Why study in Barcelona?

Barcelona is our new, exciting, 12-week study abroad spring destination! Experience Barcelona’s eclectic architecture, beautiful coastline, and artistic sophistication while enrolled in CSU/UC transferable community college courses. Barcelona is home to Antoni Gaudi’s fantastic Sagrada Familia church and Parc Guell as well as major museums featuring modernists Miro and Picasso and Catalan art.

Although the city’s origins can be traced back to the first century BC, Barcelona is also a very modern city and transportation hub with easy access to all of Europe’s popular destinations via its international airport and high-speed rail system.

The program

  • Overnight stay in a centrally located hotel in Barcelona upon arrival including breakfast. Students will transfer to their accommodations the following day.
  • Housing either in student apartments in central Barcelona with access to a fully equipped kitchen, living room and bathroom, or, for an additional fee of $450, in a shared homestay with daily breakfast, and dinner Monday through Friday.
  • Orientation program on-site in Barcelona including an orientation meeting with AIFS staff, information packet, welcome reception and half-day guided sightseeing tour of Barcelona by private bus.
  • TMB travel pass for use on the underground trains in the central zone of Barcelona.
  • Barcelona Art Ticket museum pass allowing entrance to six major art museums: Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona (CCCB), Fundacio Antoni Tapies, Fundacio Joan Miro, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), and Museu Picasso.
  • Full-day guided excursion to Tarragona including walking tour and entrance to the Praetorium, Roman Circus and Amphitheatre.
  • Full-day guided excursion to Girona and Figueres including a walking tour of Girona and entrance to the Dali Museum in Figueres.
  • Subsidized cultural calendar of events including walking tours, cooking classes, guided museum visits, sporting events and local seasonal activities.
  • Access to the wireless-enabled AIFS Student Center and the services of the AIFS Program Coordinator and student advisor for information, personal advising/counseling and 24-hour emergency contact service.
  • Student medical and program fee refund insurance coverage.


  • Based on an enrollment of 45 or more participants, the fee per person is $7,875.

This fee excludes airfare, a $250 refundable damage deposit, optional medical insurance upgrade ($65) and optional personal effects coverage ($90), passport or visa fees if applicable, meals other than those listed, personal expenses, any Southern California Foothills Consortium tuition or fees, textbooks, additional field trips or excursions required by the SCFC faculty and anything not specified.

  • For a supplemental fee of $350, students may select a single room in a shared apartment.
  • For a supplement of $450, students may live in a shared room in a homestay.
  • For an additional $350, students may live in a single room in a homestay ($800 total).

These fees are guaranteed not to change as a result of fluctuations in the $ exchange rate. AIFS will charge a $35 returned check fee on each check returned by the bank for insufficient funds.