Keeping in line with our new series of articles meant to help students find their tribe, or community of individuals that make Barcelona feel like home away from home, we are highlighting American resources.
At GBSB Global Business School, we welcome over 70+ nationalities through our doors every academic year. This diversity is very important to us. In addition to studying abroad in a foreign country and learning about all the local customs and traditions of one singular point on the map, Barcelona, students also learn from their peers.
With diversity in mind, we understand moving away from home and deciding to study abroad can be frightening at first, especially for those that may not have a wealth of travel experience. At GBSB Global Business School, we support our students adapting to the culture of everyday life in this major metropolitan city along the Mediterranean. GBSB Global Business School has developed specific community guides based on nationality for students, helping them connect with individuals from their home country and the resources they need to feel at ease during their study abroad experience.
According to the Generalitat de Catalunya Institute d’Estadistica de Catalunya’s research gathered in 2016, there are 4,374 American citizen citizens living in Barcelona. It may not seem like a lot, but they are very active socially, and it is easy to get in touch with the right individuals when you need them from business to leisure. If you find yourself adding to the number of Americans living in Barcelona, don’t hesitate to reach out and get in contact with others like you.
Resources for American Residents Living in Barcelona Studying Abroad at GBSB Global
U.S. Consulate General Barcelona,
Paseo Reina Elisenda de Montcada, 23
08034 Barcelona, España
Phone: (+34) 93 280 22 27
Fax (+34) 93 280 61 75
Democrats Abroad, www.democratsabroad.org
If you are politically inclined, this may be the organization you want to get involved in. Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States. The organization strives to provide American citizens living abroad a Democratic voice in the U.S. government and elect Democratic candidates by mobilizing the overseas vote.
Democrats Abroad has 42 country committees throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. These committees keep Americans living abroad informed of their rights and support them in the U.S. political process. Their members live in more than 190 countries worldwide and vote in every state and Congressional district in the U.S.
Social Groups of International Expats
“InterNations helps expats to feel at home abroad, meet people and find information about their new environment.” This is the tagline for the largest international community of individuals who live and work abroad. InterNations offers global networking opportunities, local events, and expat-relevant information through approximately 3,500 monthly events and activities worldwide. Expats get to meet fellow internationals in their specific city, while forums and destination guides provide valuable tips and information about getting settled in your new city.
Meetup provides a platform for individuals to gather together in thousands of cities across the globe to do more of what they want to do in life. MeetUp is organized around one simple idea: when they get together and do the things that matter to them, they’re at their best. The organization brings people together to do, explore, teach, and learn the things that help participants be active.
Barcelona Women’s Network, http://bcnwomensnetwork.com/about-us
For those female entrepreneurs and socialites, the Barcelona Women’s Network is a non-profit, non-religious, and non-political social and charitable organization extending support and friendship to both local and international women residing in Barcelona and the surrounding areas.
Started by a small group of friends in 1998, the BWN has developed into a dynamic and diverse group of women with an average membership of 210 individuals from over 20 different nationalities.
Every month, BWN members enjoy exclusive invitations to social, educational, cultural, charitable, and professional events. Members have access to forums, club directories, special offers from sponsors and partners, and an amazing network of contacts with various talents and field of knowledge.
The Business Lunch, www.thebizlunch.com
The Business Lunch is a social networking group for English speaking business professionals in Barcelona. Once a month the group organizes a special luncheon where members can network and share ideas related to business and entrepreneurship. Students do not need to be a member to join.
At GBSB Global Business School, the diversity of our student body plays an integral component to our school’s culture. Our students come from Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Asia. This multiethnic and multilingual student group creates a vibrant setting for the design and delivery of our academic programs. At GBSB Global Business School we are dedicated to the embodying our students’ diversity they represent into the academic content of our degree programs and capitalizing on the richness and variety of the linguistic, cultural, professional, and educational backgrounds that make them special. Being one of the most international business schools in Barcelona that teaches 100% in English, GBSB Global Business School is a link connecting people from different countries to the arena of international business with the support and reinforcement they need to prosper in their academic and professional endeavors.