Discover the top reasons to do Erasmus in Barcelona

Published by Manuel Herrero on

Barcelona is one of the favourite destinations for international students travelling to Spain. More than 12,000 students from the Erasmus+ programme choose this city as their destination every year. To this number, we should add students from America and Asia, which represent a very high number. So why do your Erasmus in Barcelona? Here are 9 reasons why you should study in Barcelona:

1. Location


Barcelona is located in the north of Spain and its location is one of its perks, as a coastal city, you can enjoy days of sun and beach. Moreover, it is very close to the mountains, specifically to the Catalan and Aragonese Pyrenees, where you can do a lot of adventure activities.

Its good railway connection allows you to get to the country's capital (Madrid) in just 2:45 hours, as well as to the south of the country in approximately 2:30 hours. It also has good connections by sea, land and air.

 2. Weather

One of the main reasons why many international students decide to do their Erasmus+ program in Barcelona is the climate, temperatures around 25 degrees in summer, few rainy days and many sunny days.

This will allow you to do a lot of outdoor leisure activities with your new international friends and live unique experiences.

Port Vell Barcelona

Port Vell Barcelona

3. Culture and gastronomy

Barcelona is a very beautiful architectural city, considered a city of modernism. There is a lot of free art on the streets, as well as museums, theatres and festivals that you can visit and enjoy a wonderful day.

In addition, there is a wide range of cuisine on offer throughout the city, allowing you to sample typical Spanish, Catalan and other cultures. In Spain, the Mediterranean diet reigns. Once you are there get to know the cuisine and try cooking something at home, you get to have fun and learn how to good a Spanish dish to impress your friends.

4. International city

Barcelona is a multicultural city, where people from different parts of the world coexist. You will be encouraged to be more open with other people and the ability to adapt to the environment will gradually grow on you. This open multicultural city helps making friends very easy and opens the opportunity of visiting these friends in their countries later.

Tourist in Montjuic

Tourist in Montjuic

5. Leisure and university life

Barcelona is a city full of university students, with great faculties and professors. Every year, events are held to welcome international students who come from all over the world to study and get to know the city.

Being such a big city, there are great leisure alternatives for all types of public and ages. If there is one city in the world where you will never get bored, that is Barcelona, so take advantage of it.

 6. Party

The city that never rests, if you want to party, you can do it practically every day of the week. There is a great nightlife atmosphere, with a variety of bars, discos, etc. In addition, there are parties for university students that are held very often and in particular Erasmus parties, where the good atmosphere and fun are guaranteed.

One of the coolest and most known parties that you can't miss if you are a student in Barcelona is the Fiesta de la Gracia, which takes place on August 15th, so if you have returned to your hometown for the summer, you have a perfect excuse to come back to Barcelona with your friends.

 7. Quality education

Barcelona has a large number of prestigious universities, which will allow you to learn and develop your professional career. Their universities will allow you to study in different languages, which will be great for learning or improving languages you want. There is a great diversity of university degrees, different campuses, and universities specialized in different sectors. You will have the luxury of sharing your experience with a large number of international students. Studying the Erasmus in Barcelona is not only a great opportunity to discover a unique city, but also to study in one of the most prestigious universities in Europe.

 8. Places to visit

In Barcelona, you can visit a lot of wonderful places. Below, we recommend the 8 places you can’t miss in Barcelona:

  • The Sagrada Familia
  • La Pedrera-Casa Milá
  • Gothic Quarter
  • Casa Batllo
  • Park Güel
  • Las Ramblas
  • Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
  • Viewpoints of Barcelona
Casa Batllo Barcelona

Casa Batllo Barcelona

 9. Wide range of student flats

Barcelona is a very big city, with a great tourist and student attraction, so there are a lot of apartments for rent for students. The prices are among the highest in Spain, so it is recommendable to search and compare on different online platforms before deciding on one. Through Erasmus Play, you can access the whole range of accommodation for students in Barcelona, comparing the prices of all online platforms and booking the one that best suits your needs.

These are our top 9 reasons to do Erasmus in Barcelona, we want to read yours in the comment section down below!

Manuel Herrero

Former Erasmus+ student, now ErasmusPlay CTO and Co-founder.

1 Comment

Peter Lack · July 12, 2020 at 3:23 pm

I was studying in Barcelona last year and it’s one of the best cities I have ever been!
I strongly recommend you to visit it!!!

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