PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies (BaPIS) is Universitat Pompeu Fabra's cornerstone Education Abroad program. By breaking down the barriers between knowledge areas, it promotes an interdisciplinary perspective and the effective cross-fertilization of ideas and initiatives. With its hands-on approach and courses combining the STEM disciplines, Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences, BaPIS offers a unique opportunity for developing and deepening intellectual creativity.

The Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies provides an immersive environment, with courses open to both international students from all over the word and local undergraduate students at UPF. All instructors on the program are high-profile UPF faculty members with a distinguished research trajectory and proven international academic experience, who, together with the highly motivated students that participate, form the bedrock of the program. 

In addition to content-based courses, the Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies includes the option to take Spanish language courses at all levels. Five different levels are offered, from beginner to proficient and even Spanish for heritage speakers. 

UPF Education Abroad programs encourage experiential learning through cultural activities and on-site classes in the BaPIS curriculum. Courses include hands-on workshops, faculty-guided trips to relevant sites and institutions, course-related tours, company visits, seminars and sessions by guest speakers in which they share their expertise and perspectives.  ISEP's programs in Barcelona also offer benefits above and beyond a typical ISEP program, including a dedicated onsite Resident Director.  

HOUSING

ISEP students are accommodated in Campus del Mar Residence Hall. The residence is located in the famous neighborhood of La Barceloneta, within walking distance to the UPF campus. Rooms are double-occupancy and include an en-suite bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. Bedding packs can be purchased prior to arrival for an additional fee and include a weekly change of sheets and towels. 

Meal benefits are not included in this program. Students will be expected to use their own funds for meals and budget accordingly. Students can ask their ISEP Student Services Coordinator for tips, as well as check out ISEP's resources for Budgeting for Study Abroad.  

Program Website

Course Description

Students may combine courses at the BaPIS with cross-enrollment in  other UPF Education Abroad programs, including the International Business Program and the International Relations Program. They may also cross-enroll in regular UPF courses in their area of academic study. Students generally enroll in 24-30 ECTS per semester, the equivalent of 12-15 U.S. credits. 

Students can view below the courses offered in the BaPIS for Spring 2021. Course information for Fall 2021 and beyond will become available in October 2020. 

Course Offerings: 

 - UPF Spanish Language Courses

 - BaPIS Spring 2021 Content Courses:

Analytics for Social Good 

Anthropocene: How People Are Transforming the Planet 

Art, Mind and the Brain 

Barcelona, the City and its History 

Building a Brain 

Contemporary Spanish Art 

Ethics in a Globalization and Sustainability Context 

From Hipocrates to Personalized Medicine: Healthcare Adapted to Societal Changes 

Gender-based Violence and International Protection of Human Rights

Global Marketing and Culture of FC Barcelona

Great Ideas that Have Shaped our World: From the Axial Age to the Robot Revolution

Innovación e Inteligencia Artificial en el gobierno: la transformación creativa de la gobernanza urbana

Innovation and the Law. How Technology Changes the Legal System

LGTB+: Exploring Identities and Diversity

Stardom Wars: Controversies on Creativity and Authorship in Spanish Cinema

The Jews in Spain: History, Heritage and Memory

¿Qué es noticia? verdad, desinformación y hegemonía

- International Business Program Courses

- International Relations Program Courses

- Regular University Courses at UPF

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT ADVISOR Maggie Montgomery 703-504-9991 | MMontgomery@isep.org Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Advisor and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.

Academics

Undergraduate
(in English)

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies

    European Studies

  • Biology

    Neuroscience

  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    Catalan Language and Literature Spanish Language and Literature

  • International/Global Studies Recommended!

  • Language and Culture Recommended!

  • Visual and Performing Arts

    Art History

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 3 or higher
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Needs Support

  • Learning

Undergraduate
(in Spanish)

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies Recommended!

    European Studies

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures: Recommended!

    Catalan Language and Literature Spanish Language and Literature

  • International/Global Studies Recommended!

  • Language and Culture Recommended!

  • Visual and Performing Arts

    Art History

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 3 or higher
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Needs Support

  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

Applicants should have a 3.0 GPA minimum at their school of origin.

The program is suitable for students with a strong command of Spanish and for those wishing to take courses only in English, as it includes courses taught in both English and Spanish.

Students who plan to take courses in Spanish must have a minimum of a B2 in the language. Non-native English speakers must demonstrate a minimum of a B2 in English.  

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