CETT Tourism, Hospitality & Gastronomy
Fall Semester Hospit. & Tourism 2018
12 - 15 credits

The CETT study abroad semester is designed for visiting students who wish to spend a term in Barcelona taking courses in business, hospitality management, and tourism studies. Classes are offered in both English and Spanish, and students are integrated into degree-track courses alongside local students. Visiting students select a concentration and enroll in 4 - 5 elective courses for a total of 12 - 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.
  • Get real-world experience working with professionals.
  • 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



3.0 Credits
Economics & Finance | Course #: CETT 061103 | Open
Pre-requisite: This class is taught in Spanish during the spring term.
As its name indicates, the course consists of an introduction to economics, including fundamental elements of tourism economics.
This introduction attempts to provide an approach to the most important elements of economics and tourism for students who are beginning their education in the field of tourism. The course's set of topics includes aspects such as the main objectives of economic policies, i.e., price stability, full employment, economic growth, external balance, etc. We will also touch on topics such as the economic role of public administrations, state budgets, monetary policy, etc.
All of these topics are related to tourism and we will try do determine what the possible impact of economic aspects on tourism could be and, at the same time, how tourism can contribute to achieving goals such as full employment or economic growth or healing the environment.
Finally, we will discuss issues related to tourism-specific factors: what determines supply and demand for tourism services, how tourism prices are set, characteristics of tourism companies, and more.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hospitality & Tourism | Course #: CETT 061105 | Open
Basic tourism research, whether applied or for consultancy purposes, involves the knowledge and command of fundamentals, specific skills and methodological tools. This knowledge is varied and comprises from previous exploratory research to the results obtained from the research. This course is considered a "first contact" for students in the Tourism track with the academic, professional and business world of tourism research. Given the fact that the so-called science of tourism is a young discipline, engaged in the process of building and developing its own conceptual foundations, this subject plays a major role in introducing students to the specialized knowledge of basic applied research tools and strategies focused on the fields of tourism, culture and territory, food and gastronomy as well as hotel management. In order to achieve this, the learning process provides students with the bases and the crucial tools to deal with any scientific project along their degree, but also and most important, to present the formal and content features seen as essential in any robust tourism research project.
Contact Hours: 45
4.5 Credits
Hospitality & Tourism | Course #: CETT 061209 | Open
Contact Hours: 68
3.0 Credits
Hospitality & Tourism | Course #: CETT 064218 | Open
It is a well-known fact that interpersonal relationships are key to the success of any venture, especially in the field of hospitality. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to have a deep understanding of the value that human capital has in this type of organization.
We must be aware that the service company is a system that integrates the surrounding society, where individuals with different needs must relate to one another and must identify themselves with the company's policies. At the same time, these companies must become human communities brought together to achieve certain goals for the common good. The company must also make a commitment and take on social responsibility with its policies.
Therefore, successful companies are those that are able to select the most competent leaders, those who understand the reality of service companies and are capable of managing their human teams.
In this course, we will present the basic principles needed to guarantee that the students are capable of effectively managing their staff, as a means of ensuring that expected levels of efficiency, quality and profitability are met.
The course will be carried out keeping in mind the skills that the student should develop by including techniques in the learning process such as role-play, mentoring, group and individual projects, debates and written presentations. The course offers an internationalized vision of its content and skills to facilitate the student's ability to work abroad.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hospitality & Tourism | Course #: CETT 064431 | Open
Marketing is one of the relevant areas within the business management which, together with the other areas: finance, human resources, production (or servuction), management control, etc., constitute the mechanisms that allow an organization to achieve their objectives.
Today, marketing strategies and actions are opting for their on-line implementation, but without forgetting the traditional off-line system, two methods which coexist coherently. This is a reality which is confirmed by the fact that more budget is assigned for the on-line system in comparison to the off-line option in order to respond to the new behaviors of users, who are regularly and increasingly using tools such as mobile devices, searching on the internet (Google), websites, social media, etc.

