CETT Tourism, Hospitality & Gastronomy
Fall Semester Gastronomy 2018
15 credits

The CETT Food Culture and Culinary Arts in the Mediterranean semester program offers a hands-on approach that allows students to develop their technical cooking skills while theoretical elements push students to investigate the profound interplay between food and culture. Students enroll in three mandatory history of gastronomy, culinary arts and beverage courses and then select two electives from a range of courses offered in Spanish language, culinary arts, tourism, and business for a total of 15 credits.

Application Deadline
May 15, 2018
Apps accepted after deadline space permits

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)
EU privacy consent form


  • State of the art facilities, including a student-run restaurant.
  • Specialize in culinary arts in a culinary capital of the world.
  • Study alongside local students.

Program Dates
September 7, 2018 – December 22, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: Sophomore (2nd year) or above.

Cumulative GPA:* 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

Gastronomy Program
Spanish Language

Gastronomy Program

3.0 Credits
Gastronomy | Course #: CETT 051104 | Open
Tourism, Gastronomy and Communication aims to provide students with the knowledge necessary to understand and analyze tourist activity, both globally and in the field of gastronomy; and to understand the potential and importance of ICT as a tool for communication and promotion of gastronomic tourism. Gastronomy has an increasingly important role in the tourist experience, either as a supplement that provides significant added value to the trip, or understood as the main reason or experience for tourism. For this reason the course has as its main study objectives to know and identify the profiles and motivations of gastronomic tourism. Knowing what they look for, what they want, and what they value will allow the student to design an offering that will meet their expectations. As gastronomy is also the cultural expression of a community, local knowledge and territorial identification, one of the main objectives of the course is to understand and assimilate the relationships established between food, land and heritage and how enhancing the value of cultural and gastronomic resources can generate mobility motivated by the dining experience.
Through case studies, students will understand the importance of food as a tool to promote tourism and regional development and to understand and analyze the main gastronomic destinations and what are the most appropriate communication tools applicable to the gastronomic tourism industry.
Contact Hours: 60
3.0 Credits
Gastronomy | Course #: CETT 052214 | Open
Pre-requisite: This is a Practical Elective for Gastronomy Program students.
Sweet Cooking: techniques and formulas, aims to bring students to the world of pastries based on the classic techniques of baking and dessert cuisines. It aims to provide the student with an overview of the functioning and organization of the production of confectionery creations. To do so, first there will be an introduction explaining the principal processed and unprocessed ingredients used, as well as the use of the basic and advanced techniques in dessert cuisine. Space, allocations, organizational charts and safety standards will also be analyzed to ensure the proper organization of work. The course also consists of practice sessions. They represent the first contact the student has with bakery products and techniques. In these sessions, students will have the possibility of performing the principal bases and preparations, which will serve as a starting point for the development of later dishes.
Contact Hours: 60
3.0 Credits
Gastronomy | Course #: CETT 053218 | Open
Pre-requisite: This is a Practical Elective for Gastronomy Program students.
Traditional Cuisine: from local to global, focuses on the study of Mediterranean culinary traditions, specifically Catalan and Spanish traditions, developing the basis of their techniques and processes.
Starting with the local gastronomic culture, the relations with other regions of the world culinary map will also be studied, analyzing the possible influences that have been established between different cultures and also considering the communication channels and factors that may have led to changes in the demand for products.
Contact Hours: 60
3.0 Credits
Mandatory Subjects | Course #: CETT 051101 | Open
Pre-requisite: This is a mandatory course for Gastronomy Program students.
This course is intended for students to become aware of the crucial role that food and cuisine have played in cultural development and the civilization of society, and in parallel, to discover to what extent they reflect the characteristics of each historic moment, geographical area or social context. The course specifically focuses on the development of the culinary practices and their relationship with the progress of material culture, the evolution of technology, economic and social history, the history of thought, art or sciences, especially in the West. Also, it gives special attention to the evolution that the concept of Gastronomy has experienced until the present, and its application in different spheres of socio-economic and cultural activities: restaurants, hotels, tourism, literature and art, among others.
Contact Hours: 60
3.0 Credits
Mandatory Subjects | Course #: CETT 051208 | Open
Pre-requisite: This is a mandatory course for Gastronomy Program students.
Culinary Techniques and Processes aims to complement the first contact with the world of cooking. The course is developed by presenting its content from a theoretical viewpoint which complements an eminently practical point of view, where students are trained in the basic techniques of cooking ingredients and their subsequent presentation. The knowledge conveyed in this course can be grouped into three basic groups. The first area that the student will train in is the theoretical knowledge and skills necessary to perform food cooking techniques and processes to follow for basic culinary creations, using traditional methods as well as the latest innovations in both machinery and processes. A second area will consist of preparing and presenting creations at the time of service, focusing on pairing techniques. And finally, the third section will highlight the nutritional constraints and care for groups with special needs. The course is essential for basic knowledge necessary in culinary technique.
Contact Hours: 60
3.0 Credits
Mandatory Subjects | Course #: CETT 053223 | Open
Pre-requisite: This is a mandatory course for Gastronomy Program students.
Beverage Production and Tasting aims to provide an overview to the main beverages found in gastronomy. It focuses on the study of the distinctive elements of each beverage, such as its history, the raw materials it is made with, its production processes and its origin. Through organoleptic analysis, the distinctive features of the different drinks will be identified. Thanks to the application of the theories related to factors such as the origin, production method or raw materials, we will discover the importance that these have in shaping both the texture and the taste and aromatic characteristics of different beverages.
Contact Hours: 60
1.5 Credits
Tourism, Society, and Business | Course #: CETT 064426 | Open
Pre-requisite: This course is taught in Spanish.
Experiential Space Design in the Catering Industry: The importance of restaurants in the tourism industry to obtain the knowledge necessary to understand the product of restaurants. One of the factors that is essential today is the design of spaces. In this course, students have the opportunity to learn, practice and acquire the necessary requirements to design a space to create atmosphere, one of the basic characteristics of the experiential factor. This course not only deals with the purely spacial and design aspects of an experience, but it will also take a look at gastronomy as a tool for connecting with customers and the space or type of service adequate to generate a positive and memorable experience. The course is part of the concentration in the Hotel Management and provides important material in order to develop and advance the different established itineraries.
Contact Hours: 23
3.0 Credits
Tourism, Society, and Business | Course #: CETT 064523 | Open
In this course, students learn first-hand the characteristics of a new type of tourism that meets the needs of the tourist of the XXI century. The gastronomic tourism is a new form of tourism that emerged from the interest in travel demand from the motivation generated by food from one place, food and drink products and everything linked with the culinary culture of a destination. Wine, as one of the most tourist products development, plays an important role in this course.
The course is divided into four themes. The item 1 is devoted to better understanding of the tourism around the wine and gastronomy, starting from the separate analysis of the evolution and influence it has had wine and food in our society and the revolution that has brought tourism as social and economic activity in the recent decades in our leisure time. Under item 2, the student will know the definitions and characteristics of gastronomy & wine tourism, the actors involved, the operation of the business and its value as tangible and intangible tourist resort in wine & gastronomy regions.
With this knowledge acquired in the first two issues, item 3 will be used to work the way how they are created and products and best-known wine, food and gastronomy tourism activities occur. The last item (item 4) will reveal how developed this type of tourism in the world, what the differences between the activities proposed in different regions worldwide and further analyse the phenomenon at nationwide.
Contact Hours: 45

