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All the latest from Rich Kurtzman, Founder & Director of Barcelona SAE!

Rich Kurtzman
Founder & Director

Currently based in Barcelona, Rich grew up in the great city of Chicago, Illinois, but has been lucky to call Barcelona his home for 15 years. His studies in Spanish and Russian Language and Culture led him on a path toward study abroad ever since high school. Starting with a summer in St. Petersburg, Russia then a semester in Madrid, Spain, there is no doubt that his study abroad experiences shaped his future. He later did an internship in Milan, Italy, led student groups through Spain, and volunteered in the Philippines. After earning his M.A. in Spanish Applied Linguistics, Rich taught Spanish History and Culture to study abroad students in Barcelona. Since 2002, Rich has organized and directed all aspects of study abroad in Barcelona. Rich regularly presents at International Education conferences on various topics and also works as an intercultural consultant for multinationals in Spain.

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NAFSA Interview: A Conversation with Rich Kurtzman

NAFSA Interview: A Conversation with Rich Kurtzman

Originally posted on NAFSA: Association of International Educators on March 8, 2017.  Rich Kurtzman has been working in the field of International Education since 1998 but began his journey in the field as a student in St. Petersburg in 1996. He then went on to spend...

Why I Have the Best Job in the World

Why I Have the Best Job in the World

I have the best job in the world.  Every day, I wake up in a city that I love and go off to work at a job that I am passionate about.  In college, I spent a summer in Russia and a semester in Spain and the experience changed my life; now, as Director of Barcelona...

GoAbroad Interview: Rich Kurtzman

GoAbroad Interview: Rich Kurtzman

Originally posted on in September 2014. Rich Kurtzman is the Executive Director of Barcelona SAE, a study and internship provider based in Barcelona, Spain. With a graduate degree in Spanish Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois – Chicago,...


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