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Study Abroad | Barcelona

Spain | Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona | Summer 2023

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  • Summer 2023


Spend a summer in the colorful, cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, Spain with AIFS! Study a variety of academic program options at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Unwind after class in the lively, beachfront neighborhood and experience the eclecticism of the city.

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 10 credits depending on program and course selection

  • Courses

    Courses offered in architecture, art, business, digital photography, economics, Spanish Civilization and Culture, Spanish language

  • Housing

    Homestay. Additional housing options are available, see Optional Components for more details

  • Meals

    Homestay students receive breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday

  • Excursions

    Figueras and the Salvador Dalí Museum, Girona + Tossa de Mar, and Tarragona depending on which program you take

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    Walking tours in Barcelona and visits to museums and monuments including Gaudí’s Sagrada Família

  • 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

    Madrid (3 days) (Available in Sessions 2, 3 and 4)

  • Housing Supplement

    Shared apartment

    Student residence (Available in Sessions 2, 3 and 4)

Program Details: Study Abroad | Barcelona Session 1

Program is closed


May 12, 2023June 1, 2023




Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Application Deadline

March 1, 2023

Inclusive Fees



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

  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Business
  • History
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Photography
  • Sociology
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Global Themes

  • Arts, Culture and Creative Industries
  • 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. 

  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Business
  • History
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Photography
  • Sociology
  • Visual and Performing Arts


A minimum 2.75 GPA is required.  Students must currently be a sophomore and have completed at least 2 semesters at a 4 year college. UAB does not accept community college credits.

This program is designed for students who wish to learn more about Spanish civilization and culture, Barcelona and business, art or improve their skills in business management. Classes are taught in English. Take one course for a total of 45 hours for a recommended 3 credits. Classes meet for four hours a day from Monday through Thursday.

A minimum 2.75 GPA is required.  Students must currently be a sophomore and have completed at least 2 semesters at a 4 year college. UAB does not accept community college credits.

This program allows you to choose courses from across a wide curriculum of academic disciplines. You can take a Spanish language course plus a subject course taught in English or take two courses taught in English. Each course meets for 45 hours and carries a recommended 3 credits meaning you can earn up to 6 credits during your time in Barcelona. Each class meets for two hours per day from Monday through Thursday.

A minimum 2.0 GPA is required.  

This program is designed for students who wish to improve their Spanish. Classes are held from Monday to Friday.

Take a Spanish language class, available at all levels from Beginner to Advanced, for a total of 80 contact hours and a recommended 5 U.S. credits.

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Living Abroad


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
  • Single room supplement: Session 1 $145, Session 2 $275, Sessions 3 or 4 $195, Session 1+2 $420, Session 3+4 $390

Optional Apartment

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
  • Share a double room
  • Communal kitchen, living area and bathroom(s)
  • Fully furnished with laundry facilities
  • Apartment supplement: Session 1 $695, Session 2 $1295, Sessions 3 or 4 $895, Session 1+2 $1990, Session 3+4 $1790
  • Single room supplement: Session 1 $290, Session 2 $550, Sessions 3 or 4 $390, Session 1+2 $840, Session 3+4 $780 


Session 3
Live in a student residence situated in the downtown neighborhood of L’Eixample. The residence is near several bus lines and metro stops, providing easy access to the university (and the beach!) in less than 30 minutes.

  • Double room
  • Bathroom and shared kitchen area
  • Small gym and rooftop pool
  • Chill-out zones and study spaces
  • Laundry room
  • Supplement: $400. Only available Session 3.

Session 2 & 4
Live in a student residence situated in the beachside neighborhood of Poblenou. This contemporary residence is near the central metro line, providing easy access to the university in less than 30 minutes. Be on the beach within 20 minutes’ walk from the residence.

  • Single room with private bathroom
  • Shared state of the art kitchen area and chill-out zones
  • Well-equipped gym and two rooftop pools
  • On-site restaurant and organized activities 
  • Laundry room
  • Supplement: $2400 (Session 2), $1600 (Session 4)

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.

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of Spanish culture, a wide range of cultural activities and excursions are included in your program fee. The Resident Director organizes a variety of activities which may include:

  • Welcome dinner of tapas and paella – get to know your fellow AIFSers and the AIFS staff in Barcelona
  • Gothic and Jewish Quarter tour
  • Panoramic tour of the city and the Sagrada Família
  • Gaudí’s Park Güell
  • Barcelona from a Different Perspective walking tour
  • Salvador Dalí Museum
  • Farewell tapas dinner and Flamenco show (not included for Session 1)

Please note that students may need to pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above. Activities vary depending on 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:


Girona + Tossa de Mar (Sessions 2 and 3 only)

Head north and east of Barcelona for an insider’s look at historical Spain: Stroll along the medieval walls of Girona and then take in the views of the cerulean waters from the ramparts of Tossa de Mar.

  • Spain
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee

Figueras and the Salvador Dalí Museum (Sessions 2 and 4 only)

Guided museum tour with free time to explore. Includes round-trip transportation and entrance fees.

  • Spain
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Roman ruins in Tarragona, Spain.


Take in the spectacular Roman ruins in Tarragona, the most Roman city on the Iberian Peninsula. Enjoy some time on one of the Costa Dorada’s stunning beaches below the Roman city.
  • Spain
  • 3 Days
  • Included in Program Fee
City of Madrid.


Guided sightseeing and visits to the world-famous Prado Museum, Royal Palace, and Plaza Mayor. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations and breakfast.

* A minimum enrollment of 15 is required for the tour to run. 

  • Spain
  • 3 Days
  • $625
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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
    March 1, 2023
  • Deposit Deadline
    March 15, 2023
  • Scholarship Deadline
    March 1, 2023
  • Visa Deadline****
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    May 11, 2023
  • Program Begins
    May 12, 2023
  • Program Ends
    June 1, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    June 2, 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


  • 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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