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Barcelona has always been a vital hub for Europe and the Mediterranean. Dynamic and cosmopolitan, it is a modern city that also preserves its important cultural heritage and 2,000 years of history. Students studying abroad in Barcelona immerse themselves in the unique blend of Mediterranean beach lifestyle and European urban culture that defines the city. Known for its flavorful Mediterranean cuisine, lively nightlife, distinctive architectural and artistic highlights, and welcoming residents, Barcelona inspires visitors and locals alike.
SAI students in Barcelona choose from five distinct partner schools: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Elisava School of Design, CETT School of Tourism, Hospitality & Gastronomy, and Universitat Ramon Llull (known as IQS). SAI’s Barcelona office offers a welcome space for students to study and relax, and our staff hold open office hours to provide guidance and support. Program inclusive activities in Barcelona may include cooking courses, trips to beaches, human castles workshops, soccer games and more. Weekend excursions are to Costa Brava, Seville, or another historic city.
In the same day, students can explore the small winding streets of Barcelona’s Gothic quarter, attend an FC Barcelona soccer game to watch one of the world’s most beloved teams, and lounge on the sunny beaches. Barcelona’s manageable size allows students to explore it with ease and become comfortable getting around by walking or via the easy public transit system. SAI Barcelona students have the opportunity to engage in a number of community and volunteer activities during their term abroad:
"we all became a tight-knit family, including our program director"
“SAI offered the perfect balance of support and independence”
“SAI staff made the transition to living abroad seamless”
“I loved the SAI Barcelona activities!”
SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.