PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS 

• 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). 

LIFE ABROAD  

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!  

LIVE 

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 and serve a mix of local and international students. 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. 

DINE 

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. 

EXPERIENCE 

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. 

EXPLORE 

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. 

GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT 

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 Service-Learning Page

RESIDENT DIRECTOR 

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.” 

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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, the Faculty of Communication, or the Faculty of Business and Economics. 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, Global Challenges 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 

 
 

Global Culture and Marketing of FC Barcelona 

 
 

Español Intermedio 

 
 

Communication and Interest Groups 

 
 
 
 

International Finance 

 
 

The Global Governance of the Internet and of Future Emerging Technologies  

 
 

Español Avanzado 

 
 

Business Logistics 

 
 
 
 

New Trends in International Marketing 

 
 

 

 
 

Español Superior 

 
 

Human Resources 1 

 
 
 
 

Consumer Behavior 

 
 

 

 
 

Español para hispanohablantes 

 
 

Organizational Behavior

 

International Business Certificate 

Students who successfully complete UPF’s International Management Class from ESCI (6 ECTS/ 3 US credits) and 1 additional core class from the ESCI International Business Program (IBP) 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 | 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 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 do not have to apply for a visa prior to departure. 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 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. 

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 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 do not have to apply for a visa prior to departure. 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 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. 

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:

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). Keep an eye on the date and time of each course, as they must fit within a schedule. 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: Spring Semester ISEP students should review UPF's "Winter Term" 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. 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 

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.

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