Spend a semester or academic year in the Catalan seaside city of Barcelona, Spain, with AIFS! Study a variety of academic program options at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), a prestigious and modern university. Centrally located in the city, the multicultural campus uses three languages – Catalan, Spanish and English – in all spheres of university life. Interested Spring semester students will have the opportunity to participate in the ESCI-UPF International Business Program.
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.Review Our Policies
Up to 15 semester credits
Wide variety of courses available; taught in English and Spanish
Homestay. Additional housing options are available
Breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday in the homestay
3-day excursion to the Pyrenees (Fall) or Tarragona and Southern Catalonia (Spring), and day trips to Girona, Figueras and the Salvador Dalí Museum and Montserrat
A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience
To help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program
24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network
Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways
Airport transfers to and from campus
Seville and Granada, Andalucía (3 days)
Marrakesh, Morocco (4 days)
Meet Sarah, a college student from the University of Rhode Island, who took over the AIFS Abroad Instagram story recently to answer questions about what it’s like to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain during her fall semester! Watch as Sarah highlights what a typical day in the life looks like there.
The best way to improve your Spanish and immerse yourself in Spanish life and culture.
Stay in a shared apartment in a centrally located neighborhood of Barcelona.
Situated in the downtown neighborhood of L’Eixample; one of the most green and recreational areas of Barcelona. Near several bus lines and metro stops, which provide easy access to the university (and the beach!) in less than 30 minutes.
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.
¡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 Resident 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 Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.
In addition to day trips and excursions, a cultural calendar of weekly activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of Spanish life. Typical activities, tours and visits may include:
You may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some events.
Volunteer opportunities are available through a local NGO to provide services to people in need within the local community.
UPF and AIFS organize a program of “intercambios” (conversation exchange) in which you can practice your Spanish with a native speaker while a Spanish speaker practices their English with you! The professors of English are always eager to find American students to participate in this program.
Scenic trip to Cadí National Park. Visit the principality of Andorra. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations and some meals.
Take in the spectacular Roman ruins in Tarragona, the most Roman city on the Iberian Peninsula. Scenic trip to Ebro Delta Nature Reserve. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations and some meals.
Spend a day exploring this beautiful medieval Spanish town. Includes round trip transportation and a guided sightseeing tour of important monuments.
Examine some of Salvador Dali´s greatest works in one of Spain´s most visited museums. Includes round-trip transportation, entrance fee, and guided tour.
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.
Visit the Alhambra Palace, Generalife gardens, the largest gothic cathedral in the world, the Giralda tower, Barrio Santa Cruz, and more. Includes round-trip transportation, airport transfers, entrance fees, guided tours, and some meals. Flights are not included.
Locally guided tours of Djemaa El Fna, Marrakesh’s main square and open-air theater, the souks (markets), Agafay desert and the Berber villages of Toubkal National Park. Have traditional tea at the Lalla Takarkoust Lake. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, breakfast, dinner and one lunch.
* Please note that if you are not a U.S. citizen, you must check whether a visa is required to visit Morocco and, if so, you must acquire the visa before departing the U.S.
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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.)
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.Learn more