The Best semester of your life starts now

Welcome to Barcelona

The city that you’ll be living in for the next few months, but that will stay with you for the rest of your life. We know these first days and weeks are when you find your feet in a new destination, and find your people too, and we want to make this as easy as possible for you. 

We’ve got two weeks of events in Barcelona’s friendliest bar – The George Payne, travel giveaways, and a full semester of weekend trips for you to choose from. 

Barcelona Study Abroad Spring 2022 Welcome Weeks begin now! We’re excited to meet you.

Read on for more info!

Welcome Weeks Events at the George Payne

Your new favourite bar

While any night of the week is great at the George Payne, we’ve got a series of events that will make it easy for you to find your feet – and your new best friends – in Barcelona.

Starting on January 3rd with Beer Pong and ending on January 16th with NFL, Beer Pong finals (win a ski trip to Andorra) AND our big full-semester of travel giveaway announcement, we’ve got a full schedule to welcome you to Barcelona.

Where: The George Payne: Pl. d’Urquinaona, 5, 08010 Barcelona

  • Monday: Beer Pong
    How to sign up:
    to @the_george_payne_official Instagram account on Monday between 11am-5pm.
    If you are one of the first 15 teams then you’ll go on the list.
    Pre-registered Teams must arrive to the bar between
    7-8pm on Monday to pay & get your wristbands.

    ENTRY IS €20 and includes all the beer you will drink during the tournament. 1st prize is one of the George Payne’s infamous “blackout trays” and you’ll compete in the grand final on January 16th, to win a ski trip to Andorra.

  • Thursday: Karaoke
    Come along, choose your favourite songs, and live your dreams of being a superstar diva.
  • Sunday: NFL
    Just because you’re in Spain doesn’t mean you have to miss the important games. We’re playing all the big match-ups, every Sunday.

Welcome Weeks in Barcelona start on the 3rd of January and run until the 16th. Make sure you’re at all events if you want to win our Instagram competition. 


Win Free travel

Welcome Weeks Instagram competition

Post your best Barcelona photos, tag The Abroad Connection, and maybe win a weekend trip. Here’s how: 

  1. Follow @theabroadconnection and @the_george_payne_official on Instagram
  2. Explore Barcelona and photograph the experience
  3. Tag @theabroadconnection and @the_george_payne_official and the hashtags #welcomeweeks and #BCNspringabroad2022 in any photos you post to Instagram
  4. Win!


  • Win trips to Florence, Prague, Amsterdam OR the destination of your choice!

Let's make some weekend plans

We've got your spring semester sorted

And while you’re out exploring and enjoying Barcelona – and attending our Welcome Weeks events – we want you to also start thinking about what you’re going to do this semester. 

We’ve filled a semester of weekend trips to all of your bucket list destinations. Florence, Prague, Paris, the Alps, Amsterdam, Budapest, Dublin, Rome, Ibiza, and Munich. 

And when you travel with The Abroad Connection you know that we’ve got you in the coolest hotels, have the must-do experiences included, make sure that you’re always in the best, exclusive parties, and attract fellow study abroad students from all over Europe. 

Have a look at our Spring Semester schedule and let’s start making some plans!


Influence friends, travel for free

The Abroad Connection Ambassador program

We’re looking for influential and creative students to join the Abroad Connection ambassador team. Broadly, we’re looking for two distinct types of ambassadors. 

  1. Sales Ambassadors
    If you’re the kind of person who likes to have the best plans wherever you are, and can motivate your gang to do it with you, you could become an Abroad Connection sales ambassador.

    Not only will you be introducing your group to the semester’s best weekend trips around Europe, but we’ll also have the best plans for Barcelona. 

  2. Creative Ambassadors
    Creative Ambassadors are students with a passion for writing, blogging, photography, videography, social media – anything to do with communication, really.

    All you will do is share your experiences abroad with fellow students and be rewarded when they come on our trips. 

Both Sales and Creative Ambassadors get free travel, VIP hookups around Europe, and some travel money too. 

Interested? Sign up here.

Ready when
you are.