• Spain
    • Barcelona
Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
Architecture Art History Arts Business Communications Cultural Studies Economics English European Studies Finance Global Studies History International Business Linguistics Literature Marketing Photography Political Science +8

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
High School Diploma Bachelors
Apartment Dormitory Host Family


Starting Price
Price Details
AIFS Abroad is a premier provider of study abroad programs. Program fees cover tuition and housing, and over 50% of our study abroad participants receive financial support from AIFS Abroad in the form of scholarships or grants. Coordinated AIFS Abroad Flight Packages with major airlines are also available.

What's Included
Accommodation Activities Classes Some Meals Travel Insurance
What's Included (Extra)

Round trip flights, airport transfers and 2-night stopover in London included for students on the optional AIFS Abroad Flight Package.

Sep 08, 2023
Nov 27, 2020
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About Program

Spend a J-Term, summer, semester or academic year in Barcelona, Spain with AIFS Abroad. 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.

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Program 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

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Program Reviews

4.96 Rating
based on 52 reviews
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  • Academics 4.05
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.8
  • Housing 4.85
  • Safety 4.85
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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
24 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program


-loved everything about this program!
-AMAZING experience
-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

24 people found this review helpful.
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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.
29 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program


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.
30 people found this review helpful.
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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.
31 people found this review helpful.
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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.
26 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program


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
27 people found this review helpful.
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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.

28 people found this review helpful.

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