Saint Joseph’s University has an exciting partnership with the Institut Químic de Sarrià (IQS), the Business School of Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, Spain! Ramon Llull University was established in 1990 as a non-profit university. The university aimed to provide a quality education that provides answers to the needs of the society, focused on the individual student. With an enrollment of 13,000 undergraduates, the university is one of the most innovative and pioneering universities within the Spanish State.
As a city, Barcelona is multicultural and cosmopolitan. It is a city steeped in culture and history and most famous for the fantastical architecture of Antonio Gaudi whose buildings are scattered all around the city centre. The most famous and impressive ones can be seen along Passeig de Gracia where you will find La Pedrera and casa Batlló. You can also head to the Park Guëll, which is a gorgeous park to spend a nice time. However the most impressive Gaudi’s work is the Sagrada Familia, the huge still unfinished cathedral. Other than Gaudi, Barcelona does offer a lot in terms of architectural brilliance. The Gothic Cathedral in the heart of the Gothic district is a must-see!
Due to the academic calendar of Ramon Llull University, students can only study at IQS for the spring term or for the full academic year.
The term begins with an orientation and a three-week, intensive Spanish language course (Spanish for Business) for international students. The course is not required, but is highly recommended for students without prior fluency. The course aims to to help students "develop their oral and written skills, integrating basic vocabulary and Spanish grammar whilst always taking into account the students’ academic needs."
IQS has divided the rest of their courses into "itineraries." Students must choose one
of the spring term itineraries, and will only be able to register for courses within that itinerary. Here is a list of the itineraries for 2018:
IQS 2017-2018 Course Information.pdf
Coursework is primarily for business students, with a few options outside of the business curriculum. Most courses are taught in English, but students may also choose to take one or more of the courses taught in Spanish (depending on their level of proficiency). While the courses on the pre-approved list will transfer back as three SJU credits, students must also pay attention to the "ECTS," as IQS requires to students to enroll in a combination of courses that totals at least 24 ECTS (European credits). Please see a CIP advisor with any questions or concerns.
Finally, since the course list for this program is limited, interested students should carefully consult it and the SJU pre-approved list (link above) to ensure that the program is a good fit for them. IQS asks that students remain flexible as courses are never guaranteed due to pre-requisites, classroom capacity, time conflicts and class cancellations. Therefore, students should also have a few "back up" courses picked out.
The IQS fall semester typically ends in late-January/early-February. Therefore, this program is only offered to SJU students in the spring semester or for the full academic year.
Regular IQS courses for the spring semester typically begin in early-February, but students participating in the intensive Spanish course will be required to arrive about 3-4 weeks ahead of that.
Housing and Meals
Housing is not provided or facilitated by IQS or by Saint Joseph's University. Instead, students have the choice of working directly with one of four student residences in Barcelona (endorsed by IQS) or using a company to place with a host family. Either way, students will be expected to make their housing arrangements and payments directly with the residence or host family provider. For all of the accommodation options, please visit the IQS Accommodation website
Students should consult the Budget Sheets at the top of this page for estimated program costs. In addition, before choosing to study abroad in another country for anywhere from three to six months, you should consider the exchange rate
of your host country as well as the cost of living
in the city where you will be.
Center for International Programs Study Abroad Grant
Please apply for this program before applying for the CIP Study Abroad Grant (due October 15th or March 15th). Use the 'Featured Program
' Search to apply to this grant.
Things to Remember Before Applying
- You must meet with a CIP advisor before submitting your application.
- A limited number of completed applications will be approved on a first-come, first serve basis, per the Semester Abroad Policy.
- This program requires a separate, paper application which will be made available to you through the CIP's application process. Students will need a valid passport and proof of insurance at the time of application.
- If approved by the CIP, you will be required to submit a $300 Confirmation deposit WITHIN 10 DAYS of receiving your approval notice.