Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Fall Semester Elective 2020
12 - 15 credits

SAI semester students in UPF’s elective programs enroll in upper division courses in one of three concentrations: Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP), International Relations Program (IBEI), or International Business (ESCI). Students enroll in 4 or 5 courses for a total of 12 to 15 US credits. Courses are available in both English and Spanish. While there is no requirement to enroll in a Spanish language course, UPF offers all levels of Spanish language, which can be combined with subject courses.

Application: now open
Closes: May 25, 2020
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after deadline as space permits

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (JPEG; passport style)
EU privacy consent form


  • See our revised cancellation policies due to Coronavirus here.
  • Courses in liberal arts, Spanish language, Hispanic and European studies.
  • Site visits, tours, and speaker sessions.

Program Dates
HESP & IBEI: Sept 21, 2020 – Dec 11, 2020
ESCI: Sept 21, 2020 – Dec 18, 2020

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: Junior (3rd year) or above.

Cumulative GPA:* 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP)
International Business (ESCI)

Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP)

3.0 Credits
Catalan Studies | Course #: 51600 | Open
Once labeled by Newsweek magazine as the coolest city in Europe, Barcelona enjoys the reputation of a cosmopolitan city with a great international projection. Like all places, however, it is not without its complexities and contradictions. Behind a glossy and tourist-friendly facade, the city has a complex history.

This course introduces the student to the city of Barcelona by studying its past and analyzing its present. This interdisciplinary course covers subject in history, geography, art, architecture, and urban planning. Materials include images, maps, academic and literary texts, videos, field studies, and documentaries. We will also discuss issues relevant to people living within the city of Barcelona today.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Catalan Studies | Course #: 51601 | Open
Pre-requisite: Taught in Spanish - four semesters of college level Spanish required.
Barcelona ha sido etiquetada por Newsweek Magazine como la coolest city in Europe, otorgandole a su vez la reputacion de una ciudad cosmopolita con una gran proyeccion internacional. Sin embargo, al igual que sucede con otras ciudades, esta ciudad tambien presenta sus propias complejidades y contradicciones.

