•   Live near the beach while studying in Spanish or English in one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

•   Study at a top university in Spain, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and take interdisciplinary honors coursework in political science, gender studies, social justice, health, and more. 

•   Take a Spanish course, included in the program, from beginner to advanced.

•   ISEP’s On-Site Resident Director, Maria Mateu, will facilitate cultural experiences and support you throughout your time in Barcelona.


Excursions & Cultural Experiences 

Besides out-of-class, faculty guided activities related to each of the courses, students participate in a program of orientation and cultural activities that allows participants to get to know each other and immerse themselves in the culture of the region. 

Housing & Meals 

During their time in Barcelona ISEP students will live in a student residence located close to UPF. The residence is also a short trip on public transport to the city center. Rooms are double-occupancy and cooking facilities are provided. Meals are not included. Students will have access to grocery stores, cooking facilities, and a multitude of dining options with affordable meal choices.

Explore Barcelona

Barcelona is unlike any other city in the world. Located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is famous for its colorful architecture, amazing food and welcoming people. With its unique characteristics, it is no surprise that Barcelona is consistently ranked as one of the world's top 10 tourist destinations. Flock to the sandy coasts to indulge in the Spanish culture of living life to the fullest.

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Course Description

Content courses are offered in English or Spanish in an international classroom environment, and are structured in modules (blocks) of different duration and intensity of one to four weeks. This allows students to mix and match different courses during the program. 

ISEP students enroll in a combination of four, two and one-week courses during their month in Barcelona for a minimum of 6 ECTS and a maximum of 12 ECTS, generally equivalent to 3-6 U.S. credits. Students are required to be enrolled in coursework all four weeks of the program. 

ISEP Students are encouraged to take the Conversational Spanish course. The course is focused on the practical use of spanish and aims to improve oral communication and fluency. Students will take an online placement test prior to arrival and will be placed into a group between A1 - B1. Students with a B2 of Spanish or higher are recommended to take courses offered and taught in Spanish.

Summer 2024 Course Schedule and Syllabi 

Sample Classes Available: 




Political Science


Barcelona on Stage: Documentary Workshop

Finance for a sustainable economy

From bench to bedside: Drug Development, Clinical Trials, and Publishing in Biomedical Sciences

The European Union and Spain in the Global World: Public Policies and Politics for the Sustainable Development Goals

The Family of Tomorrow: Navigating Diversity, Inclusion and Gender Identity

Ads on scene: a journey around the Spanish advertising history across urban landscapes

Modern Statistical Computing

Principles of nanomedicine

Shifting grounds in the Middle East and North Africa? Understanding international relations and foreign policy in the region

Analizar el discurso para comprender al ser humano: discurso político, género y salud

Pantallas españolas: antología de relatos audiovisuales contemporáneos

International Dynamics and Intercultural Negotiation: The Business Environment 

Health Inequalities: Understanding our Worst Epidemic

Movimientos sociales y conquistas de derechos

Making Sense of the City: Urban Studies Key Concepts and Debates, with a Focus on Barcelona

Culture and Business: Spain’s Top Brands

Culture and Sustainability for Businesses in Europe 

The Artistic Brain: Biology and Computation behind Music

Development, Environment and Social Justice

Justicia global y desarrollo sostenible 

Critical Approaches to Artificial Intelligence and Network Society

Artificial Intelligence, digital markets and consumers

Artificial Intelligence, Creativity, and Society

Society and Politics in Contemporary Spain

Filming from the Margins: Gender, Class Equality and Minority Groups in Contemporary Catalan Cinema

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 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 Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Reading Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Listening Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Speaking Score: B1 - Intermediate High
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

(in Spanish)

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies

    Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other

  • Business Recommended!


  • Communication Recommended!


  • International/Global Studies: Recommended!

    International Relations and Affairs Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies


  • Social Sciences

    Political Science and Government

  • Visual and Performing Arts Recommended!

    Film Studies

Academic Requirements

  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Reading Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Listening Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Speaking Score: B1 - Intermediate High
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Other Academic Conditions

To participate in this program, students must have: 

- A minimum 3.0 GPA 

- At least an intermediate level in the language of instruction (English and/or Spanish)

- Completed two years of undergraduate studies by the start of the program

Students are required to be enrolled in at least 1 course all four weeks.

Please note that while the program application deadline is April 15, course registration occurs on a rolling basis starting March 15. ISEP recommends that students submit their application as soon as possible in order to help ensure course availability.

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.

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