• Barcelona is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, but taking the time to live and study in this famous city means you’ll be able to discover lesser-known places as you make it your second home. Find your own favorite spot to grab a morning espresso, your favorite bar for tapas, the best beach for relaxing after class, or your favorite barrio for a quiet stroll before a late-night dinner.  

• UPF’s International Business Program offers a distinctive opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding of the successful management practices needed to compete in the global economy.   

• ISEP’s on-site Resident Director, Maria Mateu, will help ease your transition into Barcelona and can provide endless recommendations on things to do, restaurants to try, or new cities to explore. 

• Be sure to check out some of Barcelona’s many festivals—there’s usually one every weekend! Some of the best are La Mercé in September (honoring the patron saint of Barcelona), Santa Eulàlia in February (winter festival with light installations), and Sant Jordi in April (similar to Valentine’s Day). 


There’s just something undeniably special about Barcelona. In this world-class destination, you’ll live within walking distance of sandy Mediterranean beaches, study at one of the best universities in Europe, and enjoy spectacular architecture, art, music, and food—frequently just on your walk to class!  


You’ll live in one of two residence halls, either Campus del Mar in the Barceloneta neighborhood, or Residencia Onix, which is just a 20-minute walk to Sagrada Familia. Both residences are a 15-minute walk to the UPF campus. You’ll be able to use study rooms, fitness rooms, and game rooms, plus the buildings are staffed 24 hours/day. You’ll share a 2-person furnished apartment with an en-suite bathroom, small kitchen, and wifi. Students living at Campus del Mar will enjoy the delicious restaurants in the Barceloneta and are just a five-minute walk to the beach. At Onix, students love hanging out at the rooftop pool. 


Half the fun of living in Barcelona is enjoying the delicious food! Fresh produce like eggplant, tomato, garlic, peppers, and artichoke are abundant in Catalan cuisine. Seafood is incredibly fresh and used in many local dishes, and pork from nearby farms provides flavor and richness. Traditional Spanish tapas are readily available and very good in the Barceloneta neighborhood. Be sure to try the specialties of Catalunya, including pa amb tomàquet (bread with tomato), escalivada (roasted vegetables), esqueixada de bacallà (cod and tomato salad), espinacs amb panses i pinyons (spinach with raisins and pinenuts), and mongetes amb botifarra (beans and sausage). When you want a night in or a quick meal at home, it’s easy to cook in your apartment. You’ll find well-stocked markets and supermarkets within walking distance of your residence. Expect to spend about 300 euros/month on groceries and meals out. 


Of course, no visit to Barcelona would be complete without seeing Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia or Park Guell, and a stroll down Las Ramblas to Mercado de La Boqueria is a must. But after you wander through the Gothic Quarter and see some of Picasso’s most famous work, be sure to take time to get off the well-worn tourist path. ISEP’s on-site staff will arrange an included urban hike and tour of Barcelona’s hidden spots. 

On your own, you can explore dozens of excellent beaches a quick bus or train ride away. Locals recommend Badalona, Ocata, Sant Pol de Mar, and Castelldefels. If you have more time, Sitges is about 40 minutes away, and is a well-known gay-friendly destination with multiple beaches and classic art deco architecture. In town, explore neighborhoods like Gracia, which hosts famous street fiestas in the summer, or relax with a good book in Ciutadella Park. One of the true local secrets is Barcelona’s diversity, so be sure to try some of the international cuisine too!  

To keep you informed, you’ll receive a bi-weekly cultural bulletin with suggestions for cultural activities and useful links. Additionally, you can join the UPF student organization ESN (Erasmus Student Network) which organizes activities in Barcelona and weekend trips at a very affordable price. 


Locals love to spend weekends and breaks on the Costa Brava, known for quiet fishing villages, breathtaking trails along the coast, and delightful hidden coves with clear water and sandy beaches. One of Costa Brava’s most well-known residents, Salvador Dalí certainly left his mark on the region. Tour his summer home his castle, or his theatre museum to experience his memorable art. Other top spots outside of Barcelona include Monserrat, Tarragona, and Girona. Buses, trains, and low-cost airlines also make it easy to explore the rest of Spain and popular spots in Europe, including Madrid, Lisbon, Rome, and Paris. 


Go beyond the usual study abroad experience with ISEP’s Global Engagement Program, designed to build professional skills and intercultural competence. You will be placed with a leading nonprofit or community organization based in Barcelona! Serve 2 hours per week and complete a cross-cultural seminar taught by ISEP’s Resident Director. This program costs an additional fee of US $200, which is paid to ISEP. Additional details and placement examples are available on ISEP’s Community Engaged Learning Page


Maria Mateu is the Resident Director of ISEP for Barcelona, Spain. She has more than 15 years of experience as intercultural trainer and diversity management consultant for a wide range of organizations in the social, private and public sectors. Originally from Catalonia, she has lived and worked in Tanzania, the United Kingdom and the U.S. She holds an MA in Intercultural Communication and Relations from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, an MA in International Development, and a BA in Journalism, both from Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona, Spain. She speaks Catalan, Spanish, English, French and basic Kiswahili.  

What We Love About UPF & Barcelona 

UPF is super easy to navigate, and great public transportation makes it easy to get around. Past ISEP students have loved the housing and location of campus, and everyone enjoys being integrated into a Catalan university. The professors care about their students and make an effort to create a positive learning environment. Local students love to chat and give recommendations on where to go. Plus, ISEPers LOVE Maria, our resident director. A recent student shared, “Maria was so hands-on, she was always checking in and planning events for us! She was like our Catalan mom, always there for us.” 