This subject aims at giving students the key competencies and skills necessary to understand and put into practice this specific field of online marketing (eMarketing).
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hospitality & Tourism | Course #: CETT 064437 | Open
Protocol has existed for as long as human beings have been around, as it is a part of our lives and it is present everywhere. The major objective of this course is to identify all the important aspects related to protocol and etiquette both in social and professional environments and to take them into account at every workplace.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hospitality & Tourism | Course #: CETT 064537 | Open
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: CETT 062110 | Open
Pre-requisite: This course is taught in Spanish.
Economic and Financial Management in Tourism: The finance function is one of the basic functions in business administration. Undoubtedly alongside with the operations and marketing, the finance function becomes necessary to meet the objectives set by the company.

Based on the information provided by accounting, the finance manager and the CEO must be able to analyze the company’s financial and economic situation, implement the necessary measures to ensure good progress, assess the suitability of certain investments before assuming them and make the most appropriate decisions in order to obtain financial resources at the right moment, in the right amount and at an affordable cost for the company.

These are some of the data the finance function will yield through the general management process in the tourism company.
We must highlight the contents approach towards a practical dimension, being the businesses in the tourism sector the main subjects of application.

In order to study this subject, we strongly recommend having successfully achieved the learning objectives set for the subject Accounting in Tourism Businesses.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: CETT 062112 | Open
Pre-requisite: This class is taught in Spanish.
Marketing is one of the relevant areas within the business management which, together with the other areas: finance, human resources, production (or servuction), management control, etc., constitute the mechanisms that allow an organization to achieve their objectives.
Each of these areas serves a specific purpose and the effects on the final result will depend on the business model of each activity. The basic role of Marketing is that of maintaining the relations between the organization and its market and this requires bi-directional activities: on the one hand, collect data from the market, analyze it and find out the market requirements, evolution, competitors' behaviors, and on the other hand, provide information about our service offers, facilitate access to them, know to what extent expectations are being met.
This subject aims at giving students the key competencies and skills necessary to understand and put into practice this marketing philosophy.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: CETT 063404 | Open
Pre-requisite: Accommodation Management. This class is taught in Spanish.
The trend towards market globalization and the international economic situation have contributed to create a highly competitive environment in the international tourism market.
In the current situation, every area of management becomes essential to ensure a company's success and survival. The correct definition and creation of the product, marketing management (strategic and operational), human resources management, and financial management… all of them will have an impact on the business outcomes.
The existing need to optimize the sales of perishable assets in the service industry is a fact and Revenue Management contributes to maximize income.
This subject introduces the students to the system bases and justifications by presenting the essential reasoning about the key aspects for their management and the practical treatment of each of these aspects.
By developing study cases of global application using the Revenue Management techniques, the students will learn to analyze a product and / or service, to identify the need to be “experts in demand” (assess customer segmentation and customer knowledge, customer’s needs and purchasing process) in order to adjust the sales process (price, channels, product availability and features…) at all times with the constant objective to maximize revenue (maximize the productive capacity).
This course is compulsory for the Hotel Management specialization in the Tourism degree and is a mandatory subject to progress in the chosen academic specialization.
We strongly advise students to have achieved successfully the learning objectives set for the subject Accommodations Management.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: CETT 064405 | Open
The current business scenario is characterized by being a variable, unstable, complex environment where organizations must learn how to coexist with the competitive pressure of the sector and how to develop complete coherent strategies in order to respond to the socio-cultural, technological, political and organizational changes and occupy a strong position in the market to stay ahead of the competition.
In this course students will have the opportunity to deepen the basic strategic skills that will enable them to think about the actual problems and challenges hotel businesses have to address, establishing quantitative and qualitative analysis criteria, designing alternative scenarios and making decisions as to the deployment of strategic solutions.
By carrying out a number of study cases, the students will be able to apply the knowledge gained so far in the fields of marketing, accommodations and restaurant management, tourism business organization, revenue management and economic management. They will also learn how to use the balanced scorecard (as the most widely used system in strategic management) in order to define, design and implement strategies that perfectly meet the needs of the hotel industry.
This course is compulsory for the Hotel Management specialization in the Tourism Degree and is a mandatory subject to consolidate the knowledge of management and administration demanded by the businesses in the sector.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: CETT 064436 | Open
The role of the public relations manager is essential in any company who features improvement of communication and promotion of brand image among their main objectives. The right management of public relations in combination with the knowledge of communication and management basic tools greatly contribute to customer satisfaction.
The offer of quality services in the field of tourism and specifically in the hospitality sector has become one of the major resources for companies who want to stay ahead of the competition. In particular, customer care and service is regarded both as a key factor to enhance service quality and as a basic tool to build and strengthen relationships with guests. Public relations help companies in the sector attract customers; create expectations about the tourism product and service and improve the company’s image in the market.
Along the subject, the two disciplines are taught in a converging way in order to train students in the strategic management of corporate and institutional messages in accordance with the audience and context, adjusting them to each situation. The course program has been designed to provide the students with the theoretical knowledge and specific techniques that will enable them to exert the functions of a public relations and / or customer service manager.
The contents of Customer relationship and public relations management respond to the objective of giving the students the knowledge related to customer care and public relations management at hotel establishments from a comprehensive customer orientation approach and service quality management.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: CETT 064505 | Open
Today any organization who wants to meet new challenges for the future in order to improve or accomplish a specific goal does so by implementing a project. Developing a project means the identification of objectives or goals, resource planning to achieve them and the following evaluation of the work done within a specific time framework. Project management, despite having its origins in disciplines of a more technical nature, also makes sense in service companies and more specifically in the tourism sector.
The basic idea of this course is to show and teach students everything that involves the management process of a tourism project from the most practical approach so that they can apply and develop the knowledge gained throughout the degree in a particular real context.
Students will learn about the different tools that contribute to the right planning of a project management as well as the key processes involved. Besides, students will be asked to carry out a mock group project based on the introductory theory and where they will have the opportunity to put into practice all the previous learning, developing and integrating all the different stages contained in the implementation of a project.
Student work groups will be provided tutored monitoring, assistance and guidance from the beginning to the completion of their projects, which will be presented in the classroom at the end of the course.
Key words: Project, resource planning, Project management
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: CETT 064534 | Open
This course aims to foster students' entrepreneurial spirit, which will enable them to develop and run a business in the current context and in the tourism sector. Students will have the opportunity to apply theoretical/ practical knowledge to both start up a new business and to develop entrepreneurship within an existing company.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Marketing | Course #: CETT 062111 | Open
Pre-requisite: This class is taught in Spanish during the spring term.
The subject seeks to provide the students with the technical and conceptual bases that will enable them to design and conduct a full market research project to make the right business decisions in the tourism sector.

