The latest from Barcelona SAE's Founder & CEO, Rich Kurtzman.

Rich grew up in the great city of Chicago, but has called Barcelona his home for over 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.

My Culture Stock Newsletters are specifically designed for Study Abroad Offices and faculty leaders to help you gain valuable tips on increasing cultural awareness and reach your international education goals.


“We chose to use Barcelona SAE because of Rich and his never-ending positivity and love for Barcelona. We were desperate for a Spain semester program that catered to the curriculum we needed and the cost that our students are constrained by. We were excited about the program ourselves and in the end we were right as our students raved about your program.”

Melanie McCallon SeibMurray State University

“We knew that we needed to partner with someone that had a lot of credibility and a lot of experience working with students, and so Barcelona SAE was the perfect organization to work with us as they made the process incredibly simple. From the very first contact, they took a lot of those different logistics components off of my plate so that it became much easier for me to simply work with the students and curate the right experience for the students coming abroad.”

Dan YoungGoldey-Beacom College

“Barcelona SAE is one of my favorite programs and when students want to go to Barcelona, I point them to you! I know that I can call you up anytime and ask anything and that is really helpful. You are friendly with the students, and I like that you let me know what is going on on-site with the student newsletters. I also love the Barcelona SAE Bucket List.”

Sara RobinsonUniversity of Wyoming

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