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. 

This program also allows you to take regular university courses and courses from the IBP (International Business Program).

In addition to content-based courses, the Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies includes the option to take Spanish language courses at all levels (highly recommended). 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, Maria Mateu.

HOUSING

During their time in Barcelona ISEP students will live in a student residence located close to UPF. The residence is also within walking distance of the beach and a short trip on public transport to the city center. Rooms are double-occupancy and cooking facilities are provided. Rooms are double-occupancy and include an en-suite bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. 

Meals are not included. Students will have access to grocery stores, cooking facilities, and a multitude of dining options with affordable meal choices. 

Course Description

BaPIS Courses:

Students can view below the courses offered in the BaPIS for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023. Fall 2023 courses will be announced in late spring 2023. 

Students may combine courses at the BaPIS with cross-enrollment in other UPF Education Abroad programs, including the International Business Program and regular UPF courses in their field of study. Enrollment in a Spanish as a Second Language course is also highly encouraged. 

Students enroll in 24-30 ECTS per semester, which is generally equivalent to 12-15 U.S. credits. Given the rigor of the UPF curriculum, it is recommended that students consider enrolling in 24 ECTS if their home university requirements allow for this option. 

BaPIS Fall 2022 Courses:

All BaPIS courses grant 6 ECTS (3 U.S. credits)

Course Name   Fields of Study  Course Info
Art and Gender in Contemporary Spain History, Cultural Studies, Art, Photography, Sociology, Hispanic Studies, Communication, Gender Studies, Global Studies Syllabus 
Barcelona the City and its History History, Art History, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Urban Studies, Geography, Literature Syllabus  Video
Cinematic Creativity in Spain: Authorship, Industry, Politics Media, Art, Communication, Humanities, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Hispanic Studies Syllabus  Video
Collective Intelligent Solutions to the New Global Challenges Law, Political Science, Philosophy, Humanities, Sociology, International Relations, Contemporary Studies, Global Studies Syllabus 
El animal de los filósofos y el límite de lo humano TBA Syllabus 
Ethics in a Globalization and Sustainability Context Biology, Humanities, Philosophy, Political Science, Law, Economics, Business, Cultural Studies, Contemporary Studies Syllabus  Video
Global Culture and Marketing of FC Barcelona Communication, Marketing, Cultural Studies, Business Syllabus  Video
Globalization, Human Development and Sustainability: Politics and Policies in the Framework of the 2030 Agenda Political Science, International Relations, Economy, Geography, Urban Studies, Contemporary Studies, Global Studies Syllabus  Video
Great Ideas that Have Shaped our World: From the Axial Age to the Robot Revolution Ethics, Political Science, Religion, Philosophy, Intellectual History Syllabus  Video
Innovation and the Law. How Technology Changes the Legal System Law, Economics, Computer Sciences, Business Syllabus  Video
Laws of Creativity. The Impact of Legal Systems on Artistic Practices and Other Creative Endeavors TBA Syllabus 
Lengua y cultura catalanas TBA Syllabus 
The Arab World Today: Tradition and Diversity Political Science, History, Economy, Sociology, Cultural Studies, International Relations, Gender Studies, Religion, Contemporary Studies, Global Studies Syllabus
The Jews in Spain: History, Heritage and Memory Jewish Studies, History, Cultural Studies, Hispanic Studies, Pre-Modern Studies, Contemporary Studies Syllabus  Video
¿Qué es noticia? verdad, desinformación y hegemonía  Communication, Political Science, Humanities, Economy, Journalism, Anthropology Syllabus  Video

BaPIS Winter 2023 Courses:

All BaPIS courses grant 6 ECTS (3 U.S. credits)

