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Study Abroad | Barcelona

Spain | Universitat de Vic – Central University of Catalonia | Fall 2023
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  • Fall 2023

Overview

Spend a semester or academic year in the dynamic Mediterranean city of Barcelona, Spain with AIFS! Choose from a variety of course options at the Universitat de Vic – Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC). The program is hosted at the BAU design school, conveniently located in the trendy and innovative Poblenou area of Barcelona.

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

    Up to 15 semester credits

  • Courses

    Wide variety of courses available; taught in English and Spanish

  • Housing

    Homestay. Additional housing options are available

  • Meals

    Breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday in the homestay

  • Excursions & Day Trips

    3-day excursion to the Pyrenees, 3-day excursion to Tarragona and Southern Catalonia, and day trips to Girona, Figueras and the Salvador Dalí Museum and Montserrat

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience

  • Onsite Resident Director

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

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance

  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network

  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Airport transfers to and from campus

  • Excursion

    Seville and Granada, Andalucía (3 days)

    Marrakesh, Morocco (4 days)

  • Housing Supplement

    Student apartment

    Student residence

Program Details: Study Abroad | Barcelona Multi Discipline

Dates

September 1, 2023December 15, 2023

Term

Fall

Application Deadline

April 15, 2023

Inclusive Fees

$13,295

Stay for a year to save on cost

Eligibility

Open to Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Minimum of 3.0 GPA

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

Visa Requirements

Students must apply for a student visa with the Spanish Consulate for programs over 90 days. Upon acceptance AIFS will provide instructions and the necessary official documents about the academic year or semester in Spain; however, students must contact the Spanish Consulate directly for the appropriate visa forms. For many consulates, AIFS is able to apply for your visa on your behalf, provided you submit the needed visa information documents to AIFS by stated deadlines.

Areas of Interest

  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Fashion
  • Marketing
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language

Global Themes

  • Arts, Culture and Creative Industries
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Academics

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

Founded in 1997, Universitat de Vic is a private university with a strong commitment to the economic and social development of the surrounding region of Barcelona and Catalonia through teaching, research and knowledge transfer. UVic considers multilingual education key to gaining a wider awareness of today’s world. The study of language and culture is prioritized at this campus, while students broaden their knowledge in the areas of business, innovation and design. 

  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Fashion
  • Marketing
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language

The Business, Design and Innovation Program is designed for students wishing to gain an insight into innovative business projects in the European capital of design. The program is hosted at the BAU design school at the Poble Nou campus in Barcelona. The courses are strongly oriented towards practice, but they also cover the basic theory needed to work on real case studies. Professionals from the world of business and design will be invited to some of the course sessions. 

Two levels of Spanish language may be offered (although not mandatory) depending on a minimum student enrollment. Students taking Spanish take a placement test online before arrival in Barcelona. 

Contact the AIFS Program Advisor if you are interested in taking Spanish. 

All courses meet for 45 contact hours and are recommended for 3 credits. All courses are taught in English apart from Spanish language. You can take up to 5 courses for a total of 15 credits.

Please note that the Universitat de Vic issues 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 shown in parentheses next to each course on the course description pages 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.

The Business, Design and Innovation Program is designed for students wishing to gain an insight into innovative business projects in the European capital of design. The program is hosted at the BAU design school at the Poble Nou campus in Barcelona. The courses are strongly oriented towards practice, but they also cover the basic theory needed to work on real case studies. Professionals from the world of business and design will be invited to some of the course sessions. 

Two levels of Spanish language may be offered (although not mandatory) depending on a minimum student enrollment. Students taking Spanish take a placement test online before arrival in Barcelona. 

Contact the AIFS Program Advisor if you are interested in taking Spanish. 

All courses meet for 45 contact hours and are recommended for 3 credits. All courses are taught in English apart from Spanish language. You can take up to 5 courses for a total of 15 credits.

