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*Submit your application deposit before Oct 1, 2019 for Spring 2020 or May 1, 2020 for Fall 2020 and receive an automatic $2020 Infuse Education Scholarship!*

Through this new hybrid semester program, the Barcelona SAE Academic Study Center at the School for International Studies (SIS) combines courses alongside a local institution, UPF, which is rated one of the top universities in Spain.

This program allows for courses in a variety of fields which include business, humanities, and hispanic studies. Courses are offered in both English and Spanish, allowing students to become immersed in the local culture.  

Students will take courses at the SIS city center campus in the morning, and courses at the historic Ciutadella campus at the UPF during the afternoons. This program provides students with the best of both worlds – small class sizes and local immersion.


A unique feature of this semester program is our Barce-Local Integration Week where students will be given a full week of integration activities before classes begin. The week will include a service learning project, interaction with local students, diversity workshops, guest lectures and language crash courses. In addition, our Cultural Mentor program will help students transition well into the city and set the path for our ongoing cultural curriculum in classes and activities throughout the semester.



Located in the heart of the city, the Barcelona SAE Academic Study Center (SIS) is our most centrally located campus option. SIS boasts fantastic local and international professors, many of whom are working professionals in the field they teach. SIS maintains small class sizes and focuses on experiential learning, which means that students will get individualized attention and will participate actively during class. Each course includes a variety of field studies, museum visits, and guided reflection that closely tie the courses to the city itself.

The courses offered at SIS encompass international and cross-cultural topics, focusing on the city by discussing local history, art, architecture, literature and geography. Our Spanish Language courses focus on spoken language skills and include useful tools for students to debrief their experiences both in and out of the classroom.

Established in 1990, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) is one of Barcelona’s newest institutions and has already earned an International Excellence Campus label from the Spanish Ministry of Education. In 2019, the UPF was voted best university in Spain, and the campus is set in remodeled historic buildings just two blocks from the beach.

The Hispanic and European Studies (HESP) Program is the core of the UPF Education Abroad Program. Created in 2002, it was designed to be one of Europe’s top programs for international students. The program aims to provide students with greater insight into the European, Spanish, and Catalan realities, while at the same time encouraging critical thinking. The program includes a global studies track to encourage reflection on a variety of topics, while continuing to promote intercultural awareness and understanding in our increasingly globalized world.



Minimum G.P.A. Requirement
  • 3.0
Class Requirement
  • Junior or Senior Standing
Language Requirement
  • Although helpful, no previous Spanish language knowledge is required.
Age Requirement
  • All participants must be 18 years of age by the start of their program, unless they are participating on a customized program through their home institution and have home institution approval.
If you have any questions about whether you meet the requirements, please contact us and we’d be happy to help you decide which Barcelona SAE program is right for you!


Barcelona SAE has worked hard to create a study abroad program that allows you to earn credits in your major, minor, or electives. The courses are specifically designed for international students, meaning that you will be able to take courses in English and/or have the advantage of learning in Spanish at a pace for non-native or fluent speakers.

The Barcelona SAE Academic Center (SIS) is a Spanish institution with U.S. accreditation through Jacksonville University (JU). The Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) is recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a degree granting institution of higher learning.

Upon completing this program, the JU and UPF transcripts will be sent directly to the student’s home institution.

Course Approval
Before you go abroad, Barcelona SAE strongly recommends that you meet with the study abroad office and/or your academic advisor at your home institution. After your acceptance into the program, you will be required to submit an “Approval Contact for Study Abroad” form that will automatically inform your home institution of your intent to participate in a Barcelona SAE program. With that said, we suggest that students are as transparent as possible about their plans and make an appointment with their study abroad office immediately after submitting their Barcelona SAE application.

The earlier that students plan for their study abroad experience, the easier it will be to get all of their courses pre-approved and know exactly what transfer credit will be received at their home institution. Please remember that it is best to get multiple first and second choice courses pre-approved for your Barcelona SAE program, as this will give you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Don’t just think about the courses that are required for your major or minor, but also courses that can fulfill your general education or elective requirements.

