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Study Abroad

Barcelona SAE Academic Study Abroad Center

The Barcelona SAE Academic Study Center (SIS) is located in the heart of the city and 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, master’s, 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!

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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 your study abroad office and/or your academic advisor at your home institution, and are as transparent as possible about your plans. 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. 

The earlier that you plan for your study abroad experience, the easier it will be to get your courses pre-approved and know exactly what transfer credit will be accepted at your home institution. Please remember that it is best to get multiple backup courses pre-approved, as this will give you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule or during the add/drop period. Think about courses that can work towards your major or minor, as well as courses that may 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, which will be an important part of the assessment of each class.

Credit Options

For each summer term at SIS, students can choose from the following options:

  • May Term: 3 credits
  • June Term: 3 or 6 credits
  • July Term: 3 or 6 credits

Tentative course offerings for Summer 2022 are listed below. Keep in mind that each class needs at least seven students to open, and additional Spanish levels may also be added depending upon demand.

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