Course Name   Fields of Study  Course Info
Analytics for Social Good Natural Sciences, Mathematics-Analysis, Statistics,  Economics, Business Syllabus  Video
Anthropocene - How People Are Transforming the Planet History, Archaeology, Sociology, Biology, Geology Syllabus  Video
Art and Gender in Contemporary Spain History, Cultural Studies, Art, Photography, Sociology, Hispanic Studies, Communication, Gender Studies, Global Studies Syllabus 
Artificial Intelligence, Creativity, and the Arts Art, Psychology, Computer Science Syllabus  Video
Barcelona and the City and its History History, Art History, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Urban Studies, Geography, Literature Syllabus  Video
Circular Economy Law, Economy, Business, Political Science, Sociology, European Studies, Contemporary Studies Syllabus  Video
Comunicación y responsibilidad social en la era de la desinformación y las fake news TBA Syllabus 
Emergencia climática, ecologismo y transición energética Political Science, Economy, History, Philosophy, Media Studies, International Relations, Global Studies Syllabus 
Five Challenges for the Future of Sport Global Governance Law, Economy, Political Science, Journalism, Contemporary Studies Syllabus 
From Ethnographic Cinema to the Avant-garde TBA Syllabus 
Gender, Sexuality and Diversity: Past and Present Humanities, History, Archaeology, Political Science, Biology, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Material Culture, Pre-Modern Studies Syllabus
Global Culture and Marketing of FC Barcelona Communication, Marketing, Cultural Studies, Business Syllabus Video
Globalized World, Globalized Problems? Creative Proposals from Public Service Television Worldwide Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Global Studies, International Relations, Contemporary Studies Syllabus
Historia y ficción en la cinematografía y la literatura TBA Syllabus
Identity in the 21st Century TBA Syllabus
LGBT+: Exploring Identities and Diversity Philosophy, Sociology, Humanities, Communication, Cultural Studies Syllabus Video
Mind, Brains and Machines Anthropology, Psychology, Biology, Philosophy, Art, Medicine, Cognitive Sciences, Physics, Neurosciences Syllabus
Psychopharmacology TBA Syllabus
Punchline to the Laugh Track: Television Sitcom Writing and Directing Workshop TBA Syllabus
Sovereignty, Democracy and Constitutionalism in Europe TBA Syllabus
Textos literarios: interpretar, dialogar, crear Literature, History, Cultural Studies, Contemporary Studies, Hispanic Studies Syllabus
The Collectivity Revolution: Building a Global Community Business, Sociology, Communication, Marketing, Media Studies, Economy, Global Studies Syllabus Video
The Impact Journey: (Un)Sustainability, Climate Emergency, Authentic Leadership Business, Economy, Natural Sciences, Humanities, Education, Psychology, Political Science, Art, Media Studies, Contemporary Studies Syllabus
The Metaphysics of the Brain: A Transcendental Journey through Neuroscience TBA Syllabus
The Space Race: A Cultural History in the Cold War TBA Syllabus
Understanding and Awakening your Creativity TBA Syllabus
Understanding Globalization: Global Issues in Historical Perspective TBA Syllabus

- UPF Spanish Language Courses (Highly Recommended)

Spanish as a second language is taught at five levels, from Beginner to Proficient (A1-C2). A Spanish for heritage-speakers course is also offered each term. These courses each grant 12 ECTS (6 U.S. credits)

 

- UPF Regular University Courses:

NOTE: Space in UPF regular courses can be very competitive, particularly in the fields of Economics, Communications, Humanities and Engineering. During the enrollment process students will work with the Resident Director to develop a varied course list, but classes can not be guaranteed. Students who plan to take courses in Economics, Communications, Humanities or Engineering should plan to balance their enrollment with courses from the Interdisciplinary Program and/or a Spanish Language course.  

Faculty of Communication

(Degrees: Advertising and Public Relations, Audiovisual Communication, Communication & Journalism)

Faculty of Economics and Business 

(Degrees: Business Management & Adm., Business Sciences, Economics, and Int. Business Economics)

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences 

(Degrees in Human Biology and Medicine)

Faculty of Humanities  

(Degrees in Humanities and Global Studies)

Faculty of Law 

(Degrees in Criminology and Public Prevention Policies, Labour Relations and Law) 

Faculty of Political and Social Sciences 

(Degree in Political and Administration Sciences) 

Faculty of Translation and Interpretation  

(Degrees in Applied Languages and Translation and Interpretation)

Polytechnic School(Degrees in Audiovisual Systems Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science and Telematics Engineering)

- International Business Program Courses

 

BARCELONA SERVICE LEARNING PROGRAM 

Enhance your resume and further develop your intercultural competence while contributing to a leading service organization based in Barcelona! Maximize your study abroad experience, connect with the culture and collaborate with locals by participating in the Barcelona Service Learning Program. 

Not-for-Credit Program Add-On

Format: 25 service hours at placement (around 2 hours per week) and 3-session cross-cultural seminar (6 contact hours)

Price: US$700

Fees include:

Personalized support in your project selection and throughout your program

International work experience with a leading service organization

Training and project supervision

Cross-cultural training sessions

Certificate upon successful completion of volunteer program

Reference letter from ISEP and participating organization

Access to ISEP’s alumni network of 1,500+ members, providing connections, job coaching, graduate school application advice, and even job placement

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Kira Hakanson 703-504-9991 | KHakanson@isep.org Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer 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

  • Business

  • Communication:

    Digital Communication and Media Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    Catalan Language and Literature Spanish Language and Literature

  • History Recommended!

  • International/Global Studies Recommended!

  • Language and Culture Recommended!

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Recommended!

    Humanities

  • Social Sciences

    Sociology

  • Sports Studies

    Sport and Fitness Management

  • 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

  • Communication

    Digital Communication and Media

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures: Recommended!

    Catalan Language and Literature Spanish Language and Literature

  • International/Global Studies Recommended!

  • Language and Culture Recommended!

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Humanities

  • Social Sciences:

    Anthropology Sociology

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

Academic Eligibility Requirements: 

- Applicants must be in the third or fourth year of their undergraduate degree to attend this program. 

- Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA 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.  

Important Dates: 

- Students must submit a copy of their passport in order to complete the course pre-enrollment process at UPF. If not submitted with their initial ISEP application, students must submit this documentation by July 1 for fall and full year programs and by November 1 for spring semester programs. 

- Non-recoverable costs will be incurred for Fall and Full Year students withdrawing between May 15 and the program start date, and spring semester students withdrawing between October 15 and the program start date.

Visa Information:

As the spring semester program is under 90 days, students attending only Term 2 will not apply in advance for a long-term Spanish study visa. 

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