Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain - UPF

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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 homestay is the best way to improve your Spanish and immerse yourself in Spanish life and culture.

  • Shared room with another AIFS student
  • Breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday
  • Single room available for a supplement of $125

Optional Apartment

For a supplement of $725 you can stay in a shared apartment in a centrally-located neighborhood of Barcelona

  • Live with up to 5 other AIFS students
  • Double room
  • Fully furnished communal kitchen, living area and bathroom(s)
  • Some single rooms are available for an additional fee of $310

Optional Student Residence

For a supplement of $925 you will live in a student residence situated in the downtown neighborhood of L’Eixample.

  • Single room
  • Bathroom and shared kitchen area
  • Access to a small gym and pool
  • Laundry room on site

Internet access is included in all living arrangements


  • Apartment and Residence Students receive a meal allowance worth $250 to subsidize the cost of purchasing meals and groceries.

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 usually include:

  • Welcome dinner of tapas and paella – get to know your fellow AIFSers and the AIFS staff in Barcelona
  • Walking tours of Barcelona including:
    • Gothic and Jewish Quarter tour
    • Panoramic tour of the city and the Sagrada Família
  • Visits to museums and monuments such as:
    • The Cathedral of Barcelona and Gothic Quarter
    • Gaudí's Park Güell
    • Montjuic visit

Please note that students may need to pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.

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!