Preparation and Arrival
One month before arriving in Barcelona, all students will receive a document from the resident director of the program with information and instructions on arrival in the city and the start of the CASA-Barcelona program.
- Flight information: it is essential to send CASA-Barcelona the details of the arrival flight to the city - the airline, the flight number, the airport of stopover (if any) and the time of arrival in Barcelona.
- Standards and safety: safety information and the latest air standards must be checked.
- Baggage: students are only going to spend a few months in Barcelona, so it is recommended that they take with them practical things and avoid excess baggage. Barcelona is a big city and students can find everything they need.
- Clothing: make it comfortable. The climate in the city in both winter and spring is usually mild.
- Sheets and towels: students do not need to bring sheets or towels because the residence they will be staying in will be cleaned every week.
- Temperature: the average temperature during the autumn is 16-22ºC (60-72ºF) and in the spring it oscillates between 13-20ºC (55-68ºF). It does not usually snow, and temperatures are rarely below 5ºC (40ºF).
- Appliances: the electric current in Europe is 220 volts, so students will need devices with a 220V option, or a power adapter and plug since European plugs are different from those used in North America, Ireland and Australia.
- Tags: it is advisable to put a tag on the suitcases with the address of the residence. It will be easier to make claims.
- Hand luggage: it must be remembered that it is forbidden to carry liquids and sharp objects such as scissors.
Some useful items that can be included in carry-on luggage are:
- Extra clothes: necessary in case the suitcase is late.
- Laptop: it is very advisable to bring it. Students can use it in the student residence where they will be staying, in the offices of CASA-Barcelona and also in the universities where they will take classes. All, in addition to many coffee shops in the city, have an internet connection.
- Prescription Drugs: If students bring drugs, they must be properly labeled to pass customs. In addition, if during the semester in Barcelona there are students who need to follow a medical treatment, they should ask their doctor for the generic name of said medication since in Europe the commercial names of medications are often different.
- Valuables: valuables or documentation should never be placed in checked luggage.
- Last instructions: students should bring the document with them that CASA-Barcelona sent them, with the address of the hotel where they will be staying when they arrive in the city.
Arrival at Barcelona Airport (El Prat)
If baggage is lost, the claim must be made in the corresponding office, which is next to the baggage collection area of the airport before leaving the passenger area. Students can give the address and telephone number of the Melon District Marina residence where their bags can be sent.
In case a student does not having Euros at the airport: when leaving the passenger area, there are banks and ATMs to exchange foreign currency and/or withdraw money. The easiest option to get from the airport to the hotel where students will stay the first night (which is in the center of the city) is to take a taxi at the exit of the airport building, which will cost between €25-35.
The address of the hotel is specified in the document "Latest instructions", which CASA-Barcelona sends to all students a few weeks before their departure.
First night in Barcelona
- The first night in Barcelona, all the students stay in a hotel with a double room (with dinner and breakfast included). It is a 4-star hotel five minutes from the city center and very close to the residence.
- In Spanish hotels, for security reasons, they always ask for a passport from guests and return it a few hours later.
- CASA-Barcelona will deliver a welcome pack to each student with important information about the program and the activities of the first weekend.
- In the evening there is a welcome dinner at the hotel. The meeting point will be the reception (lobby).
- If the students need to rest during the afternoon, they can request an alarm to arrive on time for dinner.
- On Sundays the vast majority of shops in the city are closed. Therefore, if something is urgently needed, it must be purchased on Friday or Saturday of arrival.
- If a student arrives at the program late (from the next day, Saturday) they should go directly to the residence.
First weekend in Barcelona
- Saturday: between noon and 1pm, students must move to the residence, which is near the hotel (see " welcome pack ").
- Saturday: at 1pm. There is a meeting in which each student will receive further information and the key to their room.
- Saturday: after the meeting, there is free time to shop or rest.
- Sunday: in the afternoon there is an orientation tour through the center of the city.
- Monday: start of the orientation and pro-seminar program.