SAI Study Abroad at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain

Video and Photos

Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar
Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar
Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor
Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor
Torre Agbar
Torre Agbar
This a picture of me looking out to the entire city of Barcelona. I was on my way up to Tibidabo; the highest point in Barcelona!
These are my roommates at the beach; Barceloneta!
This is the view from outside of my apartment in Barcelona!

About

SAI invites students to experience Barcelona's vibrant diversity! SAI’s partner school, the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), is a dynamic institution with an excellent reputation in Spain and globally. With its roots in the Catalan tradition, UAB offers a unique opportunity for study abroad students to enroll in English-taught courses in the heart of Barcelona. The hub of the study abroad program is at the Sant Pau campus, a stunning display of Catalan Modernist architecture situated in downtown Barcelona. In addition to supporting students throughout their stay in Barcelona, SAI also coordinates a range of activities and excursions throughout the term, including a weekend trip to Seville (semester only), cooking classes, a Flamenco dance demonstration, a Barcelona scavenger hunt, and much more!

Highlights
  • A wide range of courses in English offered year-round.
  • Courses offer Mediterranean perspective on global issues.
  • Cultural events and excursions offered throughout term
  • Enjoy SAI's 360° Services

Questions & Answers

Hey Jeffrey, I took three classes while in Barcelona: International Business, Cross-Cultural Management, and Managerial Skills. The classes were taught in English but by two Spanish and one Belgian professor. The instructors were great and all had plenty of real world experience as well as lots of academic experience and credentials. All three were graded based on participation, presentations and...

Reviews

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based on 26 reviews
  • Academics 7.7
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.5
  • Housing 9.5
  • Safety 9.6
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Mason
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Great Experience

Studying abroad with SAI programs was definitely the best decision. All of SAI's staff were helpful in answering the many questions I had leading up to my departure to Barcelona. Once here, Mireia has been very helpful and kind, and made the transition to living in another country as smooth as possible! I enjoyed the number and variety of different excursions Mireia and SAI provided us. I also really appreciate the smaller size of SAI's program, which allowed me to connect with my study abroad classmates on a closer level. If I have a friend or family member decide to study abroad, SAI will without a doubt be the first program I recommend, and Barcelona the first program!

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Eileen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Semester in Barcelona

SAI is the best program to study with in Barcelona! Before coming I was so worried that I would be in a smaller program but it was the perfect size. You get to know the other students more and you get more individual attention from the coordinator. All of the excursions are led my the coordinator because she's so knowledgeable on everything Barcelona! There was the perfect amount of support - we all felt we could go to our coordinator if we needed her but we were also living abroad like adults and becoming more independent. The classes weren't as challenging at the university but I wouldn't have wanted to spend any more time than I had to on school work when I'm living in such a great city!

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Ashley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing program in beautiful Barcelona!

Studying abroad with SAI in the beautiful city of Barcelona was such an incredible experience. Mireia, the program coordinator in Barcelona, was absolutely amazing and so helpful whenever I needed her help with anything. The excursions included with the program were so much fun and I definitely recommend taking full advantage of all of the trips/activities offered. My personal favorite was the weekend trip to Sevilla in Southern Spain where we took a bike tour of the city, went to a flamenco show, toured the cathedral, and had lots of free time to explore. My apartment was a little further from the city center, but it was still very nice and it was so easy to walk or take public transportation anywhere I wanted to go.
Now onto school since believe it or not, I did go to Barcelona to STUDY abroad. I took 15 credits in business, marketing, and spanish classes at UAB. Even though the workload was much less, I feel like I learned so much that I can actually apply to my future because there was much more practical work rather than just busy work and lectures.

What would you improve about this program?
I think it would be beneficial for the program to look into offering homestay options in the future in order for students to have more interaction with locals from Barcelona. Since all of my roommates were also from America and all of my classes were with Americans, Brazilians, Germans, and Belgians, it was a little more difficult to find local friends.


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Mike
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Barcelona: My home away from home

There are too many stories from my experience to pick just one to share but a night I will never forget happened without needing to leave my apartment. It was a Thursday night and I didn't feel like venturing out so I decided to hang out around the apartment and plan some trips for the following weeks. I opened the window to let the warm air in and heard my downstairs neighbors having a get-together. I heard the familiar symptoms of a small party: music, bottles and glasses clinking, and friends talking and laughing. What blew my mind, however, was that these conversations were going on in four or five different languages, all at the same time! The host couple made comments in Catalan and Spanish and laughed in complete understanding when some of the guests answered in French, Italian and English. There may have been other languages and dialects too. I was fascinated and decided to turn my music down and sit on the window ledge to listen while I googled my next destinations. Eventually they noticed me and instead of being bothered chose to say hello and made me part of their multilingual conversation. I was blown away by how well these people could communicate in such different ways, yet still understand every phrase and emotion.

