Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Summer 3 weeks A 2020
3 credit

SAI’s 3 week Summer A and B sessions take place at UAB’s main campus, which is located about 50 minutes by train outside of central Barcelona in the nearby town of Bellaterra. In these 3 week sessions, students enroll in a single 3 credit course taught by expert faculty on UAB’s main campus. This program is designed for participants who want an intensive summer academic experience with an international cohort of fellow students. SAI offers two 3 week sessions at UAB’s main campus, each with different start dates and courses: Summer A and Summer B. Students can also choose to combine the two sessions to create a 6 week session.

Application: now open
Closes: March 15, 2020
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after closing 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


  • Take classes on UAB’s main campus with world-class faculty.
  • Join an international student body, including individuals from all over the world.
  • Courses are taught in English.

Program Dates
June 18, 2020 – July 11, 2020

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

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

*contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

Cumulative GPA:* 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

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

Computer Science


3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: UAB SUA 001 | Open
Great leaders are great negotiators. As the world becomes a more uncertain environment, the requirement for professional leadership and management throughout organisations is at a premium. This subject will benefit those who desire to learn practical leadership and negotiation techniques to maximise their effectiveness and contribution at work.
Achive strategic management skills to effectively manage teams. Demonstrate team-working capacity, as well as problem-solving abilities. Learn different types of negotiations, develop basic bargaining skills, discover strategies for mutual gain.

Through a series of group exercises, you will learn how to become a better manager, refine your personal negotiating style, and improve your ability to bargain successfully and ethically by taking part in Win-Win negotiation scenarios alongside a diverse group of students. The classes are very dynamic with participatory debate, exercises and little theoretical content.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: UAB SUA 008 | Open
As it is known, Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed approach for assisting all the population in the aftermath of a critical event. PFA ameliorates symptoms of Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and prevents Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In this course you will be trained in the application of PFA on both massive and daily emergencies. You will become a community health worker prepared to cope with highly stressful situations everywhere
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: UAB SUB 006 | Open
Career development has been traditionally based on an individualistic search-and-matching labor market model. The Skills Commission’s Inquiry into information, advice and guidance indicated in 2008 that the matching model is 100 years out of date. However, when conditions offered by the labor market are becoming increasingly precarious and inequality is on the rise, the reasons that brought about the birth of career development are fully in force. Career development links its beginnings to a social movement that saw as a moral imperative to contribute so "workers in the burgeoning economy of the early twentieth century were not seen as the chattels of employers, not as property to be consumed and cast aside, but rather as persons of dignity with a right to determine their own future" (Herr, 2001, p. 198). How does one pursue a career development process for the 21st century that accomplishes the same purposes, and yet adds the alignment of individual achievement and social justice?
Contact Hours: 45

Computer Science

3.0 Credits
Technology | Course #: UAB SUA 010 | Open
This course aims at introducing the student into the world of nanoscience and nanotechnology as emerging scientific disciplines with the potential of revolutionizing and changing human´s way of life. The course will be divided into three sections to help the student to discover and grasp the great power of the small.

The first one has the objective to introduce the student in the concept of nanoscale, in the ingredients that drove the birth of such fields together with the impact that can have in our society and more importantly in the fundamentals behind the emerging of new phenomena and properties at the nanoscale inconceivable in the macroscopic world.

The second section will introduce the student to the synthesis, properties and applications of nanomaterials. Special attention will be paid on nanomaterials with novel capabilities that can be exploited for applications in sustainable energy, health, environmental remediation and information and communication technology.

The last section will provide the student with the tools for approaching the nanoworld for its visualization, characterization and modification. The student will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in the main steps of nanofabrication of functional nanosystems.
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Ecological Economics | Course #: UAB SUA 004 | Open
The conventional economic model is based on the hypothesis of infinite monetary growth, made of virtual bank money. Nonetheless it also requires considerable inputs of energy and materials, which are not infinite and have an impact on our planet. Environmental signals show us we are on the edge of a crisis and the uncertainty about our future environment relates to the development of a new discipline: ecological economics.

