Looking out over the city of Barcelona

Welcome to the GO Barcelona Accepted Student Information page!  Navigate the tabs below for everything you need to know before your epic adventure!

To navigate back to your portal for payments, forms and due dates, click the My Account button above.

Stay Informed

Click here for the pre-departure master checklist!

Stay on track for your summer adventure with the pre-departure checklist.  Print it out, share with your parents and cross off items as you complete them.  Please note some items may only apply to specific locations, and this is noted where applicable.

Flights

Are flights included in the program fee?

International airfare is not included in your program fee.  You have several options when booking flights:

  • Purchase one of the recommended group itineraries
  • Book your own flights on any itinerary that is most convenient for you (be sure to note your arrival/departure dates and times as this may affect your airport transfer)

All flight details can be found in the flights section below!

Will LeadAbroad staff be on my flight?

Since our staff will already be abroad preparing for your arrival, we will not have any staff at the departure airport or on flights to Barcelona.  However, a student will be taking attendance at the gate and helping students connect with each other before the flight.  Should you have questions or problems with your flight, we strongly recommend you speak with an airline representative at the airport as they will be able to assist.  Our on-call, U.S. based staff is available for any itinerary changes that will impact your arrival.

I am not arriving on the group flight. Will someone meet me at the airport in Barcleona?

If you arrive on the official start date and within the group’s landing time (usually about one hour BEFORE the group flight lands), we will meet you at the airport and provide transportation to the hotel.  If your scheduled arrival is anytime AFTER the group is scheduled you land, you must book and pay for your own transportation to the hotel.  We will reach out if this applies to you and assist in arranging this transportation.

What happens if I miss my flight or it is canceled/delayed?

  • Step 1: Do not stress. These things happen!
  • Step 2: Work with an airline rep at the airport to be rebooked.
  • Step 3: As soon as you have a new itinerary, complete the new flight plan form linked in your pre-departure newsletter.  We will be in touch to confirm any details.

Packing

Where can I find a packing list?

Click here to jump down to the packing section of this page for all the details!

Do I have to bring my laptop?

Yes.  You will submit some assignments electronically, so it’s important you have a laptop to complete your work.

Should I pack sheets/linens/towels/hangers?

No, our accommodations provides all of the above.  However, it’s always a good idea to pack an extra beach towel or quick-drying travel towel.

Academics

How will my classes transfer back to my home university?

Every school has different procedures and requirements for transfer credits.  The first step in the process is often meeting with your academic advisor with the course syllabi.  Be sure to do this as soon as possible.  More details can be found in the transfer credits section below!

When will I know my final grades?

Final grades will be submitted to Oglethorpe University in mid to late August.  For any questions related to the academic component of the program, please reach out directly to your professor.

When will I receive a transcript for my classes this summer? Do I have to send it to my school?

Transcripts are issued by Oglethorpe University in late August.  OU will send your transcript automatically to the institution on your record.  If you’ve transferred to a new school for the fall semester, please notify us by emailing info@LeadAbroad.com.

Budgeting & Finances

Are meals included?

Your program fee includes a welcome dinner and a final dinner.  All other meals are your responsibility.

How much spending money should I budget for the trip?

Click here for a budgeting worksheet.  You should have a realistic conversation with your parents in the application process to discuss spending habits and budgeting while you are abroad.  While spending can vary widely, LeadAbroad recommends $40/day as a baseline budget for meals and incidentals.

Should I bring U.S. cash? Debit cards? Credit cards?

LeadAbroad strongly recommends you bring two ways to access money: a debit card for ATM withdrawals and a credit card as a backup.  We do not recommend exchanging U.S. dollars for local currency as it is very difficult to find a place to exchange and the exchange rate is typically better when you withdraw from an ATM.  You should plan on getting cash out an ATM once you arrive.

Health & Safety

Is travel insurance included? What about health insurance?

LeadAbroad offers two trip protection plans.  Click here for details and instructions for purchasing.

All students will be covered under LeadAbroad’s health insurance for the duration of the program.  Details can be found in the Health & Insurance section below.

Do I need shots before visiting Spain?

