The Casa Convalescència is located in the centre of Barcelona and is the main base for the intensive and semester-long Spanish courses. The school complex at Casa Convalescència is a unique building dating back to 1905. In 1998 the school was completely renovated to the standards of a modern academic centre, while preserving the details of its historic past. The building has a total of 35 classrooms and 4 lecture halls all equipped with multi-media technology and audiovisual material. There is also an interactive learning room with high-speed Internet connections that students can use free of charge.
Main Campus UAB
The main campus of the Autonomous University of Barcelona is located about 20 minutes outside Barcelona centre in the area known as Cerdanyola del Vallès and can be reached by train (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat) from the Plaza Catalunya.
This is where the main faculties, the libraries, and sports facilities are located, and is also where the Summer Spanish Language and Culture Course and the Summer Business Spanish Course take place.
Apart from the university installations there are also other services in the area including supermarkets, laundry facilities, restaurants and cafés, in addition to the main university residence, which is located right within the campus.
The Autonomous University of Barcelona offers a comprehensive range of free time activities, including museum visits, guided tours and excursions to national parks and nearby places of interest. Cultural activities available in the city are world famous and include great museums, world class concerts, theatres, galleries, and festivals throughout the year. The language school also arranges ‘inter-cambio’ sessions where students can meet with locals and exchange languages in a relaxed and informal setting. Barcelona's privileged location on the Mediterranean means that many interesting destinations are within a few hours reach, allowing students to visit many of the sights on a short trip. Popular Excursions Include:
- The Barcelona FC Football Stadium and Museum
- The Montserrat Monastery
- Sitges and its beaches
- The San Fermín festival in Pamplona
- Weekend Ski trips to Andorra
- Cava Vineyards
- The Garrotxa Volcanic National Park
- Walking tours of Barcelona's various areas
- Visits to the Picasso Museum
- Golondrina boat trips around Barcelona harbour
- The Roman cities of Tarragona and Girona
- The Costa Brava beaches and Tossa de Mar
- Port Aventura Theme Park
- The Dalí Museum in Figueres and the town of Cadaqués