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.  


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 Officer for tips, as well as check out ISEP's resources for Budgeting for Study Abroad.  

Course Description

Students can view below the courses offered in the BaPIS for Spring 2022.

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 reccomended that students consider enrolling in 24 ECTS if their home university requirements allow for this option. 

Course Offerings: 

 - UPF Spanish Language Courses

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

 - BaPIS Spring 2022 Courses:

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

Course Name   Fields of Study  Course Info
Activismo y defensa de los animales en Cataluña, Europa y el mundo Media Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Catalan Studies, Contemporary Studies Syllabus 
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
Barcelona 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 
Emergencia climática, ecologismo y transición energética Political Science, Economy, History, Philosophy, Media Studies, International Relations, Global Studies Syllabus 
Gender-based Violence and International Protection of Human Rights Law, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Political Science, Humanities Syllabus  Video
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 
Innovation and the Law: How Technology Changes the Legal System Law, Economics, Computer Sciences, Business Syllabus  Video
LGBT+: Exploring Identities and Diversity Philosophy, Sociology, Humanities, Communication, Cultural Studies Syllabus  Video
Mind, Brains and Machines  Neurosciences, Engineering and the Humanities Syllabus 
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 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 



Enhance your resume and further develop your intercultural competence while contributing to a leading service organization based in Barcelona! Students can maximize their study abroad experience, connect with the culture and collaborate with locals through their participation in the Barcelona Service Learning Program

Program 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

Not-for-Credit Option

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

Price: US$950

For-Credit Option 

Supplement your volunteer work and earn 3 U.S. credits with coursework in intercultural communications, cultural studies and sociology including theoretical studies and sociological research.

The course will focus on society, inequality and social exclusion from a global perspective and then more specifically how it applies to the realities in the city of Barcelona. You’ll explore issues such as immigration, homelessness, education, youth, social movements and activism, sustainable urban development, the environment, urban cultural expression and others.

Course Syllabus

Number of credits: 3 U.S. credits; transcript issued by the University of Minnesota

Format: 45 service hours at placement (around 4 hours per week) and 28 course contact hours (14 sessions of 120 minutes)

Price: US$1,150 

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Kira Hakanson 703-504-9991 | 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.


(in English)

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies

    European Studies

  • Biology


  • 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!


  • Social Sciences


  • 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

(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


  • 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 this program is under 90 days, students do not have to apply in advance for a long-term Spanish study visa. 

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