IQS Barcelona
Fall Semester Elective 2020
12 - 15 credits

Students attending the IQS Barcelona semester program with SAI have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and broaden their horizons in one of Europe's most fascinating cities. IQS students immerse themselves in a semester of specialized academic work, focusing on either Management or Engineering. Building customized schedules based upon pre-determined sets of classes, or “itineraries,” students earn 12 - 15 credits per semester.


Application: closed

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

NOTE: Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, SAI has cancelled this on-site program. Please reach out to SAI Admissions to discuss your options.

Program Dates
August 29, 2020 – December 21, 2020


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: Sophomore or above (at least 2 completed semesters at application).

Cumulative GPA:* 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)

English Language:* Non-native English language speakers must submit TOEFL 75 IBT or equivalent.

*contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements



Mandatory
School of Engineering
School of Management
Spanish Language

Mandatory

1.0 Credits
International Experience | Course #: 15561 | Open
The course has as an objective to enable the integration of the international students in the university as well the city, offering activities and sessions to facilitate their stay and knowledge of the environment that surround them.
Contact Hours: 15

School of Engineering

2.5 Credits
Itinerary A1 | Course #: 24016 (EA1) | Open
Pre-requisite: This course is taught in Spanish.
TBA
Contact Hours: 38
3.0 Credits
Itinerary A1 | Course #: 24017 (EA1) | Open
Pre-requisite: This course is taught in Spanish.
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
6.0 Credits
Itinerary A1 | Course #: 24027 (EA1) | Open
Es curso esta disenado para ser una introduccion de un ano a la Ciencia de los Materiales. En la primera parte del curso, se presentan El curso esta centrado en enfatizar la relacion entre estructura y propiedades en los materiales. En el primer semestre se presentan los temas relacionados con la estructura de los materiales. Tambien se incluyen conceptos de difusion en estado solido y cinetica de las transformaciones de fase y de la formacion de la microestructura. Se aplican los principios de la termodinamica a los materiales y se pone una especial atencion en la descripcion, construccion y aplicaciones de los diagramas de fase. Finalmente, se presentan las propiedades de los materiales y se da una pequena introduccion a la caracterizacion de materiales y al comportamiento de los mismos en servicio. En la segunda parte, se presenta una descripcion, basada en la relacion estructurapropiedades,
de la aplicacion potencial de los materiales metalicos, ceramicos y polimericos mas usados.
Contact Hours: 45
6.0 Credits
Itinerary A1 | Course #: 24032 (EA1) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 90
4.0 Credits
Itinerary A1 | Course #: 24035 (EA1) | Open
In this subject of the Degree in Chemical Engineering the student will acquire the ability to understand the processes developed by the chemical and biotechnological industry from a brief theoretical explanation, visits to industrial facilities and discussions with industry professionals.