Your courses will be taught in English or Spanish and will primarily be lectures with some teamwork involved. Class sizes are small to provide a personalized experience.

Credit Options
Students will take 6 credits at SIS in the morning and can choose from a variety of elective and Spanish courses.  They can then choose from any Hispanic & European Studies (HESP) courses or International Business & Economics (ESCI) courses in the afternoon for 6 credits at UPF.

Please note that UPF in fall starts later, so students will only have about 1/2 their workload for the first 3 weeks or so. UPF starts earlier in spring, so students will only have about 1/2 their workload for the last few weeks of their semester.

SIS - Elective Courses
  • Architecture and Urban Design - The Barcelona Example (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Arquitectura y Diseño Urbano - El Ejemplo de Barcelona (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Artistas Famosos de Cataluña - Dalí, Picasso, Miró (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Arts Management – International Perspective & Insights into the Barcelona Cultural Scene (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Barcelona and its Historical Foundations (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Business, Ethics & Government (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Civilización y Cultura Española (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Contemporary Spanish Society (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Cross Cultural Psychology & Early Childhood Development (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Decoding the Secrets of the Great Masterpieces of European Modern Painting (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Deportes y Sociedad en España y Cataluña (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Digital Photography (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Entrepreneurship and the New Economy (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Food and Culture in the Mediterranean Basin (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Geopolitics of the European Union (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Great 20th Century Artists: Picasso, Dalí, Miró (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • International Business (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • International Marketing (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Introducción a la Literatura (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Language Playing, Language Learning (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Spanish Civilization & Culture (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Sports and Society in Spain and Catalonia (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Start-Ups and the Emerging Economy - Creating Your Own Business (3 Credtis, 45 Hours)
  • Understanding Barcelona - The Geography of a Global City (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
SIS - Spanish Courses
  • Elementary Spanish Language and Culture - (Level A1, 3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Upper Elementary Spanish Language and Culture - (Level A2, 3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture - (Level B1, 3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Upper Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture - (Level B2, 3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Advanced Spanish Language and Culture - (Level C1, 3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Intensive Elementary Spanish Language & Culture – (Level A1/A2, 6 Credits, 90 Hours)
  • Intensive Elementary/Intermediate Spanish Language & Culture – (Level A2/B1, 6 Credits, 90 Hours)
  • Intensive Intermediate Spanish Language & Culture – (Level B1/B2, 6 Credits, 90 Hours)
  • Intensive Upper Intermediate-Advanced Spanish Language & Culture - (Level B2/C1, 6 Credits, 90 Hours)

UPF Courses
  • For a complete list of courses and syllabi through the HESP program, please click here.
  • For a complete list of courses and syllabi through the ESCI program, please click here.
Important Notes
  • Please note that not all courses listed above will be offered every semester, and the list above are courses and/or subject areas that have been offered in the past by the host institution. Institutions in Barcelona often do not finalize course listings until the beginning of the term, and as such, this list will be updated as the host institution provides additional information.
  • For a complete listing of courses that will occur during your specific semester abroad at the Barcelona SAE Academic Center (SIS) + UPF, please contact your Barcelona SAE Advisor.
  • In order to receive credit from the Barcelona SAE Academic Study Center (SIS) school of record, Jacksonville University, students must receive a grade of C or higher.


Be prepared to pack a lot into your time abroad! Your Barcelona experience will extend well beyond the classroom, and we are there to help you get the most out of it! Not only do we plan tons of Barcelona SAE Cultural Activities to keep you exploring the local culture, we send you a Weekly Cultural Agenda full of events so that you know what is happening throughout the city. You’ll also have a Cultural Mentor who will help you to get involved in a club or activity based on your interests.

You’ll also enjoy numerous Barcelona SAE Day Trips and Weekend Excursions (locations depend on term/program) that mix historical tours with modern events, while we try to get you off the beaten path to see Spain through a local lens.

