PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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 students 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 designed to offer students insight into international business from a multicultural perspective and to improve their professional qualifications. The program is suitable for both 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.

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 Eduation Abroad Program attesting that they have successfully completed at least two international business courses. 

Students are invited to a wide variety of opportunities to interact with local students, engage in volunteering activities, and develop a true intercultural experience during their time in Barcelona. 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 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 enroll in 24-30 ECTS per semester, which is generally equivalent to 12-15 U.S. credits. Due to the rigor of the UPF academic program it is recommended that students consider enrolling in 24 ECTS if their home university requirements allow for this option.

The certificate requires a full semester course load with the following breakdown:

1) One compulsory core course: International Management

2) At least one of the program elective courses 

- Corporate Finance

- New Trends in International Marketing

- Cross Cultural Management and Intercultural Communication

- Consumer Behavior

- Business Innovation

- Strategic Brand Management

- Financial Risk Management 

3) Two to three additional courses, to be chosen from among the following options. A Spanish langauge course is highly reccomended. 

- Additional program elective courses

- ESCI-UPF undergraduate courses (taught in English or Spanish)

- Spring Semester ISEP students should review UPF's "Winter Term" course offerings

- Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies courses (taught in English or Spanish)

- Spanish course

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

BARCELONA SERVICE LEARNING PROGRAM 

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 

Website for Course Availability

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

  • Business: Recommended!

    Business Management Economics Finance International Business/Trade/Commerce Marketing

  • Communication

    Intercultural Communication

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

    Spanish Language and Literature

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

    European Studies

  • Business: Recommended!

    Business Management Economics Finance International Business/Trade/Commerce Marketing

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

    Spanish Language and Literature

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 ESCI-UPF International Business Program is designed primarily for students majoring or minoring in business. Most students pursuing a degree in business administration or economics will not need to complete any additional prerequisites. Applicants pursuing degrees in other fields should make sure they have fulfilled the recommended prerequisites specified for each course.

- The program is suitable for both 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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