Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain - UPF

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Study Abroad in Barcelona (UPF): Academics

The Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

Founded in 1990, UPF is a young, modern, public university which figures prominently in prestigious international education rankings and has a rapidly growing student population of over 7,000. Specializing in three main fields of knowledge – social sciences and humanities, health and life sciences and communication and information technologies – it is the highest ranked university in Spain and the 15th in the world in the THE (Times Higher Education) Young University Rankings, 2021.

UPF is committed to offering an outstanding teaching model based on comprehensive education and student-centered learning and to sustaining a multicultural, multilingual campus with the three languages – Catalan, Spanish and English – used in all spheres of university life. The university model is based on a policy of being an institution that is open to the world, incorporating prominent national and international researchers.

Academic Overview

UPF International Summer School

Students select two courses for up to 6 U.S. credits. Students can choose either two 4-week courses (3 credits each) or one 4-week course and one 2-week course (2 credits each). Courses are taught in English unless otherwise stated. For an additional fee of $475 students can select an additional 2-week course and earn an extra 2 credits.

ECTS: Universitat Pompeu Fabra awards ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits. The number of class hours and ECTS credits will be shown on the transcript to allow each student’s home institution the ultimate decision in the awarding of U.S. credit. Recommended U.S. semester credits next to each course are based on 15 classroom hours per semester credit and are not a conversion of ECTS credits. Students should consult with their university advisors prior to participating in the program to have course credit pre-approved and ensure that they are taking the appropriate amount of credits. For further information on ECTS please For further information on ECTS, please click here.

Recommended credits are shown in parentheses. Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the UPF.

Attendance Students exceeding the permitted numbers of unexcused absences may lose all or partial credit.

Computer Access The UPF campus has free wireless connection for those students who bring their own laptop. Students also have free access to the computers in the university library.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Transcripts are issued by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. An official transcript will be sent directly to the student's home university on completion of the program.

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