Este curso pretende introducir la ciudad de Barcelona al estudiante mediante el estudio de su pasado y el analisis de su presente. Este estudio interdisciplinar constituido por la historia, la geografia, el arte, la arquitectura y el urbanismo cubre los multiples angulos que han conformado esta ciudad. Para ello se usaran imagenes, mapas, textos academicos y literarios, videos, estudios de campo y documentales. Asimismo, tambien se discutiran los asuntos mas relevantes para la gente que en la actualidad conforma esta ciudad.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Catalan Studies | Course #: 51603 | Open
This course celebrates the city of Barcelona and embarks students in a journey to better understand the concept of Sustainability and its novel developments. From an environmental, social and business perspective, the course covers the main challenges that sustainability raises for the city of Barcelona and beyond. Relying on innovative individual and collective pedagogical practices, the course offers an integrative and deep learning process.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Catalan Studies | Course #: 51622 | Open
'Barcelona, the Rise of a Design City' looks at one of the most exciting periods of the city's recent history: what is known as the 'Barcelona design boom', a cultural phenomenon that helped define the Spanish transition to democracy in the 1980s and the city's Olympic dream in the 1990s. For a few years and in sharp contrast to the preceding decades, design became one of the main cultural frameworks of Barcelona's identity, both locally and abroad. Paired with architecture in a seemingly unavoidable partnership, it provided the seeds from which ultimately emerged the narrative of the city as it is seen today: that of a sophisticated European metropolis, miraculously emerging from the ashes of a decaying post-industrial provincial capital.
Initially addressing local design practice and design retail, and later embracing architecture as well, this course follows the way in which these disciplines turned ideas about local identity, modernity, social and cultural value into everyday material artefacts and environments. Design and architecture were placed at the heart of the city's popular culture, and of its international success to this day.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Catalan Studies | Course #: 51656 | Open
Pre-requisite: Taught in Spanish - four semesters of college level Spanish required.
Este curso esta indicado para todos aquellos alumnos que quieran conocer un poco la lengua y la cultura de la ciudad en la que vienen a hacer sus estudios desde un enfoque contrastivo con el espanol y otras lenguas romanicas. Este conocimiento les permitira sin duda situar mejor la lengua y cultura catalana en relacion a la espanola y la europea en general.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
European Studies | Course #: 51617 | Open
The course is aimed at introducing the main institutions and the structure of the EU to US students. Module 1 of the course will examine the origin and the development of European integration process, the main theories behind the process of integration and the institutional structure of the EU. Module 2 is more policy-oriented and it will focus on some of the most relevant issues surrounding the contemporary debate on European integration: formulation of the EU budget, enlargement, neighborhood policy, the EU in the international scenario and the democratic deficit.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
European Studies | Course #: 51664 | Open
European football (soccer) has become a major cultural vehicle in the global world, both in terms of economical impact and social influence. This course focuses on how this sport shapes the social, economical and cultural realms, and tries to interpret the different links between the game itself and the dimensions surrounding it: media coverage, aesthetic value, political targeting, public and corporate policies... In that context, FC Barcelona remains a unique case, studied in business schools as an example of global market branding, while passionately lived by millions of fans all over the world. Moreover, Barcelona city offers a privileged standpoint to better understand football as a growing issue within contemporary culture.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
European Studies | Course #: 51735 | Open
The aim of this course is to provide students with a general overview of the Spanish Media and European Media. They study the relationship between media and politics, journalism and literature and the impact of media ethics in Europe. In order to achieve this goal, the students will analyze European newspapers, online media and television.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Global Studies | Course #: 51619 | Open
The course will offer a systematic historical look at globalization, generally arguing that relevant changes of globalization should be seen as emerging in phases, that could turn out to be 1500's, 1800's and the late 20th Century. The course tries to move our vision of globalization away from an exclusive focus on essentially contemporary developments and move our vision away from the Western civilization tradition to focus on other major civilizations.
The growing need for historical perspective on international relationships, global economic patterns of contacts and cultural exchanges has fueled the increasing interest, from international organizations, global companies and institutions with global targets, to find and hire professionals who could develop some of the competences that this course provides.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Global Studies | Course #: 51620 | Open
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the worldwide media panorama has undergone structural changes which have dramatically changed the relationship between global politics and the transnational communication system. The former Anglo-American dominance over global news flow has been replaced by a new circuit of cultural, regional and national systems all competing in what former French president Jacques Chirac called the “global battle of images”.

In this sense, the present course looks at world news management up until now before analyzing the consolidation of global media such as Al-Jazeera in the Arab world, Tele Sur (Latin America) or Zee TV (India) to look at their role in the global news story and the development of “South-South” communication.

Through the analysis of case studies such as the media coverage of Islam, the Africa story, the European Union and finally the image of Spain in the foreign press, we can analyze the role of the foreign correspondent as an intercultural mediator, the media construction of the “Other”, the new actors in the global news narrative and ask the question: how does the future of the world news system shape up?
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Global Studies | Course #: 51667 | Open
Cooperation for development is a fundamental objective for various international actors such as the United Nations (UN), more concretely the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); the World Bank; and the European Union. International cooperation, from a multilevel and integral point of view, implies not only the participation of intergovernmental and State institutions but also of local governments and non governmental organizations. In this context, all actors have to contribute from their own areas of expertise in order to improve the system.

The European Union is a paradigmatic illustration of this multilevel approach and commitment to international cooperation for development. Currently, Europe is the main source of funds for cooperation. The European Commission and governments, both at national and at local level, conduct several development programmes and projects that not only seek to provide funds but also to exchange experiences in relation to governability and public policies.

