Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain - UPF

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Study Abroad in Barcelona: Academics

Academic Programs

Courses include: art history, biology, business, communication, film, gender studies, history, law, marketing, mathematics, science, sociology

Program Option

Open to juniors and seniors the program aims to provide students with a series of courses (taught mostly in English) which promote critical thinking, navigating across disciplines and building on crucial knowledge areas. The program includes STEM disciplines, with special emphasis on Technology and AI. From Ethics to Biology, from Big Data to Humanities, from Legal Systems to Politics and Society, from Economics to Design Thinking, the BaPIS program aims to stimulate creative approaches to today’s major challenges.

On top of its interdisciplinary dimension, BaPIS provides an inclusive, immersive and internationalised environment, open to international and local students alike bringing together students from across the globe.

Spanish is available at all levels from Beginner through Advanced and Native speakers. 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 courses mostly taught in English including art/science, biology, communication, film, gender studies, history, law, marketing, mathematics, science, sociology. A few courses are taught in Spanish. Students wishing to take these courses should have completed 4 semesters of college-level Spanish. Courses are a recommended 3 credits each.

Students can take up to 15 credits.

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 4 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.

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.

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.

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