AIFS Study Abroad in Barcelona - UAB: Semester or Academic Year

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About

Spend a semester or academic year in the modern and cosmopolitan city of Barcelona. Earn up to 15 credits through a variety of courses studying at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Courses are taught in English or Spanish, and no previous Spanish language study is required.

AIFS in Barcelona offers students the opportunity to take courses in Spanish language, business and the humanities. Students can take courses focusing on Catalonia and Spain, the international and European business environment and more.

Live in a homestay, apartment or student residence. Enjoy cultural and social activities such as visits to museums, churches and cultural sites, Spanish cooking classes, tapas evening with Spanish students, and traditional Spanish music and dance performances. AIFS includes day trips to Gerona and Besalu, Figueras and the Dali Museum, Montserrat and Sitges, and a 3-day trip to the Pyrenees. Optional excursions include Morocco, Seville, Andalucia and Granada.

Highlights
  • Walking tours of the Gothic quarter and Cathedral
  • Gaudi's Parc Guell
  • Welcome and Farewell party
  • Excursion to the Pyrenees

Questions & Answers

Reviews

97%
based on 37 reviews
  • Academics 7.1
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.1
  • Housing 9.5
  • Safety 9.3
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¨Monica
9/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
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.
Yes, I recommend
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Suzanne
10/10

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!

How can this program be improved?
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
Yes, I recommend
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Ashley
10/10

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.

Yes, I recommend
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Nicolas
10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
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.
Yes, I recommend
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Kate
9/10

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!

How can this program be improved?
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.
Yes, I recommend
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erik
10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
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!
Yes, I recommend
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Luis
10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
Revise program included trips and include all meals in homestay.
Yes, I recommend

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