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Study Abroad | Barcelona

Spain | Universitat Autònoma, Barcelona | Spring 2023
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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 or the Eixample Campus, both centrally located in the city. The connection between the two campuses can easily be made in just 18 minutes.

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 and day trips to Girona and Besalú, 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)

    Tangier and Tetouan, Morocco (3 days)

  • Housing Supplement

    Student apartment

    Student residence

Program Details: Study Abroad | Barcelona Multi Discipline


January 10, 2023April 26, 2023



Application Deadlines

September 15, 2022

Inclusive Fees


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Open to Sophomore, Junior, Senior College Students

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
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Literature
  • Marketing
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language
  • Visual and Performing Arts


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
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Literature
  • Marketing
  • 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 Bilingual. 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 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 B2 (Advanced) 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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Living Abroad



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.

  • Double room (single room available for $440 supplement)
  • Breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday
  • Weekly laundry


Apartment ($300 supplement)

Apartment living is ideal for students who like their independence, want to cook for themselves and to experience local city life.

  • Double room (single room available for $600 supplement)
  • Shared kitchen and living area
  • Fully furnished including bed linens
  • Laundry facilities
  • Apartments may be co-ed

Student Residence ($1,200 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


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 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
  • The Sagrada Família Basílica
  • Cooking class
  • Wellness week
  • Tapas evenings with Spanish students
  • Flamenco performance
  • Migration and Cultural Diversity walking tour
  • Rebel Women in Barcelona 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. 


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 all meals.

  • Spain
  • 3 Days
  • Included in Program Fee

Girona and Besalú

Guided sightseeing tour of important monuments. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, entrance fees and all meals.

  • Spain
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee

Figueras and the Salvador Dalí Museum

Guided tour. Includes round-trip transportation and entrance fee. 

  • Spain
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee


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
  • $445
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Tangier and Tetouran (Spring Only)

Guided tours of the medina and souk of Tangier, Tetouan, the Plaza Moulay El Mehdi, Plaza Hassan I, Royal Palace, the Mellah, Asilah, Chefchaouen, and the Caves of Hercules. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, airport transfers (flights not included), ferry ride, most breakfasts, most lunches and dinner with a show. 

* Non-U.S. citizens may need to arrange a visa to visit Morocco before traveling to Spain; students are responsible for checking visa requirements. 

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

  • Morocco
  • 3 days
  • $495
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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
    September 15, 2022
  • Deposit Deadline
    October 1, 2022
  • Scholarship Deadline
    October 1, 2022
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    January 9, 2023
  • Program Begins
    January 10, 2023
  • Program Ends
    April 26, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    April 27, 2023
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.

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