Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Fall Semester Elective 2018
12 - 15 credits

The UAB study abroad semester is designed for visiting students who wish to spend a semester in Barcelona taking courses in social sciences, humanities, business, economics and Spanish language. Most courses are taught in English, with some options in Spanish, and can be chosen from a wide range of electives. Students can choose to take 4 or 5 courses per semester, for a total of 12 - 15 credits.

Application Deadline
May 1, 2018
Apps accepted until May 15 as space permits

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


  • City-center campus
  • Courses offer Mediterranean perspective on global issues
  • Cultural events and excursions offered throughout term

Program Dates
September 2, 2018 – December 19, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

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

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

Cumulative GPA:* 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)

English Language:* Non-native English language speakers must submit TOEFL: 65+ or equivalent.



3.0 Credits
Architecture | Course #: SA3029E | Open
This course explains the history and the evolution of the City of Barcelona. The perspective used will be that of Urbanism, Politics and Society, understanding them as the result of the same historical process. Architecture will be discussed when necessary, like studying Modernism or Noucentism. As well as studying the evolution of the City of Barcelona, students will compare this city to other realities and cities like Madrid, Paris, London, Moscow, New York or Washington DC. This class is aimed at students who want to understand the elements that build a city but also at those who consider the city of Barcelona specifically as important.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Art | Course #: SA3025E | Open
The course provides an introduction to Spanish contemporary art, it examines the concepts behind the work and the evolution of Spanish art in relation to similar movements in Europe and the United States The course is complimented by visits to relevant exhibitions in Barcelona and talks by professional artists.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Art | Course #: SA3026E | Open
This course gives an overall view of the art history of Spain from prehistoric times to the present, dealing in more detail with the Baroque period, Modernism and 20th century art. There will be regular visits to museums in order to keep the course as close to real artistic practice as possible. However, this course also has a special focus on the theory aspects of Art History, which we will develop throughout the in-class sessions. Attendance to class and oral participation is very important, and all students are expected to contribute to the class development with their questions and commentaries, and preparing beforehand reading assignments and visits to exhibitions. These tasks will be discussed in class.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Art | Course #: SA3039E | Open
This programme has been designed to teach students about the great art collections preserved in the most important Spanish museums. We study the origin and formation of these collections as well as the way they are in display today. Along the course, the student will be also able to recognize the most important masterpieces of the Spanish art, know the reasons that account for their unanimous positive appraisal, and analyze their artistic characteristics and their social and historical implications. The methods of instruction will include lectures, oral presentations by the students and at least one field visit with the professor. Other field trips will be proposed to be done by the students individually.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Art | Course #: SA3040E | Open
This program has been designed to teach students about the cultural diversity and richness of the Spanish Heritage. They will study the most representative buildings of each period that have been included in the Unesco's World Heritage List for having outstanding universal value. Along the course, students will be also able to recognize the most important masterpieces of the Spanish architecture, know the reasons that account for their unanimous positive appraisal, and analyze their artistic characteristics and their social and historical implications. The methods of instruction will include lectures and field visits.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Art | Course #: SA3041E | Open
In Contemporary art the frontiers between the classic disciplines are dissolving. Contemporary art is becoming ever more interdisciplinary, at times confusing, unclassifiable where all kinds of fusions, exchanges, frictions, transaction and dialogues are occurring. There are new points of interaction, new crossings of information and action. This course is an introduction to some of these new territories and how they are being explored by Spanish Contemporary Artists.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Art | Course #: SA3042E | Open
Pre-requisite: Students must supply their own DSLR, Bridge, or Rangefinder camera.
The course is designed for photography enthusiasts who want to take control of their camera and start to explore the beauty and diversity of photography.
The course is divided in 2 parts.
In part 1 ( technical ) students will get in-depth knowledge of digital cameras, learn the basic of composition , retouch images and learn about and get inspiration from some of the historical masters of photography.
In part 2 ( project ) students will apply what they learned in part 1 and use their skills to work on an individual photography project. The task of part 2 is to conceptualize, edit a photographic essay and learn the ability to work independently on photographic subjects.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Art | Course #: SA3045S | Open
Pre-requisite: taught in Spanish - intermediate Spanish language required, determined via placement test
The course aims to give students an introduction to Spanish Contemporary Art from 1970 to 1990, and welcomes students from all disciplines. The course will discuss Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Body Art, Land Art, Arte Povera, and Feminist Art.

