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AIFS Study Abroad in Barcelona, UAB: Semester or Year

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    8

Studying through AIFS in Barcelona Changed My Life

AIFS provided more than just staff, it provided a AIFS family that provided life advice from day one. They made us feel at home and more connected with our AIFS classmates through excursions and through small events like the Thanksgiving Dinner abroad. Inma, the Resident Host allowed me to learn local life by teaching us one of the official folk dances in the region called Sevillanas, and really assisted us from day one until the last day on how to adjust to living abroad. I felt like I was never truly alone because of the advice I received from Inma and the directors back home.
I was assigned a safe and secure housing location with friendly neighbors and walking distance to one of the historic buildings of the UAB campuses. I was also four blocks away from the Sagrada Família, which provided me with accessible transportation around the city through metro. AIFS also provided me with life long friendships and students I still communicate with until today. I learned how to step out of my comfort zone and try new foods like various paellas, tapas, and crema catalana. AIFS even provided a cooking class to learn how to create these foods and I was able to take those skills and apply them to my cooking in my apartment. AIFS provided all the necessary tools and appliances to live in an apartment in the city and even payed for the water bill. There was a washer in included in the apartment which made life a bit easier and a television and books were provided to create a seamless transition from back home to one's new home in Spain.
I learned how to navigate the metro system alone with to Inma's help and I became accustomed to transition three lines on metro to navigate myself over to my classes in the morning. I also got to learn how to explore different stops on my own to find a nice gluten-free bakery on the outskirts of Barcelona.
Inma always had food suggestions if one wanted to try out different foods and the professors were very helpful in providing tips for roaming around the city.
I enjoyed my classes due to the fact that each professor brought in an additional outside component to the classroom. Some professors used international case studies, others brought in experienced guest speakers to the classroom. I got to sing a Spanish song with my Spanish class and pitch my group's business proposal to a local real estate business.
Overall, AIFS opened my eyes to the possibility of starting a career in international business, adapting to foreign cultures, and transforming into my true form a confident unstoppable woman who can travel anywhere in the world independently.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    9

A great time

Everyone needs to go abroad. It is awesome experiencing so many cultures. Professors while abroad are very helpful and care their students. I really enjoyed getting to know my professors and learning not only class content but also from their real life experiences. Traveling on the weekends was obviously my favorite part of this experience. I was able to visit a bunch of different countries. Wish I could stay longer.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    3

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    8

Experience of a lifetime

This experience not only provided with me with the best four months of my life, it also challenged me and made me a better individual. If you have the chance, studying abroad is the best education one can receive.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

If God took my brain and played ping pong with Jesus with it

This experience completely opens your eyes to the world around you that you never knew. It gives you insight to all the possibilites that are available out in the world. You get to step out of your comfort zone in the more influential way possible to see the world. The whole point of studying abroad isn't to study in classes its to study the culture and world around you that you never knew. Do it. Don't think twice and make the mistake just do it. It took me 2 years to convince my parents to let me and everyday was worth the effort.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    8

First time in Europe was a success!

By getting outside of my comfort zone as much as possible, I was able to experience parts of the world while figuring out new things myself! Staying in a home stay is completely worth it because you get to practice your Spanish and meet incredibly interesting locals!

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    5

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    8

Great opportunity

I had a great experience abroad, AIFS made me feel like I was home away from home. I had great roommates and my apartment was in a great location. I never once felt homesick and felt like I only had a few moments of culture shock due to the great support of my roommates. I loved having 4 other roommates, I always felt safe in my apartment and found using the metro was easy and great.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Amazing semester!

AIFS helped us connect with other study abroad students so it was easy to make friends right away. Living in the Residencia was amazing and made my experience that much better. I had a great semester filled with so many new friendships and memories that will last me a lifetime. I recommend everyone to study abroad, in Barcelona especially! It truly changed my outlook on life in a positive way.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    8

Life-changing

Living in Spain was such a great experience! From the food to culture and things to do, Spain has it all. I´m definitely going to miss my time here and all the great people I met. Studying abroad helped me grow so much as a person, and I won´t ever forget this experience.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    5

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    8

Best time of my life

Starting from the beginning, everything was great! AIFS was very helpful throughout the semester, and I enjoyed my time spent with the staff. I loved every excursion I went to on, whether with AIFS or not. The city of Barcelona is amazing, and I cannot wait to come back someday!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Cultural Immersion

    4

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

A trip of a lifetime

My abroad experience was amazing thanks to my program. Every time I had a bad situation it was handled very easily and efficiently. I am sad to leave Barcelona but so glad i studied here and will miss it extremely when I get back.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    9

Abroad for the first time

I loved studying abroad with AIFS! This was my first time ever leaving the Unites States, and AIFS made everything very easy. Everyone was very helpful and informative. I was so scared to leave, however this has been the best experience of my life. I am so happy that I was brave enough to come. The amount of new things I have experienced is crazy, and I am so thankful that I was able to be in Barcelona for a whole semester.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    7

Que guay

Barcelona was the coolest! Culture is awesome, people are great, food is tasty. 10 out of 10 would recommend to anyone who is looking to study abroad.