The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the principal issues related to development and international cooperation, with a special emphasis on the role of the EU as main donor in the field of official development assistance (ODA). The main thrust of the course will be on outlining the institutional and political mechanisms of international development, as well as examine their impact in developing territories. At the same time the course aims to offer students a deepened insight into some of the most controversial debates surrounding the current state of affairs of international cooperation.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Global Studies | Course #: 51697 | Open
Since the globalization of the economy at the end of the last century, the context of brand communications in today's businesses has radically changed. Communication strategies to reach any type of target group are challenged to anticipate stakeholders' interests, build brand equity beyond good products and services and be able to remain competitive in a highly-active technological context that has reversed some of the traditional ways of managing businesses.

In this global environment, corporate communications demand greater levels of ethics and responsibility towards the society in which it operates and larger collaborative synergies and collaboration processes. To this respect, Europe's competitive-edge is like any other's, at stake, but the asset of intellectual capital and cultural identity it portrays in its legacy, may be just the right kind of differentiation brands need to successfully compete in the 21st C.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Global Studies | Course #: 51699 | Open
The Islamic State or ISIS or Daesh is now the main threat in de Arab world. After 9-11, five events determines the evolution in the political landscape: the war in Afhganistan, the war in Iraq, the aftermath of the Arab Spring, the blockage in the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, and the consolidation of the Islamic State like a political and military reality. For the West, especially in Europe, the main consequences are the terrorism (security crisis) and the refugees (humanitarian crisis). Another questions are the relations between Western and the Arab and islamic governments, the management of the war in Syria from the West, and the crisis inside the Arab world (suna vs. chia, fundamentalism vs. liberalism, the status of women, etc.). In this situation, the intervention of Russia in Syria and the agreement with Iran promoted for the president Obama complete the field of the global crisis.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Global Studies | Course #: 51712 | Open
The course represents a systematic introduction to major political ideas that emerged and developed from the French Revolution to globalization The classes will be based on analyzing and debating political ideas and arguments of representative authors such as E. Burke, A. de Tocqueville, J. S. Mill, K. Marx, F. Nietzsche or Hannah Arendt. Relevant documentaries and films will be discussed in order to better grasp the historical context and the power of ideas in shaping political events.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Global Studies | Course #: 51734 | Open
This course offers an overview of the concept and practice of self-determination concerning its history and application to different contexts. From Mr. President Woodrow Wilson Fourteen Points to the recent Catalan Declaration of sovereignty or the Scottish 2014 referendum the notion of self-determination has suffered several changes. On one hand, this course provides a theoretical knowledge on self-determination and secession through its history, main theories and international legal status. On the other hand, it applies theoretical knowledge to processes of self-determination in Eastern and Western Europe. At the end of the course the student will be able to identify different meanings of self-determination through history and will have an expertise on practical cases in Eastern Europe (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Slovenia) and Western Europe (Basque Country, Catalonia and Scotland).
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hispanic Studies | Course #: 51606 | Open
Pre-requisite: Taught in Spanish - four semesters of college level Spanish required. Students should have strong command of the language.
El curso esta planteado para que el estudiante gane seguridad y fluidez en su produccion e interaccion oral en espanol. Para ello, se hace especial hincapie en el vocabulario asi como en los marcadores discursivos y expresiones con funcion fatica. Las clases estan pensadas para que el estudiante se sienta comodo hablando en espanol sobre temas muy diversos. El curso se plantea a partir de las necesidades individuales de cada estudiante; asi­, a partir de un primer diagnostico del profesor y de una concrecion de objetivos por parte del estudiante, se formula una evaluacion individualizada para cada estudiante.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hispanic Studies | Course #: 51607 | Open
The objective of this course is to offer a survey approach to the history of artistic developments in Spain from Goya to Barcelo. A background on this specific field is not required. For this reason not only the main artistic events will be covered, but also some political, historical and cultural issues that might be relevant. Landscape art, gender production, the Spanish take on Primitivism and the dynamics between artistic creation and finance capital are some of its more relevant aspects. Classical examples of oil painting will be combined with references to such contemporary media as performance, videoart or installation art. Although this course is mainly based on lectures and class debate, three visits to galleries and exhibitions plus a self-guided visit will be also part of the course requirements. These visits will be made during the class time, and are equivalent to a usual in-class session.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hispanic Studies | Course #: 51608 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course taught in Spanish - intermediate Spanish language required. Students must have taken at least 4 semesters of college-level Spanish, or be native speakers.
Este curso se proyecta como una panoramica de la literatura espanola del s. XX, a partir del analisis de textos breves de algunos de sus autores mas representativos, y siempre teniendo en cuenta el marco historico e ideologico en el que se llevaron a cabo. Asimismo, se facilitaran algunas pautas para que el alumnado disponga de las suficientes herramientas conceptuales y procedimentales como para poder abordar los textos, por lo que se trataran desde cuestiones de genero hasta estilisticas. El curso incluira un breve apunte sobre narradores hispanoamericanos, por la profunda huella que dejaron en el imaginario de los autores peninsulares, y en tanto que genuinos fundadores de la literatura contemporanea en lengua castellana.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hispanic Studies | Course #: 51609 | Open
Pre-requisite: Course taught in Spanish - intermediate Spanish language required. Four semesters of college level Spanish prerequisite.
El curso ofrece una introduccion al cine espanol desde el inicio de la democracia, en los anos setenta, hasta la actualidad, con una atencion particular hacia aquellos cineastas que destacan tanto por su valor artistico como por su capacidad para reflejar los rasgos mas destacables de la realidad y la cultura espanola contemporanea. Las diferentes sesiones del curso exponen el imaginario plural del cine espanol mas reciente, a traves de la obra de autores como Pedro Almodovar, Victor Erice, Julio Medem, Alejandro Amenabar, Jose Luis Guerin, Pilar Miro, Isabel Coixet, Iciar Bollain, Judith Colell, etc.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hispanic Studies | Course #: 51612 | Open
Pre-requisite: Taught in Spanish - four semesters of college level Spanish required.
This course is designed to give both political science and non-political science majors a robust overview of key features of Spanish Politics. The core of the course is the study of the nature and functioning of the Spanish democratic system established by the late seventies. It pays special attention to the main political processes, institutions, actors, belief systems and political behavior in the country, including contemporary political violence and international immigration.

