Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Summer 6 weeks I 2020
6 - 9 credits

SAI students attending UAB’s summer 6 week program attend engaging courses in UAB’s two city-center Barcelona campuses devoted to study abroad programs. Students select 2 or 3 courses from an array of electives for a total of 6 - 9 US credits. Most courses are taught in English, with some options in Spanish. Summer classes are offered in Art History, Business, Economics, History, Language, and many other subjects.


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

Highlights

  • Benefit from gaining a Mediterranean perspective on global issues.
  • Complete classes at two central Barcelona campuses, including the modernist masterpiece Casa Convalescència.

Program Dates
May 28, 2020 – July 16, 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:* 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)

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



Art
Business
Economics
History
Language

Art

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 #: 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 #: SA3042E | Open
Pre-requisite: Students must bring their own cameras for this course, with the ability of manual settings: DSLR Camera, Bridge Camera, Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. No simple point and shoot cameras, video cameras, Go Pro or mobile phones will be accepted. Sharing cameras between students won't be permitted.
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

Business

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 #: 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

Economics

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

History

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

Language

3.0 Credits
Spanish Language | Course #: SA1002S | Open
Students will be placed automatically depending upon language level.
Contact Hours: 45

Courses & Schedule
Summer courses at UAB are generally offered Monday through Friday. Summer students select 2 or 3 courses from an array of elective courses. Most courses are taught in English, with some options in Spanish.

Placement Tests
Summer 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 summer schedule is confirmed, students are asked to complete a Course Approval form, which is used to specify first-choice and alternate-choice courses. 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)
February 28 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.
March 29 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.
March 29 2020
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
April 28 2020
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
May 28 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.
May 29 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 2 2020
UAB Orientation
UAB orientation covers academic policies and allows students to meet one another and their professors.
June 3 2020
Classes Begin
July 15 2020
Classes End
July 16 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.
$300
Program Fee: 6 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$5,300
Program Fee: 9 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$6,220
Optional / Additional Fees:  
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
$300
International Mailing Supplement
When applicable, students are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
$90

*prices are subject to change

Note: certain SAI-affiliated US universities require specific payment arrangements. These may require that some fees are paid by the student directly to SAI, and other fees are paid to SAI by the affiliated university on behalf of the student. If you attend an SAI-affiliated university please contact your study abroad office or speak with your SAI Admissions Counselor for details.

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from Barcelona
$950 $1,200
Books, Supplies & Course Fees $50 / course $100 / course
Meals
Includes groceries and eating out.
$700 / month $1,000 / month
Personal Expenses $300 / month $350 / month
Transportation within Barcelona
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$100 / month $150 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI 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
  • 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.

Passports
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.