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Study Abroad | Barcelona
Summer 2024: Academics

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  • Summer 2024

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AcadEmics Overview

AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

Program Options

Program Name Early Start Available Credits Notes
International Business, Spanish Language and Liberal Arts
Early Start Available: No Credits: Up to 9

This program combines the 3-week May Term program and the 6-week Spanish Language with Business and Liberal Arts program. Earn up to 9 credits.

During May Term, take one course for a recommended 3 credits. Classes are taught in English and meet for four hours a day from Monday through Thursday. During Session 2, take a Spanish language course plus a subject course taught in English or take two courses taught in English. Each course meets for 45 hours and carries a recommended 3 credits. Classes meet for 2 hours per day Monday through Thursday.

A minimum 2.75 GPA is required. Students must currently be a sophomore and have completed at least 2 semesters at a 4-year college. UAB will accept Community College students who have completed at least one year of Community College and are now enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree with at least one semester completed and another in progress if they meet the GPA requirements.

ECTS Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) awards ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits. The number of class hours and ECTS credits will be shown on the transcript to allow each student’s home institution the ultimate decision in the awarding of U.S. credit. Recommended U.S. semester credits next to each course are based on 15 classroom hours per semester credit and are not a conversion of ECTS credits. Students should consult with their university advisors prior to participating in the program to have course credit pre-approved and ensure that they are taking the appropriate amount of credits.

Attendance Students exceeding the permitted numbers of unexcused absences may lose all or partial credit.

Computer Access The UAB-Sant Pau campus free wireless connection for those students who bring their own laptop. Students also have free access to the computers in the university library. The library is open from 9am to 9pm.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Transcripts are issued by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. An official transcript will be sent directly to the student’s home university on completion of the program.

Eligibility Notes

Must have completed at least 1 full-time semester at a 4-year institution and be currently enrolled there as a full-time student at the time of application; Students must have at least 1 full year of 4-year college credit completed at the time of program start.n B1.2 Upper Intermediate Spanish level and above (4 semesters of Spanish or equivalent) required to enroll in Spanish-taught elective courses.

Architecture

Art

Art History

Business

Finance

History

Psychology

Spanish Language

Visual and Performing Arts

Academic Credit & Transcripts

Credit Transfer

As a part of the AIFS application for semester programs, you will complete a Course Approval Form, which will be signed off by your study abroad office staff and/or faculty at your university.

For J Term/Summer programs, no such approval form is needed; however, students are still responsible for ensuring credit can be brought back from their overseas program.
In any case, we recommend getting additional courses approved in case you need to change courses while abroad.

Overseas universities do not use the credit system employed by American institutions. AIFS students must make special arrangements to transfer credits, but since AIFS courses are given at recognized universities or the AIFS Centers (which are transcripted by Fairfield University), there usually is no difficulty in arranging transfer credit toward U.S. degrees provided the proper procedure is followed.

European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

Many of the European institutions that AIFS works with award credits under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). ECTS enables cooperating institutions to measure and compare a student’s performance and facilitates the transfer of credits from the European institution to the U.S institution.

Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

Language levels are defined according to the CEFR and will be listed on your transcript on completion of the program. CEFR organizes language proficiency into six levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2) which can be regrouped into three broad levels according to the needs of the local institution: Beginner: A1, A2/U.S. Level 100; Intermediate: B1, B2/U.S. Level 200-300; Advanced: C1, C2/U.S. Level 400

Transcripts

When you complete your program, an official transcript is sent to your home institution directly from AIFS Abroad or the host university. Another official transcript may be retained by AIFS Abroad in Stamford, but this is not the case for all programs. Please contact transcripts@aifs.com to find out how to request additional transcripts. 
 
Generally, your school should receive your transcript 60 days after completion of the program. (Cannes Semester programs, Perth, Sydney, Dublin, Limerick, and Wellington Programs exception: Transcripts issued and retained by the host universities. Transcripts for the Cannes Semester programs are issued by Chapman University.)
 
Transcripts may come without an English-language translation, so participants will need to organize translations with their home university.

Academic Records

Credit assessment methods in overseas universities may not be comparable to those in U.S. universities. Grading may involve exams, papers, individual projects, class discussion or some combination of these. Although academic institutions abroad may grade on a variety of scales, admissions counselors and registrars at U.S. institutions are familiar with international grading systems and can convert grades.

Course Selection

AIFS Program Advisors are available to assist you in the process. The following procedure is recommended:

Read course descriptions for the selected program and select courses. Obtain approval from your academic or study abroad advisor for the preliminary courses selected. Final approval of credit transfer for completed courses is at the discretion of the Registrar or appropriate official at the home institution. Students must ascertain that courses taken meet their individual academic program requirements. Recommended credits in this catalog are based on 15 classroom hours per semester credit.

I would absolutely recommend this program. The trip has been such a positive experience. Wonderful program!

AIFS has a lot to offer. The more I talked to American students from other programs, the more I realized that AIFS was clearly the best choice

This program opened my eyes to a culture and society I knew very little about. I made great friends and had a fabulous time during the process. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

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