Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Summer 3 weeks B 2020
3 credits

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
July 11, 2020 – August 1, 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.



3.0 Credits
Architecture | Course #: UAB SUB 003 | Open
Do you want to improve your critical thinking skills? In everyday life we are constantly giving reasons to believe things and take decisions. In this introductory course you will learn how to identify arguments, how to evaluate them, and how to avoid fallacies, thinking mistakes that lead to the formation of bad beliefs.

Critical argumentation is a practical skill that needs to be learned, from the very beginning, through the use of real examples of arguments. The real arguments we will analyze in the course will give practice in putting the desired skills to work. The methods presented are based on the latest state-of the-art techniques developed in argumentation theory and informal logic.
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Ecology | Course #: UAB SUA 005 | Open
Planet Earth is an introductory course whose principal objectives are understanding Earth as a global System and the interactions that exist among its solid parts, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere-anthroposphere. Also, it is designed to help students understand the spatial and temporal scales in planetary processes. With these objectives in mind we first study Earth in its cosmic and Solar system contexts, the processes of planetary formation, the characteristics of primitive Earth, the origin of solid Earth internal structure and how it was discovered, how geologists have depicted and use the time-scale framework of Earth evolution, the theory of Plate Tectonics as the present paradigm explaining how the solid part of Earth works and the key issues in Atmosphere – Hydrosphere – solid Earth interactions. Finally, the relationships among Earth System processes and the Biosphere – Anthroposphere are illuminated through the study of the main causes of climate change, the sustainability of energy use by humans and how carbon, one of the basic life constitutive chemical elements, circulates through Earth systems.
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Economics | Course #: UAB SUB 001 | Open
This Course attempts to teach about the European Union, its politics, economics and challenges. The objectives of the Course are:

- To understand the fundamentals of the European integration process.
- To comprehend the forms and dynamics of the institutional system of the European Union.
- To analyse competition, trade, monetary, agricultural, internal, regional and social European policies.
- To learn and debate on the characteristics, capabilities, limitations and challenges of the European Union.
- To understand the relationship between deepening policies and enlargements, and between competitiveness and solidarity in Europe.
- To analyse the European integration in a context of globalization.
- To manage the European Union sources.
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
Clinical Psychology | Course #: UAB SUB 007 | Open
Cities are the new frontline of terrorism, especially those which are important touristic destinations. The main purpose of today’s terrorists is not only to target civilians and spread fear, but also to turn city residents against each other and to negatively impact on the economy of the city. The first massive attacks in New York (2001), Madrid (2004), and Tunis (2015) generated confusion and doubts in the way of responding to terror. Cities were unprepared and had little experience in recovering from such sad experiences. However, at least after the terrorist attack in Bataclan (Paris, 2015) during a concert we know that terrorist attacks are very diverse in terms of location, impact and the perpetrators. Furthermore, we can learn further on the ways a city recovers from such terror.
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)
April 12 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.
May 12 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.
May 12 2020
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
June 11 2020
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
July 11 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.
July 12 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.
July 13 2020
UAB Orientation/Classes Begin
UAB orientation covers academic policies and allows students to meet their professors.
July 31 2020
Classes End
August 1 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 semester 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.