SAI Programs :: Study at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

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SAI Programs is a complete study abroad program offering comprehensive and affordable educational programs paired with exciting cultural experiences in five Italian cities, as well as Paris, London, and Barcelona. Our programs include US university credit and our host schools are considered among the finest in their respective academic areas.

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) was founded in 1968 and is well known for its international profile. Courses are now taught in English and Spanish. UAB is a young, dynamic institution, and is among the best 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.

Along with getting the chance to broaden their studies at a prestigious university, students choosing this program also have the opportunity to experience the Spanish and Catalan cultures unique to Barcelona.

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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...


based on 20 reviews
  • Academics 7.5
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.4
  • Housing 9.5
  • Safety 9.5
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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!

Yes, I recommend this program
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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.

How can this program be improved?
Housing location
Yes, I recommend this program
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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.

No, I don't recommend this program
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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.

How can this program be improved?
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.
Yes, I recommend this program
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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!

How can this program be improved?
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!
Yes, I recommend this program


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With headquarters located just north of San Francisco, SAI Programs was founded in 1995 to serve as the US admissions office for an Italian art institute in Florence. Since that time, SAI has expanded into a full-service international education...