Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain

Living Abroad - January Term 2019

AIFS in Barcelona Resident Director, January Term Program

AIFS Resident Director

Inma Arenas

C/Casp, 37 1°-2ª
08010 Barcelona, Spain

Phone: (34) 93 667 44 49

¡Hola! I have been working with AIFS since 1998 in different locations and have been Resident Director of the Barcelona program since its beginning in summer 2003. I studied abroad in England and loved getting to know people from other cultures; it certainly made me more confident and independent. In my spare time I love planning trips to new cities, when I am not designing my own custom jewelry!

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. Our 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!

I'm ready to assist you to live as a local and to begin one of the most rewarding experiences of your life!

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

Housing and Meals

Housing in a Spanish homestay is included as standard. This is the best way to learn Spanish and experience the culture first hand. Many students say that the homestay experience was the most rewarding part of their time abroad. Homes are carefully selected by the Resident Director. Students have breakfast and dinner with the host. You will receive your own key and can come and go as you please. You will share a room with another AIFS student. Internet access is included and a once a week laundry service is provided. A limited number of homestays in which the host speaks English are available for students more comfortable with this option.

For a supplemental fee of $200, housing in a shared apartment* is available. Apartment living is ideal for students who like their independence, want to cook for themselves and to experience local city life. Living with other AIFS students, you will share a double room and have access to a communal kitchen, living area and bathroom(s).

Apartments are fully furnished, including linens and are typically located in popular areas such as L'Eixample, Sagrada FamÍlia and Poble Nou. You will receive your own key, and Wi-Fi Internet access is also included. A meal allowance is provided to subsidize the cost of purchasing meals and groceries.

*Please note that the apartment housing option is now full.

Cultural Activities

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of Spanish culture, the AIFS team in Barcelona arranges a variety of cultural and social activities. Activities will include:

  • Welcome party
  • Guided tour of Barcelona
  • "Tapas" tour
  • Visit to La Sagrada Família
  • Visit to Parque Güell
  • Visit to the Gothic quarter and Cathedral
  • Flamenco show and farewell dinner