And when you’re not with us? We’ll give you a Barcelona SAE Bucket List with 100 ways to experience the city! Go to a Barça game. Check out the Picasso Museum. Window shop in the Bohemian Gracia District. Discover a new restaurant with your Spanish friends. Why not?! There is no end to what you can do in Barcelona!


Our SIS + UPF Semester Program Includes:

Countdown to Barcelona:
  • Group Webinar and Pre-Departure Preparation
  • Personalized Advising
  • Professional Skype Interview
  • Cover Letter & Resume Coaching
  • One Year Digital Subscription to the New York Times
While in Barcelona:
  • SIS + UPF Tuition and Fees
  • Official University Transcripts from Jacksonville University & UPF
  • Airport Pick-Up (Must Arrive BEFORE 12:00pm on Program Start Date)
  • Logistical & Cultural Orientations
  • Housing for the Duration of Program (Homestays include Breakfast/Dinner!)
  • Comprehensive Medical & Accident Insurance
  • 24-Hour Emergency Support
  • English-Speaking Staff
Cultural & Social Activities:
  • The Barce-Local Integration Week
  • The Barcelona SAE Bucket List
  • A Weekend Excursion Outside of Barcelona (Zaragoza, Seville, Granada, Basque Country, etc.)
  • Optional Weekend Excursion to Morocco (Additional Cost Applies)
  • Multiple Day Trips Outside of Barcelona (Tarragona, Girona, Montserrat, Figures, Besalú, etc.)
  • Weekly Cultural Agenda (The Local Perspective of What’s Happening Each Week!)
  • Weekly Cultural Activities (Cooking Classes, Dance Lessons, Intercambios, Barrio Tours, and MORE!)
  • Cultural Mentor Program
  • Welcome Activity
  • Re-Entry Workshop & Farewell Meal
For Continued Success After the Program:
  • Alumni & Career Services
  • Invitation to Barcelona SAE’s LinkedIn Alumni Group
  • Opportunity to Apply for Barcelona SAE’s “Best of the Best” Internship Program
  • Opportunity to Apply to be a “Barcelona SAE Campus Ambassador Intern” on Your Home Campus
  • Invitations to Study Abroad & Internship Returnee Conferences Throughout the U.S.
The Program Does Not Include:
  • Round-Trip Airfare to/from Barcelona
  • Visa Costs (If Applicable)
  • Mobile Phones & Charges
  • Local Transportation
  • Personal Items


Barcelona SAE offers our students a variety of housing options, which means that we have the perfect place in Barcelona for you to call your home away from home. Housing is offered on a first-come and availability basis, and semester students can typically choose from either a homestay or apartment.

Homestays – Our Most Popular Option!
A homestay can be one part of meaningful cultural integration and increased safety of the study abroad experience. Homestays are designed to be a mutually valuable experience for both the hosts and the participant. We work to find homestays that want to share their culture and language with the students and create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

A homestay family does not always mean a husband and wife, two children and a cute dog. In fact, what is more common is to live in the apartment of an older, widowed woman who enjoys the company.

The thorough screening process, regular family check-ins and homestay reviews allow us to monitor safety and the quality of the homestays we place our students with.

And as an added bonus, homestays include breakfast and dinner every day, laundry services once a week, a set of keys to the apartment to come and go as you please, and an individual or shared bedroom.

Living in an apartment in Barcelona provides students with a very realistic experience of life in the city. Apartments are fully equipped shared living spaces that Barcelona SAE students may live in jointly with other students and interns – whether they’re American or International. Our apartments are spread throughout the city in safe areas, all with easy access to public transportation, restaurants and shops.

Students who choose to live in an apartment do not get meals included, but every apartment has a full kitchen facility which allows students to do their own cooking (and grocery shopping… which can be a very entertaining activity in Barcelona!)

So…what are you waiting for? APPLY TODAY and get ready to embark on the Barcelona experience of a lifetime!

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2020-2021 02/01/2020
02/11/2020 TBA TBA
Fall 2020 06/01/2020
Rolling Admission 09/03/2020 12/19/2020
Spring 2021 10/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be notified of acceptance in 2 to 4 weeks.

Indicates that deadline has passed