At the beginning of the course, some sessions will be devoted to study the previous Spanish democratic experience (1931-1936), its collapse (1936-1939), the authoritarian rule imposed afterwards and the Spanish transition to democracy (1975-1978), episodes that have left their mark on the features of the current Spanish political system.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hispanic Studies | Course #: 51621 | Open
Pre-requisite: Taught in Spanish - four semesters of college level Spanish required.
¿Como es posible que hoy gobiernen las ciudades de Barcelona o Madrid proyectos politicos impulsados por activistas provenientes de movimientos sociales enfrentados a las instituciones? ¿Como es posible que en el Parlament de Catalunya haya una mayoria a favor de la independencia de Espana? En 2011 las movilizaciones del 15M en Espana reivindicando democracia real dieron la vuelta al mundo. No era un caso aislado, tambien era tiempo de movilizaciones en Islandia, Tunez, Egipto, Grecia, Estados Unidos... Cada pais tiene su realidad, pero hay elementos de conexion. Espana vive hoy un periodo de cambio politico-cultural en el que los movimientos sociales tienen un gran protagonismo. Esta asignatura busca analizar estos cambios desde una perspectiva interdisciplinar (filosofia, etica, sociologia, ciencia politica, economia...) y con un interes principal en sus contribuciones a la democracia, los derechos, la etica y la politica. Atendiendo, tambien, a otros paises donde en este inicio del siglo XXI han surgido movimientos sociales con estas reivindicaciones.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hispanic Studies | Course #: 51695 | Open
The course presents an itinerary around the human, historical and cultural heritage of the Spanish Jews, from the Middle Ages to present day. The first part of the course focuses on the cultural history of Sepharad, from the origins of Jewish presence to the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. Next, the delves into the concept of identity, understood broadly from the impact on Jewish/non Jewish identity of issues such as: Cryptojudaism under the Inquisition, a new Diaspora (the Sephardic), the return of the Jews from the late 19th Century, during the inter-war period and during the Shoah. Finally, the course will also analyze the cultural, architectural and human recovery of the Spanish Jewish heritage. Different private and public initiatives aimed to develop tourism or marketing projects revolving around the “myth” of Sepharad will be
analyzed as case studies. Students will work on individual or group projects to explore into questions such as: How is Jewish heritage and history presented in Spain? What are the strategies and outcomes of such projects? What is the prevalent discourse in these cultural initiatives? How does the Spanish society face its Jewish cultural roots today?
Contact Hours: 45