Spanish Language

6.0 Credits
Spanish | Course #: TBA CETT SP1 | Open
Spanish language courses are offered at all levels of proficiency.
Contact Hours: 90


3.0 Credits
Gastronomy | Course #: CETT 064422 | Open
Pre-requisite: This class is taught in Spanish.
Gastronomy is a key component of the Catering business and of paramount importance in the Hospitality industry. This subject aims at providing students with the necessary basic knowledge to understand the complexity of Gastronomy and its expression in the different cuisines worldwide. In addition, the subject provides the essential knowledge that explains the advent of commercial catering and its evolution up to the present. This knowledge will enable students to identify, understand and analyze the variables intervening in the elaboration of a gastronomic offer so that it can be coherently designed, taking into consideration specific criteria such as cultural factors, the potential of food products or the newest gastronomic and culinary trends.
Contact Hours: 45

Courses & Schedule
SAI students in this program enroll in three mandatory courses: “History of Cooking and Gastronomy,” “Culinary Techniques and Processes,” and “Production and Tasting of Beverages.” Students round out their schedule by selecting two electives from a range of courses offered in culinary arts, tourism, business, and Spanish language. Please note that the program cost depends upon the type of elective courses taken, since there are two kinds of electives offered: Theoretical and Practical. SAI’s standard program cost includes two Theoretical elective courses. Practical electives increase the overall program cost, since such courses include the use of kitchen facilities and the hands-on preparation of food/beverages. The additional costs for enrolling in one or two Practical elective courses are outlined in the Fees & Budgeting section below.

Please note that students in this program are required to have knives and a uniform. Students are welcome to bring these items from home or to purchase them from CETT for €400.

Course Registration
After being accepted into the program, students fill out an SAI Course Approval Form. This online form requires students to list their first and alternate-choice courses and to affirm the approval of the Study Abroad Advisor at their home school. SAI’s Barcelona Admissions Counselor will help guide students through this process.

Pre-Departure Calendar
May 15 2018
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
May 1 2018
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
June 1 2018
SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for an SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
July 1 2018
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
July 1 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
August 1 2018
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
September 7 2018
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into El Prat Barcelona (BCN) airport. SAI airport pickup is provided between 10:00am and 3:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
September 8 2018
SAI Orientation
Mandatory SAI orientation is held at the SAI Barcelona office and introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
September 10 2018
CETT Academic Orientation
CETT orientation provides details on academic policies, and allows students to meet one another and their professors.
September 10 2018
Classes Begin
December 21 2018
Final Exams End
December 22 2018
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
Program Fee
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
Program Fee with 1 Practical Elective
Includes tuition with 1 practical elective course, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
Program Fee with 2 Practical Electives
Includes tuition with 2 practical elective courses, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
Additional Fees:  
Required Course Materials
Students can purchase the required knives and uniform from CETT.
Euro 400
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
Optional Visa Processing Fee
Available for some jurisdictions.
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.

