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Students tour ancient castles during their time in Barcelona.

Living in Barcelona


Jessie Dixon-Montgomery

Associate Professor of Modern Languages (Spanish)

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Where Will I Live?

Our long experience in Spain has taught us that living with a Spanish family is the best housing arrangement for our students. This gives you the opportunity to integrate into Spanish culture in an informed, personal setting. Living with a host family affords additional language immersion that allows you to learn the kind of Spanish you don't typically learn in the classroom. Often, the relationship that students develop with these families is a close one and becomes one of the most valuable and cherished experiences of the year. Many students have established long-lasting relationships with their host families and continue to maintain contact decades later.

Host families provide all meals. When you are unable to return home for lunch, the host family will pack a lunch to-go. The delicious and healthy Mediterranean diet is one of the highlights of Catalan culture!

Resident Director

While you're in Barcelona, your Resident Director will become your advisor, your R.A., your confidant, and your tour guide, doing everything from picking you up at the airport and assisting you in selecting a host family to advising you on courses to take and restaurants to try.  And don't forget, your director will also serve as a great resource for historical, cultural and political aspects of Spain.

On-campus Director

If you're considering participation in the Knox Program in Barcelona, our On-campus Director can provide additional details about the program and help you with questions about courses offered, academic credit, student visa applications, and other important paperwork.

The On-campus Director also holds informational meetings about the program. He or she will meet with you to discuss the most appropriate time frame for your study abroad experience. The On-campus Director also manages the selection of candidates for the program.

Cultural Immersion

In addition to your formal coursework, we offer students learning opportunities outside the classroom, such as language exchanges (intercambios) facilitated by the University of Barcelona. The Catalan government also subsidizes introductory Catalan courses throughout the city. Finally, casas culturales in each neighborhood offer affordable classes on a variety of activities.

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