Why Barcelona SAE?

We know there are a lot of options out there when it comes to studying or interning in Barcelona, but we also happen to know that we are the best. Sorry, we don’t mean to brag, but the truth is, focusing on one place pays off as does decades of experience. With home offices in the both the United States and Barcelona, we are able to support you from before you go, while you’re there, and after you get home. We value responsible travel, your safety, language acquisition, and cultural immersion and it’s no accident that each of our programs offer all this at affordable rates.

What Sets Us Apart

We connect our students to people and places. We value cultural immersion and believe meet the people is just as important as seeing the sites. We have become a supportive member of the community in Barcelona and work locals all the way from cooking classes to medical staff. We are proud of our participants and believe they represent Barcelona SAE as well as their home country.

“I would recommend Barcelona SAE to anyone with a pulse. Choosing SAE and Barcelona were the greatest decisions of my life, and I owe everything to the wonderful staff and the great city of Barcelona. The staff truly makes your experience a personal one.”  Chase Westfall

Missouri State University

“The Barcelona SAE staff is absolutely incredible! They are so involved with the students, while at the same time, eager to share their knowledge and passion of the lifestyle and culture here in Barcelona.” Kristen Bathan

California State University - Fullerton


Barcelona Study Abroad Experience (SAE) is the leader in Barcelona Study and Intern Abroad. We provide superior quality study and intern abroad program options in Barcelona that incorporate a strong intercultural element for our students. All aspects of the programs incorporate experiential learning and cultural immersion in order to open the eyes of the next generation of leaders to a global world.

Barcelona SAE provides the opportunities for students to grow personally, academically and globally utilizing the city of Barcelona and its components as the classroom.

Barcelona SAE strives to embed elements of social responsibility into our study and intern abroad programs. We encourage intensive intercultural immersion and the acquisition of critical language skills, while cultivating an appreciation for cultural differences and increased global awareness. We hire local staff whenever possible and encourage students to participate in sustainable service learning and volunteer opportunities and assist them in finding these opportunities.

We encourage our students to:

  • Fully immerse themselves in the culture of Barcelona
  • Limit energy usage and recycle
  • Take public transportation or walk
  • Purchase carbon offsets for air travel
  • Look for locally produced and environmentally friendly products


Barcelona SAE combines the preeminent aspects of U.S. higher education with the empirical cultural elements embedded with life in a different country to provide top services to our clients. In this sense, our clients include the students, their parents, and the sending universities. We make sure our programs meet the needs of all parties involved to ensure satisfaction and success.

Our Team

Year after year, Barcelona SAE students rate “interaction with the staff” as one of the highlights of their Barcelona experience. Our staff is multilingual and composed of Spanish, Catalan, and American study abroad experts. Our passion for international education, our commitment to individualized service to our students, and our expertise in Barcelona facilitates the strongest combination of cultural, academic, and professional experiences for our students.