Great place to learn a new language like Catalan and Spanish. Also great place to branch out from if you like to travel. Ryanair and Vueling the budget airlines have super cheap prices.
The spanish people son majos and will help you find your way around. They´ll also be somewhat patient with you if you want to talk.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Community

    5

Beautiful Barcelona

Wow! I can´t begin to explain how much I enjoyed this program and my time in Barcelona. Everyone was so helpful and nice in the AIFS office. They made my experience 100% better. The planned activities were always fun and well organized. I really really enjoyed my time abroad and I highly suggest AIFS and UAB to anyone looking to study abroad in Barcelona!

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    7

An excellent experience!

The AIFS staff is incredible! Each and every one of them was helpful, kind, supportive, and overall amazing. The housing accommodations were ok-some things broke easily and some things didn't work to start with. Overall though, the apartments were modern and pretty nice. The excursions that AIFS provided were awesome and really fun...my favorite was the Morocco excursion. They were all very organized and well planned out.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    5

  • Cultural Immersion

    6

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    5

Must do!!!

Studying abroad was the best decision of my life and I had the best time of my life. I would highly recommend studying abroad anywhere you want, and I think all students should experience traveling abroad at least once, and the best time to do it is when you are young!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    9

Unforgettable

I really loved this program. Excursions were fun especially the London trip, which I highly recommend that's where I met most of my closest friends from the program. I think that everyone should go on the London excursion. Great staff. Almost always available and extremely helpful with everything.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    6

An unforgettable semester

Choosing to study abroad was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Before I came, I was nervous living in another country, learning another language, and leaving behind all of my friends and family. Do not let these fears stop you! If you are willing to learn and put yourself outside of your comfort zone, you will have an amazing, unforgettable experience. Save up as much money as you can so you can travel and experience as much as possible while you are abroad.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    4

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    6

Unforgettable

Coming abroad alone was a scary step, but AIFS ensures that you have everything you need. They plan many activities and an orientation where you have opportunities to meet many people. The classes were very engaging, and were much different than classes in the states. Traveling the world, and coming to Barcelona was honestly an unforgettable experience.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

A semester in Barcelona

My experience in Barcelona exceeded my expectations. This is an amazing city to live and study in. I enjoyed all of the trips and activities and would definitely recommend AIFS to any friends. I loved traveling and experiencing the varieties of cultures across Spain and Europe.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Barcelona experience

I had a very fulfilling semester in Barcelona because everything was so well organized and the AIFS staff in Barcelona was extremely helpful. Barcelona is the best city to study abroad and I highly recommend it to everyone.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Time of my life

Best program i could have been apart of, i am so lucky to have had this experience! AIFS was super helpful with any questions and concerns I had while applying at school, and abroad as well. They give you so many opportunities to travel and meet new people. The atmosphere of this entire trip was just so positive and exciting- definitely most peoples peak, especially mine.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    8

Best decision I have ever made

Choosing to study abroad with AIFS in Barcelona has been one of the best experiences! I was able to experience a whole new culture with eager AIFS staff to help me in every way. I learned so many new things in my classes, and grew as a person. My semester was so great and I am looking forward to returning to visit my second home!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Best few months of my life

My time abroad will be some of the best times of my life and I have AIFS to thank for that. Amazing program with amazing representatives and workers that were there for us every step of the way. I would recommend this program to anyone and I would especially recommend Barcelona. Amazing city with so much to do and so much new and exciting culture.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Beyond expectations

Had an amazing time in Barcelona. The program was amazing and they were here every step of the way. I was able to focus my time on traveling and school because everything else was taken care of and super easy for me.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    7

Emily´s trip abroad

I had an amazing time abroad. The program director and team was very easy to deal with and they were a lot of fun to be around on the trips. I got to travel to 14 different countries while abroad and I tried as much as I could to immerse myself into the culture. My biggest thing to suggest to future students is to try new things even if you´re scared. Like I did paragliding and I would never normally do that. Also, try all the local foods in every country you are in. They are always SO good.

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