Specifically, the course will follow: Introduction to Spanish Artists. Spanish Conceptual Art, Art in the 80s, Spanish Painters, Spanish Sculptors, and Art in the 90s

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Art & Architecture | Course #: SA3037E | Open
This course focuses on how Public Art, Graffiti and Urban Interventions have an important cultural value to a forever developing city. Urban environments with a strong public art expression give communities a stronger sense of place and identity. In the first part of the course, students will develop an understanding of the fundamental elements which help us look at and observe painting and sculpture. This foundation will then be used in order to further analyze the content and intentions of Spanish and International artists' work that contribute to a local cultural sense of identity.
The second part of the program looks specifically at Public works of art as Urban Interventions with reference to the cityscape of Barcelona (world renowned for its development of urban spaces). In order to maintain the course as close to real artistic practice, there will be scheduled visits to various museums and public spaces.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Art & Architecture | Course #: SA3038E | Open
Modernism is the most idiosyncratic, creative and original of all European Art Nouveau movements. It also gives Barcelona its distinctive image and brings to mind the name of Gaudi. But a general overview of this style will always be slightly misleading just because in Modernism the art is in the detail, and details are what general overviews leave out . This course offers the opportunity to discover the master works of Barcelona'™s Art Nouveau architecture and the marvels of design contained in them. The history and cultural context of Modernism will be explained in the classroom. But this course will give special emphasis to the outdoors practice. Students will do sketches in front of the buildings and in the museum discovering and appreciating the often hidden qualities of the flowing Art Nouveau lines. The approach will be much more personal and accurate than if given in the strictly academic fashion.
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Business | Course #: SA2005E | Open
In an increasingly global world, managers must be able to handle diversity effectively.
The aim of this module is therefore: 1. To increase the awareness of the impact of national cultures on business. 2. To provide the students with theoretical and practical tools in order to improve their productivity when working and doing business with people from other cultures. 3. To make the students more aware of their personal orientations.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Business | Course #: SA2007E | Open
Although international business has been important for decades, its impact on our lives has been more visible in the recent years. I am presently typing this syllabus in a computer manufactured by an American corporation (H-P), many of whose components are produced in Taiwan or mainland China. The computer was assembled in the Czech Republic and purchased to the Spanish HP subsidiary in an Internet Auction conducted by an American firm (Ebay). A few minutes ago, a courier delivered me the latest International Business book I ordered a week ago from a UK Internet-bookstore.

We will begin the course focusing on the economic foundations of international
business. Next we will consider the main forces that shape business across countries:
political, economic, cultural and legal forces. The last part of the course will analyze the
internal aspects of a firm oriented towards international business.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Business | Course #: SA2008E | Open
This course extends the principles of finance to the international context. Topics include exchange rate determination, foreign exchange markets, currency derivatives (forwards, futures, swaps, options and money market), and exposure (translation, transaction and economic).
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Business | Course #: SA2009E | Open
Marketing products and services around the world, transcending national and political boundaries, is a fascinating phenomenon. This course focuses on marketing strategy and management within the context of the international markets. It introduces the complex and constantly evolving realities of international marketing. It evaluates cultural differences and aims to enhance student skills in developing and implementing marketing strategies and decision making in the international contexts. It starts with an overview of the environments faced in international markets (i.e., cultures, economic systems, financial markets, governments and legal systems, etc.) and then addresses in some depth the elements of global marketing strategy (product, price, distribution, promotion, etc.) and its implementation.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Business | Course #: SA2010E | Open
The main objective of this course is to equip students with current knowledge and practical skills in strategic management. This is especially important in order to provide up-to-date applied knowledge of fundamental strategic issues, their pitfalls, and how to read between-the-lines of strategic management. This will be very useful for your career as a consultant, business analyst, corporate director, etc. We will discuss up-to- date and hot topics that companies face today.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Business | Course #: SA2011E | Open
The service business industry has positioned itself like one of the main economic engines of the first world countries (mainly in Europe and the US). Due to this fact, it is really important analyse deeply the drivers that impact in the service business.
This course presents a deep analysis in terms of interrelations which exist between marketing processes, operations, logistics and human resources in the services industry.
The course will analyse many differences in the concept of efficiency, quality, personal touch and other variables between the US, Europe and Asia. The international perspective will evaluate the most important issues to take into account in the services industry in different countries and clusters.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Business | Course #: SA2016E | Open
The purpose of this course is to explore business creation and growth as a multidimensional phenomenon in both independent and corporate (intrapreneurship) settings. By linking theory and practice the course aims to provide students an entrepreneurial perspective and a hands-on experience in the development of new business ventures.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Business | Course #: SA2017E | Open
The increasing development of information technologies (IT) has significantly affected both firms and markets. IT is currently changing the world in a more permanent and far- reaching way than any other technology in the history of mankind. A new economy, where knowledge is the most important strategic resource, is forcing firms to review their traditional routines and take advantage of the tools able to create new value. Meanwhile, the tool that is currently having the most significant effect in the business world is the Internet.

