Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain - UPF

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Study Abroad in Barcelona (UPF): Academics

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

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 Europe according to U-multirank, the ranking system developed by the European Union.

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 (4 weeks)

Students select two courses for up to 6 U.S. credits. Spanish language courses and some of the courses in English are taught for the duration of the program (4-weeks) for 3 U.S. credits. In addition, a number of courses are taught for 2-weeks for 2 U.S. credits. Students can choose either two 4-week courses or one 4-week course and one 2-week course. Classes are held Monday through Friday. Spanish language is not required, but we highly recommend that you take it in order to make the most of your learning experience in Spain and to integrate into Spanish culture as much as possible.

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. One official copy will be sent to the student's home institution on completion of the program.

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