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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 full-disclosure here, clearly this video was filmed a “little while ago.” I won’t say how long, but I will say a HUGE thank you to Rich for being so patient and waiting for his big debut on Inside Study Abroad! And this may also go down as my most awkward video ever. Dios mio! I guess you can’t win them all.

Enjoy my chat with Rich!

In our interview we talk about:

  • Rich’s undergrad studies and experience studying abroad in Russia through Illinois Wesleyan University
  • How to compare program providers and figure out what’s the best fit for you
  • Tactics for engaging with the local culture even when you don’t speak the language
  • Language disconnects that become hilarious stories
  • Getting ROI from study abroad
  • And so much more!

Thanks for spending some time with me next to a really loud fountain in Barcelona, Rich! 😉

What did you think? Any thoughts on this interview? Disagree? Agree? Comments about study abroad in Spain? Let us know in the comments below! We love a great discussion. And if you liked this interview, please like and share with your friends.

Don’t forget to go say hi to Rich and his awesome team on twitter and facebook.

Keep rocking it, study abroad lovers! And get after that global life!

Rich Kurtzman

Currently based in Barcelona, Rich grew up in the great city of Chicago 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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