Frequently Asked Questions

Studying or interning abroad always brings up a lot of questions! In fact, everything from “How do I apply?” to “What will I eat for lunch in Barcelona?” might be flying through your mind at this very moment. So, we’ve compiled a list of the most common questions for quick and easy answers…but feel free to contact us if there are other questions that we can answer for you!

Unfortunately, I speak little to no Spanish. Can I still study abroad?

Absolutely! Barcelona SAE is proud to offer study abroad programs for a variety of majors, with a variety of courses in English! In addition, most all of our study abroad programs give students the option to take Intensive Spanish Language courses – so you can take courses for your major, minor, or general electives in English, while also having the opportunity to brush up on your Español!

How do I pay my $200.00 Application Deposit?

To pay your $200.00 Application Deposit, it’s simple to do so by credit or debit card here.

How do I pay my $500.00 Confirmation Deposit?

To pay your $500.00 Confirmation Deposit, it’s simple to do by debit or credit card here.

How do I pay my program balance?

If you would like to make a payment, it’s simple to do so by debit or credit card here. Please note that credit or debit card payments incur a 1.9% service charge, which will be present in the total charges of your transaction on that page.

If you’d prefer to mail in a check, please send it to:

Barcelona SAE
17 New South Street, Suite #303A
Northampton, MA 01060

Checks should be payable to “Barcelona SAE” and please always make sure to write the student’s name in the memo field. Please do not send cash.

Do you accept financial aid or offer scholarships?

Yes! We accept most forms of financial aid, and also offer some great scholarships.

In addition to using your financial aid and getting additional scholarships, Barcelona SAE is among the most affordable programs in Barcelona with the most included – we want students of all backgrounds to have the opportunity to study or intern abroad, so we try to keep prices low without sacrificing quality. If you already have financial aid at your home institution, you may be able to use some if not all of your aid towards study abroad programs. Ask your university’s study abroad and financial aid offices for more details.

I still have a ton of questions about financial aid! Can you help?

Of course! Here at Barcelona SAE, we want our programs to be affordable and accessible to ALL students. With that said, we’ve developed a nifty difty page on Financial Aid that has all kinds of information, along with FAQ’s. We invite you to check it out in hopes that it’ll answer many of your questions…but if there’s still things you’re wondering about, don’t hesitate to Contact Us!

Is airport pickup always provided?

Yes, we work with all students to provide airport pick up, permitted that your flight lands before 12:00pm Barcelona time (and that you’re out of customs/baggage claim by 2:00pm) on your assigned arrival date. This means that, even if you are on a flight alone, we can still be at the airport to greet you. However, please note that we can only guarantee pick ups on the designated day only – for students whom choose to travel before their program begins, airport pick up might not be available.

When is my application due?

All of our application deadlines can be found on our main Dates & Costs page.

How safe is Barcelona?

Generally speaking, Barcelona is a very safe city! The biggest concern for visitors and tourists, as with many major American and European cities, is pickpocketing and petty crime. With that said, it is important to be aware of your surroundings at all times, especially in cafes, the metro, and tourist areas. Many thieves are not afraid to engage and distract victims while trying to take a wallet or phone. Conceal your valuables and never walk around with large amounts of cash. Just remember, staying alert and aware of your surroundings will make you a difficult target for pickpockets. 

Barcelona SAE has a very detailed Health & Safety policy and Emergency Response Plan.  Additionally, our onsite staff is always available to our participants 24/7 via an Emergency Phone. 

Can I talk to an alumnus of your programs?

Absolutely! If you would like to talk to an alumnus of Barcelona SAE, we’d be happy to put you in touch with someone. Please contact us at for details, or check out the My Barcelona Experience section of our website to hear from our past participants.

Internship Specific

Unfortunately, I speak little to no Spanish. Can I still intern in Barcelona?

Absolutely! Barcelona SAE is proud to offer 6, 8, 10, and 12 week internships for a variety of majors, and we also offer placements in English and Spanish! With that said, the more specialized the field, the more helpful it’ll be for you to know some Spanish (i.e. Engineering placements are easier to find with some Spanish background, whereas Business placements are widely available in English).

Also, please remember that all of our internship programs include Intensive Spanish Language courses (1 week for 6 & 8 week interns, and 2 weeks for 10 & 12 week interns) so that you can improve your Español!  Interns will typically begin these classes on their 2nd or 3rd week, with alternating schedules from their internships (i.e. if a student interns in the mornings, they will take Spanish in the afternoons).

Does my internship need to be relevant to my major?

No. We understand that students have career interests beyond their major and we have a variety of internship placements available to students with all language levels. If we don’t already have an internship placement in your preferred field, we will be happy to search for one that fits your preferences!

Are the internships arranged prior to arrival? How far in advance will I know what my internship is?

Internships are arranged prior to departure…although we cannot predict how far in advance you’ll know your placement, due to the nature of our internships and how customized they are towards the individual goals of each student. Once students pay their application deposit, a Barcelona SAE Program Advisor will arrange a Skype interview, so that we can get to work as soon as possible on finding a placement that’s the best match for each and every student.

Once I arrive on site, am I able to switch internship placements?

We have had students in the past switch internship placements, however, this is only in extremely rare situations with extenuating circumstances. To prevent this, we do in depth student interviews to ensure that the match is as mutually beneficial as possible for both the company and the student.

Are the internships paid or unpaid?

At this time all internship positions are unpaid.

What will my responsibilities be within my internship?

While responsibilities will vary based upon the internship placement, Barcelona SAE works hard to ensure that each experience is meaningful and educational. Thus, students will often have interviews or meetings with their placement to observe what skills a student possesses, and how best to work with these skills.

Can I receive credit for my internship?

Yes! If you are hoping to intern in Barcelona for academic credit, we’re just the program you’ve been looking for! Barcelona SAE has three different options to get you the professional experience, personal growth, and academic objectives you hope to accomplish though your internship in Barcelona.

  • Option #1: Credit from Barcelona SAE – Plymouth State University
  • Option #2: Credit from Your Home School
  • Option #3: No Academic Credit, Just Great Experience

For more information, please visit the Intern Abroad for Credit portion of our website.

Do I need to be a student to participate in your internship programs?

No! We have had several interns that have already graduated from college. More and more businesses and organizations are looking for international experience when looking for new employees – and internship abroad is a great way to build your resume before entering a career.

Is there a possibility of hire after the internship?

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to obtain a Spanish work visa. However, we have had many alumni tell us that their Barcelona SAE Internship was an immediate talking point at interviews and often was the reason they were hired at a job! “I would not have been hired for my new job without my Barcelona internship experience!” -Abbie W., University of Minnesota.