The Internet and the World Wide Web are revolutionizing the way people, businesses and governments transact business via electronic commerce (e-Commerce). This process is just beginning but is already having enormous impact on our activities and the way we relate to people and organisations. This course examines the major concepts that enable e-Commerce, including the Internet, security and privacy, software and hardware architectures, policy, legal and economic issues. The objectives of the course are to become familiar with the technologies, strategy and management issues associated with e-Commerce as well as to develop a good understanding of the risks in its use.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Business | Course #: SA2041E | Open
The module intends to enable students to know about the basics of management and leadership. It also intends to develop the participant's managerial skills that are necessary for a successful career. Students will develop their managerial skills throughout different ways, including business cases, debates, teamwork, role playing, etc. The lecturer will ask for an interactive dialogue within the participants and aim to gain a final high level of participation.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Business | Course #: SA2042E | Open
Emerging economies account for about 120 of a total of 160 countries recognised by the United Nations. In today’s global environment, as companies seek sustainable competitive advantage, they need to develop effective strategies to deal with emerging markets. This course is centred on the challenges and opportunities associated with organizational management and business strategy in emerging economies. Business cases in emerging economies from diverse geographical regions such as Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Eastern Europe will be discussed.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Business | Course #: SA2043E | Open
This course focuses on analyzing and understanding how European businesses operate with a very practical focus. It does this by providing the opportunity to directly analyze the strategies and operational activities of today’s European framework, and more specifically, how these are applied to Catalan and Spanish businesses.

Students will establish direct contact with Barcelona's business world, where, with the assistance of the professor, they will gain hands-on experience seeing, observing, asking, interacting and analyzing different companies. Direct personal interviews with Business Managers are conducted to get to students a first-hand highly valuable testimonial related to managerial experiences, competitive advantages and daily operations.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Business | Course #: SA2044E | Open
The objective of this course is to enable students to find their place in organizations by developing the appropriated competencies and promoting the right attitudes and behaviour. In order to balance life and career pursuits, nowadays, we talk about managing career trajectories. Ethics and Tech Savvy have also become critical. Students will have to
design a marketing plan where they are the product. We will study the latest trends in job searching as well as web 2.0 technologies to create ones personal branding and product placement in the labour market. The program invites students to reflection on the use of diverse tools.
The feedback they get from both the teacher and their colleagues (from different nationalities) is very important; as the former and the later may act as a focus group from the worldwide marketplace.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Business | Course #: SA3030S | Open
Pre-requisite: taught in Spanish - intermediate Spanish language required, determined via placement test
This course will train students in the functions of management and the behaviors necessary to develop global vision and management skills from a strategic perspective, including interpersonal attitudes. Students will review the overall international business environment, culture and international operations, as well as human resources.

The course will utilize various teaching styles, including case studies, debates, teamwork and role playing. A high degree of in-class participation is required.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Business | Course #: SA3031S | Open
Pre-requisite: Taught in Spanish - intermediate Spanish language required, student qualification is determined by an on-site placement test.
Product and service marketing transcends political and country borders. This course aims to improve the skills of the student in the development and implementation of marketing strategies and decision making in the international context. The complexity of international marketing is constantly evolving. This course will explore the ways in which cultural, social and economic differences relate to marketing.

The course begins with an overview of the variables addressed in International Markets (ie, cultures, economic systems, financial markets, government and legal systems, etc..) and then move to the
elements of global marketing strategy (product, price, distribution,
promotion, etc..) and its implementation.

Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Communication | Course #: SA3048E | Open
This course will reflect on the importance of the media in the production, reproduction and perpetuation (or change) of gender roles. We will investigate how socially constructed gender categories inform our daily lives as citizens, consumers and creators of public discourse. We will also explore the dynamic relationship between gender and other identity categories (race, religion, class, sexuality, nationality, etc.). Finally, this course will analyse the contents of the press, radio, television, TV series, movies and Internet from a gender perspective.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Communication | Course #: SA3049E | Open
The course will study and observe how different identities (nationality, race, class, gender, religion) affect people’s perceptions of themselves as individuals, themselves within their groups, themselves within other groups, and how those perceptions affect the way they communicate and interpret messages. In response to the changes in the way we communicate due to communication, the course will also focus on the impact of technology on intercultural communication as well as the ways that different cultures utilize the various forms of social media platforms. In order to do all of this and ensure that the class is dynamic, we will have diverse assignments and incorporate a variety of formats for class including films, power point, Youtube videos, articles, texts and short trips.
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Economics | Course #: SA2004E | Open
This course in designed as a brief introduction to individual decision making. Its main objective is to provide the students with decision theory and game theory tools that can be useful not only in business environments but also in everyday life. We begin with an experiment including several basic decision problems and games. The second and the third part of the course are the core of the subject where the student actually learns how to solve and analyse decision problems and games. Once the basic theory is learned, we proceed to some critiques and alternative approaches.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Economics | Course #: SA2006E | Open
International economics is divided into two broad subfields: international trade and international money. International trade focuses on real transactions in the international economy, that is, on those transactions that involve a physical movement of goods. On the other hand, international money focuses on financial transactions and refers to the monetary side of the international economy. This course deals with the first aspect of international economics, i.e. the real transactions and focuses on two main aspects of it: international trade theory and evidence and international trade policy.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Economics | Course #: SA2024E | Open
The purpose of the course is to make the students aware of the crucial role of creativity and innovation in 21st century and provide them with tools to be effective actors of change in their organizations in the future.

The course has the following main learning objectives: 1. Understand the importance of creativity and innovation for the companies in the 21st century. 2. Be aware of the impact of national cultures on creativity and innovation. 3. Hear experiences from creative people to learn from them. 4. Encourage the students to think "out of the box". 5. Provide the students with tools to improve their creativity. 6. Know the big trends for the future and where to find information about. 7. Gain knowledge on the online tools available to help them in the innovation process

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Economics | Course #: SA2025E | Open
This course takes soccer as an illustration of theories and empirical evidence related to economic incentives and behaviour. Soccer is widely followed and generates a great amount of information. This knowledge is used in a systematic way to explore the validity of economic theories and to empirically test predictions generated by these theories.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Economics | Course #: SA2035E | Open
Inequality defines the world we live in. At the turn of the 21st century, the richest five percent of people received one-third of total global income, the next 15 percent richer got another third while the poorest 80 percent of the population had to share the remaining third. In this course we will study the development of international and global inequality, inequality within nations, gender inequality and poverty in the long run. The main questions that the student will be able to discuss are: has inequality increased over time?, does globalisation make the world more unequal?, what policies have been implemented in order to reduce inequality and how effective have they been?, and why should we care about poverty?
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
History | Course #: SA2022E | Open
The goal of this course is to offer a wide introduction to the main evolution of the Mediterranean using not History but its cultures, religions and peoples. The main topics covered are: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Greece, Rome, Germanics, Byzantines, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, the Renaissance, the Mediterranean family and the Modernization of the Mediterranean Societies.
The treatment of these topics will not be covered chronologically but by item. Each of the classes will maintain a chronological structure but not the whole course, that is, each session will be independent from each other trying to cover all the important elements of a given topic.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
History | Course #: SA3023E | Open
This course starts with an extensive view of the Spanish history as a way of giving students a general frame where they could place the following subjects that will be taken into account. After that it will examine the different cultures within Spain: Castilian, Catalan, Basque and Galician; focusing mainly on language, nationality, and political implications. The rest of the course will travel throughout the various aspects of the Spanish Civilization, understanding civilization as lifestyle and society (family, immigration, youth, economic crisis, politics...), and also the various artistic ways of expression (painting, architecture, literature, music and cinema). By using concepts from these various subjects, students will study how Spain changed from being a polarized country to an allegedly reference in the West.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
History | Course #: SA3024S | Open
Pre-requisite: taught in Spanish - intermediate Spanish language required, determined via placement test
This course begins with a review of the extended history of Spain as a way to give students a general frame of reference to place the topics discussed in class. It then discusses various cultures in Spain: Castilian, Catalan, Basque and Galician. In doing so, the course will pay special attention to language, nationality and political implications. The remainder of the class will discuss the various Spanish ways of life (family, immigration, youth, economic, political ...) and the various modes of artistic expression (painting, architecture, literature, music and film).
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
History | Course #: SA3050E | Open
This course aims to explain the evolution of Spain since 1898. The areas of study will be Politics, Society, Family and Economics. At the end of the semester students will be able to understand the major changes that took place in Spain since the Spanish defeat in Cuba in 1898, their effects in internal and external affairs and their interrelations with worldwide history.
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Catalan Language | Course #: SA1003C | Open
Upon successful completion of the Introduction to Catalan Language course, students are able to cope linguistically in a range of limited but basic survival situations which require a very predictable use of language. They can:
- Give simple personal details about themselves, such as where they live, who they know, what they like and what they have.
- Express basic needs. Ask for and give specific information using common, everyday expressions and very simple phrases.
- Understand short texts, expressed in simple language, directed at the general public.
- Identify the central topic of longer messages and extract the main relevant points.
- Write short, simple notes and texts and complete forms with personal details.