Review CDC guidelines for travelers to Spain here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/spain

No specific shots are required; however, LeadAbroad recommends visiting your family doctor before departure to ensure you are up to date on routine vaccines including Hepatitis A and MMR.

Can I bring my prescription medication to Spain?

If you pack prescription medication, be sure it is in the original prescription bottle. We also recommend researching the medication to better understand any restrictions in Spain. Your doctor will be a great resource in finding this information.

Pharmacies in Spain will not accept foreign prescriptions. If you anticipate needing a prescription refill while abroad, speak with your doctor about getting enough medication for the duration of your trip. Alternatively, our staff can assist with a local doctor’s visit to receive a local prescription.

Other FAQs

Do I need a visa to enter Spain?

U.S. citizens are not required to obtain a visa to visit Spain if you stay for 90 days or less.  When entering Spain, you will be considered a tourist and not a student since you are not enrolling in a foreign university.

If you are NOT a U.S. citizen, be sure to research entry requirements based on the country that issued your passport.  You may be required to obtain a visa.

For more information on visa and passport requirements, review the passports section below!

Can I use my cell phone abroad?

Yes!  We strongly recommend you contact your carrier to understand how international data works on your plan.  These plans tend to be expensive.  As an alternative, many students choose to buy a local SIM card upon arrival.  Your phone must be unlocked to use an international SIM card.  Contact your carrier to determine if your phone is unlocked.

When will I know my roommate assignment? Can I request a roommate change?

We can change roommates up to 30 days before departure.  Roommate requests are entered on the roommate form linked in your portal.  If you’ve already completed this form and would like to change your request, please email info@LeadAbroad.com.

Final roommates will be released 30 days before departure.  No changes can be made after this time.

Can I receive packages/mail while abroad?

General mail can be received at the dorm while you’re abroad; however, we strongly discourage the mailing of valuable packages (cameras, cell phones, medication, etc) to students while abroad. You will have to pay taxes on the item in order for it to clear customs, and it often takes many days for the process to be completed which delays delivery. Depending on what is being sent, the taxes may be very high (sometimes more than the value of the item itself).

What is the best way for friends/family to contact me while abroad?

Check out the Communication Abroad section below for details.  WiFi is also accessible in our dorms.

If there is an emergency in the U.S. and your family needs to contact LeadAbroad, please have them call our emergency response line at 404.720.5657 and dial extension 710.

Connect with fellow students online!

Get Ready to Take Off

To make a payment online, log in to your customer portal.

The GO Barcelona program fee is $3,900. Tuition for the six credits from Oglethorpe University is $3,400. Please refer to your customer portal for your custom due dates based on when you were accepted to the program. Further information on all payment policies can be found on our policy page.

Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and Discover) are accepted for payment online; however, we do not accept American Express. Please remember that a 4% processing fee will be added to all credit card payments. Payment by eCheck is also accepted. eCheck payments do not have a processing fee. Paper checks will not be accepted.

The LeadAbroad team will support you every step of the way when planning your flights!  Please review the sections below as well as the flights FAQ section above for information on the official group flight and tips for booking flights independently.

Important dates for GO Barcelona:

  • Monday, July 5 – students depart the U.S. for Barcelona
  • Tuesday, July 6 – students arrive in Barcelona; program begins
  • Saturday, August 7 – program ends; students depart Barcelona for U.S.

For steps on booking flights, please review the sections below:

Recommended Itineraries

For our GO Barcelona travel dates, the best option for a non-stop flight to Barcelona from the United States is on American Airlines via Miami.

**We do not recommend booking flights to Barcelona with layovers in other European cities.**

Rules and restrictions for international layovers are constantly changing, and even if an airline has a ticket available (for example, Atlanta > Paris > Barcelona), you may not be permitted to take this international layover.

Students should book all flights under ONE reservation instead of separate tickets if connecting flights are needed.  Review more details below!

