Barcelona SIS + Intensive Internship Experience (IIE) Summer Program

Looking for a study abroad + internship option? Look no further than our Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS) + Intensive Internship Experience (IIE) Summer Program! You’ll study abroad and take 3-6 credits during your first 4 weeks, and then stay on for a 4 week internship experience immediately following.

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Program Overview

Looking for a study abroad + internship option? Look no further than our Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS) + Intensive Internship Experience (IIE) Summer Program! You’ll study abroad and take 3-6 credits during your first 4 weeks, and then stay on for a 4 week internship experience immediately following.

Study Abroad + Internship Program

About Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS)

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. 

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About the Intensive Internship Experience (IIE)

Our Intensive Internship Experience (IIE) maximizes your time to help gain work experience, build a job portfolio, and have the experience of a lifetime in Barcelona.  You will complete specific projects from local companies in Barcelona, while taking language classes, attending professional development workshops, and joining in cultural and social activities. This program is one of the best ways to make the most of an internship experience if you only have a short amount of time to dedicate to Barcelona.

Requirements

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!

Courses

During the first 4 weeks of the program, you will be taking courses at the Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS) with the ability 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.

During the last 4 weeks of the program, you will be participating in our Intensive Internship Experience (IIE).  For more information on the internship portion of the program, please click the “Internship” tab.

Accreditation

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 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.

Courses

Your courses will be taught in English or Spanish and will primarily be lectures with some teamwork involved. Students will be in class at SIS with other international students, and class sizes are small to provide a personalized experience.

Course Options

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

  • Option A (3 credits): 1 Spanish Language Course (45 Hours) 
  • Option B (3 credits): 1 Elective (45 Hours)
  • Option C (6 credits): 1 Spanish Language course (45 Hours) Plus 1 Elective (45 Hours)
  • Option D (6 credits): 2 Electives (45 Hours Each)

For the Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS) Summer 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 summer, 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 summer 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.

Internship

During the Intensive Internship Experience (IIE) portion of the program, you will complete specific projects from local companies in Barcelona, while taking language classes, attending professional development workshops, and joining in cultural and social activities. 

During your Intensive Internship Experience, You Will:

  • Contribute to various projects while interning with an organization in Barcelona
  • Engage in 20 hours of intensive Spanish Language Courses fit for your level
  • Enhance your Professional Development skills through presenting your final project and participating in workshops
  • Learn how to showcase your experience abroad on your resume and in interviews!

Sample Itinerary:

Week 1: 

  • Introduction to your Company & Projects

Week 2: 

  • Internship Work Week (Average of 20+ hours)

Week 2: 

  • Internship Work Week (Average of 20+ hours)
  • Intensive Spanish Language Courses

Week 4:  

  • Internship Work Week (Average of 20+ hours)
  • Final Evaluation and Presentation
  • Interview Techniques and Re-Entry Career Workshop
  • Receive your Certificate of Completion 
  • Farewell Event

Student Life

Bucket List

Be prepared to pack a lot into your summer! 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 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.

Did you know that you can receive a $100.00 discount off a summer program if your home institution is a Barcelona SAE Affiliate Partner? Ask us how!

Summer 2017

DatesCostDeadline
May 29, 2017 - July 29, 20173 Credits, Apartment or Homestay: $7,300
6 Credits, Apartment or Homestay: $8,050
April 28, 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) + Intensive Internship Experience (IIE) Includes:
Countdown to Barcelona:
While in Barcelona:
  • SIS Tuition and Fees
  • Official University Transcript from Jacksonville University
  • Internship Placement
  • Staff Escort to First Day of Internship
  • 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
Professional, Cultural & Social Activities:
  • One Weekend Excursion Outside of Barcelona (Costa Brava, Valencia, etc.)  An additional weekend excursion is available for an extra cost. 
  • Multiple Day Trips Outside of Barcelona (Tarragona, Girona, Montserrat, Figures, Besalú, etc.)
  • Workshop about “Working Across Cultures”
  • 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
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
  • 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!

Homestay Photo

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.

Apartments

Apartment Photo

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!)