International Business (ESCI)

3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51701 | Open
Pre-requisite: Recommended prerequisite: Business Organization
Globalization has created new opportunities for businesses worldwide. This course is designed to prepare students to better analyze and understand the challenges and chances that companies face when expanding their activities internationally. Special attention will be placed upon the different tools and analytical skills available to and required for various specialized managerial roles when businesses are competing internationally.

The course is comprised of 3 segments:

The first is designed to offer students insight into the challenges posed by the international environment. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of differences in political economies and risks, as well as cultural and social heterogeneity among different countries. The second will focus on the analysis of global organizational structures and international strategies.
Finally, the third will deal with international management operations, with a particular focus on import and export strategies and financing. It will also examine some of the keys to global marketing and human resource management.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51702 | Open
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Economics (Microeconomics and Macroeconomics)
As markets are increasingly global, it is important to understand the implications of various scenarios for consumers, entrepreneurs and governments. This course will approach these issues from both a theoretical and empirical point of view. Specifically, the course is divided into two blocks:

In the first block students will analyze various trade models and policy instruments, as well as the behavior of "real economic variables."
In the second, they will explore topics related to international finance, such as the foreign exchange market, the international financial architecture, or the balance of payments and the relationship it bears to the forex market.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51703 | Open
Pre-requisite: Accounting, Financial Management. Not compatible with 40110.
This course aims to provide students with a good understanding of the international financial markets and their impact on financial decisions and management at international firms. The course covers a range of topics related to the international monetary system, the foreign exchange and derivatives markets, the financing of international firms, foreign investment operations, and foreign exchange risk management.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51704 | Open
Pre-requisite: Business Organization
This course aims to provide a comprehensive and integrated view of the European market. The course is structured into two sections:

The first offers a global view of Europe (historical background, evolution of the E.U., its institutional structure, and its domestic and foreign policies).
The second analyzes the European business environment, paying special attention to differences in managerial and consumer behavior in order to understand and identify economic, political, social, and cultural dimensions of the E.U. that might represent opportunities for business development in the region.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51705 | Open
Pre-requisite: Accounting
This course aims to provide a comprehensive and integrated view of the European market. The course is structured into two sections: the first offers a global view of Europe (historical background, evolution of the E.U., its institutional structure, and its domestic and foreign policies). The second analyzes the European business environment, paying special attention to differences in managerial and consumer behavior in order to understand and identify economic, political, social, and cultural dimensions of the E.U. that might represent opportunities for business development in the region.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51706 | Open
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Marketing
Neuro-marketing. Social Responsibility in Marketing. Last trends in giving services through innovation.

To be able to develop the marketing-mix strategy, define the brand extension as well as the communication strategies and distribution alternatives, striving to look towards the future and provide insights for a successful relationship with customers and clients.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51729 | Open
Pre-requisite: Corporate finance. Not compatible with 40110.
Financial risks: currency risk exposure, interest rate risk, price volatility risk, among others. Hedging financial risk with varios risk management concepts, tools and techniques held by the derivative products: Futures, Forwards, Options and Swaps.

Discussion on the design and implementation of risk management practices. Realize and understand various state-of-the art risk management theories and practices (such as loss control, loss financing, and internal risk reduction mechanisms) as well as their advancement in the future.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51731 | Open
Pre-requisite: Marketing management
The strategic role of branding. Designing an effective brand strategy. Developing a brand value proposition that engages customers. Brand architecture and dynamics (brand porfolios, brand repositioning brand extensions and cobranding). Building lifestyle and premium brands. Brand ethics and social responsibility.