Depart: July 5, 2021
Return: August 7, 2021

MIAMI (MIA)

  • LEAVING USA: Depart MIA at 6:05pm on American Airlines #112 / Arrive in BCN at 9:10am (arrives July 6)
  • RETURN TO USA: Depart BCN at 11:15am on American Airlines #113 / Arrive in MIA at 3:30pm

Need to connect from your hometown to Miami? No problem! Here is what we recommend:

  • Go to AA.com, enter your hometown as the origin city and Barcelona (BCN) as your final destination
  • Search for available itineraries within our dates (listed above)
  • Review the options and search for the itinerary with a layover in Miami that matches the nonstop flight to Barcelona (and back to the U.S.)
  • Purchase a ticket! This way, all of your flights are booked together, and you’ll be on one of our recommended itineraries.

Airport greeting and shuttle times

ARRIVAL

  • Students arriving before July 6th are responsible for securing and paying for their own airport transportation and accommodations until the official program start date.
  • Group shuttle
    • If you arrive by 9:10am, we will include you in the group transfer.
    • If you are scheduled to arrive after 9:10am, you are responsible for your transportation cost. LeadAbroad will assist you in arranging this transportation.

DEPARTURE

  • Group shuttle
    • For students with flights departing Barcelona at 11:00am or later, a group shuttle will be arranged. If your flight departs earlier than 10:30am, you will need to book and pay for your own transportation.
    • If your flight is more than three hours after the group flight departure and you plan to take your own transportation to the airport after the group shuttle leaves, please be sure to notify your program staff. Otherwise the bus will be waiting for you.

COVID-19 Travel Recommendations from the CDC:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Plan ahead: Make sure you understand and follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, testing, or quarantine, which may differ from U.S. requirements. If you do not follow your destination’s requirements, you may be denied entry and required to return to the United States.
  • Get tested before you travel. Keep a copy of your test results with you during travel in case you are asked for them. Check and follow destination testing requirements—they may require specific types of tests.
    • Don’t travel if you test positive; immediately isolate yourself and follow public health recommendations
    • Delay your travel if you are waiting for test results.
  • If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Wait 2 weeks after getting your second vaccine dose to travel—it takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination.

In order to arrive abroad rested and ready to go, consider the following tips to make your flight experience as enjoyable and safe as possible:

  • Print ALL of your flight itineraries for the trip and have them easily accessible.
  • Do not start your trip stressed. GET TO THE AIRPORT EARLY. For most international flights, we recommend that you arrive at the airport at least three hours prior to departure.
  • Weigh your bags before you leave home. Check baggage size and weight restrictions for ALL AIRLINES you might be flying during the program.  Smaller budget airlines abroad usually have stricter baggage policies than the larger U.S.-based carriers.
  • Pack the following items in your carry-on.  If your checked baggage takes an adventure of its own, having these items with you will create less stress and allow for a more comfortable plane ride:
    • Two days worth of clothes
    • Medications/contacts
    • Laptop, cell phone, chargers, other electronics
    • Water bottle/Nalgene
    • Headphones/earbuds
    • Blindfold and ear plugs if you are sensitive to light/sound when trying to sleep on planes
    • Journal/books/Kindle/magazines
    • Program director’s phone number
    • Accommodations address
  • Be comfortable on the plane. Dress in layers so that you can easily adapt to the temperature.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluid while in the air. It is easy to become dehydrated when flying.
  • Know where your passport is at all times. When checking in at the airport, you will have to get your passport in and out of your bag several times; at each stop, be sure to take a moment for a passport check.
  • Reset your watch. As soon as you board the plane, reset your watch to the local time and try to get on a sleeping pattern that is consistent with your destination. Most students traveling will be on an overnight flight and you will be very grateful if you sleep. Also, remember that if you have to take medications at a certain time during the day or at the same time everyday you might need to adapt this prior to departure.
  • Make special meal requests if necessary. If you have any special requests, be sure to contact the airline at least 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Make sure you have a pen for any immigration forms.  Flight attendants usually distribute arrival forms shortly after take-off.  On these forms, note that you are a tourist, not a student.

Entry into Spain

Coming soon!

Return to the United States

Coming soon!

LeadAbroad strongly encourages students to be mindful of their health prior to departure and while abroad.  Living in a new environment, eating different cuisine and adjusting to a new schedule can impact one’s immune system.  Before you travel overseas, students should examine the factors that contribute to their physical and emotional wellbeing so that they can stay healthy and get the most out of their trip.

