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Art history, Art studio, Business administration, Economics, History, Political science, Spanish
The International Business & Humanities Semester Program at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) will deliver on all fronts by letting you study in one of Europe’s most vibrant and affordable cities while learning from local professors.
This program is perfect for those looking to get their feet wet on a global scale. The chance to learn from an entirely new perspective is priceless…especially in the field of business. You will take courses in English or Spanish for your major, minor, or general education requirements that are customized for study abroad students, all while absorbing Spanish at an astonishing rate thanks to your intensive language course. REQUIREMENTS
Minimum G.P.A. Requirement: 2.75
Class Requirement: Sophomore-Senior Standing
Language Requirement: Although helpful, no previous Spanish language knowledge is required.
ACADEMICS The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) 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 especially 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 Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a degree granting institution of higher learning. After completing a Barcelona SAE program at the UAB, the 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. Students will be in class at the UAB with other international students.
Class Schedule Students who study for a semester at the UAB have the option to take a 45 hour (3 credits) or 90 hour (6 credits) language course, taught at a level determined by an online placement exam. The language class sizes are no more than 20 people to maximize the time spent in the classroom to ensure a personalized experience. Please note that, while it is not mandatory to take Spanish language, it is STRONGLY encouraged. There are both 45 hour (3 credits) and 90 hour (6 credits) courses available.
Option A (12 credits): 1 Intensive Spanish Language Course (90 Hours) plus 2 Electives (45 Hours Each)
Option B (12 credits): 1 Spanish Language Course (45 Hours) plus 3 Electives (45 Hours Each)
Option C (12 credits): 4 Electives (45 Hours)
Option D (15 credits): 1 Intensive Spanish Language Course (90 Hours) Plus 3 Electives (45 Hours Each)
Option E (15 credits): 1 Spanish Language Course (45 Hours Each) Plus 4 Electives (45 Hours Each)
Option F (15 credits) 5 Electives (45 Hours Each)
For the Barcelona SAE International Business & Humanities Semester Program at the UAB, students can choose from the following courses:
Beginning Spanish Language A1 (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
Beginning Spanish Language A1 (6 Credits, 90 Hours)
Beginning Spanish Language A2 (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
Beginning Spanish Language A2 (6 Credits, 90 Hours)
Low Intermediate Spanish Language B1.1 (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
Low Intermediate Spanish Language B1.1 (6 Credits, 90 Hours)
Intermediate Spanish Language B1.2 (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
Intermediate Spanish Language B1.2 (6 Credits, 90 Hours)
Upper Intermediate Spanish Language B2.1 (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
Upper Intermediate Spanish Language B2.2 (6 Credits, 90 Hours)
Low Advanced Spanish Language C1.1 (6 Credits, 90 Hours)
Advanced Spanish Language C1.2 (6 Credits, 90 Hours)
Upper Advanced Spanish Language C2 (6 Credits, 90 Hours)
A Greater Middle East (3 Credits, 45 Hours, English)
An Urban Approach to Spain and Europe (3 Credits, 45 Hours, English)
Arte Contemporáneo Español (3 Credits, 45 Hours, Spanish)
Barcelona City Planning and Architecture (3 Credits, 45 Hours, English)
Behavior and Incentives in Economics: The Case of Soccer (3 Credits, 45 Hours, English)
Business in Action: Local Companies in a Global World (3 Credits, 45 Hours, English)
Civilización y Cultura Española (3 Credits, 45 Hours, Spanish)
New Tendencies in Spanish Contemporary Art (3 Credits, 45 Hours, English)
Politics of the Developing World (3 Credits, 45 Hours, English)
Politics, War and Economics in the Age of Globalization (3 Credits, 45 Hours, English)
Spanish Art and Cultural Heritage (3 Credits, 45 Hours, English)
Spanish Civilization and Culture (3 Credits, 45 Hours, English)
Spanish Contemporary Art (3 Credits, 45 Hours, English)
Spanish History and Politics: 1868 to the Present(3 Credits, 45 Hours, English)
Strategic Behavior in Business and Economics (3 Credits, 45 Hours, English)
Strategic Management of the Firm (3 Credits, 45 Hours, English)
The Creative Economy (3 Credits, 45 Hours, English)
The Great Art Collections in Spain (3 Credits, 45 Hours, English)
The Image of Barcelona in Literature (3 Credits, 45 Hours, English)
The Political Economy of European Integration (3 Credits, 45 Hours, English)
The Seven Wonders of Spain (3 Credits, 45 Hours, English)
Understanding the European Economy (3 Credits, 45 Hours, English)
Please note that not all courses listed above will be offered every semester, 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 abroad at the UAB, please contact your Barcelona SAE Advisor.
Once students have enrolled in courses at the UAB, there is a 100 EUR penalty for dropping a course if that student does not replace those lost credits with an equivalent amount.
WHAT'S INCLUDED The International Business & Humanities Semester Program at the UAB Includes:
Countdown to Barcelona:
Group Webinar and Pre-Departure Preparation
One Year Digital Subscription to the New York Times
While in Barcelona:
UAB Tuition and Fees
Official University Transcript from Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona
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 through CISI
24-Hour Emergency Support
Full-Time, Native English Speaking Staff of Barcelona Experts
Independent Travel Advice
Cultural & Social Activities:
A Weekend Excursion Outside of Barcelona (Madrid, Zaragoza, Seville, Granada, Basque Country, etc.)
Multiple Day Trips Outside of Barcelona (Tarragona, Girona, Montserrat, Figures, Besalú, etc.)
The “Barcelona Bucket List” (Suggestions of 100 Different Things to Experience in Barcelona!)
Weekly Cultural Agenda (The Local Perspective of What’s Happening Each Week!)
Weekly Cultural Activities (Cooking Classes, Salsa Lessons, Intercambios, Barrio Tours, and MORE!)
Mentor Program & Cultural Dinner
Welcome Hike & Traditional Catalan Meal
Re-Entry Workshop & Farewell Meal
An optional four day excursion to Morocco is available at an additional cost.
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.
…and SO MUCH MORE!
The Program Does Not Include:
Round-Trip Airfare to/from Barcelona
Visa Costs (If Applicable)
Mobile Phones & Charges
APPLY NOW! So…what are you waiting for? APPLY TODAY and get ready to embark on the Barcelona experience of a lifetime!