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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Semester/summer Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Type: Apartment Alone, Apartment Shared, Homestay Area of Study: Accounting, Art, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Economics, Education, English, Exercise Science, Finance, Foreign Language, Global Studies, History, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Mass Communication, Political Science, Recreation and Tourism, Sociology
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Program Description:

The Liberal Arts, Humanities, Business & Entrepreneurship Semester Program at Barcelona School for International Studies (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. 

Courses at Barcelona SIS are taught in English and/or Spanish, and class sizes 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.

This is a 12 week program, which is perfect for students that are on a quarter system or looking for a shorter semester. This also means that U.S. Citizens on this program will not have to obtain a study visa (saving time and money) as the program is fewer than 90 days; unless you add on our January Term program before and/or if you stay on for an internship.

Located in the heart of the city, the Barcelona School for International Studies (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 receives U.S. accreditation through Jacksonville University in Florida. This means that while the educational system is a blend of American and Spanish styles, students will be graded following the U.S. system and will receive a transcript that is easily transferable to U.S. institutions.

  • Minimum G.P.A. Requirement: 2.5
  • Class Requirement: Freshman-Senior Standing
  • Language Requirement: Although helpful, no previous Spanish language knowledge is required.

The Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS) and Barcelona SAE have 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 School for International Studies (SIS) is accredited by Jacksonville University (JU) in Jacksonville, Florida. After completing a Barcelona SAE program at SIS, the JU transcript 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 a “Approval Contact for Study Abroad” form that will automatically inform your home institution of your intent to participate on 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.

Course Options
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.

Please note that this is a 12 week program, which is perfect for students that are on a quarter system or looking for a shorter semester. In addition, this is a wonderful option for U.S. Citizens that are looking to receive a semester or quarter’s worth of credits without having to secure a visa, as the program is less than 90 days in duration.

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):1 Intensive Spanish Language Course (90 Hours) Plus 3 Electives (45 Hours Each)
  • Option D (15 Credits) 5 Electives (45 Hours Each)
For the Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS) Semester/Quarter Program, students can choose from the following courses:

Spanish Courses
  • Elementary Spanish Language and Culture (Level A1, 3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Elementary Spanish Language and Culture (Level A2, 3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Intensive Elementary Spanish Language and Culture (Level A1-A2, 6 Credits, 90 Hours)
  • Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture (Level B1, 3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture (Level B2, 3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Intensive Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture (Level B1-B2, 6 Credits, 90 Hours)
  • Intensive Intermediate/Advanced Spanish Language and Culture (Level B2-C1, 6 Credits, 90 Hours)
  • Advanced Spanish Language and Culture (Level C1, 3 Credits, 45 Hours)
Elective Courses
  • Architecture and Urban Design: The Barcelona Example (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Civilización y Cultura Españolas (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Cross Cultural Psychology & Early Childhood Education  (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Digital Photography (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 Española (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Management and Ethics (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Negocios Internacionales (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Spanish Civilization and Culture (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Sports and Society in Spain and Catalonia (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
Important Notes:
  • Please note that not all courses listed above will be offered every semester/quarter, 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/quarter abroad at SIS, please contact your Barcelona SAE Advisor.
  • In order to receive credit from the SIS school of record, Jacksonville University, students must receive a grade of C or higher.

The Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS) Semester/Quarter Program Includes:

Countdown to Barcelona: 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 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

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 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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