni Gaudí left a lasting mark on Barcelona with his avant-garde Surrealist buildings, several of which are UNESCO listed.

    The academic environment in Barcelona is known to provide a comprehensive education, high-quality teaching models, excellence in research, international vocation, and promotes innovation, employability, and entrepreneurship. Students will easily find numerous education opportunities in Barcelona.

    One aspect that makes Barcelona even more attractive as a study destination is the fact that it is Spain´s start-up capital, which is offering fantastic opportunities for students who have finished their studies and start looking for exciting jobs where they can apply their acquired knowledge and skills.

    The number of start-ups located here has increased by 40% over the past 3 years and stands now at above 1,500. Together with the region Catalonia Barcelona works as a hub, which has attracted EUR 2.8 BLN of investments over the past 5 years. In particular 22@Barcelona Districte de la innovació (innovation district) has become the place where things happen.

    It is an urban renewal area in Barcelona’s formerly industrial area of Poblenou, nicknamed “the Catalan Manchester” – referring to the growth of the cotton industry in Manchester in the 19th century. Today more than 3,500 businesses are located in the innovation district, employing some 100,000 people. (Transportation Barcelona)

    Barcelona is also famous for its cuisine with some of the best seafood the Mediterranean has to offer, and plenty of excellent restaurants and bars serving tapas.

    Interesting Facts:

    • Barcelona is home to the largest football stadium in Europe
    • Barcelona’s 4.5 km of beaches are artificial; created for the 1992 Olympics
    • Barcelona was meant to be the home of Eiffel Tower

    Barcelona Hotspots

    Cost of living (Euros per month)


    300 – 1,200 € P/M


    40 – 60 € P/M


    100 – 200 € P/M


    10 – 50 € P/M

    Phone / Internet

    20 – 30 € P/M

    Leisure / Miscellaneous

    50 – 200 € P/M

    Total520 – 1,740 € per month

    Student jobs in Barcelona

    One way to handle the cost of studying abroad in Barcelona can be to work part-time during semester breaks or even in parallel to your studies. Students with a student visa can work up to 20 hours per week in any given sector. If you desire to work more, then you need to sign up for a work permit and a residence visa which you can acquire at the Spanish Consulate in your home country. 

    For most jobs you will also need to speak and understand Spanish. You can also work as an intern at a university. Wages in Spain are not as high as in some other Western European countries, but on the other hand this is mirrored by a relatively low cost of living. Depending on the hours worked you can expect to earn up to 600 – 800 Euro per month for a student job or internship.

    Contact LEAP to receive more information about the current students’ jobs available in sectors as:  

    • Hospitality & Tourism 
    • Real Estate
    • Education
    • Tech Sales

    Once you hold a Bachelor’s degree and decide to stay in Spain the average starting salary is around 1,200 – 1,500 Euro per month. With a Master’s degree this can variate from 1,500 – 3,000 Euro per month. 

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