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Living Abroad

Housing and Meals

Housing Options

  • Self-Catering Apartments (standard option)
  • Homestay (supplemental fee)
  • Self-Catering Student Residence (supplemental fee)

Meals: Homestay option includes daily breakfast and dinner. Apartment and student residence options do not include meals.

Self-Catering Apartments

The program fee listed includes housing in a self-catering shared apartment in a centrally-located neighborhood of Barcelona. Apartment living is ideal for students who like their independence, want to cook for themselves and to experience local city life. Living with up to 5 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 washing facilities, bedding and sheets, and are typically located in popular areas such as L’Eixample, Sagrada Familia, Gracia, and Poble Nou.

Meals Meals are not included in the apartment option. Students can prepare meals in their own kitchen.

Homestays ($1,000 supplement)

Living with a homestay family is 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. It is the best way to learn Spanish, get a unique insight into the culture and integrate into the local community. Each family is unique; you may live with a retired couple whose children have left home, a divorced or widowed woman with children still living at home, a married couple with children or a family with some older children still living at home. Typically students share a room with another AIFS student. You will receive a weekly laundry service.

Meals The homestay option includes daily breakfast and dinner.

Student Residence ($1,750 supplement)

The student residence is situated in the downtown neighborhood of L’Eixample; one of the most green and recreational areas of Barcelona. The residence is near several bus lines and metro stops, which provide easy access to the University (and the beach!) in less than 30 minutes. There are banks, supermarkets and shopping centers in the neighborhood.

You will live in a single room equipped with a bathroom and shared kitchen area. You will have access to a small gym and pool and there is a laundry room on site.

Meals Meals are not included in the student residence. Students can prepare their own meals in a shared kitchen.

Cultural Activities

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 party
  • Gothic Quarter and Cathedral
  • Gaudi’s Parc Güell
  • The Sagrada Familia Basilica
  • Cooking class
  • Afternoon tea with local delicacies
  • Tapas evenings with Spanish students
  • Flamenco performance

You may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some events.

Volunteering Program

AIFS students have the opportunity to volunteer during their semester through an international non-profit organization that works with young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through this non-profit students can teach basic English classes to small groups and help organize and participate in monthly get-togethers and fundraising events. Students can learn more during a volunteering orientation and training session at the start of their program.

Intercambios

UAB 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.

AIFS in Barcelona Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

AIFS Resident Director

Inma Arenas

C/ Casp, 37 Pral.-8
08010 Barcelona, Spain

Phone: (34) 93 667 44 49
Email: iarenas@aifs.co.uk

¡Hola! I have been working with AIFS since 1998 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. I love showing students Spanish culture, history and customs. Barcelona is a beautiful and fascinating city; perfect for a summer program, not just because of its proximity to the beach!

I look forward to assisting 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.