Methodology: Teachers use a communicative approach to language teaching where activities designed to develop listening and speaking skills form a major part of the course. Students are also encouraged to develop strategies for learning that will help them to study the language independently.

Contact Hours: 45
6.0 Credits
Spanish Language | Course #: SA1001S | Open
Students will be enrolled into appropriate Spanish language levels based on a placement test.
Contact Hours: 90
3.0 Credits
Spanish Language | Course #: SA1002S | Open
Students will be placed automatically depending upon language level.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Spanish Language | Course #: SA1005S | Open
Pre-requisite: Taught in Spanish: - intermediate Spanish language required (B1.2 minimum), determined via placement test
This course is aimed at students who want to improve Spanish language, focused primarily in the field of Business. After completing this course, students will have the language skills needed to navigate the scope of the Hispanic business world.
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Literature | Course #: SA3044E | Open
After the Olympic Games of 1992, Barcelona became an international tourist destination; but a short visit cannot account for the cultural complexities of the Catalan capital. In order to know any city, to dwell in it, we need to become familiar with its oral history, paintings, architecture, sculpture, and literary texts. More specifically, the more we learn about the literature of Barcelona, the more we shall know about its culture, past and present.

This course will explore the city through the eyes of artists and writers. We shall start in the nineteenth century with the rise of the modern metropolis that we know today and finish with the post-Olympic urban reality of the twenty-first century. Students will encounter a wide variety of materials (poetry, novel, theater and essay) and will be expected to study them with a critical eye, applying additional historical, cultural and theoretical readings. Our goal will be to arrive at a greater knowledge of the city and its context, as well as the literature surrounding it.
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Politics | Course #: SA2012E | Open
This course aims to deepen student knowledge of the institutional functioning of the EU as well as its most important economic policies. The course will briefly review the history of the EU and its most important economic institutions. Then we will examine both the main differences in the member state's economies and the EU's budget in an effort to understand the ongoing budgetary debate in the Union. We will also review three important EU policies namely, the agricultural policy with an emphasis on possible future reforms, the EU's regional policy in the light of the increasing competitiveness brought on by each successive step in European integration and the EU's trade policy which includes a discussion of the most important economic accords between the EU and third countries. We will also consider the implications for the EU of the adoption of the Single Market and the European Monetary Union as well as carefully consider the relationship of the latter with labor markets in Europe.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Politics | Course #: SA2021E | Open
This course explores the elements, figures and characters that shaped the Mediterranean Political scenario since the French Revolution (1789) to the Barcelona Process or the Euro-Mediterranean Policy (EMP). The main goals of this course, then, are the understanding of the main processes that built the Mediterranean as it is today giving special relevance to: the French Revolution, the emergence of Modernity and Liberalism in the Mediterranean, the Italian Unification, the European Imperialism in North Africa and the Middle East, the dictatorships in the Mediterranean (Benito Mussolini, Primo de Rivera, Kemal Ataturk, Metaxas), the two World conflicts and the Cold War in the Mediterranean.
The last part of the course will cover, region by region, that is, Western Mediterranean, North Africa, Balkans, Middle East, since the collapse of Fascism in Italy and more specially the oil crisis and the formation of a new global economy.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Politics | Course #: SA2023E | Open
The goal of this course is to offer an in-depth introduction to a fundamental geostrategic area since the end of World War II, that is, the Middle East. The course will cover region by region but always trying to keep the global picture behind the specific region.
The title of this course makes reference to both, Carter Doctrine (1980) and George W. Bush's Greater Middle East and North Africa Initiative (2004), by which the Middle East region is studied with North Africa, the Horn of Africa and Central Asia, covering the Area of Influence of the Central Command.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Politics | Course #: SA3028E | Open
This course explains the concepts of Nation, Nationalism and State using the Catalan Case and the evolution of such ideas in the West. At the end of this semester students will be able to understand the main characteristics of different ideas of Nationalism and the main evolution of the Catalan identity as well as the tensions in the Basque Country.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Politics | Course #: SA3036E | Open
