Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain - UAB

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AIFS in Barcelona Resident Director, Summer Program

AIFS Resident Director

Inma Arenas

Phone: (34) 936 674 449

¡Hola! I have been working with AIFS since 1998 beginning in my home town of Granada. I have been Resident Director of the Barcelona program since it began 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. 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!

I look forward to helping 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.

AIFS Campus Staff with First Aid Training

Because health and safety are top priorities at AIFS, at least one member of the staff at this campus has taken a first aid course in order to be available to help any student until a doctor or nurse can provide help. This is just one of many services that we provide to our students.

Housing and Meals


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

  • Double room with another AIFS student
  • Some single rooms are available for an additional fee of $125


  • Breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday

Optional Apartment

Stay in a shared apartment in a centrally-located neighborhood of Barcelona.

  • Live with up to 5 other AIFS students
  • Double room
  • Communal kitchen, living area and bathroom(s)
  • Fully furnished
  • Supplement: Spanish Language and Culture Program 4 weeks $725
  • Some single rooms are available for an additional fee of $310

Optional Student Residence

You will 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.

  • Single room
  • Bathroom
  • Shared kitchen area
  • Small gym and pool
  • Laundry room
  • Supplement: Intensive Spanish Language program $695, Spanish Language and Culture Program 4 weeks $925, 6 weeks $1,390. The residence option is not available to Maymester students

Optional Meals

  • Apartment and residence students receive a meal allowance to subsidize the cost of purchasing meals and groceries. The meal allowance is valued at approximately $200 for the Maymester and Intensive Spanish Language programs, $250 for the Spanish Language and Culture 4-week program and $400 for the 6-week program

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Barcelona

Cultural Activities

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
  • Salvador Dalí Museum
  • Farewell tapas dinner and Flamenco show (Spanish Language and Culture Programs only)

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

Download PDF with full program details on all AIFS Spain programs! Offerings!

Download PDF with full program details on all AIFS Spain programs!

Download PDF with full program details on all AIFS Spain, Barcelona programs!