  1. Review the Summer 2021 COVID-19 Code of Conduct.  Students should be familiar with requirements and recommendations to ensure a safe travel experience.
  2. Check that you are caught up on routine shots and vaccinations.  Consistent with the requirements of the Georgia Board of Regents, the following routine vaccinations are required for all students enrolled in LeadAbroad:
    • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) 2 doses
    • Tetanus or Diphtheria (Tdap or Td) must be up to date
    • Hepatitis B series
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox) 2 doses or date of disease
    • Current flu shot
  3. Read and understand the CDC recommendations for your upcoming travel. The CDC website includes information on vaccines, medicines, packing lists as well as information to prepare students to stay healthy and safe.
  4. Make an appointment with your university’s travel clinic, dentist and other medical professionals. Students can proactively eliminate many potential health issues by ensuring they are in good health prior to departure. Additionally, during these visits, make sure your health records and prescriptions (including eyeglasses) are up-to-date. If you are taking a prescription medication, please ensure that you have enough for the whole program and that the medication is in the original container. If you self-inject prescribed medication, please carry needles and syringes with you. It’s important to understand that LeadAbroad will not distribute any form of prescription or nonprescription medication to students. We recommend every student travel with a medical kit.
  5. Be honest with yourself regarding your emotional health. Students that are concerned about their emotional stability or use of alcohol/drugs should address it honestly before making plans to travel. Contrary to many people’s expectations, travel does not minimize these problems; in fact, it can often exacerbate them.
  6. Contact us directly at info@LeadAbroad.com with any specific medical issues we should be aware of at least two months prior to departure.  Our team is better equipped to support you abroad if we know your health history and emotional health. Please share this information with us prior to departure.

Click here to view LeadAbroad’s health insurance policy.

Basic medical insurance is included in all students’ program fee. Please review the policy to become knowledgeable regarding the types of medical conditions and situations that are covered while you are participating on the program.  If you are injured or ill while you are abroad and need medical attention, you will likely need to pay for the treatment upfront, and if covered the money will be reimbursed by LeadAbroad’s insurer after submitting your claims form.  If for any reason you need to seek medical assistance while abroad, a LeadAbroad staff member will accompany you to the doctor. Please contact us first if you have any sort of emergency.

It’s important to note that this medical insurance is not ‘travel insurance’ and therefore does not cover the cost lost or stolen luggage or cancellation of the trip. Students may purchase travel insurance independently through an outside provider. For more information on the different types of travel insurance you can click here.

To apply for a U.S. passport, click here.  If you are not a U.S. citizen, be sure to thoroughly research passport and visa requirements for citizens of your home country.

If you already have a U.S. passport, check to confirm the following:

  • the expiration date is February 2022 or beyond
  • the passport has at least two blank pages
  • Your name is spelled correctly

If your passport does not have all requirements above, you must renew your passport before traveling abroad.

All students are required to submit passport information via the passport form in the LeadAbroad portal 60 days before departure.  Please do not submit a passport that is expired or in the process of being renewed.  When your new passport arrives, you can then submit your form.

For more information on documents for travel, visit the Department of State passport website or their Students Abroad section.

Pre-Departure Orientation

**Your orientation is not complete until you submit the Orientation: Program-Specific form in your portal. Please submit this form to verify you’ve completed all orientations.

To ensure we have the tools to support you before and during the program, we have several short forms that must be completed 60 days before departure.  Please access your customer portal for all required forms and due dates.

Click here to view the Barcelona packing list!

The most important thing to remember when packing for Barcelona is that summers get VERY warm.  Pack light, comfortable clothing and durable walking shoes.

Do not overpack.  As a general rule, do not bring more bags than you can carry yourself.  Most students can pack all their things in a larger checked bag, one carry-on and small backpack/daypack. CHECK YOUR AIRLINE’S BAGGAGE POLICIES.  Some airlines have carry-on restrictions and charge fees for extra checked bags and overweight luggage.

