New Programs in Barcelona and Paris
September 4, 2013

SAI is thrilled to announce the launch of new programs in two destination cities: Barcelona, Spain and Paris, France! In keeping with SAI’s tradition of excellence, our new partner schools have been selected for their creativity, academic excellence and innovative approaches to instruction. The full range of SAI student services are extended to Barcelona and Paris, including pre-departure advising, enrollment in an academic course of study, airport pick up, safe and reliable housing, support from an on-site Program Coordinator and staff, and a rich variety of cultural events/excursions. All students receive U.S. credits.

These new programs begin in Summer 2014.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is a vibrant global center for art and design that has historically embraced innovation and inspired creativity. The city has been home to some of the greatest creative minds in contemporary history, including Antonio Gaudi, Joan Miro’, and Pablo Picasso. Each of these visionaries has left an indelible mark on Barcelona that has contributed to the city’s great cultural heritage. Characterized by its openness to the world, Barcelona continues to be a city imbued with dynamic, cosmopolitan energy.

SAI Host School:  Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), founded in 1968, now offers courses taught in English and Spanish. UAB is a young, dynamic institution, and is widely regarded as one of the finest universities in Spain, both for the quality of its teaching staff and for its excellent research. Roughly 40,000 students attend the main campus in the Bellaterra section of Barcelona, though UAB also has two smaller satellite campuses in the city center, where the language and culture study abroad programs reside. Students may choose to attend either location, based on program preference.

SAI offers Summer Programs (6 – 9 credits) and Semester Programs (12 – 15 credits) at UAB.

Students choose between two semester program options:

  • The Pre-Established Program (12 – 15 credits)
  • The Regular Studies Program (12 – 15 credits)

The Pre-Established Program is designed for international students who wish to spend one or two semesters in Barcelona taking Spanish language and a series of other subjects in Social Sciences, Humanities and Economics. All subjects are taught in English or Spanish and students can choose from a wide range of electives.

The Regular Studies Program integrates SAI students with the Spanish university population on the school’s main campus. Rather than being a separate study abroad program, Regular Studies places students in classes alongside undergraduate students in degree programs at the university. Students select courses from an extensive catalog, taught in either Spanish or English for a total of 12-15 credits.  This option is most appropriate for highly motivated students with a high level of proficiency in Spanish.

For more information about SAI programs at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, click here.

SAI Host School:  Elisava Barcelona School of Design and Engineering Founded in 1961, Elisava was the first school of design to open in Spain and throughout its history the school has maintained its position as a pioneering institution. Over the years, the school has not only set a gold standard for design education, it has also become a vital forum for the exchange of opinions and ideas among students and professionals alike. Located in the historic center of Barcelona, Elisava is affiliated with the Pompeu Fabra University.

SAI offers summer, semester, and master’s programs at Elisava.

Four-week Dual-City (London/Barcelona) Summer Programs (in English):

    • Event Design & Pop-up Stores (6 credits)
    • Furniture Design (6 credits)
    • Interior Design for Retail (6 credits)
    • Visual Merchandising (6 credits)

Semester Programs (upper division) in English:

  • Advanced Design and Digital Architecture (15 credits)
  • Research for Design and Innovation (15 credits)
  • Photography and Design (15 credits)
  • Retail Design (15 credits)

Master’s degree programs in English:

  • Advanced Design and Digital Architecture
  • Advanced Design Management
  • Design for Transport and Mobility
  • Photography and Design
  • Research and Innovation of Design
  • Retail Design

For more information about SAI’s summer, semester, master’s programs at Elisava, click here.

Paris, France

Paris is a thriving metropolis with a population of just over two million; a city which has earned its reputation as one of the western world’s greatest cultural centers. But the glory of Paris does not lie only in the past! As a leading center of contemporary politics, business, fashion and culture, Paris is an exhilarating modern capital city; an ideal place to study abroad. Fashion students enjoy studying in the center of the fashion world and Paris is ideal for students of communications, international relations and business.

SAI Host School:  American University of Paris Founded in 1962, The American University of Paris (AUP) is one of the oldest American institutions of higher learning in Europe. Offering a U.S. accredited liberal arts curriculum, AUP students take courses that are exciting, relevant, and incorporate the city of Paris into the learning experience. The school serves an international student population and is located in the highly desirable “7th arrondissement” of Paris, not far from the Eiffel Tower. All courses are taught in English and are discipline-based, comparative and cross-cultural. SAI offers the following programs at AUP:

Summer Sessions: 3 weeks (4 credits), or 7 weeks (8 credits)
Fall or Spring Semester: 16 weeks (12 – 15 credits)

Subjects areas include:

  • Art History
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Entrepreneurship
  • European and Mediterranean Cultures
  • Film Studies
  • French Studies and Modern Languages
  • Global Communications
  • History
  • History, Law & Society
  • International Economics
  • International and Comparative Politics
  • International Business Administration
  • International Finance
  • Literary Studies and the Creative Arts
  • Philosophy, Politics & Economics
  • Psychology
  • Urban Studies

For more information about SAI programs at the American University of Paris, click here.

SAI Host School:  The Paris American Academy The Paris American Academy (PAA), established in 1965, offers students a focused, career-oriented and practical approach to the disciplines of Fashion and Interior Design. Recognized by the Académie de Paris, PAA is located in the historic Latin Quarter of the city, on the famous Left Bank of the River Siene. The international faculty at PAA includes exceptionally qualified instructors, experienced professionals, and invited guest lecturers, all focused on giving students unparalleled access to practical knowledge and creative inspiration. All courses at PAA are taught in English and SAI students receive U.S. credit for their courses at PAA.

Fall or Spring Semester Subject Intensive Programs include:

  • Fashion Design (18-21 credits)
  • Interior Design (18-21 credits)

Summer Intensive Workshops (4 weeks / 6 credits); students select one:

  • Fashion: “Design Process,” “Couture Techniques,” or “Fashion Merchandising & Communication”
  • Interior Design
  • Fine Arts
  • Creative Writing

For more information about SAI programs at Paris American Academy, click here.


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