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SAI semester students in UPF’s elective programs enroll in upper division courses in one of three concentrations: Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies (BaPIS), 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: October 15, 2020
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after deadline as space permits
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (JPEG; passport style)
EU privacy consent form
BaPIS & IBEI: January 15, 2021 – March 26, 2021
ESCI: January 15, 2021 – March 26, 2021
Academic Year: Junior (3rd year) or above.
Cumulative GPA:* 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements
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 concentrations:
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.
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.
Students who register for Spanish Language courses and for courses taught in Spanish must complete a placement test upon arrival in Barcelona.
|October 15 2020
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
|Within 1 week of acceptance
||SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
|November 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.
|November 15 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.
|December 1 2020
||Balance of Total Program Fee Due|
|January 15 2021
||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.
|January 16 2021
Mandatory SAI orientation is held at the SAI Barcelona office and introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
||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.
|January 18 2021
|March 25 2021
||Final Exams End|
|March 26 2021
||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.
|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
|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|
Cost varies greatly by student.
|$300 / month||$1,000 / month|
This is an SAI 360° Services Program; it includes our full services!
Pre-departure and Re-entry services
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.
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!
Virtual Finding Your Feet Workshop
Meet with a local counselor who will shares tips for adjusting to life in a new culture.
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!
Cultural Workshop: Navigating the Spanish Culture
Through this workshop students will learn the habits (European differences), traditions, food and language tips.
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.
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). 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: in Spring 2021, we are able to offer private bedroom upgrades at a significantly reduced cost. It is important to us that this option be available to any students who feel they need it due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Passports should be valid for at least 4 months after planned return from Spain.
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. Because the Spring 2021 term at UPF runs for fewer than 91 days, students attending this program are not required to obtain a visa. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for details 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.