Applications will be posted in your portal under Optional Forms

What are program leaders?
On the LeadAbroad team, the program staff are the coaches and program leaders are the team captains – they set the tone and encourage other students by creating a strong sense of community through service projects, social outings, group chats and creative stories. They are the peer leaders who step up when needed and make other students feel included. Whether you’re joining us on GO, LEAD, DIRECT or PRO, our program leaders will help make your experience abroad impactful and lasting.

Why should I apply?
The more you put in, the more you get out. That’s why we have two awesome leadership opportunities on your program abroad. Whether you are your squad’s go to party planner, you’re passionate about giving back or you’re a wizard with video editing, we’d love to invest in you and your talents!

We have two types of program leaders on GO, so there are multiple ways to plug in on the ground.

Community Leader (apply online through your portal): Are you a leader on campus or interested in becoming one in the future? Do you feel like you’re the “ringleader” of your crew & want to take your skills abroad? Our Community Leader (CL) program is an awesome way to make the most of your summer experience with leadership 101 training, resume boosts and serving as a peer leader on the program. CLs will experience an extra level of investment from our staff (and fun invites), opportunities for social media highlights and a connection with other like-minded students on the program.

Media Leader (apply online through your portal): “If its not on camera, it didn’t happen” is your mantra. Are you someone who makes videos for every trip you go on? Do you have a “fancy” camera for special events or have an interest in photography? Are you already planning out your end-of-program video or following local photographers on Instagram? Sign up to be a media leader & put your skills to use!

Ready to dive into this leadership role?  Apply in your portal before the deadline!

Get Ready for Class

You have the opportunity to select two courses from the seven total courses offered on GO Barcelona. Successful completion of these two courses will earn students six credit hours from Oglethorpe University. All students participate in four hours of class time Monday through Thursday.

PLEASE NOTE: Class will be held Friday, July 9th and August 6th on a Monday schedule.

Monday

  • 9:00-11:00am
    • ART 290 Barcelona Art & Architecture A
    • INT 490 Spanish Culture: An Exploration of Civilization and Society in Spain
  • 11:15-1:15
    • INT 290 Barcelona Art & Architecture B
    • COM 360 Social Media Strategy & Analytics
    • BUS 360 Leadership & Power
    • INT 490 Eat, Drink, Spain
  • 1:30-3:30
    • BUS 370 International Business
    • COM 220 Intercultural Communication

Tuesday

  • 9:00-11:00am
    • ART 290 Barcelona Art & Architecture A
    • INT 490 Spanish Culture: An Exploration of Civilization and Society in Spain
  • 11:15-1:15
    • INT 290 Barcelona Art & Architecture B
    • COM 360 Social Media Strategy & Analytics
    • BUS 360 Leadership & Power
    • INT 490 Eat, Drink, Spain
  • 1:30-3:30
    • BUS 370 International Business
    • COM 220 Intercultural Communication
  • 2:30-6:30
    • Barcelona Art & Architecture A (Tour block)

Wednesday

  • 9:00-11:00am
    • ART 290 Barcelona Art & Architecture A
    • INT 490 Spanish Culture: An Exploration of Civilization and Society in Spain
  • 11:15-1:15
    • INT 290 Barcelona Art & Architecture B
    • COM 360 Social Media Strategy & Analytics
    • BUS 360 Leadership & Power
    • INT 490 Eat, Drink, Spain
  • 1:30-3:30
    • BUS 370 International Business
    • COM 220 Intercultural Communication
  •  3:45-7:45
    • Barcelona Art & Architecture B (Tour block)

Thursday

  • 9:00-11:00am
    • ART 290 Barcelona Art & Architecture A
    • INT 490 Spanish Culture: An Exploration of Civilization and Society in Spain
  • 11:15-1:15
    • INT 290 Barcelona Art & Architecture B
    • COM 360 Social Media Strategy & Analytics
    • BUS 360 Leadership & Power
    • INT 490 Eat, Drink, Spain
  • 1:30-3:30
    • BUS 370 International Business
    • COM 220 Intercultural Communication

GO Barcelona Courses:

INT 490-01 Eat, Drink, Spain (**Spanish option available for qualified students)

INT 490-02 Spanish Culture and Civilization (**Spanish option available for qualified students)

BUS 370 International Business

BUS 360 Leadership & Power

ART 290 Barcelona Art & Architecture

COM 220 Intercultural Communication

COM 230 Social Media Strategy & Analytics

Please note: course offerings and syllabi are subject to change.