Building enduring brands in competitive markets and creation of market value. Developing managerial perspective regarding strategic brand management in a global framework
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51746 | Open
Pre-requisite: Business organization
Concepts and tools of intercultural communication and cross cultural management that make sense of a globalizing word: Multiculturalism and inter-culturalism, diversity and super-diversity in the business environment. Culture convergence and cross-cultural connections.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51751 | Open
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Marketing. Not compatible with 40204.
Perception, memory, motivation and personality and their marketing applications in the contexts of product awareness, product recall, and product attitude formation. Decision-making models and influence techniques and marketing applications in the contexts of product choice and brand loyalty.
Contact Hours: 45

Global Leadership Certificate
Students can supplement a regular semester of studies with the SAI Global Leadership Certificate (GLC), designed to enrich students’ experiences and to acknowledge their academic and service work by providing an additional credential beyond a university transcript. Students enrolled in the Global Leadership Certificate program broaden their awareness of global issues and deepen their knowledge of the host community’s role in an increasingly interconnected world through exploration of research, engagement in community service and interaction with experts and leaders. Students interested in applying for the GLC should select the program at application. Your Admissions Counselor will help guide you through the process of selecting GLC-approved courses at the time of registration.

Semester students at UPF select from the following three programs:

  • Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP): Students select from a variety of elective courses, including European history and politics, business, economics, media, journalism, Spanish language, literature, and Spanish cinema. Courses delve into the Spanish and Catalan perspective, and help students to understand the subjects through the local lens.
  • International Relations Program (IBEI): This elective program invites students to grapple with current issues in the spheres of politics and international security, and is designed for undergraduates majoring in international relations, political science, legal studies, humanities, economics, or journalism. Students are welcome to pair IBEI courses with history, culture, and Spanish language courses from the Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP).
  • International Business Program (ESCI): This program is aimed at undergraduate business students who wish to acquire an international perspective and a better understanding of the management practices needed to compete in the global economy. The program offers insight into international business from a multicultural perspective and helps students to improve their professional qualifications. ESCI students are required to take International Management and at least one additional Business course from the program schedule. Students can complete their schedule with additional Business courses, or may choose to take electives from the HESP program.

Courses & Schedule
UPF Semester courses 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. Students wishing to enroll in content courses in Spanish must be heritage speakers or have at least completed three semesters of college level Spanish.

Course Registration
As soon as the UPF 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. Students choose classes based on a preliminary schedule that is subject to change. The final course days and times are published just ahead of the program start date.

Placement Tests
Students who register for Spanish Language courses and for courses taught in Spanish must complete a placement test upon arrival in Barcelona.

Pre-Departure Calendar
May 25 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)
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

On-Site Calendar
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
SAI Orientation
Mandatory SAI orientation is held at the SAI Barcelona office and introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
September 23 2020
Academic Orientation & Spanish Placement Test
UPF orientation provides details on academic policies, and allows students to meet one another and their professors. Students enrolled in Spanish language courses also complete the placement test.
September 28 2020
ESCI Courses Begin
September 28 2020
HESP / IBEI Courses Begin
December 9 – 10 2020
HESP/ IBEI Final Exams End
December 11 2020
HESP/ IBEI Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.
December 4 – 17 2020
ESCI Final Exams End
December 18 2020
ESCI 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 $120
Security Deposit
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.
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 $1,500
Books, Supplies & Course Fees $100 / 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
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI 360° 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
  • SAI Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities & trips outside host city
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Access to and assistance with international cell phone plans
  • 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 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.

Welcome Lunch
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 the 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.

Farewell Dinner
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 at least 4 months after planned departure from Europe.

Student Visas
In accordance with Spanish law US students studying in Spain for 91 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Those with Spanish/EU citizenship are exempted. The fall HESP/ IBEI and ESCI programs run 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.

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.