Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain - UPF

Study Abroad in Barcelona: Academics

Academic Programs

Courses include: accounting, architecture, art history, business, Catalan Studies, cinema, communications, economics, engineering, experiential learning, film, finance, global studies, history, management, marketing, mathematics, Spanish language, Spanish literature, Spanish for medical professions, Spanish literature, philosophy, politics, science, technology

Program Option

Open to juniors and seniors the program aims to provide students with greater insight into the European, Spanish and Catalan realities, while at the same time encouraging critical thinking. The program also includes courses in the area of global studies to encourage reflection on a variety of topics, while continuing to promote intercultural awareness and understanding in our increasingly globalized world.

In addition to content-based courses in the disciplines of communication, humanities and the social sciences HESP includes language learning at all levels for students wishing to take a Spanish language course. All language courses are taught using the communicative approach to language learning and have been designed according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Spanish language is not mandatory, although students are strongly encouraged to take it in order to gain the most out of their study abroad experience and to be able to participate in all levels of university life. The Spanish course carries 6 semester credits for 90 contact hours. Students wishing to take a Spanish language course must take a placement test after arrival in Barcelona.

In addition to Spanish language, students can choose from a range of content courses in the disciplines of humanities, communications and social sciences. Each course is taught for 45 contact hours and carries 3 semester credits. Courses are taught in English and Spanish.

Students who wish to take content courses taught in Spanish should ideally have completed at least 4 semesters of college level Spanish. (There is some flexibility on this depending on the course – students wishing to take audio-visual courses for example may in some cases only need 3 semesters of Spanish.)


Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester Up to 15 3.0 GPA; Spanish language not required

The International Business Program is jointly offered by the ESCI-UPF International Business School and the UPF Education Abroad Program. The program is aimed at undergraduate juniors and seniors with a major or minor in business who wish to acquire an international perspective and a better understanding of the successful management practices needed to compete in the global economy. The program is moreover designed to offer students insight into international business from a multicultural perspective and to improve their professional qualifications.

UPF faculty thrive on working with international students interested in learning how to manage companies in the global economy and providing them with the skills and knowledge they need for a successful start to their business careers.

All students who complete the ESCI-UPF International Business Program will be awarded a joint certificate from the ESCI International Business School and the UPF Education Abroad Program attesting that they have successfully completed at least two international business courses.

The program includes courses taught in English and Spanish. Students wishing to take courses taught in Spanish should have completed at least four semesters of college level Spanish.

Students usually take 4 or 5 courses in a semester. Each course is recommended for 3 semester credits.

The International Management course is mandatory. Students must also take at least one of the following business program courses: International Finance, International Economics, Doing Business in Europe and Corporate Finance. Students can then choose their remaining two or three courses from the Spanish language courses, the HESP content courses, or the ESCI-UPF undergraduate course offerings.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester Up to 15 3.0 GPA; Spanish language not required

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 12,000. 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.