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

The Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS) Semester/Quarter Program offers you the chance to get up close and personal with Barcelona while taking courses in English that can count towards your major, minor, or general education requirements. With core studies in business and the humanities, cultural immersion plays a large role in this program.

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Program Overview

The Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS) Semester/Quarter Program 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. The SIS Semester/Quarter Program includes even more than your average program, including a life-changing four day excursion to Morocco, an additional weekend excursion within Spain, multiple day trips, career development tools, and a variety of courses to choose from for a wide range of majors!

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.

You’ll enjoy a perfect blend of top-notch academics and experiential learning that include intriguing courses, guest speakers, local tours and a variety of cultural activities and excursions. Most electives are taught in English, but students are highly encouraged to enroll in our Intensive Spanish Language Courses to truly get the most out of the Barcelona experience.

When and Why Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS)

Great news – you don’t have to speak fluent Spanish (or any Spanish for that matter!) to participate on a Barcelona SAE program! However, we want you to study abroad in order to broaden your worldview and improve your language acquisition skills – so from beginners to fluent or native speakers, we look forward to helping you take your Spanish up a notch…no matter where you currently are!

Yes, our semester/quarter program at the Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS) is specifically designed for the international student – YOU! As we said, no previous Spanish experience or courses are required, but language development and cultural immersion are top priorities of the program and encouraged every step of the way.

You have the option of enrolling in the SIS Semester/Quarter Program during the fall semester/quarter, spring semester/quarter, or full academic year.

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

Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS)

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The Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS) offers international students the incredible opportunity to vastly improve their Spanish language skills while earning college credit with courses in English, specifically designed for them. SIS is located in the heart of Barcelona, just minutes from Plaça Catalunya – the central transportation hub of the city. 

SIS is located located inside of a prestigious language school called International House (IH). International House is a top leader in Spanish language acquisition, not only in Barcelona but internationally. 

SIS is a Spanish institution with U.S accreditation through Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Minimum G.P.A. Requirement

  • 2.5

Class Requirement

  • Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior Standing

Language Requirement

  • Although helpful, no previous Spanish language knowledge is required.

If you have any questions about whether you meet the requirements, Contact an Advisor today and we’d be happy to help you decide which Barcelona SAE program is right for you!


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.


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): 1 Spanish Language Course (45 Hours) Plus 3 Electives (45 Hours Each)
  • Option C (12 credits): 4 Electives (45 Hours Each)
  • 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) Plus 4 Electives (45 Hours Each)

For the Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS) Semester Program, students can choose from the following courses:

Spanish Courses
Elective Courses
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.

Student Life

Bucket List

Be prepared to pack a lot into your semester/quarter! 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 staff 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 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 Cultural Credit Card worth $250.00 USD and 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!

Dates & Costs

For a comparison of all of Barcelona SAE’s program dates, costs, and application deadlines, please visit our main Dates and Costs page.

Please note that the Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS) Semester/Quarter Program is offered during both the fall and spring semesters/quarters. Interested in going abroad for the entire Academic Year? Great! Just ask your Barcelona SAE Advisor about our discounted pricing for both semesters/quarters!

And did you know that you can receive a $250.00 discount off any semester/quarter program if your home institution is a Barcelona SAE Affiliate Partner? Ask us how!

Fall 2017

September 14, 2017 - December 6, 2017
(12 Weeks)

Includes a $250.00 Cultural Credit Card!
12 or 15 Credits, Apartment or Homestay: $11,175
12 or 15 Credits, Residence Hall: $11,775
June 26, 2017

Spring 2018

January 8, 2018 - March 24, 2018
(12 Weeks)
12 or 15 Credits, Apartment or Homestay: TBA
12 or 15 Credits, Residence Hall: TBA
October 27, 2017
  • The program dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change.
  • Please do not book your flight until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.
  • Costs are for shared rooms; an individual room is available for an additional fee.
  • Please note that costs may fluctuate based on currency exchange.

What’s Included

The Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS) Semester/Quarter Program Includes:
Countdown to Barcelona:
While in Barcelona:
  • $250.00 Cultural Credit Card
  • 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 through CISI
  • 24-Hour Emergency Support
  • Full-Time, Native English Speaking Staff of Barcelona Experts
  • Independent Travel Advice
Cultural & Social Activities:
  • A Four Day Excursion to Morocco
  • 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 SAE 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
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

Housing in Barcelona

Barcelona SAE is excited to offer 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. Housing is offered on a first-come and availability basis, and semester students can typically choose from either a homestay, apartment, or residence hall.

Homestays - Our Most Popular Option!

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A homestay can be one part of meaningful cultural integration and increased safety of the study abroad experience. Homestays are designed to be a mutually valuable experience for both the hosts and the participant. We work to find homestays that want to share their culture and language with the students and create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

A homestay family does not always mean a husband and wife, two children and a cute dog. In fact, what is more common is to live in the apartment of an older, widowed woman who enjoys the company.

The thorough screening process, regular family check-ins and homestay reviews allow us to monitor safety and the quality of the homestays we place our students with.

And as an added bonus, homestays include breakfast and dinner every day, laundry services once a week, a set of keys to the apartment to come and go as you please, and an individual or shared bedroom.


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Living in an apartment in Barcelona provides students with a very realistic experience of life in the city. Apartments are fully equipped shared living spaces that Barcelona SAE students may live in jointly with other students – whether they’re American or International. Our apartments are spread throughout the city in safe areas, all with easy access to public transportation, restaurants and shops.

Students who choose to live in an apartment do not get meals included, but every apartment has a full kitchen facility which allows students to do their own cooking (and grocery shopping… which can be a very entertaining activity in Barcelona!)

Residence Halls

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Semester students may have the option to live in Residence Halls with local students. Although most of our students choose either Homestays or Apartment, please inquire with your Barcelona SAE advisor if you are interested in this option as we’d be happy to provide you with more information.

Please note that the Residence Hall option is not available for summer students.