Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain (UAB): Semester or Academic Year

Video and Photos

Camal Riding
Camal Riding
Alhambra
Alhambra
Plaza de Espana
Plaza de Espana
Rodolfinum
Rodolfinum
Parliament
Parliament
Tangier
Tangier
Funny faces in front of the Notre-Dame
Funny faces in front of the Notre-Dame
Getting ready to run off a cliff in Interlaken, Switzerland
Getting ready to run off a cliff in Interlaken, Switzerland

About

Spend a semester or academic year in Barcelona, Spain with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 15 credits per semester while studying at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Courses are taught in English or Spanish with no previous Spanish language study required.

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

Live in a Spanish homestay or, for an additional fee, in a student residence or apartment. Homestay students receive daily breakfast and dinner from the family. Apartment and student residence students will receive a meal allowance.

Cultural and social activities include:
• Guided tours
• Cooking classes
• Flamenco performances
• Tapas evenings with Spanish students
• 3-day excursion to the Pyrenees
• Day trips to Girona and Besalú, Figueras and the Salvador Dalí Museum and Montserrat and Sitges.

Optional excursions include a 3-day trip to Seville and Granada and a 3-day trip to Morocco.

Highlights
  • 3-day excursion to the Pyrenees
  • Day trips to Gerona and Besalú, Figueras and the Salvador Dalí Museum and Montserrat and Sitges
  • Earn up to 15 credits and transcript issued by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
  • No previous Spanish language study required
  • Volunteer opportunities available

Scholarships

AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships
AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships, Grants & Financial Support

We believe a study abroad experience is an essential component of well-rounded university education and we are committed to providing financial assistance to as many students as possible in support of their goal to study abroad.

Value
$500 - $5,000

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Questions & Answers

Reviews

97%
based on 45 reviews
  • Academics 7.4
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.2
  • Housing 9.5
  • Safety 9.4
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quintin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Better than I could imagine

my experience in barcelona has been extremely amazing, i have noticed changes in myself as a person and have grown a large amount. the friends i have made in barcelona and eurpoe both in and out of my program are people that i believe i will maintain contact with for a large period of time in my life. my spanish has improved, however in a city such as barcelona it is difficult to learn spanish becuase of the whole catalan thing.

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Charlie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

AIFS Barcelona? Whole deal.......

The experience in Spain was amazing. Definitely the best semester I´ve ever had. I would reccomend this program and city to anyone. Wish I didn´t have to leave so soon. Improving my spanish was a highlight as well as the frequent trips throughout Europe. Loved the apartment living and I got along well with all of my roommates.

What would you improve about this program?
Reception in London
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Kyle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Barcelona is fre$h

These past four months were amazing. It was a great experience and I definitelñy do not want to leave. It was a lot of fun and I would not change a thing about it. I traveled a lot and ended up going to seven different countries while I was here. We went to Florence, Munich, Amstersdam, Andorra, London, and Paris. All of these places were incredible but Barcelona was by far my favorite place. We have been here for four months and my roommates and I most definitely took full advantage of the experience. After being here for four months we are stll exploring and finding cool new places around the city. My Spanish got so much better over these four months and it really helped coming here. I made some great friends and we are already planning to do more trips together in the future. This definitely gave me a different outlook on other things, especially on other aspects of home. It was a great four months and I already have friends from school signed up for the summer program with AIFS in the summer program. When I go home I plan on trying to motivate other people to study abroad as well, I was already able to convinvce my girlfriend to go abroad next year to florence for a month long program.

What would you improve about this program?
I would not change anything
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Seneca
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

AIFS in Barcelona? Killed It!

For starters AIFS was very accommodating from the start. They give you multiple tours of the city from the jump and make sure you´re comfortable with your housing situation. The excursions they provide for free are great as well. They bring you places that you might not have been told to see before hand and help you see more. AIFS also keeps you updated via newsletter and emails on local holidays and safety tips. I lucked out with a great apartment through them located centrally in the city and any time we needed something fixed or had an issue in the apartment they handled it immediately! Overall the expirience with AIFS in Barcelona was awesome and I´d definitely recommend it to anybody looking for an easy central travel hub (where you can get cheap flights to many places in Europe) and a good time as well.

