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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SAI Programs 
  • Restrictions: AppState applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Affiliate Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Apartments
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.75
College: College of Fine & Applied Arts, Walker College of Business Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:

SAI Barcelona


Since 1995, SAI Programs has provided students with exceptional cultural and educational experiences abroad, offering the opportunity to enroll in some of the finest schools available to English speaking students in Europe. By encouraging students to explore the complex intersections between self, community, and creativity, SAI aims to provide an inspiring and transformative experience for all participants.   


CETT is an international campus affiliated with the Universitat de Barcelona which is dedicated to education and research. Over the past 40 years, CETT Barcelona has become the international gold-standard for academic excellence in the fields of Tourism, Hospitality and Gastronomy. Committed to the sustainable development of the tourism sector, CETT Barcelona is focused on both industry-wide innovation, as well as the personal and professional growth of each individual student.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Early September to Late December
  • Spring Semester: Late January to Late May
For more information about the Academic Calendar please visit the SAI CETT web page.


SAI student apartments are convenient, clean, and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (upgrade to private bedrooms available). Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless internet. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise. The cost of housing will be included in the invoice that SAI sends to Appalachian and students will be billed through their Appalachian term bill.


Program Costs

Students participating on SAI programs will be billed through Appalachian the SAI program cost.  This will replace the Appalachian tuition & fees for the term they are abroad.  In addition to the SAI costs students will also be responsible for submitting a $200 OIED Program Development Fee upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office.  The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Paid to Appalachian State
1SAI Program Fee See SAI
2OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Development Fee $60
1SAI Program Fee includes the tuition, housing, insurance, and SAI Signature Services.
2The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
Airfare $1200 - $1800 
SAI Application Fee $100
SAI Refundable Security Deposit $300
Meals $1500 - $2200
1Personal Expenses $800 - $1500
Books and Materials $200 - $400
Local Transportation $250 - $450
Visa (for US Citizens) $160
Passport $150
2US Based Health Insurance Varies
3Personal Travel and Spending $1200 - $2000
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, basic travel and entertainment, etc. 
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.


Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.  

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


SAI Affiliate Discount
All Appalachian students participating on a SAI program automatically receive a $300 discount of the listed SAI program price.

SAI Semester Pell Grant Scholarship
Students who are accepted to a semester SAI program with Signature Services and will be receiving a Pell Grant for the semester they are abroad, are eligible to receive a $500 scholarship.  

SAI Scholarships
SAI offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students.  Scholarship awards range from $500 to $3000.

OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.  


The CETT study abroad semester is designed for visiting students who wish to spend a term in Barcelona taking courses in business, hospitality management, and tourism studies. Classes are offered in both English and Spanish, and students are integrated into degree-track courses alongside local students. Visiting students select a concentration and enroll in 4 – 5 elective courses for a total of 12 - 15 credits. For more information about the courses and structure of the program please visit the SAI CETT website.  

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Each SAI program will have a different minimum credit requirement. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

Students applying to a SAI program should complete the SAI application while also completing the Appalachian application.  

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 02/15/2021 11/01/2021 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.