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. 

Meals 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.  

Course Description

Students may combine courses at the BaPIS with cross-enrollment in  other UPF Education Abroad programs, including the International Business Program. They may also cross-enroll in regular UPF courses in their area of a academic program it is reccomended that students consider enrolling in 24 ECTS if their home university requirements allow for this option. 

Students can view below the courses offered in the BaPIS for Spring 2021. Course information for Fall 2021 and beyond will cademic study. Enrollment in a Spanish Language course is also highly encouraged. 

Students enroll in 24-30 ECTS per semester, which is generally equivalent to 12-15 U.S. credits. Due to the rigor of the UPFbecome available in early spring 2021. 

Course Offerings: 

 - UPF Spanish Language Courses

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. 

 - BaPIS Fall 2021 Content Courses:

Course Name  Fields of Study Links
Cinematic Creativity in Spain: Authorship, Industry, Politics Media, Art, Communication, Humanities, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Hispanic Studies Syllabus  Video
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
Great Ideas that Have Shaped our World: From the Axial Age to the Robot Revolution Ethics, Political Science, Religion, Philosophy, Intellectual History Syllabus  Video
Innovación e inteligencia artificial en el gobierno: la transformación creativa de la gobernanza urbana Philosophy, Ethics, Humanities, Engineering, Economy, Political Science Syllabus  Video
Innovation and the Law. How Technology Changes the Legal System Law, Economics, Computer Sciences, Business Syllabus  Video
LGTB+: Exploring Identities and Diversity LGBT Studies, Gender Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, Humanities, Communication, Cultural Studies Syllabus  Video
The Collectivity Revolution: Building a Global Community Business, Sociology, Communication, Marketing, Media Studies, Economy, Global Studies Syllabus  Video
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

- International Business Program Courses

- Regular University Courses at UPF

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 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.  

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