Barcelona is a wonderful city full of Catalan and Spanish culture, but also an incredible international hub of people from literally everywhere in the world. Not a day went by during my stay where I didn't see or hear someone from a new country. If you want a truly international experience, Barca is the place to go!

What would you improve about this program?
The excursions were wonderful, but maybe throw in a few more!
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Ben
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Go Home, to Barcelona.

Barcelona is an incredible city. At first it can be a little crazy to get use to but once you do it feels like home. The Catalan people are amazing, and welcoming. Go out and explore the city because that proved to be the most amazing experience and it didn't cost a dime. SAI programs made it possible to truly experience the city as a local and you can't ask for much more than that.

What would you improve about this program?
Gym memberships would be nice! But with all the walking done in the city, it isn't essential.
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Rachel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Best Summer of My Life

SAI was the absolute perfect program for me. Our onsite coordinator was available whenever I needed help or wanted information, but she mostly left us to explore on our own. I took a couple of impromptu trips, one to Monserrat and another to Madrid, and they were the best times I could've imagined! I never felt like I was all alone in Spain, but I also felt free to do what I wanted when I wanted, all while earning credit towards my minor!

What would you improve about this program?
I wish that I would've immersed myself more in the language. Barcelona is a very tourist-centered city, so most people speak English as well and Spanish and Catalan. I wish I would've worked harder to improve my Spanish skills instead of just letting them speak English to me. Also, the program was pretty small, but I made plenty of friends from other programs in my classes!
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Kevin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Take Me Back

If I could go back in time I would not change a single thing about my study abroad experience. I would choose Barcelona again and I would go with SAI. This program has very high standards and when it comes to quality nothing is overlooked. Excursions were carefully planned to include culture, sights, and a lot of fun exploring the particular area. The staff makes sure you are comfortable from day one. And not to mention my apartment was amazing, right in the center of Barcelona. I do not think it could have been easier to walk, metro or taxi anywhere from my apartment. I enjoyed how small the program and I can not wait to see it grow. There are tons of study abroad programs in Barcelona so it was very cool to be a part of something so new. We are basically pioneers for this program to be perfectly tailored for what students really want. Make it what you want and make it your study abroad experience, and with the help of SAI it is very possible!

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Alison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Once in a lifetime

Barcelona is an awesome location and easy to travel to other countries on weekends. There is ALWAYS something going on in the city and ALWAYS plenty to do and explore. The only thing I really have to complain about this program was that it was SUPER small. Small programs are easier to meet people but we all really had to meet friends at school. Also, while we lived in a really nice apartment close to a main metro line, we really didn't live in the center of the city and had to commute to get anywhere significant. We had really hoped to be closer to the center of Barcelona. Overall, you really can't go wrong with this program or any program - Barcelona is AWESOME.

What would you improve about this program?
Housing location
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Spencer
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a lifetime

Studying abroad was the best decision I've ever made. I was fortunate enough to have this opportunity and meet lifetime friends. I also tried to make the most of this trip with traveling as much as possible. When talking about SAI, I did have a rough time adapting with my roommates and finding my place, but with the help of Miriea I had a much easier time getting though this. My advice for anyone studying abroad, make the most of it. Don't stick with what's familiar, go out of your comfort zone.

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Bailey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Necessary Life Experience

This experience has been life changing. Every study abroad student says that, but it is 100 percent true. Studying abroad is something that I think is necessary for any young person to experience to learn about new cultures, learn about themselves and open their eyes to the world outside of their home countries. SAI has been more than helpful throughout this entire time. Before my trip, they made sure I was prepared and answered any of my questions very promptly. During my time in Barcelona, we had the most helpful and loving coordinator who was always willing to drop everything at a moments notice to help her students. Now after the program is done, I continue to keep in contact with the SAI staff and I plan to promote them through my school. Overall, my time abroad couldn´t have been better. The memories and things I have learned here will always be remembered in my heart.

What would you improve about this program?
I LOVED the program but if I had to make a suggestion, it would be to house the boys and girls closer together to make for a better relationship between the two groups.
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Ariella
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience!

This program was incredible. We had an amazing apartment for the two of us. It was beautiful, within walking distance of everything, and I always felt safe within the apartment/ surrounding area. Mireia, our program coordinator, was unbelievably accommodating, helpful, and always full of suggestions of places to see/eat/explore. Although I did not go on all the excursions, the ones that I did go to were fun, and allowed me to see some things that I'm not sure that I would've seen otherwise, such as the Dali museum. This is a small program, but it is easy to make friends at the university, because you are integrated with the other programs. Overall, I highly recommend this program for a cultural, fun, and new experience!

What would you improve about this program?
The size is small, so if you are looking for something with a lot of people I would suggest a different program. Other than that, it was fantastic!