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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Barcelona SAE 
  • Restrictions: UNC Charlotte applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2024 10/01/2023
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Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2024 03/01/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2024-2025 03/01/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of approval into this program and be able to complete pre-departure materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Affiliate Provider Program Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Accounting, Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Art Design, Art History, Business, Business Information Management, Business Management, Communication Studies, Economics, Education, English, Film, Film Studies, Finance, History, Humanities, International Business, International Public Relations, International Studies, Journalism, Liberal Studies, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Political Science, Sociology, Spanish, Sports Sciences, Urban Design, Urban Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Min. Cumulative GPA: 2.5 Click here for a definition of this term Student Level Eligibility: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Affiliate Provider: Barcelona SAE
Housing Options: Homestay, Other, Shared Apartment, Single Apartment
Program Description:
 

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Based on an abundance of evidence from around the world about the efficacy of the vaccines to help curb the spread of COVID-19, Barcelona SAE requires all students to be fully vaccinated on our programs.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Our Semester Program at the Barcelona SAE Academic Study Center (SIS) gives you an opportunity to take courses in English and/or Spanish that can count towards your major, minor or general education requirements.

Class sizes at SIS are small to provide a personalized experience which allows for individual participation and team projects. Each course includes various excursions that use the city of Barcelona as a classroom.

BARCE-LOCAL INTEGRATION WEEK 

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.


ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY

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.

SIS is a Spanish institution but courses are offered through Jacksonville University in Florida. Jacksonville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Jacksonville University. Non-Jacksonville University students can apply to transfer course credits to their home institution by requesting a Jacksonville University transcript.


WHY BARCELONA SIS?

What sets Barcelona SAE’s Academic Study Center, Barcelona SIS, apart from the rest?
 
  • Small Courses – Low Faculty to Student Ratio
  • Personalized Attention & High Level of Support
  • American Grading & Evaluation System
  • Barce-Local Integration Week
  • Active Learning & Participation
  • Embedded Technology
  • Guest Speakers
  • Each Courses Includes 3+ Field Studies
  • All SIS Faculty have a Ph.D. or M.A. in their Field
  • All SIS Faculty Approved by Jacksonville University as the School of Record

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum G.P.A. Requirement

  • 2.5

Class Requirement

  • Freshman-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!


ACADEMICS

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.

Accreditation
The Barcelona SAE Academic Center (SIS) is a Spanish institution with U.S. accreditation through Jacksonville University (JU). Upon completion of programs at SIS, a JU transcript will be sent directly to the student’s home university.

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.

Courses
Courses at Barcelona SIS are taught in English and/or Spanish, and the class sizes are small to provide a personalized experience that allows for individual participation and team projects. Each course includes various field studies that use the city of Barcelona as a classroom, as part of the experiential learning experience offered at this school. Also, final grades will be the result of the combination of lectures, field trips, guest speakers, as well as projects, readings, and presentations that will be prepared by the students outside the classroom. All courses will include a mid-term and a final exam, that will be an important part of the assessment of each class.

Credit Options

  • Option A (12 credits): 1 Intensive Spanish Language Course (90 Hours) Plus 2 Electives (45 Hours Each)
  • Option B (12 credits): 4 Electives (45 Hours Each)
  • Option C (15 credits) – Preferred:1 Intensive Spanish Language Course (90 Hours) Plus 3 Electives (45 Hours Each)
  • Option D (15 Credits) – Preferred: 5 Electives (45 Hours Each)

Courses

Please click here to view the available courses for this program.

STUDENT LIFE

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!

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Our Semester Program at the Barcelona SAE Academic Study Center (SIS) Includes:

Countdown to Barcelona:

  • Group Webinar and Pre-Departure Preparation
  • Personalized Advising

While in Barcelona:

  • SIS Tuition and Fees
  • Official University Transcript from Jacksonville University
  • 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
  • Overnight and/or Weekend Excursion(s) Outside of Barcelona - Exact # and Locations Dependent on Term
  • Day Trip(s) Outside of Barcelona - Exact # and Locations Dependent on Term
  • Optional Weekend Excursion to Morocco (Additional Cost Applies)
  • 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 to be a “Barcelona SAE Alumni Ambassador” 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

HOUSING

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. We have carefully selected safe and adequate housing for each student but each living arrangement is different.

IMPORTANT NOTES: 
Housing in Barcelona is very competitive and participants will be placed based on availability. We make every effort to provide you with your preferred form of housing, but due to space limitations we cannot guarantee that you will get your first choice. 

There are no overnight guests allowed in any program housing. Our staff is happy to share a resource page for hotels and hostels for any visiting friends to use.
Most housing will be in double rooms with students of the same gender (biological sex). You can opt to pay a $200/month supplement for a single room (if available on a first come, first serve basis). If you have any questions or concerns, please note this in your housing form.

WHERE WILL YOU LIVE?
Housing for the program is spread throughout the city of Barcelona. Every neighborhood is easily accessible by public transportation and the city is very walkable. The normal commute in Barcelona is around 45 minutes using public transportation from your housing to your school or internship, it may be a bit more or less than this.

Each neighborhood has a different feel…Les Corts is where the soccer stadium is, Gracia is hipster and bohemian, Eixample has a gay friendly district and incredible architecture, Sagrada Familia has wonderful shopping, Sant Marti & Poblenou are tech powerhouses off the tourist path.

Please click here for more information regarding our housing options.


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




Important Notes from
UNC Charlotte Education Abroad (EA)

 

Researching this Program

Many affiliate providers typically will only list minimal information in their brochure above within the EA database of approved programs as all current information is hosted on their website. Please use the links provided above to research the program information on the affiliate provider's website.

Affiliate Provider Programs

Check out our Affiliate Provider page for more general information about what an affiliate provider is, the program and cost structure & more. Please note that the "Fact Sheet" listed above may list majors or minors under the "Areas of Study" parameter. It's important to understand that these are simply suggested areas of study, which indicates that this program may offer one or several courses within this discipline. Additionally, as course offerings can change often, the program may offer one or more courses within an area of study that is not listed in this section. Students should not rely solely on this "areas of study" section when determining whether or not a study abroad program is a good academic fit for them; it is the student's responsibility to look at the specific list of courses offered by the host university (see below) to determine whether or not courses are available within their interests and/or area(s) of study.

Application Process

Any student wishing to participate in an affiliate provider program is required to complete an additional application with the Office of Education Abroad in order to receive approval to participate in the program. Please visit our Application Process page for more information. Note that students who do not receive approval from the EA to participate in the program will not receive academic credit, will not be able to access their financial aid or scholarships and will not have access to EA Services.

Academic Credit

Refer to our Academic Credit page for more information on how students will be working with their academic departments to determine what UNC Charlotte equivalent course credit they will receive for the courses they take abroad.

Money Matters

It's important to understand the cost structure of an Affiliate Provider program and to then research the estimated costs of each expense. Check out our Money Matters section on our website to learn more about how financial aid works, search for scholarship opportunities and more.

Miscellaneous Resources

Questions?

For questions regarding policies & procedures for UNC Charlotte students going abroad, please visit the EA website, contact UNC Charlotte Education Abroad at 704-687-7747 or edabroad@uncc.edu. For questions regarding details of this particular affiliate provider program (e.g. program dates, course offerings, program fee, etc.), please contact the affiliate provider.