I spent my semester abroad in Barcelona at UAB in autumn 2012 and I can highly recommend it. The city is just great and for the university you have to do something quite often during the semester, but everything is at a very low level compared to Germany.
Barcelona has a lot to offer: On the one hand the sea with great beaches, on the other hand the mountains and in between a lively city with lots of culture and celebration opportunities. You can never get bored in Barcelona. In the four months that I was there, there were only 3 rainy days, otherwise the sun almost always shines and invites you to chill out on the beach or in a cafe and it is almost always time for the first vino of the day. In terms of art and culture, the city has many highlights to offer, not only the well-known Gaudi attractions, but also many galleries and great street art. When you come to Barcelona you should definitely get tips from friends / acquaintances about the really good restaurants, cafes and bars, as there are many tourist catchers who are overpriced and not very authentic. But if you look behind the “tourist traps”, there are an unbelievable number of great places to try out. I was out almost every evening, but unfortunately Barcelona is not as cheap as I expected. But compared to other cities like London or Paris, of course, a bargain. Visit toppharmacyschools.org to get information about Spain higher education.
You can apply to the university quickly and easily via MicroEDU. The university cannot be compared with a German state university. The real campus in Bella Terra may be comparable, but the campus in the city is definitely not. After the so-called “introduction” I was very disappointed because there wasn’t even a social activity to get to know others. But that happens relatively quickly in the courses because they are very small. I had the International Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Creative Economy and Spanish courses on the Business Administration campus and Digital Photography on the Sant Pau Campus. The last course was the one I enjoyed the most. The teachers are extremely nice and very relaxed and you do a lot of practical tasks outside of the classroom. I also liked marketing and the creative economy very much, with marketing you should make sure that you choose the course at Myriam. I would definitely not recommend Entrepreneurship, because the lecturer is boredom in person and mainly limited Americans attend the course. I already knew a little Spanish when I went to Barcelona, so I was able to join the B1 course straight away. The course didn’t bring that much, so I had additional lessons at another language school. But I would recommend everyone to bring their first knowledge of Spanish with them, because otherwise you won’t really get a lot of Spanish life and in case of doubt only hang out with Germans or Americans at the university.
Still, I liked that the courses were in English because it allowed me to learn something from the content and improve my English skills. Since we had to give a presentation almost every week, I’m very used to doing it. However, if you want to take away more of the culture and get to know Spanish students, you should go to another university or visit the right campus in Bella Terra. But even there it is not easy, as the Catalans are relatively difficult to get to know and many still live at home with their parents and have a different everyday life than most exchange students. Barcelona is definitely not the best city to learn Spanish as you are often confronted with Catalan.
Barcelona is a city where you spend a lot of time outside, so don’t worry too much about your apartment. Since there are a lot of foreigners living in Barcelona, there is a constant change of apartment, so it is not difficult to find something. However, the standard of living cannot be compared with Germany. Very few Spaniards seem to have heard of IKEA and the apartments are often very spartan and uncomfortably furnished. Nevertheless, there are also really great apartments, you should also ask around in your circle of acquaintances. I found both of my apartments on Facebook. In the first I could only stay one month, so I had to move once, which was not a problem. I especially liked the districts of El Born and Gracia and I would highly recommend both parts to live in, as there is a lot to do on foot from both parts. Poble Nou and Eixample are also good. There are a lot of cheap bars where you can get mojito for 3.50 (after which you only feel bad the next day). Otherwise there are also many very cool bars, but they tend to be quite expensive. Club entry is often free for girls, otherwise around 10-15 euros (with drink included).
Overall, one can say that it is very easy to live in Barcelona, as everything is easy and well connected and, thanks to the compact size, you can easily get from A to B on foot. I would move to Barcelona again at any time, because every time you see the sea you feel like you’re on vacation.