Barcelona Fall 2023 Information

WHY STUDY IN BARCELONA?Barcelona Fall 2019 Information

 

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?

important notice: 

Proof of full Covid-19 vaccination will be a requirement for all participants (students and faculty) in this program. 

HIGHLIGHTS OF BARCELONA

  • Open to students age 18 and older who have completed 12 units of college course work with a minimum 2.25 grade point average
  • Optional flight transportation package; accommodations either in 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 Girona and Figueres including entrance to the Dalí Museum, and subsidized cultural activities such as trips to museums, historical and cultural sites, theater and dance, tapas evenings, 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 three other California community college districts and with the American Institution 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.

CLICK HERE FOR THE BARCELONA BROCHURE (PDF)

CLICK HERE FOR THE BARCELONA FLYER (PDF)

DATES AND MEETINGS

PROGRAM DATES

  • Depart the US: Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023
  • Arrive in Barcelona: Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023
  • After-Arrival Orientation/Workshops:  Monday, Sept. 18 & Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023
  • Classes Begin:  Wednesday, Sept 20, 2023
  • Mid-Semester Break:  Saturday, Oct. 28 to Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023
  • Last Day of Classes:  Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023
  • Depart Barcelona: Friday, Dec. 15, 2023

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Priority Application Deadline:  Friday, April 28, 2023
  • General Application Deadline:  Friday, June 16, 2023
  • Late Applications on Space Available Basis:  May be accepted up to July 21, 2023 on a case-by-case basis only.
  • Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation Meeting:  Saturday, August 19, 2023 at Skyline College in San Bruno from approximately 9 am to 12:15 pm.

SPRING 2023 INFORMATION SESSIONS (FOR FALL 2023 DEPARTURE)  

 During the Spring 2023 semester, informational sessions (either via Zoom or possibly in-person) will be facilitated by Panella, our instructor to Barcelona. Here are the Zoom meetings we have scheduled:

February

Topic: Barcelona Info Session
Time: Feb 1, 2023 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://santarosa-edu.zoom.us/j/89356059559

Topic: Barcelona Info Session
Time: Feb 21, 2023 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://santarosa-edu.zoom.us/j/88234284184

March


Topic: Barcelona Info Session
Time: Mar 4, 2023 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://santarosa-edu.zoom.us/j/86216852335

PROGRAM COSTS/FINANCIAL AID/SCHOLARSHIPS

AIFS REFUND DATES

Refund requests must be done in writing to AIFS. They accept emails and that is generally the easiest way (customizedfacultyled@aifs.com).  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:

  • June 23, 2023: 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. Students may also be subject to any nonrefundable canceled reservation fees by AIFS after this date. Details on AIFS Agreement & Release form on your AIFS application.
  • July 21, 2023: Total program fee is due. NO REFUND OF PAYMENTS after this date.
     

AIFS PROGRAM CANCELLATION POLICY

Please click here for a summary of the AIFS program cancellation policy.