Initially, students will work on the most conceptual aspects that establish the need to plan a research (objectives) and finally, students will learn about the most technical aspects such as data collection (fieldwork), data treatment and analysis.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Marketing | Course #: CETT 063216 | Open
Pre-requisite: This class is taught in Spanish during the spring term under the title "Comercializacion y comunicacion turistica."
Marketing is one of the relevant areas within the business management which, together with the other areas: finance, human resources, production (or servuction), management control, etc., constitute the mechanisms that allow an organization to achieve their objectives.
Thus, within the operational marketing activity, there are a number of different tools available (product, service, brand, price…) which help us achieve our goals.
Commercialization and communication are, undoubtedly, some of these key tools, as they take a large share of the marketing investment and are highly related to the marketing objectives.
The strategies and actions designed for these two fields are currently opting for their on-line implementation, but without forgetting the traditional off-line system, two methods which coexist coherently.
This subject aims at giving students the key competencies and skills necessary to understand and be applied in these fields as well as providing students with the tourism commercialization and communication tools.
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: CETT 061208 | Open
Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality Management:The tourism business encompasses a wide range of areas of activity; it generates important revenue in a country's economy, which benefits the population by creating jobs directly or indirectly related to tourism.
This subject allows students to be introduced to the world of tourism, understand the economic and social dimensions of these businesses within the global economy and analyze possibilities and dimensions of the sector.