You are required to bring all necessary course textbooks with you to Barcelona. All required texts are listed on the course syllabi posted above. Please purchase the same edition of the book that is listed on the specific syllabus.

  • INT 490/SPN 290/SPN 490 Eat, Drink, Spain
    • Texts listed on the syllabus are recommend, not required
  • INT 490/SPN 290/SPN 490 Spanish Culture and Civilization
    • Texts listed on the syllabus are recommend, not required
  • BUS 370 International Business
  • BUS 360 Leadership & Power
  • ART 290 Barcelona Art & Architecture
    • All readings posted in Moodle
  • COM 220 Intercultural Communication
  • COM 230 Social Media Strategy & Analytics

Students accepted into a LeadAbroad program are also simultaneously accepted into Oglethorpe University as transient students. Students are required to participate in all program and curriculum activities during the program unless they are granted an exemption by staff due to a physical or emotional reason.  Oglethorpe University students follow the same process as transient students when participating on a LeadAbroad program.

Many universities across the country accept Oglethorpe University transfer credit; however, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to find out how the course credit transfers to your home institution. Every university has a unique process for accepting transient credit. Please schedule a meeting with your academic advisor and the study abroad office as soon as possible to understand your school’s requirements. These steps MUST be completed prior to departure. LeadAbroad does not guarantee credit transfer to any particular university or major.

If you plan to use any scholarships or financial aid, please submit this information on the Financial Aid & Scholarships form in your online portal under optional forms.

The HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships may be available for students who are permanent Georgia residents, attend a university in Georgia and meet eligibility requirements.  You should meet with your financial aid office in order to determine if this scholarship will apply to a LeadAbroad summer study abroad program.

For students who qualify, the HOPE Scholarship amount is $1,077 and the Zell Miller Scholarship is $1,404. You should confirm these amounts and your eligibility with your home institution’s financial aid office.

We understand that studying abroad is a family decision with significant costs. We recommend that you explore a variety of options to finance your study abroad experience. You can find scholarships by reaching out to the financial aid office at your home university, non-profits and writing letters to companies in their hometowns.

LeadAbroad offers a number of scholarships. Please review these scholarships to check your eligibility here.

All LeadAbroad programs are inclusive and respectful of the needs, backgrounds and experiences of all its participants. Our policies can be found here.  If you have an accommodations request, please complete the Disability Accommodations Request form in your customer portal.

In-Country Details

You will stay in one of our two residences during GO Barcelona: Onix or Barcelona Resident.  You will choose your housing preference on the roommate form which can be found in your customer portal.  Final housing assignments will be sent 30 days before departure.

All students must pay a $100 housing deposit via the LeadAbroad portal to secure their accommodations and room request. The deposit will be held for any room damages or housing fines that are incurred during the program. If a student incurs a fine that is deducted from their deposit, they will be notified via email. If the fine charged exceeds $100, an additional invoice will be issued to the student and their emergency contact and must be paid immediately upon issuance. Failure to do so will result in additional consequences including being removed from the program and/or your transcript being held. The balance of each students’ deposit will be returned to the original method of payment within 45 days of the program’s completion.

Be sure to label your luggage with your residence:

Onix
Calle Sardenya, 101-137
08013 Barcelona

Barcelona Resident
Calle Tantarantana, 15
08003 Barcelona

 

Click here for roommate assignments (posted 30 days before departure)

To request a roommate, please submit the roommate form in your online portal.  Roommate forms are due 60 days before departure.  Final housing assignments will be posted about one month before departure.  Once roommates are posted, we cannot make any changes.  If you’ve already submitted your roommate form but wish to make a change to your request, please email info@LeadAbroad.com no later than 60 days before departure.

All students will receive an invitation to join the program itinerary on Trip Plans.  Please follow the instructions as soon as you receive this email (expected mid April).