The course aims at presenting a new perspective in the economic field by relating it to the environment: it will consider the possibility of green economic growth, the main dilemmas and implications for the environment; students will be able to contrast two economic visions, that of growth-based economics and of ecological economics and the real-world implications of each one: the trade-off between economic growth (and job creation) and environmental protection and social justice. As well it aims to re-embed economic analysis with social and human dimensions.
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Geography | Course #: UAB SUB 002 | Open
The main objective of the course is to explore causes, processes and consequences of global environmental change in the world today, with particular emphasis on human influence. Despite being global in extent, this change may manifest itself uniquely and differently depending on the temporal and spatial scales examined. The course considers the Earth as a system, and bases everything on the concepts of Earth System Science. Despite global-scale influences, more local-scale manifestations of such processes will also be explored and examined. Global environmental change is partly driven by human activities, with sometimes unexpected and indirect consequences. Some of these global change processes have become the subject of international attention and agreements, with the aim of minimizing negative impacts.
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Spanish Language | Course #: UAB SUA 011 | Open
Pre-requisite: Students must have achieved at least A2 level to take this course.
The course is aimed at foreign students with a basic level of Spanish (level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages/CEFRL) who want to reach a level of communicative competence equivalent to level A2 of the CEFRL. This effectively means the ability to deal with simple, straightforward information and to express oneself in a limited manner in most common situations in daily life.

This course places an emphasis on classroom activity. Classroom hours cover the basic objectives of the course syllabus. Students work both under their teacher’s supervision and independently; when not supervised, they will use the resources provided by the teacher or the online resources of UAB Idiomes Campus.
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Ethics | Course #: UAB SUA 009 | Open
This course requires intellectual interest and discursive and critical ability to analyze new challenges posed by the scientific advances in the fields of life sciences and biomedicine. The aims of the course are:

- Analysis of the historical and scientific context in which "Bioethics" is born.
- Identification of the new problems and current debates generated by the new advances in the field of life sciences and biomedicine.
- Understanding of the plurality of ideas and values around these issues in today's democratic societies.
- Create an appropriate space of debate to facilitate the adoption of personal positions based on possible consensus, to evaluate the legal regulations, existing social conventions and moral convictions.
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Street Theater | Course #: UAB SUA 007 | Open
The main objective is to give the participants tools to understand the different aspects of artistic creation and scenic art in public spaces. Urban Performing Arts is a mostly practical course for which attendance is required each day, in order to realize a final live and direct street performance.
Contact Hours: 45

Courses & Schedule
The UAB Main Campus summer program is intensive and students enroll in one 3 credit course that consists of 55 contact hours over a three week period. Classes are held 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Students should plan any extra-curricular travel with this intensive schedule in mind.

Students choose their courses after they have been accepted into the program. When the summer schedule is confirmed, students are asked to complete a Course Approval form, which is used to specify their first-choice and alternate-choice course. All posted schedules of classes are tentative and subject to change unless otherwise noted.

Pre-Departure Calendar
March 15 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)
March 20 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.
April 19 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.
April 19 2020
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
May 19 2020
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
June 18 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.
June 19 2020
SAI Orientation
Mandatory SAI orientation is held in the morning at the SAI Barcelona office and introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
June 22 2020
UAB Orientation/Classes Begin
UAB orientation covers academic policies and allows students to meet their professors. Classes begin after orientation.
July 10 2020
Classes End
July 11 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 $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
Program Fee: 3 weeks / 3 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.
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 $1,200
Books, Supplies & Course Fees $50 / course $100 / 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
  • Welcome reception and events
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Access to and assistance with international cell phone plans
  • Frequent SAI cultural activities and day trips
  • Public transportation pass for travel to campus
  • 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 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 & Walking Tour
Students are welcomed to their new city over a traditional 3 course Spanish lunch to mingle and get to know each other. Following lunch, students take a walking tour to visit several of Barcelona’s most famous Modernism buildings.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Farewell Dinner
Students celebrate the end of a successful term 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. Please note that SAI housing is in central Barcelona, and students will travel around 50 minutes by public transportation to get to the UAB main campus.

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

Student Visas

In accordance with Spanish law U.S. students studying in Spain for 90 days or less are not required to obtain a student visa. Therefore all U.S. students do not require a student visa for this program. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.

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.