Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain - UAB

Living Abroad

Housing and Meals

Included

Homestay

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.

  • Double room (single room available for $400 supplement)
  • Breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday
  • Weekly laundry

Optional

Apartment ($400 supplement)

Apartment living is ideal for students who like their independence, want to cook for themselves and to experience local city life.

  • Double room (single room available for $925 supplement)
  • Shared kitchen and living area
  • Fully furnished including bed linens
  • Laundry facilities
  • Meal allowance worth $800 to subsidize the cost of purchasing meals and groceries. Students can opt out for a reduced program fee

Student Residence ($1,900 supplement)

Situated in the downtown neighborhood of L’Eixample; one of the most green and recreational areas of Barcelona. Near several bus lines and metro stops, which provide easy access to the university (and the beach!) in less than 30 minutes.

  • Double room
  • Shared kitchen and bathroom
  • Laundry facilities
  • Access to small gym and pool
  • Meal allowance worth $800 to subsidize the cost of purchasing meals and groceries. Students can opt out for a reduced program fee

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Barcelona

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 dinner
  • Gothic Quarter and Cathedral
  • Gaudí’s Parc Güell
  • The Sagrada Família Basílica
  • Cooking class
  • Healthy week
  • Tapas evenings with Spanish students
  • Flamenco performance

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are available through a local NGO to provide services to people in need within the local community.

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

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

¡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.