See ISEP Direct budget and estimated expenses

Course Description

As part of the International Business Program, you’ll take 24-30 ECTS (12 – 15 U.S. Credits). Combine classes from the International Business Program, the Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Spanish as a Second Language Program, and UPF regular University classes. Classes are available in English and Spanish. 

Credits Earned 

Students who complete the standard international business program in good standing can expect to earn 24-30 ECTS which ISEP recommends is the equivalent of 12-15 U.S. Credit Hours. Each class is usually worth 6 ECTS.   

If you use financial aid, please speak with a qualified financial aid advisor to understand your academic obligations and the requirements for using financial aid. 

Sample Courses Available: 


International Business Program  


Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies 


Spanish as a Second Language  


UPF Direct Enroll Classes  


3 U.S. credits each Enroll in 2-5 classes from the IBP 


3 U.S. credits each 

Enroll in 2-3 classes from BaPIS 


6 U.S. credits each 

Enroll in up to 1 class 


Very limited availability 


International Management 


Collective Intelligence, Public Problems and Planetary Wellbeing


Español Inicial 


Màrqueting i Comunicació Institucional 


Strategic Brand Management 


Ethics in a Globalization and Sustainability Context 


Español Pre-intermedio 


Digital Marketing 


Doing Business in Europe 


Barcelona the City and its History


Español Intermedio 


Communication and Interest Groups 


International Finance 


Generative Artificial Intelligence in Education, Culture and Society


Español Avanzado 


Business Logistics 


New Trends in International Marketing 


Geopolitics of Borders and Migrations in the European Union


Español Superior 


Human Resources 1 


Consumer Behavior 


Innovation and the Law. How Technology Changes the Legal System


Español para hispanohablantes 


Organizational Behavior


International Business Certificate 

Students who successfully complete UPF’s International Management Class from IBP-ESCI (6 ECTS/ 3 US credits) and 1 additional core class from the ESCI International Business Program (IBP) (see courses listed as "IBP at ESCI") are eligible to earn UPF’s International Business Certificate. 

For detailed instructions on how to search for all available courses, see "other academic conditions" below. 

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.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Located in the heart of Barcelona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) is located next to Ciutadella Park and only blocks from the famous Barceloneta beach.  UPF Education Abroad Programs have been specially...


(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 Application Instructions

Passport: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible. 

Visa/Residence Permit: Students may have to apply for a visa prior to departure, depending on the length of the program. For more information on the process, please review the ISEP Country Handbook.

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 October 15 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. 

Special Needs Support

  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

Students arrive: Second week of January, Third week of September

Classes start: Second week of January, Last week of September

Classes end: Last week of March, First week of December

Exams: Mid - Late March, Early December


Tips for Finding Courses:

Please review the UPF Course Registration Guide before beginning the course registration process.

All students will work with ISEP’s Barcelona Resident Director and their Student Services Officer to develop a diversified course list during the enrollment process.  

When building your course list, please include 8 IBP-ESCI courses (for your specific term). Once you have a list of IBP-ESCI courses, you can add a Spanish language course (highly recommended), 3-4 BaPIS courses, and regular university courses to your list. Keep in mind that regular courses are very competitive, and placement is not guaranteed.

Click on the links below to explore course offerings.

International Business Program: For IBP-ESCI courses, see courses which list "IBP at ESCL" next to 'School & Program'. All ESCI IBP courses are worth 6 ECTS. Review the ESCI Regular Course Offerings PDF for ESCI Regular course offerings. The PDF includes IBP-ESCI courses, worth 6 ECTS each, and ESCI Regular courses, worth 4 ECTS each. The first section of the PDF is for the Fall '24 semester. Spring '25 courses are listed under '2nd Trimester' in the second part of the document.

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. These courses each grant 12 ECTS (6 U.S. credits).  A Spanish language course is highly recommended.

Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies (BaPIS) courses: Courses specifically for international students taught by UPF’s most respected faculty (taught in English or Spanish). Under each course, see 'School & Program' to see whether the course is a BaPIS course.

UPF Regular University Classes: Limited availability. Highly motivated students may consider enrolling in one course from UPF’s regular course catalog. As these courses strictly limit the number of international students, enrollment is not guaranteed. Scroll down to 'Course offer' and search for regular courses by Faculty.

Semester & Prices (based on your filters)

Select a semester to calculate the price. Semesters are named according to host university's calendar.

Loading Semester Data...

Semester Tuition

  • Priority Admissions Deadline: {{schedule.semester.semesterTranslation.displayPriorityDeadline}}
  • Chance of Placement: {{}}
  • Application Deadline: {{schedule.applicationDeadline}}
  • Average Classes Per Week: {{schedule.semester.classesPerWeek}}
  • Average Class Hours Per Week: {{schedule.semester.hoursPerWeek}}

Required Expenses



University Deadline: {{child.studentDeadline | date:'longDate'}}

{{plan.housingPlan.getNumPeopleDisplay()}} , accommodates dependents {{plan.housingPlan.url}}

Optional Expenses



University Deadline: {{child.studentDeadline | date:'longDate'}}

{{plan.housingPlan.getNumPeopleDisplay()}} {{plan.housingPlan.url}}
{{}} ,

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Barcelona , Spain



Select a Semester

Total: US$0



{{}} Options

Housing (Estimate) TBD Home University Housing Price (Included) Options

Meals (Estimate) Home University Meals Price Options

{{addonType}} US${{programScheduleCollection.selectedSchedule.selectedAddonDisplaySums[addonType]}} (Estimate) Options

ISEP Application Fee US$100

ISEP Acceptance Fee US$425


Program Deadlines
Chances of Placement: {{}}
Program added.View application
Program saved.View all
{{ programScheduleCollection.Message }}