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Study Abroad | Barcelona

Spain | Universitat Autònoma, Barcelona | Fall 2023
View of the beach in Barcelona, Spain.
Barcelona, Spain

Select Your Program Option:

  • Fall 2023

  • Fall 2024

  • Spring 2024

  • Spring 2025

Overview

Spend a semester or academic year in the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, Spain, with AIFS! Choose from a wide range of course options at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Students in the program take courses at the Sant Pau Campus in the historic modernist architecture building UAB-Casa Convalescència. 

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 (Fall) or Tarragona and Southern Catalonia (Spring), 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

  • Optional Excursion

    Seville and Granada, Andalucía (3 days)

    Basque Country, Northern Spain (3 days)

  • Housing Supplement

    Student apartment

    Student residence

Program Details: Study Abroad | Barcelona Multi Discipline

Program is closed

Dates

September 1, 2023December 20, 2023

Term

Fall

Institution

Universitat Autònoma, Barcelona

Application Deadline

April 15, 2023

Inclusive Fees

$14,990

Stay for a year to save on cost

Eligibility

Open to Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Minimum of 2.75 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

  • Accounting
  • Architecture
  • Area Studies
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • Humanities
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Literature
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Global Themes

  • Arts, Culture and Creative Industries
  • Education, Social Services, and Psychology
  • Global Peace, International Security and Human Rights
  • Language, History and Culture
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Academics

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. 

  • Accounting
  • Architecture
  • Area Studies
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • Humanities
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Literature
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language
  • Visual and Performing Arts

This program is designed for students who wish to take electives taught mainly in English in Business, Humanities and Social Sciences together with a course in Spanish language. 

Spanish language is not required but AIFS strongly recommends that students take Spanish so that they can benefit fully from the opportunity to study in Spain and access and integrate into Spanish culture both inside and outside UAB. Students taking Spanish take a language placement test online prior to their arrival in Barcelona and are placed into the appropriate level of Spanish based on the results of this test. 

Spanish is available at all levels from Beginner to Proficiency. Students who test into the Beginner through advanced levels can take either a 45-hour Spanish course for a recommended 3 credits or a 90-hour Spanish course for a recommended 6 credits. Students who test into the Superior level C1 or above take a 90-hour Spanish course for 6 credits. Students taking Spanish are advised to gain pre-approval from their home institution for several different levels of Spanish to ensure that they receive credit for the course that they test into. 

Elective courses meet for 45 contact hours and are recommended for 3 credits. Most elective courses are taught in English. Students wishing to take the elective courses taught in Spanish must have B1.2 (Upper Intermediate) level or above. 

Students can take up to 15 semester credits. Please note that the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona 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.

This program is designed for students who wish to take electives taught mainly in English in Business, Humanities and Social Sciences together with a course in Spanish language. 

Spanish language is not required but AIFS strongly recommends that students take Spanish so that they can benefit fully from the opportunity to study in Spain and access and integrate into Spanish culture both inside and outside UAB. Students taking Spanish take a language placement test online prior to their arrival in Barcelona and are placed into the appropriate level of Spanish based on the results of this test. 

Spanish is available at all levels from Beginner to Proficiency. Students who test into the Beginner through advanced levels can take either a 45-hour Spanish course for a recommended 3 credits or a 90-hour Spanish course for a recommended 6 credits. Students who test into the Superior level C1 or above take a 90-hour Spanish course for 6 credits. Students taking Spanish are advised to gain pre-approval from their home institution for several different levels of Spanish to ensure that they receive credit for the course that they test into. 

Elective courses meet for 45 contact hours and are recommended for 3 credits. Most elective courses are taught in English. Students wishing to take the elective courses taught in Spanish must have B1.2 (Upper Intermediate) level or above. 

Students can take up to 15 semester credits. Please note that the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona 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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A DAY IN THE LIFE
BARCELONA

Meet Chase, a college student from @WestVirginiaU who took over the AIFS Abroad Instagram story recently to answer questions about what it’s like to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain during his spring semester! Watch as Chase highlights what a typical day in the life looks like there.

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Living Abroad

HomeSTAY

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

  • Shared room with another AIFS student (single room available for $545 Fall 2023/Spring 2024 or $595 Fall 2024/Spring 2025 supplement)
  • Breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday
  • Weekly laundry

Optional Apartment ($445 Fall 2023/Spring 2024 or $495 Fall 2024/Spring 2025 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 $845 Fall 2023/Spring2024 or $895 Fall 2024/Spring2025 supplement)
  • Communal kitchen, living area and bathroom(s)
  • Fully furnished with laundry facilities

Optional Student Residence ($1,645 Fall 2023/Spring 2024 or $1,745 Fall 2024/Spring 2025 supplement)

Situated in the downtown neighborhood of L’Eixample; one of the most green and recreational areas of Barcelona and near several bus lines and metro stops, which provide easy access to the university (and the beach!) in less than 30 minutes.

  • Single 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

Maya headshot.

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
  • The 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. 

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. 

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 (Fall only)

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 (Spring Only)

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. Includes round trip transportation and a guided sightseeing tour of important monuments.

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

Figueras and the Salvador Dalí Museum

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.

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

Montserrat

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
Seville, Spain cityscape.

Seville and Granada, Andalucía

Visit the Alhambra Palace, Generalife gardens, the largest gothic cathedral in the world, the Giralda tower, Barrio Santa Cruz, and more. Includes airport transfers, entrance fees, guided tours, and some meals. Flights are not included.

  • Spain
  • 3 Days
  • $475 Spring 2024 / $495 Fall 2024/Spring 2025
Basque country, Northern Spain

Basque Country

Discover the strong cultural traditions, world famous cuisine and scintillating modern architecture of Bilbao and San Sebastian. Don´t miss the opportunity to photograph the magical island of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe along the stunning Biscay coastline. Includes round trip transportation, entrance fees, guided tours, and some meals.

  • Northern Spain
  • 3 Days
  • $575 Spring 2024 / $795 Fall 2024/Spring 2025
Barcelona,Spain
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A view of Prague.

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

Details

  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    April 15, 2023
  • Deposit Deadline
    May 1, 2023
  • Scholarship Deadline
    April 20, 2023
  • Visa Deadline****
    April 15, 2023
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    August 31, 2023
  • Program Begins
    September 1, 2023
  • Program Ends
    December 20, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    December 21, 2023
  • *** 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

Fee

  • Atlanta
    $1,880
  • Boston
    $1,540
  • Buffalo
    $1,620
  • Charlotte
    $1,700
  • Chicago
    $1,760
  • Cincinnati
    $1,660
  • Columbus
    $1,760
  • Dallas
    $1,800
  • Denver
    $1,760
  • Des Moines
    $1,800
  • Detroit
    $1,640
  • Houston
    $1,860
  • Los Angeles
    $1,540
  • Miami
    $1,680
  • Minneapolis
    $1,640
  • New York
    $1,460
  • Newark
    $1,460
  • Orlando
    $1,600
  • Philadelphia
    $1,640
  • Phoenix
    $1,800
  • Pittsburgh
    $1,660
  • Raleigh/Durham
    $1,680
  • San Francisco
    $1,800
  • Seattle
    $1,840
  • St. Louis
    $1,660
  • Washington/Dulles
    $1,560
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Ready to Study Abroad in Barcelona?

For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: aifsabroad@aifs.com