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.
Stay Longer in Barcelona!
This summer session in Barcelona can be combined with the new Barcelona May Term program for a longer study abroad experience:
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 10 credits depending on program and course selection
Courses offered in architecture, art, business, digital photography, economics, Spanish Civilization and Culture, Spanish language
Homestay. Additional housing options are available, see Optional Components for more details
Homestay students receive breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday
Figueras and the Salvador Dalí Museum, Girona + Tossa de Mar, and Tarragona depending on which program you take
Walking tours in Barcelona and visits to museums and monuments including Gaudí’s Sagrada Família
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
Madrid (3 days) (Available on the Spanish Language with Business and Liberal Arts program and in Sessions 1 and 2)
Student residence (Available on the Spanish Language with Business and Liberal Arts program and in Sessions 1 and 2)
Creah from UNC Wilmington took over the AIFS Study Abroad Instagram story to show us a day in her life as a college student spending her summer abroad in Barcelona, Spain.
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.
Spanish Language Session 1
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.
Spanish Language with Business and Liberal Arts (6-weeks) & Session 2
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.
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.
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:
Please note that students may need to pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above. Activities vary depending on program.
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.
Guided museum tour with free time to explore. Includes round-trip transportation and entrance fees.
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.
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.)