The course is divided into two blocks. The first block is about the evolution of the basic nonrenewable raw materials, petroleum, coal and natural gas to obtain intermediate and consumer products grouped in families. During the second block will be discussed the extraction of raw materials from renewable resources and their transformation into intermediate and consumer products.
Contact Hours: 30
5.0 Credits
Itinerary A1 | Course #: 24047 (EA1) | Open
The subject of Organic Chemistry-II is designed to broaden and deepen the student's knowledge in organic chemistry particularly based on six areas: Stereochemistry, Physical Chemistry Organic, Organometallic Chemistry (Block I), Organic Synthesis (Block II), Current Reactions and Synthetic Methodology and Heterocyclic Chemistry (Block III). This aims to train students with a multidisciplinary base for applications ranging from materials science, through biochemistry and natural products to the pharmaceutical medicinal chemistry
Contact Hours: 38
5.0 Credits
Itinerary A1 | Course #: 24050 (EA1) | Open
We present the main spectroscopic techniques that are used today for determining the structure of organic compounds, with particular attention to IR, NMR and MS. For each of the techniques, it is explained the physical basis, the types of instruments used and their operation, the necessary sample preparation and the spectral parameters. The spectral characteristics of the main types of organic molecules are detailed, and through specific exercises for each technique the knowledge is strengthened. Finally, problems are discussed and solved; it requires the combination of several of these techniques, highlighting their complementary nature.
Contact Hours: 38
2.2 Credits
Itinerary A1 | Course #: 53075 (EA1) | Open
The main objective of the course "Innovation and Technology Management" is to develop the competences associated with Innovation Management, as a systematic process of change for the transformation of ideas into value. The subject revolves around the concept of Market Driven Innovation, that begins with the identification of customer and consumer needs, and ends up with the formulation of a Value Proposition and a sustainable business model.
Contact Hours: 34
2.5 Credits
Itinerary B1 | Course #: 42015 (EB1) | Open
Pre-requisite: This course is taught in Spanish.
TBA
Contact Hours: 38
2.5 Credits
Itinerary B1 | Course #: 42020 (EB1) | Open
This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of electronics, and use the tools to be able to design, analyze and implement analogue electronic circuits. One of the most significant technological advances of recent years has been the introduction of semiconductor devices, electronic integrated circuits staple. Its applications are increasing day by day due to its vast possibilities, so it is essential to the study and understanding.
Contact Hours: 38
2.5 Credits
Itinerary B1 | Course #: 42025 (EB1) | Open
This subject begins with the study of the synchronous machine and its integration into an electrical power system. The overall analysis of a synchronous machine, transformer, electrical line and load is necessary for any graduate in industrial engineering technology in order to understand the fundamentals of an electrical power system. The second part of this
subject is focused on the study of the behavior and regulation of an asynchronous (or induction) machine, which is the most important electrical motor, so its study is of the utmost importance due to the significance of this machine in the industry. Last but not least, the
behavior and regulation of direct current machines are also studied. Truly, this electrical machine is being nowadays substituted by modern rectifiers, but its study is essential in order to understand important concepts such as the rectification of sinusoidal waves or the speed control by means of the machine excitation. It should be noted that the contents of this
subject, together with the contents of the subject Electrical Machines from the second course, encompass the concepts of behavior, regulation and control of the traditional electrical machines.
Contact Hours: 38
3.0 Credits
Itinerary B1 | Course #: 42026 (EB1) | Open
This subject that has to be attended compulsorily after the course Fundamentals of Materials Science, aims at analyzing the technological aspects of materials, with special emphasis on the transformation of the same. At this point, it assumes the student already knows the relationship between structure and properties of materials. After completing the course Materials Technology is intended that the student has knowledge of how to modify a material, and how this change affects their structure and therefore their properties.

The focus of the course will be highly practical, where examples will be crucial. In this sense, the agenda will be supplemented by company visits. So you think that school attendance is essential to get the most out of the course. The syllabus has been structured based on the three most common groups of materials: Metal, Ceramic, and Polymeric Organic, and develops the technology associated with each group. In the case of common technologies, emphasizes the points of contact and raises the parallel explanation for the three types of materials. Thus, for example extrusion is discussed in Chapter polymeric materials but commenting on the technical application of metallic and ceramic materials, establishing commonalities and differences. The program also includes an introduction to rheology that is necessary in order to understand many of the processes which are explained later and two chapters that want to explain its specific common trunk separately, such as welding and recycling of materials.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Itinerary B1 | Course #: 53036 (EB1) | Open
Information is a strategic asset, and companies need professionals with capacity of integrating knowledge and information with business processes.
The rapid evolution of technologies requires a constant updating, requiring external help and know-how. Knowledge of Information Systems and Information Technologies are basic for:
-Any company manager
-Any management levels
-Consultancy companies (Support consultancies)
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Itinerary B1 | Course #: 53082 (EB1) | Open
There is convincing evidence that data-driven decision-making and big data technologies substantially improve business performance. Data science supports data-driven decision-making and depends upon technologies for big data storage and engineering, but its principles and techniques are separate. Data Science is the study of the generalizable extraction of knowledge from data. Being a data scientist requires an integrated skill set spanning mathematics, statistics, machine learning, databases and other
branches of computer science along with a good understanding of the craft of problem formulation to engineer effective solutions. This course will introduce students to this field and equip them with some of its basic principles and tools as well as its general mindset. Students will learn concepts, techniques and tools they need to deal with various facets of data science practice. The focus in the treatment of these topics will be on breadth, rather than depth.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Itinerary C1 | Course #: 42032 (EC1) | Open
The subject of machine element calculation is the tool used to dimension the integral parts of a machine subject to different types of static and dynamic stresses resulting from its operation.

