• Spain
    • Barcelona
Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
Accounting Advertising American Studies Architecture Art History Arts Business Communications Cultural Studies Design Economics Education European Studies Finance Global Studies History Hospitality Humanities International Business International Relations Liberal Arts Linguistics Marketing Political Science Psychology Tourism +16

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Apartment Dormitory Host Family


Starting Price
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Classes Some Meals Transportation Travel Insurance Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Airport Transfers Visa
Jan 30, 2023
Apr 24, 2023
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About Program

The Liberal Arts, Humanities, Business & Entrepreneurship Program at the Barcelona SAE Academic Study Center (SIS) offers a personalized classroom atmosphere to students who are looking to rapidly improve their Spanish language skills and gain US credits for major, minor, and elective courses taught in English.

You’ll enjoy a perfect blend of top-notch academics and experiential learning that include intriguing courses, guest speakers, local tours and a variety of cultural activities and excursions. Most electives are taught in English, but students are highly encouraged to enroll in our Intensive Spanish Language Courses to truly get the most out of the Barcelona experience.

For more information, please visit the Barcelona SAE website.

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Barcelona Study Abroad Merit & Leadership Scholarship

The Barcelona SAE scholarship awards one scholarship per semester of study, one scholarship per internship, and two scholarships per summer programs to those who have achieved academic excellence, demonstrated community involvement and require extra financial aid. If awarded the funding, they’ll participate in a Barcelona SAE semester, quarter, or summer program, or an internship program of at least four weeks in length.

$250 - $750

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Program Reviews

5.00 Rating
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  • Academics 4.45
  • Support 4.85
  • Fun 4.9
  • Housing 4.85
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program


Studying in Barcelona had always been a dream of mine since I was in high school, and Barcelona SAE not only helped me make it come true but it also did it exceeding any expectations I had about it. During my time abroad I was surrounded by a caring and welcoming staff always willing to help make the experience the best one possible, I was paired with the sweetest host mom who made me feel at home all the time, introduced me to local recipes and traditions, and helped me learned more about the city as a local. The almost weekly activities and day trips were one of my favorite parts of the program since they gave us the chance to experience local traditions that otherwise we would have most likely not had the chance to.
In addition, we were offered the opportunity to visit Morocco through a program partnership and it was my favorite weekend trip out of Spain.
If you are looking to get to experience Barcelona as a local during your time abroad, Barcelona SAE is definitely your best option to do so.

44 people found this review helpful.
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Barcelona SAE 8 Week Program

I stayed in a home stay for the 8 week program for the months of June and July. The staff at Barcelona SAE made me feel extremely supported, and I knew I could contact them if I ever had any issues. They did an amazing job at making me feel welcome, comfortable, and safe during my time in Barcelona. The staff genuinely cares about the students wellbeing and provided many opportunities for me to learn more about Barcelona and explore the city. I had an amazing time, and met a lot of great people.

  • Many opportunities to explore
  • Amazing staff
  • Meet lots of new people
72 people found this review helpful.
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Maria Jovita
Yes, I recommend this program

The BEST Program

This program has been an incredible experience. They made me feel comfortable when I first arrived and helped me create a sense of independence in the process. They set me up with the most amazing homestay which helped me improve my Spanish as well as connect with a local. The excursions especially were out of this world; not only did they take us around Barcelona but they helped us explore around Spain to Costa Brava and Tarragona. I recommend this program to any student with a love for traveling!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
They had a large array of snail dishes if you go to the right place and boy were they delicious. Just make sure you get them fresh and they sort of taste like a hard clam haha.
90 people found this review helpful.
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Experience of a Lifetime

I came on this program by myself and was initially nervous about coming to Barcelona, but knew it would be worth it. This program completely exceeded my expectations. I made lifelong friendships, had the most wonderful homestay family, and got to experience Barcelona as well as other parts of Spain like a local. I would 10/10 recommend this program. It includes several day trips, field studies in classes, and weekends away that are all included in the price of the program. All of this really made it feel worth the price. On all of these trips meals were included as well. Not to mention they also have scholarships available. The staff was friendly, supportive, and always available when needed. There was a 24/7 emergency line as well, which added an extra feeling of security while there.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Get out of your comfort zone! You will look back on this program and be SO happy that you did it.
101 people found this review helpful.
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A True Balance

At the beginning of the summer, I knew nothing about Spain, but that all changed because of Barcelona SAE. I feel like they provide a great balance between cultural/in-field activities, enlightening classes taught by teachers from all over the world, and overall daily immersion (especially in the homestays). These all contribute to creating an environment where you really feel like you can feed your curiosity and develop your interest in Barcelona and the rest of Spain, without getting sucked into viewing it from a single perspective. I also loved the group activities Barcelona SAE planned for us. They helped me grow closer to my peers and provided their knowledge as locals to give us the best quality experience possible. I also appreciate that they did this without being suffocating.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Try the homestay and buy post stamps from either tobacco shops or post offices.
97 people found this review helpful.
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School For Internation Studies

The classes were a good challange and the staff was very nice and well equipped for their positions. It was an amazing time living in Barcelona and learning about local life and culture. I made a lot of lasting friendships and totally improved my Spanish speaking skills as I was immersed in the Spanish environment. Also, I found the Catalan culture so fascinating with their crazy festivities like the Correfoc, a parade in which people paint their faces, literally swing fireworks around in a crowd and play booming drums. It was so exhilarating!

100 people found this review helpful.
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Barcelona SAE Fall 2015

This program completely changed my world-views and greatly impacted my career goals in a positive way. Throughout the quarter, we were taught to look at subjects such as history and multiculturalism from different perspectives while seeing the history of different places first-hand. Our professor was very negative and I didn't like his teaching style, but the program itself was great. I bonded with my host family and was immersed in the culture of Barcelona, as well as other places that we traveled to (other parts of Spain, Italy, France, and Morocco). After my time in Barcelona, I changed my major from Accounting to International Business so that I can hopefully travel the world as a part of my future career. One of my favorite memories was being lost in Barcelona with my roommate the first week we were there. I was starting to get frustrated, when suddenly I turned around and saw Sagrada Familia. I was in awe and realized that beauty can be found under any circumstance! From that point on, I learned to be okay with getting lost and wandering the streets while finding new sights.

What would you improve about this program?
This program can be improved by employing a more professional and encouraging professor to teach the classes.
98 people found this review helpful.
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Barcelona SAE SIS 2017 Program

Upon coming to Barcelona, I thought it would be a whole different world of weird tales every day. Barcelona SAE made my program feel like home. My favorite element is that it wasn't a program through my university meaning I got to meet so many different people from different schools. This program was pretty inclusive especially with all the counselors, teachers, staff, and weekend trips. It made Barcelona feel like a second home.

What would you improve about this program?
This program could be improved with improved communications/ details on what is expected from homestay families.
85 people found this review helpful.

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