Founder’s Corner

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

Rich Kurtzman
Founder & CEO

Currently based in Barcelona, Rich grew up in the great city of Chicago, Illinois, but has been lucky to call 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.

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Fall 2019 – Political Update from Catalonia

Fall 2019 – Political Update from Catalonia

Back in February, 2019, I wrote the last political update because the trial began of the 12 pro-independence Catalan leaders who were responsible for the referendum on Catalan independence. I’m writing again now because the trial recently ended, sentences were dealt,...

Spring 2019 – Political Update from Catalonia

Spring 2019 – Political Update from Catalonia

It has been a while since I sent the last political update on Catalonia but the current situation definitely warrants some new information. FIRST, A QUICK RECAP This past October 2018 marked a year since the politicians and leaders of the two major...

Political Updates from Barcelona: What’s Happening Now?

Political Updates from Barcelona: What’s Happening Now?

Good Sunday afternoon to you, It has been a while since I've sent out the political update from Catalonia but I wanted to send one now for two reasons: 1) So many of you told me at the Forum Conference on Education Abroad last week how much you appreciate them and 2)...

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