The course aims to introduce students to the different standard elements used in the industry and each provide a standardized calculation process that allows proper sizing.
The course content includes as essential: design concepts and criteria for selection of materials for industrial machinery, calculation of transmissions with gears, belts and pulleys, chains ..., calculating coupling shafts and pins, keyways, interference, stretch marks ..., calculating flywheels and links between axles, brake and clutch designs, calculating bushings and bearings, joints between pieces with clips, springs, rivets, welding ..., threaded joints calculating ... calculating damped suspensions and benches.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Itinerary C1 | Course #: 42036 (EC1) | Open
The Manufacturing Technology course is intended for students to acquire knowledge of current manufacturing processes. Emphasis on manufacturing automation, management and computer control and system integration. This gives access to current technologies for reverse engineering, metrology and quality control. Teaches additive manufacturing and its difference from traditional manufacturing technologies. The course builds on the knowledge gained in Applied Mechanics, Strength of Materials, Theory of Machines, Materials Science Foundations, Calculating Machine Elements and Manufacturing Processes to integrate knowledge and apply to the manufacture of products.
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Itinerary C1 | Course #: 42042 (EC1) | Open
Electrochemical processes are an important part of energy generation and its storage. Batteries are being developed fast to respond actual necessities in electric cars, mobile phones and micro generation. In addition, fuel cells are getting more importance as a clean source of electricity. In this subject, the student will learn concepts related with chemistry but
with a broad application in Industrial Engineering such as electrochemistry and batteries taking into account its design parameters, materials used and future advances in these technologies.
Contact Hours: 30
3.0 Credits
Itinerary C1 | Course #: 53036 (EC1) | Open
Information is a strategic asset, and companies need professionals with capacity of integrating knowledge and information with business processes.
The rapid evolution of technologies requires a constant updating, requiring external help and know-how. Knowledge of Information Systems and Information Technologies are basic for:
-Any company manager
-Any management levels
-Consultancy companies (Support consultancies)
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Itinerary C1 | Course #: 53082 (EC1) | Open
There is convincing evidence that data-driven decision-making and big data technologies substantially improve business performance. Data science supports data-driven decision-making and depends upon technologies for big data storage and engineering, but its principles and techniques are separate. Data Science is the study of the generalizable extraction of knowledge from data. Being a data scientist requires an integrated skill set spanning mathematics, statistics, machine learning, databases and other
branches of computer science along with a good understanding of the craft of problem formulation to engineer effective solutions. This course will introduce students to this field and equip them with some of
its basic principles and tools as well as its general mindset. Students will learn concepts, techniques and tools they need to deal with various facets of data science practice. The focus in the treatment of these topics will be on breadth, rather than depth.
Contact Hours: 45
2.5 Credits
Itinerary D1 | Course #: 90034 (ED1) | Open
El uso de biocatalizadores, empleados ya sea como enzimas aisladas o celulas microbianas enteras, ofrece un notable arsenal de transformaciones altamente selectivas para la quimica organica sintetica. Durante las ultimas decadas, esta metodologia se ha convertido en una herramienta indispensable para la sintesis asimetrica, no solo a nivel academico, sino tambien a escala industrial.

Este curso de biocatalisis y biotransformaciones proporciona una introduccion basica sobre el uso de biocatalizadores, principios de transformaciones estereoselectivas, propiedades de las enzimas y cinetica de los diferentes tipos de reacciones, y tecnologia enzimatica como el uso de enzimas en disolventes organicos y tecnicas de inmovilizacion.
Contact Hours: 38
2.5 Credits
Itinerary D1 | Course #: 90035 (ED1) | Open
En el campo de la biomedicina los biomateriales se han convertido en componente clave en una gran cantidad de productos de aplicacion clinica. En este sentido, se puede afirmar que en la medicina actual el uso de materiales y dispositivos medicos mejoran la calidad de vida de millones de personas en todo el mundo. Es por esto que se considera que el ultimo curso de un grado en biotecnologia, dentro del modulo de biotecnologia de la salud, los estudiantes deberian formarse en entender la relacion entre las estructura de los materiales Un solido conocimiento en este ambito permitira a los alumnos interaccionar de manera eficiente con la industria que desarrolla los ultimos avances en tecnologias medicas, con medicos que tienen que utilizar los materiales en su practica diaria y los organismos reguladores que deciden que puede utilizarse en la practica medica.
Con esta idea en mente, la asignatura se ha disenado para que sea al mismo tiempo multidisciplinar e interdisciplinar. En esta linea, se pretende poner, de forma conjunta al alcance de los alumnos, diferentes disciplinas de ciencia e ingenieria clasica asi como nuevos paradigmas que completen las lagunas existentes en los conocimientos clasicos.
Contact Hours: 38
2.5 Credits
Itinerary D1 | Course #: 90036 (ED1) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 38
2.5 Credits
Itinerary D1 | Course #: 90041 (ED1) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 38
2.5 Credits
Itinerary D1 | Course #: 90042 (ED1) | Open
La mejora genetica de las plantas existe desde hace miles de anos cuando el hombre inicio el proceso de domesticacion de las plantas silvestres y la agricultura. Sin embargo, el desarrollo de la tecnologia de ADN recombinante junto con las nuevas tecnicas de cultivo vegetal, han acelerado el proceso de mejora genetica para la obtencion de nuevas variedades con caracteristicas deseadas. La biotecnologia vegetal se define como la introduccion de caracteristicas deseadas mediante modificacion genetica, y su impacto trasciende a areas tan importantes como la productividad agricola, la nutricion humana y animal, o incluso la salud.
El objetivo de la asignatura es proporcionar a los estudiantes los conocimientos basicos de la biotecnologia vegetal moderna, y se divide en las siguientes partes: (1) Principios bioquimicos y moleculares que rigen el metabolismo y el desarrollo vegetal. Estos componentes suelen ser las dianas moleculares de los procesos de mejora genetica. (2) Conceptos basicos de mejora genetica clasica, y desarrollo de tecnicas moleculares modernas. (3) Metodos de manipulacion genetica y transgenesis vegetal, y su aplicacion en la mejora de las caracteristicas de los
Contact Hours: 38
2.5 Credits
Itinerary D1 | Course #: 90046 (ED1) | Open
Conceptos de cultivo celular en dos y tres dimensiones, de diferentes tipos celulares como asi de sus posibles aplicaciones. Fundamentos de celulas adultas y embrionarias como asi tambien la de sus celulas madres progenitoras. Desarrollo embrionario basico de tejidos y organos y procesos de regeneracion animal. Principios basicos de ingenieria de tejidos, uso de andamios (scaffolds) y control de parametros biologicos, biofisicos y biomecanicos de un constructo celular. Bioreactores: fuerzas y flujos.
Contact Hours: 38
3.0 Credits
Itinerary F1 | Course #: 90563 (EF1) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Itinerary F1 | Course #: 90564 (EF1) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Itinerary F1 | Course #: 90565 (EF1) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Itinerary F1 | Course #: 90566 (EF1) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45