For a sample itinerary from last year, please click here!

2021 Weekend Travel

We are excited that COVID-19 restrictions have continued to be lifted during the spring and summer to make travel throughout your program country possible!  We know that experiencing the sights, culture and food of different cities and regions is one of the experiences GO students most look forward to during their month abroad with us.  Our staff will be available to help connect students with a pod of other students with similar travel interests and goals.

  1. We will guide you with best practices for domestic travel.  We strongly encourage students to choose transportation options and housing that allows you to continue to practice social distancing and COVID-19 safety precautions.  We will communicate and provide guidance to students when regions or countries change their COVID-19 mobility guidelines.
  2. Given the uncertain entry restrictions throughout the European Union and unnecessary risk and complexity of crossing borders, LeadAbroad strongly discourages students from traveling outside of the program country in 2021.  If a student chooses to travel internationally they will be responsible for understanding all testing, entry and quarantine procedures for the country they are visiting and reentry to the program country.
  3. As always, students must log any travel outside of the program city.  If a student is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms they are encouraged to stay in the program city and not travel.  If a student becomes sick while in another city, LeadAbroad’s ability to provide support will be limited.
  4. Students should also review their class schedule prior to booking any travel.  Travel is not an excused absence.  If a student is delayed in returning from another city due to a transportation delay, illness, quarantine or failure to reenter they will be marked absent from class.

All that being said, you will have many optional weekends organized by LeadAbroad and approved vendors. Check your Trip Plans app for the suggested weekend adventures! Our staff is here to make sure you have the best (and safest) time possible. Get excited to call Spain home!

Click here for a budget planning worksheet.

This worksheet will allow you to understand costs outside of the program fees and airfare.  Review this section in detail and email us at info@LeadAbroad.com with any further budgeting questions.

Before you leave, notify your bank of your international travel plans.  Most banks allow you to post a travel notice through your account online, or you can give them a call.  Be sure to include your entire itinerary with layovers or other known weekend destinations. Debit and credit cards can be blocked after transactions abroad because your bank may assume it is a fraudulent transaction.

Debit cards are the best way to access cash overseas.  ATMs are widely available everywhere we travel.  Debit cards with Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus or Plus signs are the most widely accepted.  There may be a transaction fee for using ATMs abroad; therefore, it’s important to understand the fees associated with using your cards overseas.  Keep records of your debit/credit numbers and PINs with someone at home.

Credit cards can be used similarly to debit cards at restaurants and shops abroad.  Most major credit cards are honored abroad (i.e. MasterCard and Visa). Similarly to debit cards, credit card companies use the current exchange rate for your transaction. Call your credit card company to understand the fees charged per transaction.

We do not recommend bringing large sums of U.S. dollars abroad.  It is not convenient to exchange cash, and students typically get a better exchange rate by using ATMs for cash or debit/credit cards.

The program fees cover many of the costs of being in country, but you will need to provide additional funds for:

  • Meals: We will host a welcome and final dinner. All other meals are the responsibility of the student.
  • Incidentals: Internet, phone calls, transportation to non-program events
  • Free time: Independent evenings and additional outings
  • Weekend travel: We will provide recommendations for weekend excursions
  • Gifts and souvenirs

Meals: One of the best aspects of Barcelona is the incredible restaurant scene. From casual neighborhood spots to some of the best restaurants in the world, Barcelona has a wide range of dining options. At mid-range restaurants, dinners range from $20-$30. Since our dorm rooms come with a mini-kitchen, we recommend that students shop at restaurants and markets so they can prepare breakfast and lunch and then eat out for dinner.

Internet/Cell Phone: Since we have Wi-Fi at our dorm and university, internet charges should be minimal. Cell phone charges vary greatly.  International plans tend to be $50 per 100MB of data.  Costs for a local cell phone will be around 70-100 euros plus prepaid minutes.  Contact your cell phone carrier to understand your specific options.

Transportation: We recommend that students purchase the T-10 metro card. The metro is a fast and reliable way to get around Barcelona. While the metro is extensive, we recommend that students stay in groups at night. Some destinations will require a taxi. Barcelona taxis are comparable to those in in major cities in the U.S. like New York and Chicago.

