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SAI offers an intensive 4 week Spanish language summer program through UAB’s renowned language school, UAB Idiomes. The intensive program convenes for four hours a day, five days a week, and awards 3 US credits. Beginner to advanced language levels are available. Classroom work is supplemented with language immersion experiences throughout the city of Barcelona.
Application: now open
Closes: March 15, 2020
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after closing as space permits
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)
EU privacy consent form
July 2, 2020 – August 1, 2020
Academic Year: Sophomore or above (at least 2 completed semesters at application).
Cumulative GPA:* 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
Spanish language: Students must have taken at least one semester of college-level Spanish (or equivalent) to be eligible for this program.
*contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements
Schedule & Registration
Summer language intensive courses at UAB are generally offered Monday through Friday in the mornings. After acceptance into the program, students complete an online placement test to determine their Spanish level. Provisional placement is confirmed by completion of an oral exercise during the add/drop period on site.
|March 15 2020
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 3 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 3 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 3 2020
||Balance of Total Program Fee Due|
|June 2 2020
||SAI Pre-Departure Form Due|
|July 2 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 3 2020
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 6 2020
||UAB Orientation & Classes Begin
UAB orientation covers academic policies and allows students to meet their professors. Following orientation, classes begin.
|July 31 2020
|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|
Refundable at the end of the term.
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
|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|
Cost varies greatly by student.
|$300 / month||$1,000 / month|
This is an SAI Signature Services Program; it includes our full services!
Pre-departure and Re-entry services
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.
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 return from Spain.
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.
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.