What would you improve about this program?
I would say I wish we did more local outings as a program and got to see more in Barcelona through the program
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sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

NY to BARNA

-loved everything about this program!
-AMAZING experience
-LOVED MY PROGRAM DIRECTOR!!
-I would definitely recommend this program
-Im really happy about my barcelona experience
-I would definitely do this program again
-I had an unbelievable time here
-Everything went perfectly
-My roommates were awesome! we got along great
-the apartment was nice and i felt super safe
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Shawn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

party town barcelona

A typical day includes class, hour 40 minutes each, starting around 11 o´clock. Classes are small enough to interact among students and get to know your professor. I normally would walk back to my apartment just 3 short blocks from campus and cook myself lunch before walking back to campus for my last class of the day. After my final class I would meet up for dinner at my apartment with my four roommates where would normally all cook our own meals. Our apartment was spacious and overlooked a very busy part of the city. We had two bathrooms, one big kitchen, with an even bigger living room, and I experienced the luxury of my own bedroom. After dinner it was normally a cheap bottle of wine until around 10 o´clock, when we would prepare for the long night ahead. We would offically head out to a bar close to one of one million clubs around 12 o´clock before finally arriving at our club of choice before 2 a.m. The night would end hours later early into the morning. If it was a thursday night, we would enjoy a long sleep in the morning and an even longer weekend of fun.

What would you improve about this program?
The program was awesome and the location was even better. The classes were very long but the teachers were easy to work with. My least favorite part was my 9 a.m. on tuesdays and thursdays because wednesday nights were my favorite, making classses early on thursday difficult. Also i scheduled one hour-forty minute spanish class back to back twice a week. Having the same class back to back was very long and quickly diminished my drive to learn a language I previously didn´t know at all.
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Jorge
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Homestay

From the personality clash to the poor food and small quantities of food served, homestay was an issue. I recommend staying away from homestay as apartment gives more freedom and more space. I did not get along with my house mom and it made the entire experience rocky. My roomate and I are 20 year old guys that eat a lot and we made that apparent, but the quantity of food that was prepared for us never sufficed. I lost 6 pounds while being abroad. I´ve also heard of friends that lost 10-15 pounds due to the lack of food available in the homestay. Also, we were not allowed to use the kitchen to even prepare our own food so we were handcuffed. I wanted to buy food to keep in the house and cook if I were hungry but was denied permission to by my house mom. Also, we were not allowed to shower during the day which did not make sense. Something small like this becomes a huge inconvenience when there is no reason to be enforcing this ridiculous rule. Also, dinner is at a strict time. If you are out enjoying a Barca game or a drink with friends and cannot be home for dinner time, you have to cancel and you´re left to your own devices to feed yourself which means more money spent. I spent half of my time at a friend´s apartment wishing that I would´ve chose that living option. For some reason, homestay is more expensive than the apartments which shouldn´t be because my house mom clearly did not spend a lot of money on my roomate and I. Up to this point this review is strictly about the homestay living accomodation because that is the only major issue I encountered while abroad. Everything else about this program was amazing and exceeded expectations. The trips and events were amazing and the staff was phenomenal. When you´re thousands of miles from home it´s comforting to have a staff that genuinely cares. I would definitely recommend this program to any student wishing to study abroad, you will not be disappointed. Some of my friends got lucky and were blessed with an amazing homestay family. They ate until full and conversed with a large family on the regular. My house mom was a single women that lives with cats, just something to keep in mind. I would recommend staying away from homestay, unless you have a specific reason to choose one, because it´s a toss up whether it will be enjoyable or not.

What would you improve about this program?
1) Improve reception in London, felt as if we were not a priority.
2) Include a cellphone.
3) Give more information and student reviews of living options.
4) More trips to other countries that are included in program cost.
5) Explain grading system in orientation.
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Christopher
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Barcelona Fall 2014

This was a great program and I couldnt be happier that I studied abroad. At first it was hard but as time went on I really loved being here and as long as you can get over the first hump its a really easy city to live in with a lot to do.

What would you improve about this program?
Better options for living and food options. If a student doesnt have a kitchen they should have more money on the fairfax card. Should be optional if student wants to take spanish.
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¨Monica
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Barcelona Fall 2014

I really enjoyed how the classes here are so different than back at home. For example, my 7 Wonders class really gave me a great outlook on not just the city but Spanish history in general. While it was hard to adapt to a different standard of living, it was definitely something that I don´t regret and will keep the experiences with for a lifetime. As a look back on it, the difficulties were minor things that just took time to adapt to such as the way laundry was done, the inability to take a long shower, living in close quarters with people I didn´t know that well and the food.

What would you improve about this program?
I feel like the money I paid to my host family for food was not always available to me. The only ¨real meal of the day was dinner, often past 8:30 (which I understand is typical of Spain). However, the kids living in apartments and dorms got a certain amount of money to spend on food per week so they had the available funds to have 3 meals a day. We were offered small breakfasts´´and no lunches so I had to spend more money on food, where as I feel like I had already paid a decent amount of money, included in program fees, to be able to eat more than just a meal at dinner.
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Suzanne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I LOVE BARCELONA 2014

School was pretty structured. I took harder classes than most I feel like because the length of my homework and classwork was more extensive than others. It was hard to motivate myself to do the work because I was in the ¨studying abroad´´ mindset. However, I was taking political science classes and I am used to extensive reading and writing but I came in thinking it was going to be easier than my home university. It was really useful and informational though--I learned a lot!!! Classes are around an hour and a half so sometimes I got restless but for the most part, teachers would present a video and then lecture or some in class activity which I liked. It broke up the class a little bit so we weren´t just listening to lecture! Classes went a little later than most do at home. I got out at 7:30 each night and was home by 8, but considering that we didn´t eat each night until like 9, it wasn´t a big deal.

