IQS Barcelona
Spring 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: 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: We will not be offering this program in Spring 2021. Please reach out to SAI Admissions to discuss other options in Barcelona.

Program Dates
January 22, 2021 – June 5, 2021


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

0.5 Credits
International Experience | Course #: 15562 | 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: 7

School of Engineering

6.0 Credits
Itinerary A2 | Course #: 24032 (EA2) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 90
1.5 Credits
Itinerary A2 | Course #: 24068 (EA2) | Open
Pre-requisite: Intensive course: 1st – 28th February
TBA
Contact Hours: 20
1.5 Credits
Itinerary A2 | Course #: 24070 (EA2) | Open
Pre-requisite: Intensive course: only meets between 1st and 28th February
TBA
Contact Hours: 20
2.5 Credits
Itinerary A2 | Course #: 42015 (EA2) | Open
Pre-requisite: Intensive course: only meets between 1st and 28th February
TBA
Contact Hours: 38
2.0 Credits
Itinerary C2 | Course #: 42024 (EC2) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 30
3.0 Credits
Itinerary C2 | Course #: 42028 (EC2) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Itinerary C2 | Course #: 53049 (EC2) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Itinerary C2 | Course #: 53082 (EC2) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
1.5 Credits
Itinerary D2 | Course #: 24066 (ED2) | Open
Pre-requisite: Intensive course: 1st – 28th February
TBA
Contact Hours: 20
1.5 Credits
Itinerary D2 | Course #: 24069 (ED2) | Open
Pre-requisite: Intensive course: only meets between 1st and 28th February
TBA
Contact Hours: 20
1.5 Credits
Itinerary D2 | Course #: 24070 (ED2) | Open
Pre-requisite: Intensive course: only meets between 1st and 28th February
TBA
Contact Hours: 20
1.5 Credits
Itinerary D2 | Course #: 42015 (ED2) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 20
3.0 Credits
Itinerary D2 | Course #: 53082 (ED2) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45

School of Management

3.0 Credits
Itinerary A2 | Course #: 53009 (A2) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Itinerary A2 | Course #: 53010 (A2) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 34
2.0 Credits
Itinerary A2 | Course #: 53012 (A2) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 30
3.0 Credits
Itinerary A2 | Course #: 53016 (A2) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Itinerary A2 | Course #: 53051 (A2) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
1.5 Credits
Itinerary A2 | Course #: 53060 (A2) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 20
3.0 Credits
Itinerary C2 | Course #: 15564 (C2) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
2.0 Credits
Itinerary C2 | Course #: 53025 (C2) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 30
3.0 Credits
Itinerary C2 | Course #: 53048 (C2) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Itinerary C2 | Course #: 53050 (C2) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Itinerary D2 | Course #: 15564 (D2) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Itinerary D2 | Course #: 53049 (D2) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45
1.5 Credits
Itinerary D2 | Course #: 53056 (D2) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 20
1.5 Credits
Itinerary D2 | Course #: 53060 (D2) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 20
3.0 Credits
Itinerary D2 | Course #: 53082 (D2) | Open
TBA
Contact Hours: 45

Spanish Language

3.0 Credits
Spanish | Course #: 15566 | 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

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
October 10 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)
November 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.
November 15 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.
December 1 2020
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
January 22 2021
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.
January 23 2021
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.
January 25 – 28 2021
IQS Welcome & Orientation
February 1 2021
Classes Begin
May 17 – June 4 2021
Final Exam Period
June 5 2021
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).
$13,200
Program Fee: 15 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
$14,500
Optional / Additional Fees:  
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
$1,300
Optional Visa Processing Service
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 $100 / 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 & 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!

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.

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!

Dalí Day Trip
Visit the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Salvador Dalí’s hometown of Figueres. This museum was conceived and designed by the artist in order to offer visitors a real experience of his captivating and unique world. The Dalí Theatre-Museum opened in 1974 and it houses the single largest and most diverse collection of works by Salvador Dalí. We will then visit Girona, where we will do a tour through this city, which has also been featured in The Game of Thrones. Girona has more than 2000 years of history through two fortified enclosures, the Força Vella, built in the 1st century BC, and the medieval extension of the city walls from the 14th and 15th centuries.

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

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 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.

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 at least 4 months after planned return from Europe.

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.