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Study Abroad | Barcelona

Spain | Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona | January Term 2025
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Spend January Term in the exciting and eclectic city of Barcelona, Spain, with AIFS! Study Spanish art and culture through Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, ranked among the top 5 universities in Spain.

What’s Included

The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Tuition

    3 semester credits

  • Courses

    Courses in Spanish art and cultural heritage, international business

  • Housing

    in a Spanish homestay or, for a supplement, in a shared apartment

  • Meals

    Breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday in the homestay

  • Excursions & Day Trips

    Montserrat (day trip)

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    City tour, Flamenco show and guided tours of the Gothic quarter, Park Güell and La Sagrada Família

  • Welcome Event

    To help you get to know your classmates better, familiarize you with the local area and advise you about your stay

  • Onsite Support

    To help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance

  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • AIFS Flight Package

    Round trip flights U.S.-Barcelona-U.S.

    Round trip transfers between the airport and campus overseas

Program Details: Study Abroad | Barcelona Art and International Business


January 7, 2025January 18, 2025


January Term


Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Application Deadline

October 1, 2024

Inclusive Fees



Open to High School Graduate, First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Minimum of 2.0 GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

A visa may be required for this program. Please contact your advisor or log into your portal for more information.

Areas of Interest

  • Art
  • Business
  • International Business

Global Themes

  • Arts, Culture and Creative Industries
  • Business, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Language, History and Culture
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AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is made up of two campuses and has a student population of over 55,000. Small teaching groups are the norm and all professors are native Spaniards or international.

  • Art
  • Business
  • International Business

Earn 3 credits studying Spanish art and culture from prehistoric times to the present day or learning about the challenges facing businesses today as they compete in a global environment. Both courses are taught in English.

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Living Abroad

All students spend the first night in a hotel in Barcelona as part of the AIFS orientation program.  


The best way to improve your Spanish and immerse yourself in Spanish life and culture. 

  • Shared room with another AIFS student
  • Breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday
  • Weekly laundry

optional Apartment ($400 supplement)

Stay in a shared apartment in a centrally located neighborhood of Barcelona.

  • Live with up to 5 other AIFS students
  • Apartments may be co-ed
  • Shared double room
  • Communal kitchen, living area and bathroom(s)
  • Fully furnished with laundry facilities

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Barcelona


Along with speaking Spanish, most people in Barcelona speak the regional language of Catalan as their native language. You will see signs in both languages throughout the city; it’s an excellent opportunity to be exposed to another language rich in culture.


Barcelona is one of Spain’s most energetic and vibrant cities. Not only will you find amazing modern and art nouveau architecture throughout the cities of Spain, you will also find world famous UNESCO Heritage Sites- the most in any one country after Italy.

AIFS in Barcelona Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

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Maya Edwards

¡Hola! Greetings from beautiful Barcelona, a city I love to call “home.” Having lived in many cities in Spain, I’ll be a great resource for you while you’re here in Barcelona. An educator and study abroad professional, I’ve been working with students both in Spain and in the U.S. for over 15 years. I earned a B.A. in Spanish and Communications, an M.A. in Spanish, and am completing a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies. I love working with students and am happy to help you navigate your own journey in Spain, Barcelona and beyond: broadening academic and personal horizons, making the most of your time in this amazing place.

My favorite aspect of being Director is spending time with students and seeing how much they grow after their study abroad experience in Spain. The AIFS Barcelona team is always eager to offer our guidance and support, as well as share ideas on how to make the most out of your stay. Barcelona is a beautiful and fascinating city; perfect for a study abroad program, not just because of its proximity to the beach!

The Program Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of Spanish culture, the AIFS team in Barcelona arranges a variety of cultural and social activities.

Activities will include:

  • Welcome dinner
  • Guided tour of Barcelona
  • Visit to La Sagrada Família
  • Visit to Park Güell
  • Visit to the Gothic quarter and Cathedral
  • Flamenco show and farewell dinner

Volunteer opportunities are available through a local NGO to provide services to people in need within the local community. 


This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside Barcelona and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of Spain. Previous excursions have included:



Explore the distinctive mountain of Montserrat, visit the beautiful monastery, and see the 12th century carving of the Black Virgin. Includes round-trip transportation, entrance fee, and guided tour.

  • Spain
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
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Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Dates & Deadlines


  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    October 1, 2024
  • Deposit Deadline
    October 15, 2024
  • Scholarship Deadline
    October 1, 2024
  • Visa Deadline****
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    January 6, 2025
  • Program Begins
    January 7, 2025
  • Program Ends
    January 18, 2025
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    January 18, 2025
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.
  • **** AIFS Abroad offers visa processing services to applicants who enroll into the program by this date. All other applicants who enroll after this date will be responsible for securing their own visa with guidance from AIFS Abroad.

Optional Flight Package

Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.

Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)

Depature City


  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Buffalo
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Des Moines
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis
  • New York
  • Newark
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Raleigh/Durham
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • St. Louis
  • Washington/Dulles
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Ready to Study Abroad in Barcelona?

For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: