IQS Barcelona
Fall Semester Elective 2021
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: now open
Closes: May 15, 2021
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after deadline as 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


  • AACSB accredited
  • Recognized by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
  • Complete a non-credit part time internship

Program Dates
Late August 2021 – Late December 2021
Contact SAI Admissions for precise dates

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



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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
May 15 2021
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)
May 1 2021
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 2021
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 2021
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 2021
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
Contact SAI Admissions for more information
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.
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.
IQS Welcome & Orientation
Classes Begin
Spanish Language Classes Begin
Spanish Language Classes End
Classes End
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.
Program Fee: 12 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
Coming soon
Program Fee: 15 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
Coming soon
Optional / Additional Fees:  
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
Coming soon
Optional Visa Processing Fee
Available for some jurisdictions.
International Mailing Supplement
When applicable, students 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 $1,500
Cost depends on travel to Consulate.
$160 $360
Books, Supplies & Course Fees $50 / course $200 / 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 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 & trips outside host city
  • 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!

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.

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 should be valid for 4 months after planned departure 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.