It provides a general overview of the new emerging innovative trends in the tourism sector in order to understand its adaptation to a constantly changing society and the need for trained professionals able to ensure the adaptation of the market and the environment to their companies making them successful.

It is essential for students to gain a global insight into the sector and understand how it works but, above all, analyze the tourism and hotel industry capacity of transforming the social, labor and economic environments to respond to these changes.

Businesses in the tourism sector, as well as in the others, are increasingly growing and diversifying their product lines, making competition in the current market more and more difficult. For this reason, students must study and get to know the different types of companies, analyzing and observing that their needs will vary depending on the type of business they are.

The ability to comprehend these differences from a general point of view together with the study and analysis of customer needs will help the students to understand more effectively the hotel and tourism sectors and their dimensions.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: CETT 063402 | Open
Pre-requisite: This class is taught in Spanish.
The importance of the restaurant and catering industry within the tourism sector demands specific knowledge to understand and manage the different types of establishments and subsectors that make up this industry.
This subject gives the students the opportunity to know, gain and practice the necessary competencies to manage professionally the different establishments offering food and beverage services.
This sector is in constant evolution and what is valid today may no longer be so tomorrow ; this is why the subject aims at providing the students with the knowledge and tools that will enable them to manage restaurants and run operations successfully and to offer innovative solutions to restaurant businesses.
The learning methodology will allow the students to identify the organizational needs, to know about the operational logistics since the moment guests enter the restaurant until they leave as well as to master management tools like budgeting, income statements, so that they can understand the importance of any restaurant business ultimate goal: customer satisfaction.
This course is compulsory for the Hotel Management specialization in the Tourism degree and is a mandatory subject to progress in the chosen academic specialization.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: CETT 064412 | Open
The main objective of the course is to explain the process that goes into designing and building tourist facilities, including hotels. The course will analyse the entire planning process, from initial concept, through the opening of the facility. Students will study various current models and types of hotel and will examine trends that will shape such establishments in the future.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: CETT 064414 | Open
The world of Hospitality Management has undergone considerable changes in the last three decades mainly due to the important changes occurred in leisure and holiday travel together with the general increase of travel among different countries and regions. These changes have triggered the number of travel agencies which have modified their strategies and behavior.
The course International Hospitality Management will give the students the opportunity to learn how major hotel chains have formulated their own strategies in an increasingly globalized world and how they have adapted to new technologies.

The course focuses on the growth of hotel chains in the five key tourism regions in the world. It also analyzes the latest advances in global hospitality operations together with the contemporary management principles. Students will develop a critical view of the traditional theories and management practices and evaluate their appropriateness for the hospitality and tourism industries in a multicultural context.
The course is designed to raise greater awareness among students about the cultural factors influencing the strategies and the accomplishment of international organizations in the hospitality sector.
The course is part of the specialization in International Hotel Management for the degree in Hospitality Management.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: CETT 064432 | Open
Marketing is one of the relevant areas within the business management which, together with the other areas: finance, human resources, production (or servuction), management control, etc., constitute the mechanisms that allow an organization to achieve their objectives.
Thus, within the operational marketing activity, there are a number of different tools available (product, service, brand, price…) that help us achieve our goals and master sales management which are closely related to other activities like commercialization. All of them become key functions directly linked to the objectives.

This subject aims at giving students the key competencies and skills necessary to understand and apply the sales techniques and its management in the marketing field.
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Cultural Studies | Course #: CETT 061104 | Open
Pre-requisite: This class is taught in Spanish during the spring term.
The subject of Geography of Tourism aims at providing a territorial interpretation of tourism. It highlights the existing relations between tourism and territory, both as regards the most relevant regions worldwide, the territorial resources on which the tourism activity is based and it also describes the shape of major tourism categories. Due to the wide range of contents contained in this subject, it is structured in three modules.
The main objectives of the first module are to place the spatial distribution of tourism flows both in origin and destination at international level as well as to identify the factors that influence the location of the tourism activity. As any other activity, tourism generates impacts which will be analyzed in this module.

The second module explains the role of the territorial resources in determining their tourist potential and it states the processes by which these resources are enhanced for tourism purposes. Together with the theory, descriptive cases will be presented.

The third module will allow students to learn about the dynamic processes in tourism spaces, their variety, implementation, the various interpretative theories explaining their evolution as well as the major types of tourism (coastal, urban, nature, mountain, rural).
This subject is part of the first year compulsory courses and it is essential to understand the links existing between tourism and the territories where the tourism activity takes place.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Cultural Studies | Course #: CETT 061106 | Open
Tourism and Cultural Heritage: An introduction to the world of cultural heritage and its relation with tourism. The subject aims at studying the close relationships between cultural heritage and tourism as well as the historical roots of this pairing and it proposes an original approach to the different types of cultural tourism which detaches itself from classical historiography.
The subject is structured in three blocks, being the first an introductory one. The second block provides analysis tools from the tourism point of view of architectural and urban heritage. Finally, the third block closes the subject by providing the necessary tools for the analysis of artistic heritage.
Contact Hours: 60
3.0 Credits
Cultural Studies | Course #: CETT 062215 | Open
Tourism is a socio-economic activity closely related to mobility; tourism always involves mobility. However, mobility is not exclusive of tourism.
In this subject students analyze the different aspects of mobility and transport of passengers and goods from a global multidisciplinary point of view, placing particular emphasis on the main issues that affect the creation and consumption of mobility-related tourism products and services.
Actually the current tourism system cannot be conceived without an adequate management of tourism mobility planned ahead. The future of tourism and its stakeholders, whether public or private, undoubtedly will depend on the proper management of tourism mobility. Therefore, the subject of Tourism Mobility is fundamental to enable the future tourism graduates to respond -in their role of tourism managers- to the challenges posed by tourism.
For this reason, Tourism Mobility deals with such aspects as globalization, localization, governance, consumption or environmental sustainability. It offers an innovative, integrative approach to the discipline considering the economic, legal, political, social and environmental fields.
In order to achieve this, the learning process will allow the students to identify the role of all the stakeholders participating in the tourism activity of a destination and to analyze subjects like: mobility and its interactions, territorial planning and infrastructure design, inter-modality and major infrastructures, logistics and transport, safety and transport, environmental management of mobility as well as design and competitive strategies for the improvement of mobility in the tourism system.
Contact Hours: 45
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
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: CETT 061101 | Open
Pre-requisite: This class is taught in Spanish.
Accounting in Tourism Companies: Accounting is an essential tool for the management of an economic unit; it is useful for generating and managing the economic and financial information derived from the development of the business activity.
The objective of the subject is the acquisition of the knowledge needed to elaborate, communicate, validate, analyse and understand the relevant information regarding the economic and financial situation of the economic unit, thus enabling control and decision making in companies at operational and strategic levels.

The instrumental nature of the subject allows students to learn how to identify the outstanding economic and financial issues that affect the relationships of the company with the outside world. It also enables them to quantify and record operations according to the Spanish General Accounting Plan criteria, synthesize information to determine the company’s economic performance and statement of assets and to prepare annual statements.

It is important to highlight the practical approach to the contents of the subject, being the organizations in the tourism sector the main subjects of application.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: CETT 062113 | Open
Pre-requisite: This course will be offered in Spanish during the spring term.
This subject will help students understand the fact that, in the twenty-first century, the future of the tourism system cannot be conceived without a suitable Tourism Policy, defined by means of a major process where COOPERATION among the different administrations, COORDINATION within the most directly concerned administrations, COLLABORATION between the public and the private sectors and the resident population’s CONSCIOUSNESS becomes a reality.
Without the deployment of this process or of similar ones that lead to the construction of this great building which is the tourism system, without the four Cs foundations (cooperation, coordination, collaboration and consciousness) around which this process revolves, it makes it impossible for any Tourism Policy, or for the management of private and / or public businesses, companies, establishments and tourism destinations to meet successfully the challenges posed by the global tourism; the twenty-first century tourism.
Tourism Policy presents, from a social, economic and legal point of view, an eminently practical insight of the relations existing at the core of the tourism system between the tourism activities and the intervention of public authorities; facing problems and proposing solutions.
The subject aims at enabling students to solve problems at local, regional, state and worldwide levels through the implementation of means and instruments devised to deal with global tourism realities.
Contact Hours: 60
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: CETT 062214 | Open
Pre-requisite: This class is taught in Spanish during the spring term.
Analysis of Tourism Destinations has the main objectives to provide students with an insight to the dynamics created among tourism destinations (understood as geographical spaces where the tourism experience takes place and the tourism attraction is consumed) and to teach students the main tourism destinations worldwide.

Besides carrying out a descriptive analysis of the main geographical features, on the one hand the subject aims at presenting the major global tourist destinations in an orderly manner and, on the other hand, to pinpoint the environmental, demographic, socio-economic and geopolitical aspects that characterize each of the different regions of the world, in order to identify how they affect the tourism activity.

With this subject, students will approach the main tourism destinations worldwide so that they can analyze them and understand their global and regional importance. For this reason, it is essential to describe their distribution at global scale according to the main modalities (urban, coastal, nature, ethnic tourism) and how they deal with tour operator and travel agent offers. In conclusion, students will have to be able to understand, from the tourism point of view, the different world areas and their idiosyncrasies.
Contact Hours: 60
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: CETT 063503 | Open
Pre-requisite: This course is taught in Spanish during the spring term.
Tourism Planning is one of the key processes in the sustainable development of any tourism activity and / or destination. Any tourism organization today carries out its activities according to a previously planned framework which dictates the guidelines to follow and the decisions to make.
Tourism Planning develops in an increasingly complex environment with multiple stakeholders engaged in its deployment and with the existence of social, economic and environmental factors that affect and transform it. Therefore, the future of the tourism activities in the frame of the tourism destination and all the stakeholders involved will greatly depend on the correct planning of the tourism project.
Thus, the subject becomes fundamental in providing the right learning that future tourism managers will need and that will enable them to make decisions about the tourism in the region by implementing the most appropriate analysis, correction and monitoring devices.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: CETT 064516 | Open
Pre-requisite: This class is taught in Spanish during the spring term.
A Smart Destination integrates under the same umbrella territorial tourism planning, the application of sustainability to the value chain, the inclusion of technology in the tourist experience and in the service delivery, efficient and effective resource management in accordance with the existing capacities and the ability to meet the tourists' needs and respond to their behaviors.
Therefore, it represents a commitment to the future in order to achieve a better and more efficient tourism development of a destination. This subject will delve into those elements which turn a traditional tourism destination into a smart tourism destination. The course will be developed through the subjects of Environmental sustainability, ICTs and public-private management in destinations.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: CETT 064532 | Open
The leisure, travel and tourism related sector is dynamic and exciting and it provides a challenging working environment.
The subject aims at giving the students the necessary knowledge on the components that make up this sector and how they intertwine.
Contact Hours: 45

Courses & Schedule
SAI students select a concentration from Business, Hospitality, and Tourism, but are free to enroll in any combination of elective courses. All students are encouraged to enroll in the Spanish Language and Culture course in order to get the most from their semester. Most subjects are taught in English, while some are taught in Spanish, especially those related to Spanish culture and society. The language of instruction for each class is clearly indicated on the schedule for a given term. Students who wish to attend courses in Spanish must prove their language proficiency by showing that they have achieved an intermediate level; a score equivalent to level B1 as measured by a CEFR-equivalent language exam. Certificates issued by the home university are also accepted.

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: 12 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
Program Fee: 15 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
Optional / Additional Fees:  
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.