School of Management

2.2 Credits
Itinerary A1 | Course #: 15557 (A1) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 34
3.0 Credits
Itinerary A1 | Course #: 53010 (A1) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 34
3.0 Credits
Itinerary A1 | Course #: 53011 (A1) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Itinerary A1 | Course #: 53013 (A1) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
2.2 Credits
Itinerary A1 | Course #: 53018 (A1) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 34
2.2 Credits
Itinerary A1 | Course #: 53019 (A1) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 34
2.2 Credits
Itinerary A1 | Course #: 53075 (A1) | Open
The main objective of the course "Innovation and Technology Management" is to develop the competences associated with Innovation Management, as a systematic process of change for the transformation of ideas into value. The subject revolves around the concept of Market Driven Innovation, that begins with the identification of customer and consumer needs, and ends up with the formulation of a Value Proposition and a sustainable business model.
Contact Hours: 34
3.0 Credits
Itinerary B1 | Course #: 15563 (B1) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
2.2 Credits
Itinerary B1 | Course #: 53019 (B1) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 34
2.2 Credits
Itinerary B1 | Course #: 53023 (B1) | Open
Pre-requisite: This course also available as part of Itinerary C1.
TBA
Contact Hours: 34
3.0 Credits
Itinerary B1 | Course #: 53036 (B1) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
2.2 Credits
Itinerary B1 | Course #: 53075 (B1) | Open
The main objective of the course "Innovation and Technology Management" is to develop the competences associated with Innovation Management, as a systematic process of change for the transformation of ideas into value. The subject revolves around the concept of Market Driven Innovation, that begins with the identification of customer and consumer needs, and ends up with the formulation of a Value Proposition and a sustainable business model.
Contact Hours: 34
3.0 Credits
Itinerary B1 | Course #: 53082 (B1) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Itinerary C1 | Course #: 15563 (C1) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
2.2 Credits
Itinerary C1 | Course #: 53019 (C1) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 34
2.2 Credits
Itinerary C1 | Course #: 53023 (C1) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 34
3.0 Credits
Itinerary C1 | Course #: 53049 (C1) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Itinerary C1 | Course #: 53052 (C1) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
1.5 Credits
Itinerary C1 | Course #: 53055 (C1) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 22
2.2 Credits
Itinerary C1 | Course #: 53075 (C1) | Open
The main objective of the course "Innovation and Technology Management" is to develop the competences associated with Innovation Management, as a systematic process of change for the transformation of ideas into value. The subject revolves around the concept of Market Driven Innovation, that begins with the identification of customer and consumer needs, and ends up with the formulation of a Value Proposition and a sustainable business model.
Contact Hours: 34

Spanish Language

3.0 Credits
Spanish | Course #: IQS SPAN TBA1 | Open
This is an optional course for those students from non-Spanish speaking countries who wish to study at IQS. The course focuses on applying all the skills necessary to learn Spanish. Therefore students will develop their oral and written skills integrating basic vocabulary and Spanish grammar whilst always taking into account the students academic needs.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Spanish | Course #: IQS SPAN TBA2 | Open
Pre-requisite: Successful completion of a beginning level Spanish course.
This intermediate Spanish course is based on a communicative approach. The main objective is to provide the student with the necessary knowledge to communicate in a Spanish speaking country where many different cultures converge. Emphasis will be placed on communicative activities that help the students learn and assimilate the language, its grammar and vocabulary.
Contact Hours: 45

Courses & Schedule
Semester courses at IQS are offered Monday through Friday. Students choose between 12 and 15 credits per term from their chosen itinerary; it is not possible to choose courses across different itineraries. Some classes may have prerequisites, satisfaction of which much be demonstrated by the students’ transcript before they will be allowed to register for that course. All visiting students are registered in a class called “International Experience,” which is a mandatory, multi-session cultural orientation program run by IQS.

Spanish Language classes are available at the Beginner and Intermediate levels and commence about one month after the start of term. During the first class period, students take a placement test to determine whether they are assigned to an A1 (Beginner) or B1 (Intermediate) section.

Students who wish to complete a non-credit part time internship while studying at IQS should contact SAI Admissions.