*prices are subject to change

Note: certain SAI-affiliated US universities require specific payment arrangements. These may require that some fees are paid by the student directly to SAI, and other fees are paid to SAI by the affiliated university on behalf of the student. If you attend an SAI-affiliated university please contact your study abroad office or speak with your SAI Admissions Counselor for details.

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from Barcelona
$950 $1,200
Visa fees, paid to Consulate.
$160 $160
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
$100 / course $250 / course
Includes groceries and eating out.
$700 / month $1,000 / month
Personal Expenses $300 / month $350 / month
Transportation within Barcelona
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$100 / month $150 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI Signature Services Program; it includes our full services!

  • Program tuition and U.S. academic credit
  • Accommodation in carefully selected student housing
  • Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Cell phone rental with free incoming calls and texts while in host country
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI weekend excursion
  • Frequent SAI cultural activities and day trips
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid and loan processing
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI offers activities, at no extra cost, for students to get to know their community, city and country. Following is a sample of the activities included in this program. Please note that actual activities may differ.

Welcome Lunch
Students are welcomed to their new city over a traditional 3 course Spanish lunch to mingle and get to know each other.

Discovering Barcelona: Born walking tour and Picasso Museum
Students enjoy a walk through the old Born neighborhood, going back to the old Medieval times in Barcelona, and discover one of the jewels of the city: Santa Maria del Mar church, in pure 14th century Catalan Gothic style. The group finishes the tour at the famous Picasso Museum.

Gaudí Modernism Architecture Walking Tour
Students join a walking tour to visit some of the best-known works of the world-renowned Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí. The Gaudí Modernist tour begins with an appreciation of the exterior of the Sagrada Familia, then on to Casa Batllò and Casa Milà.

Volunteering in a Primary School
Students visit a local primary school to participate in English classroom activities with children between the ages of 3 and 12. This enriching activity is available for students to continue throughout their term if they wish.

Weekend Excursion to Seville
Students take a weekend trip to enjoy the beauty of the city of Seville, which represents the Southern Spanish way of life, in its purest and most intense form. Seville is known for its narrow, winding, medieval lanes and romantic hidden plazas, as well as for its two traditions: flamenco and bullfighting. Students explore the city, eat great food, see beautiful art, and take a fun bike tour.

The Spanish Family Experience
Semester students are invited to participate in a unique volunteer activity in Barcelona. Under the guidance of SAI’s on-site Program Coordinator, students are introduced to a local family with the goal of facilitating cultural exchange. Students typically meet with their “families” once a week and spend time chatting with the children in English, followed by a family dinner. This allows students to get a glimpse of family life in Barcelona and to create lasting friendships. Additional cultural enrichment activities include language exchanges with young locals (19 to 30 years old).

Dalí and Girona Day Trip
Students take a day trip to visit the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Salvador Dalí’s hometown of Figueres, followed by a visit to the beautiful capital city of the province: Girona. Girona has more than 2000 years of history, and its highlights include the old Jewish quarter, its historical fortified enclosures, as well as the Palanques Vermelles Bridge, built by the Eiffel Company in 1827.

Spanish Cooking Lesson
Students take a cooking lesson designed to teach typical Spanish (mostly Catalan) dishes that are easy to make again independently. Dishes are prepared according to the season and include appetizer, main course and dessert.

Castellers “Human Castles” Workshop
The origins of the Catalan tradition of building human towers, or “castles” as they are called in Catalan, date back to the 18th century. Small town groups (colles) compete around the tallest and strongest castles. Students join one of the groups (colles) of Barcelona, where they are invited to join a training session to discover how the spectacular “human castles” are created!

Sitges Beach Day
Students visit the town of Sitges, which is a paradise of sun, sea and mild temperatures year-round, and a venue for international film and music festivals. Beautiful views and long beaches make Sitges a wonderful day trip.

Montserrat & Cava Cellar Day Trip
Students take a day trip to Montserrat, a spectacularly beautiful Benedictine mountain retreat. Its unusual rock formations and its natural beauty have made it a Catalonian icon. Students take the cable train up the mountain to visit the monastery and wander the mountain paths, with amazing views of the Catalonian countryside. After this, students visit a Cava cellar where the prestigious sparkling wine is made and exported around the world.

Farewell Dinner
Students celebrate the end of a successful semester abroad and say their goodbyes over a delicious Spanish meal.

Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient, clean, and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms. Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless internet. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.

Passports should be valid for 6 months after planned departure from Spain.

Student Visas
In accordance with Spanish law students studying in Spain for 90 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Those with Spanish/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for details on student visa requirements.

Students must appear in person at the Spanish Consulate to present their visa application. SAI is able to process visa applications (no trip to the Consulate required!) for students who live or attend school in some jurisdictions. Students who wish to use this optional service should contact SAI directly to confirm that they are eligible.

For those who prefer to present their visa application in person, SAI provides student visa consulting at no cost.

About SAI

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.