Barcelona Fall 2019 Information

Barcelona Skyline

Why Study in Barcelona?


AIFS Barcelona Student Handbook (PDF)

Located on the western shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and second largest city in Spain, with an urban area population of 4.5 million people. Its more than 2,000 years of history as a center of trade and culture have left their mark on the city’s architectural, artistic, and cultural heritage. Said to be the most cosmopolitan city in Spain, it’s not surprising that Barcelona has become one of Europe’s most popular venues for Study Abroad students, with its many café terraces, its 50 museums to choose from (including some that house Picasso and Miró), its narrow medieval streets in the Gothic Quarter, its plazas, theaters and concerts, its beaches, and, perhaps most colorful of all, its whimsical architectural creations of Antoni Gaudí, including his iconic Sagrada Familia. Want to relax after your day of classes and homework? How about sitting at a table with some paella and people-watching along the Ramblas, or finding a spot on a mosaic sea serpent bench created by Gaudí at Parc Güell?




Highlights of Barcelona

  • Open to students age 18 and older who have graduated from high school and have completed 12 units of college course work with a minimum 2.25-grade point average.
  • Optional flight transportation package; accommodations in either a fully furnished apartment with kitchen or in a homestay.
  • Take lower division courses that are transferable for Bachelor's degree credit.
  • Program includes an orientation program and half-day guided tour of Barcelona, a travel pass for use on buses and the metro in the central zone, an Articket pass, a day excursion to Figueres and the Dalí Museum, and subsidized cultural activities such as trips to museums, historical and cultural sites, theater and dance, and sporting events.

Why Choose this Program?

This program is offered to enable students to study abroad while making normal progress toward their degree objectives and earning fully transferable units in courses taught by community college faculty and guest lecturers. This program is offered in cooperation with several California community colleges and with the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), which arranges transportation, living accommodations, and a wide range of student and instructional support services. Students need not be currently enrolled at one of the sponsoring colleges in order to participate. Units earned in Barcelona will appear on transcripts issued by the participating colleges.

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Dates and Meetings

Program Dates

  • Depart the US: Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019
  • Arrive in Barcelona: Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019
  • Mid-Semester Break: Saturday, Oct. 21 to Friday, Oct. 25, 2019
  • Depart Barcelona: Friday, Dec. 6, 2019

Important Dates

  • Priority Application Deadline:  Friday, April 19, 2019
  • General Application Deadline:  Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Late Applications on Space Available Basis:  May be accepted up to June 7, 2019
  • Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation Meeting:  Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, at Diablo Valley Collegeal

FALL 2018/SPRING 2019 Information Sessions (for FALL 2019 Departure)

During the Fall 2018 semester, two information sessions--one in Santa Rosa and one in Petaluma--will be facilitated by Kirsten Swinstrom, our instructor to Barcelona

  • Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018:  12 to 1 pm in Doyle 4243 (ground floor of library, Santa Rosa Campus)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018:  2:30 to 3 pm in PC 694 (Call Building, Petaluma Campus)

Professor Swinstrom will be presenting more meetings during the Spring 2019 semester; please check back here later for those dates.

Program Costs/Scholarships/Financial Aid


Refund requests must be done in writing to AIFS. They accept emails and that is generally the easiest way ( See official AIFS refund policy on your Agreement & Release form on AIFS application. Dates to remember regarding AIFS refunds once you are enrolled in the program:

  • May 17, 2019: Last day to request refund of $450 deposit less $150 processing & non-refundable deposit fees. After that date, AIFS will not refund any of the $450 deposit.
  • July 12, 2019: Total program fee is due. NO REFUND OF PAYMENTS after this date.  Students may also be subject to various canceled reservation fees by AIFS after this date.