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SAI’s study abroad semester at UAB 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.
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)
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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.
September 21, 2020 – December 17, 2020
Academic Year: Sophomore or above (at least 2 completed semesters at application).
* 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Classes in Spanish
Students wishing to take content courses in Spanish must demonstrate a minimum B2 level of proficiency. In most cases, this is equivalent to successful completion of 300 level Spanish. UAB will verify this prerequisite.
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.
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.
|June 10 2020
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)
|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 15 2020
||SAI Pre-Departure Form Due|
|September 21 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.
|September 22 2020
Mandatory SAI orientation is held at the SAI Barcelona office and introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
|September 28 2020
UAB orientation provides details on academic policies, and allows students to meet one another and their professors.
|September 29 2020
|December 16 2020
||Final Exams End|
|December 17 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|
Refundable at the end of the term.
|Program Fee: 12 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
|Program Fee: 15 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° 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
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
Cost depends on travel to Consulate.
|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|
Cost varies greatly by student.
|$300 / month||$1,000 / month|
This is an SAI 360° Services Program; it includes our full services!
Pre-departure and Re-entry services
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.
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!
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 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 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.
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 6 months after planned departure from Spain.
In accordance with Spanish law, US students studying in Spain for 90 days or less are NOT required to obtain a student visa. The fall 2020 study abroad program at UAB runs for fewer than 91 days, so students are not required to obtain a visa for this term.
Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for details on student visa requirements.
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.