Author: Rich Kurtzman

Inside Study Abroad: Crossing Cultures and the Truth About Study Abroad in Barcelona

Originally posted on Inside Study Abroad in April 2014. Today, I’m talking with Rich Kurtzman, the director of Barcelona SAE, a boutique study abroad program based in the heart of one of the most vibrant cities in Europe. Rich is an extremely fun and intelligent guy and one of my favorite things about him is his ability to deliver an epic rendition of Baby Got Back (wow, I wish I had video of that!) and also have a deep conversation about politics and government spending. Classic renaissance man! It’s Wednesday, but we’re going to pretend it’s #ThrowbackThursday. If I’m going for...

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Can you Learn Spanish in Barcelona? ABSOLUTELY!

Barcelona is a multicultural city with two official languages: Catalan and Castilian Spanish.  As an organization that focuses solely on Barcelona, we often are asked “Can you learn Spanish in Barcelona?” by advisors, faculty, parents, and students.  Our answer?  ABSOLUTELY! With that said, I’d like to share with you a letter from Dr. Carolyn Nadeau, a Spanish professor at Illinois Wesleyan University.  Dr. Nadeau has led faculty-led semester programs with Barcelona SAE for the past two years. By Dr. Carolyn Nadeau, Illinois Wesleyan University I too had my reservations about learning Spanish in Barcelona (and the fact that I am at heart a...

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