The Universitat Pompeu Fabra offers the Barcelona International Summer School (BISS) as a flagship program to advance the curriculum of both domestic and international undergraduate students during the summer term in Barcelona.

The BISS offers advanced training by building on UPF academic strengths, engaging leading faculty members to feature and share their current research with participating students.

Subjects have been conceived as an invitation to think and learn beyond and across disciplines, while approaching social and scientific challenges from content, methodological and practical perspectives. Independent research projects along these lines can be supervised by UPF scholars in the BISS summer term.

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Program Website

Course Description

Courses are taught in Spanish and English, and are organized around the following topics:

Art and Culture; Economy and Innovation; Global Cities; Justice and Rights; Media and Social Dialogue; Methods and Data; Mind, Life and Environment; Practical Thinking; Social Analysis 

Courses are credit-bearing (ECTS) and can be taken in English, Spanish or Catalan, in an international classroom environment. They are structured in modules of different duration and intensity, which can be flexibly combined in periods ranging from one to four weeks. All courses take place during the month of July. 

4-week courses grant 6 ECTS; 2-week courses grant 4 ECTS; 1-week courses grant 2 ECTS

Students may enroll in a 4-week course, or may enroll in any combination of the two-week and one-week courses during their month in Barcelona. 

Students can view the Summer 2019 courses at the link below. Summer 2020 courses will become available in winter 2020. 

Website for Course Availability

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Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    European Studies Women’s Studies

  • Biology


  • Business:

    Business Communications Entrepreneurship

  • Communication:

    Advertising Digital Communication and Media Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences

    Artificial Intelligence

  • Health Sciences

    Public Health

  • History

    European History

  • International/Global Studies:

    International Relations and Affairs Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Law/Criminal Justice

    International Law

  • Mathematics


  • Natural Resources/Conservation

    Sustainability Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies


  • Physical Sciences


  • Social Sciences:

    Political Science and Government Urban Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Design and Visual Communications Digital Arts Film Studies Photography

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 3 or higher
  • LPR Writing Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Reading Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Listening Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Speaking Score: B1 - Intermediate High

Other Academic Conditions

A minimum 3.0 GPA 

A good command (min. B1 level) of the language of instruction of the course.

This program is open to students who have completed two years of undergraduate studies. 

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