Laundry: We will have self-service washing machines and dryers in our dorm accommodation. For a few Euros, you can wash, dry and clean your clothes.

Other Activities: There are a variety of activities to enjoy around Barcelona. Here are a few ideas. Our team can help you plan any additional activities that you would like to enjoy.

  • Daytrip to Montserrat (60-80€)
  • Wine tasting in Penedes (100€)
  • Visit to Fundcio Joan Miro (11€)
  • Day at Barceloneta Beach (Free)
  • Guided tour of Sagrada Familia (20€)
  • Tour of Casa Battlo and Gaudi architecture (30-40€)
  • Visit to Camp Nou soccer stadium (25-40€)
  • Tapas tour of Barcleona (70-90€)

There are many ways to stay in touch while traveling abroad. Wireless internet is available throughout our hotels.  Please note that internet speeds can fluctuate depending on traffic. Internet can be slow and unpredictable, especially when all students are trying to upload pictures or watch videos at the same time. We ask all students and parents to be patient with the internet. Students will have more success using the internet if they use it at off-peak times.

LeadAbroad requires students to have cell phones while abroad for risk management purposes. Students can:

  • Bring an unlocked phone and buy a local SIM card upon arrival
  • Add an international package to current phone plan
  • Rent/buy a local cell phone

With Wi-Fi readily available in most locations, you are encouraged to utilize internet texting apps (iMessage for iPhone to iPhone, Groupme, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts) to communicate with program staff and family and friends at home.

In addition, we integrate technology into our communications and risk management strategy to keep students safe. Therefore, we require students to download the following applications on their phone prior to departure:

  • Groupme
  • Find my Friends
  • State Department
  • Facebook

If there is an emergency at home while you are abroad, our team will support you and your family in every way possible.  Should any friends and/or family need to contact LeadAbroad, please have them call our U.S.-based domestic team at 404.720.5657.  For emergencies, dial extension 710 when prompted.  Our on-call team will assist with the situation and get in touch with your program staff as needed.

To charge your electronics abroad, will need pack (or purchase when you arrive) an outlet adaptor.  A quick search on Amazon will provide several options!  For some items like hair dryers and straighteners, you will also need to purchase a voltage converter since voltage is much higher in Europe than the US.  If you do not use a converter, you could damage your appliance.

We encourage students to be mindful of their electronics while traveling. It is wise to conceal electronic devices when walking around as iPhones and laptops can be attractive for theft.

LeadAbroad’s Emergency Response Protocol provides a system for coordinating the management of emergency services for all participants in our study abroad programs. In-country staff are the first point of contact for students on the program in the event of an emergency and assume leadership of the emergency situation until other resources (e.g., local police, etc) are available. However, in the event that the staff are unavailable, the following guidelines are provided here in case you, as a participant in the program, need to handle an emergency.

  1. Ensure safety: Your first priority is to safeguard the safety and well-being of yourself and other program participants. Do whatever is reasonably necessary to ensure safety.
  2. Seek medical care: Obtain any emergency medical care for affected participants as soon as possible.
  3. Control emotions: Remain as calm as possible. Do your best to diffuse any growing anxieties that may be occurring among participants.
  4. Communicate (as applicable). Depending on the nature of the emergency, it may be necessary to contact medical or emergency services, police or local law enforcement or the US embassy.
  5. Ongoing support: Continue to monitor, aid, and communicate status updates as the situation progresses.
  6. Debrief: Meet with LeadAbroad staff to discuss the situation, how it was handled and steps that were taken to resolve the emergency.

Reducing Risk Abroad

LeadAbroad takes many steps to reduce risk abroad.  You will be registered with the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. The benefits of STEP include the following:

  • Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
  • Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest or family emergency.
  • Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.

You will be given a keychain with emergency contact numbers and the address of our accommodations.

Please review the following resources to ensure that you are informed on how to have a safe and healthy trip abroad:

CDC recommendations on preparing for a healthy trip
State Department travel recommendations for student travelers
State Department recommendations for women travelers

All students are required to be familiar with all program rules.  Please click here to review on our policies page.