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International House Barcelona language school


IH Barcelona is less than 5 minutes' walk from Plaza Catalunya, which is the very centre of Barcelona [ view map ].

Main building and Reception
Calle Trafalgar 14 [ view map ]

Calle Ortigosa 10-12 [ view map ]

Arrival information

About the school

The main building of the language school occupies 6 floors of a large corner building (see slideshow, above), which has a distinctive, triangular shape (somewhat similar to the famous 'flat-iron' building in New York).

The building dates back to the very early 20th century and has many attractive features: a very decorative street entrance, lots of natural light, high ceilings and some cool tiled floors, etc.

The main reception area is located on the ground floor (floor B), just inside the entrance.

Just over the road, you’ll find our new annex which includes classrooms, an auditorium for 100 people and our Courses Abroad Department. “New” is a manner of speaking: it in fact dates back to 1910, as you will see from the Modernista façade.

See also History of IH Barcelona

Our students

Origins of our Spanish studentsPiechart: Origins of our Spanish students. In addition, we have large numbers of local people studying English with us -- so you're going to meet lots of natives!

One of the great things about IH Barcelona is the mixture of people you will meet here at any given time.

All of our students are welcome to our Friday Club language exchange,which is a great place to meet people of other nationalities taking different courses — among whom you'll meet lots of local people, which is excellent if you want to learn Spanish.


Our facilities include:

  • 40 air-conditioned classrooms, all with natural light, all with a PC and projector, and most with interactive whiteboards
  • A computer room with 12 PCs available for students to access the internet (free of charge) etc., open 60 hours a week
  • From our computer room (only), you have free, unrestricted access to the multimedia contents on the untutored version of our online Spanish and English courses. Help yourself to a lot more hours of practice!
  • Wi-fi access (free) in approx. 95% of the school, with four dedicated networks
  • A library and study centre
  • A bar which is open all day, providing hot and cold food and drinks
  • A terrace where students can relax in the sunshine
  • Bathroom facilities for disabled students


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