ALBA Study Abroad in Barcelona is an accredited program of Portland State University, and a partner of the University of Washington Foster School of Business.
For the past 30 years, ALBA have hosted students from all over the United States, Canada and Europe studying a wide range of disciplines at our very unique program based in Barcelona.
ALBA is a small, hands-on study abroad program, accessible to a wide variety of students. We offer a culturally immersive experience together with academic excellence by the hand of outstanding professionals from some of the most prestigious universities in Spain.
At ALBA, we strongly believe in experience as the mother of all knowledge. This is why many of our classes take place on the streets of Barcelona, in museums, libraries and cultural centers, where we can see life for what it is, and learn from history and culture first hand.

  • Open to students from other institutions
  • Fall, Winter and Spring terms
  • Summer Term intensive
  • Students can attend one to four consecutive terms (full-year)
  • No more than 60 students per term
  • Orientation days upon arrival
  • Pre-departure and reentry seminars
  • Exclusive facilities in the center of Barcelona

  • Courses fit all academic profiles and needs
  • Credits granted by Portland State University. Easy transfer to all US institutions
  • Optional outside courses in Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Academic Excellence
  • Internships available

  • Housing included in the program
  • Options available: student apartments, host families, “live with a local”, residences hall or independent housing

  • Exclusive cultural advantages
  • Sponsored excursions included in the program
  • Cooking classes included in the program
  • Staff-lead outings
  • Mixer events
  • Intercambio (language exchange)
  • Cine Forum
  • Volunteer work opportunities

Charles Harris-Inman
Executive Director

ALBA (Academia de les Lletres i Belles Arts)
Karl Miller Center, 6th floor
615 SW Harrison St.
Portland State University
Portland, Oregon 97201

Xavier Purificación
Program Manager
Avinguda del Portal de l'Angel 42, 4-A
08002, Barcelona, Spain
Telf. +34.936459932