Getting used to eating at weird times for us was a struggle but we got used to it real quickly. If you are living with a host family, I would recommend going to the grocery store and buying your own snacks to have throughout the day so you are not waiting on them entirely for your meals.With that--make sure to tell your host family about the food you do not care for. It will be really helpful for you and for them. Also, they might get frustrated if you don´t tell them then down the line, they serve you something and you don´t like it.

You also need to get used to walking everywhere. It was an adjustment for me because back at home, everything is so spread out so I am constantly in my car. Here, you can walk to everywhere or take the metro. FIND THE 3 MONTH pass as soon as you get here! you will end up saving some money by getting that one instead of the 1 month unlimited! but also don´t always rely on the metro because walking is good for you and you get to see where everything is in relation to everything else!!!!! Spending most of your time traveling underground on the metro isn´t that fun!

Spend time in Barcelona because its your temporary home. Traveling was fun, but also staying here and exploring everything about the city holds a lot of value and you will be thankful one day for it! you will know all the secret local places that no one else got to see if they were always traveling!!!!

I loved Barcelona and wished I was here longer!!! AIFS was an amazing program to go through!

What would you improve about this program?
Give incoming students the opportunity to connect with former students to talk to them about specifically their living situation. It will be helpful to the incoming student and I know I would of benefited a lot from this
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Ashley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Life Changing Experience

Barcelona is a beautiful and culture enriched area. The apartment was near both campuses, the academics were great (we went on field trips to museums and the roman walls as well as being encouraged to think outside the box and get creative), the AIFS staff was warm and welcoming, and the excursions were fantastic. I would recommend this to anyone, I´m so lucky to have had this chance. I´ll be missing the cafe con leches and walking by the Sagrada Familia every day on my way to class.

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Nicolas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An American in Barcelona

The first couple weeks were difficult due to homesickness however the program has made me appreciate my experience a lot more. At first its kind of hard to believe that you are in Spain and that you have the world at your fingertips and it is a lot to take in. However the program has exposed me to new cultures and it has made me want to go visit more places and know more things. I feel like everyone should take a semester and go abroad because I have learned so much not only about Spain but about myself. AIFS resident directors have answered any question I have had to the best of their ability and I felt like my needs were met. Looking back on my experience in Barcelona, I would say that I would not trade this experience for anything in the world.

What would you improve about this program?
I would ask that program make this experience more accessible to different kinds of people. For example, I felt like the majority of the kids on this program were upper middle class white people. Offering different resources within Barcelona that cater to different identities. For example, finding GLBTQ resource centers or finding religious support groups etc.
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Kate
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Good-bye Barcelona

I knew I wanted to study abroad, but I had no idea where. I quickly chose Barcelona without doing much research or putting much thought into it, and I sure got lucky! There´s something to do here for everyone, whether you enjoy visiting local beaches, trying new tapas or taking salsa classes. I got a chance to visit a few new countries as well, but enjoyed every minute here. Barcelona brought me to new experiences with new people and I will cherish my time that I got here. I will even miss sweating in the Metro, trying to understand the Catalonian people , and struggling to adapt to the small apartment life. I will sure to be back Barcelona!

What would you improve about this program?
I had a great experience with the resient staff of my program and any small concern that arose was quickly explained by them. I don´t have any suggestions other than adding more excurisions if possible, because they were all so great.
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erik
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

So fun!

theb housing was great and very central. After the simple and fun tours of the city that aifs had provided i felt fully capabale of making my way around the city. My roomates and I all had great chemestry with each other and that really made the trip a blast. We were able to travel on the weekends because the class work load was relativily light compaired to what i am used to at home. Wish there was better classes to choose from, but the classes were better than most the other programs i looked into. Also i had some issues with my campus back home as they terminated my student status and i had to become reinstated. Really liked all the friend making oppertunities that aifs gave us and also the city itself is so beautiful.

What would you improve about this program?
definatly wish i had done the fair fx card. also maybe some more trips around spain would be nice. maybe a couple more group dinners as a program, i really enjoyed thanksgiving!
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Luis
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Why not Barcelona.

Barcelona has been truly amazing. From taking the 10 minute metro to the city campus everyday, the 3 course lunches, the beaches, unbeliable great weather, and the incredible marterpieces by Antonio Gaudi. In addition, the ease and cheap cost of traveling throughout europe, Barcelona is the way to go when studying abroad in Europe.

What would you improve about this program?
Revise program included trips and include all meals in homestay.