Course Registration
Students choose their courses after they have been accepted into the program. As soon as the IQS semester itineraries are confirmed, students are asked to complete an online SAI Course Approval form, which is used to specify first-choice and alternate-choice courses. SAI’s Barcelona Admissions Counselor will help guide students through this process. Please note that course registration is completed on a first-come, first-served basis and classes are subject to change, closure, or cancellation.


Pre-Departure Calendar
June 1 2020
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
June 1 2020
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 2020
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 2020
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 2020
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
August 1 2020
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
August 29 2020
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.
August 30 2020
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 1 2020
IQS Welcome & Orientation
Coming soon
Classes Begin
Coming soon
Spanish Language Classes Begin
Coming soon
Spanish Language Classes End
Coming soon
Classes End
December 21 2020
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 $120
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
$300
Program Fee: 12 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
$12,400
Program Fee: 15 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
$13,650
Optional / Additional Fees:  
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
$1,200
Optional Visa Processing Fee
Available for some jurisdictions.
$200
International Mailing Supplement
When applicable, students are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
$90

*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 $1,500
Visa
Cost depends on travel to Consulate.
$160 $360
Books, Supplies & Course Fees $50 / course $200 / course
Meals
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 360° 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
  • Welcome reception and events
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • SAI Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities & weekend excursion
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Access to and assistance with international cell phone plans
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support
  • Farewell event with all students

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • 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 processing
  • Need-based SAI scholarships
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI offers all students the Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities, at no extra cost, for participants 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: Scavenger Hunt
Students attempt to solve questions with a team with the aid of a map and road book. In the course of the activity, they will discover various jewels of the city including the Sagrada Familia, the Casa Batlló, the Cathedral of Barcelona, and the old quarter while learning how take the metro and the bus. There will be prizes for the winners!

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: Gems of the Costa Brava
Students take an unforgettable weekend trip to northern Catalonia, known for its beautiful coast and celebrated Pyrenees mountain range. Throughout the weekend, students explore the lovely French town of Collioure, dive into the world of Surrealist painter Salvador Dali by visiting the amazing Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, visit the coastal village of Cadaques, known as the jewel of the Costa Brava, and finish by getting to know the medieval town of Girona.

The Spanish Family Experience
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.

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.

Poblenou Neighborhood Tour
This ex-industrial district has transformed into a hub for creativity and technology in recent years. Students visit this fascinating neighborhood that has with its personality outlined by charming smokestacks that are scattered throughout the area. Discover old factories that have been converted into galleries and studios and communication and technology companies that have based their headquarters in the 22@ district. There will also be a stop at the Encants flea market!

Explore Tarragona & Visit the Santes Creus Monastery
While in Catalonia, you cannot miss the city of Tarragona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Emperor Augustus lived here and made it the capital of Hispania Citerior. The city still has ancient Roman walls, circus, and an amphitheater overlooking the sea. Students will enjoy the medieval quarter and its Gothic cathedral. Free time will be given for lunch. We will then go to the Royal Monastery of Santa María de Santes Creus, one of the largest and best-preserved Cistercian monastic complexes in Spain.

Cultural Workshop: Navigating the Spanish Culture
Through this workshop students will learn the habits (European differences), traditions, food and language tips.

Montgat Fish Market & Bravas at a Traditional Xiringuito
Experience the authentic Mediterranean lifestyle on a trip to Montgat. With just a short local train ride students can immerse themselves in the atmosphere of a small fishermen’s village where there is still a local daily fish market. This includes time at the beach and stop at a traditional local “xiringuito” right by the sea to have some bravas and a refreshment.

Visit the Bunkers of Carmel
A visit to one of the most astonishing viewpoints in Barcelona. These anti-aircraft batteries from the Spanish Civil War have become a popular spot amongst locals and visitors.

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 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.

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

Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (option to upgrade to private bedroom, if available). 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. Housing assignments are single gender; other housing configurations may be available under limited circumstances. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.

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

Student Visas
In accordance with Spanish law students studying in Spain for 91 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.