This is an introductory course to the politics of development from a comparative perspective. We will be addressing development issues across different points in time and across different world regions. Two main topics/concepts will be analyzed throughout the semester: development and the state. We will study Latin America, Africa, and Asia, which form part of what is known as the developing world or Third World, which in fact we will make a problem out of this labeling. We will as well present a comparative overview of the Latin American, African, and Asian regions in general; and address and familiarize ourselves with the debates surrounding the virtues & vices of market economies (and globalization). In addition, we will seek to answer part of this course title'™s premise/question, why did Francisco Pizarro (Spanish conquistador) won over Atahualpa (Inca Emperor)? throughout the semester. A cultural component, a film or play (related to development politics), will be part of this course by the end of the semester.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Politics | Course #: SA3043E | Open
Geopolitics is the art and practice of using political power over a given territory. Traditionally, the term has applied primarily to the impact of geography on politics, but its usage has evolved over the past century to encompass a wider connotation. In academic circles, the study of Geopolitics involves the analysis of geography, history and social science with reference to spatial politics and patterns at various scales (ranging from the level of the state to international). The term was coined by Rudolf Kjellen, a Swedish political scientist, at the beginning of the 20th century. Kjellen was inspired by the German geographer Friedrich Ratzel, who published his book Politische Geographie (political geography) in 1897, popularized in English by American diplomat Robert Strausz-Hupe, a faculty member of the University of Pennsylvania. Halford Mackinder greatly pioneered the field also, though he did not coin the term of geopolitics.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Politics & Economics | Course #: SA2018E | Open
This course will introduce students to the main issues of economics and politics of European integration by using an economic approach. The course addresses key economic questions that arise from the process of integration. This course draws on a core textbook, articles from journals and other documents. Student will be oriented in the most up to date policy discussion about European integration. By the end, students will be able to apply and relate conceptual and theoretical knowledge underpinning the course of the economic and political process of European integration.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Politics & Economics | Course #: SA2019E | Open
This course examines the main changes in Politics, Economics and War since 1914 focusing in the different academic schools that tried to explain the major changes that affected Humans during the 20th century. Also important will be the study of all these theories that tried to organise how Humans live. These theories embrace Economics, Politics and Sociology.
One important element to be studied in this course is war, understanding this element as the last tool used by the State to achieve goals or stability.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Politics & Economics | Course #: SA3022E | Open
This course aims to highlight the urban dimension of the European society, making reference to the different phenomena that European (and Spanish) cities face today. It also aims to introduce the students in the economic, political and social factors that configure urban Europe, in order to understand its development in a global world. The course will deal with issues as urban regeneration, the causes of urban competitiveness and the role of the European Union in helping the development of Spain and Spanish The course combines theoretical and more practical sessions, presenting case studies of different European and Spanish cities. Field studies are organized as well.
Contact Hours: 45

Courses & Schedule
Semester courses at UAB are generally offered Monday through Thursday. SAI students are free to enroll in any combination of elective courses, but prerequisites must be demonstrated through students’ transcripts.

Placement Tests
Semester students who register for Spanish Language courses complete an online placement test before departing for Spain. Provisional placement is confirmed by completion of an oral exercise during the add/drop period on site.

Course Registration
Students choose their courses after they have been accepted into the program. As soon as the UAB semester schedule is confirmed, students are asked to complete a 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. All posted schedules of classes are tentative and subject to change unless otherwise noted. Students may only select courses, not sections. The UAB registration system automatically enrolls students into the section which best fits with the rest of the schedule. Changes to section assignments are not permitted.

UAB Campuses
Visiting students at UAB take classes on two different campuses in the center of Barcelona, called “Eixample” and “Sant Pau.” Because the two campuses are about 30 minutes apart, students can only transfer during the lunch hour, 12:40-1:40pm. Students are urged to keep this in mind as they make their course selections.

Pre-Departure Calendar
May 1 2018
Application Deadline
Applications accepted until May 15 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 2 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 3 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 4 – 5 2018
Academic Orientation
UAB orientation provides details on academic policies, and allows students to meet one another and their professors.
September 6 2018
Classes Begin
Oct 31 – Nov 1 2018
Fall Break (no class)
December 11 2018
Classes End
December 18 2018
Final Exams
December 19 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 $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 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 (upgrade to private bedroom 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. 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.