Please note that the Universitat de Vic issues 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 shown in parentheses next to each course on the course description pages 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.

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Living Abroad

HomeSTAY

The best way to immerse yourself in the language and culture of Spain and many students choosing this option find that it is the most rewarding part of their time abroad.

  • Shared room with another AIFS student (single room available for $440 Spring 2023/$TBC Fall 2023 supplement)
  • Breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday
  • Weekly laundry

Optional Apartment ($300 Spring 2023/$TBC Fall 2023 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 (single room available for $600 supplement)
  • Communal kitchen, living area and bathroom(s)
  • Fully furnished with laundry facilities

Optional Student Residence ($1,200 Spring 2023/$TBC Fall 2023 supplement)

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.

  • Double room
  • Shared kitchen and bathroom
  • Laundry facilities
  • Access to small gym and pool

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Barcelona

Language

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.

Architecture

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 Resident 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 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 include:

  • Guided city tour
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner
  • Gothic Quarter and Cathedral
  • Gaudí’s Park Güell
  • Sagrada Família Basílica
  • Cooking class
  • Wellness week
  • Flamenco performance
  • Barcelona from a Different Perspective walking tour

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. 

Excursions

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:

Pyrenees view.

The Pyrenees

Scenic trip to Cadí National Park. Visit the principality of Andorra. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations and some meals.

  • Spain
  • 3 Days
  • Included in Program Fee
Roman ruins in Tarragona, Spain.

Tarragona and Southern Catalonia

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.

  • Spain
  • 3 Days
  • Included in Program Fee
Girona.

Girona

Spend a day exploring this beautiful medieval Spanish town. Guided sightseeing tour of important monuments. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, and entrance fees.

  • Spain
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Figueras.

Figueras and the Salvador Dalí Museum

Examine some of Salvador Dalí’s greatest works in one of Spain’s most visited museums. Guided tour. Includes round-trip transportation and entrance fee. 

  • Spain
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Montserrat.

Montserrat

Guided tour. Entrance to the Montserrat Monastery and 12th-century carving of the Black Virgin. Includes round-trip transportation.

  • Spain
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Seville, Spain cityscape.

Seville and Granada, Andalucía

Guided tours. Visit the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, the Barrio Santa Cruz and Giralda Tower. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, daily breakfasts and airport transfers (flights not included).  

* A minimum of 15 students is required for this trip to run.

  • Spain
  • 3 Days
  • Not Included in Program Fee
Marrakesh.

Marrakesh

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. 

  • Morocco
  • 4 days
  • Not Included in Program Fee
Barcelona,Spain
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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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Details

  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    April 15, 2023
  • Deposit Deadline
    May 1, 2023
  • Scholarship Deadline
    April 15, 2023
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    August 31, 2023
  • Program Begins
    September 1, 2023
  • Program Ends
    December 15, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    December 16, 2023
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.

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

Fee

  • Atlanta
    $1,720.00
  • Boston
    $1,400.00
  • Buffalo
    $1,480.00
  • Charlotte
    $1,560.00
  • Chicago
    $1,620.00
  • Cincinnati
    $1,520.00
  • Columbus
    $1,620.00
  • Dallas
    $1,660.00
  • Denver
    $1,620.00
  • Des Moines
    $1,660.00
  • Detroit
    $1,500.00
  • Houston
    $1,720.00
  • Los Angeles
    $1,420.00
  • Miami
    $1,540.00
  • Minneapolis
    $1,500.00
  • New York
    $1,480.00
  • Newark
    $1,480.00
  • Orlando
    $1,480.00
  • Philadelphia
    $1,520.00
  • Phoenix
    $1,660.00
  • Pittsburgh
    $1,520.00
  • Raleigh/Durham
    $1,540.00
  • San Francisco
    $1,660.00
  • Seattle
    $1,720.00
  • St. Louis
    $1,540.00
  • Washington/Dulles
    $1,420.00
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For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: aifsabroad@aifs.com