PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Established in 1990, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) is one of Barcelona’s newest institutions and has already earned an International Excellence Campus label from the Spanish Ministry of Education. In 2020, UPF was ranked the top university in Spain, and among the top 10 young universities globally. 

Regular university courses from all UPF Faculties are open to international students, and students also have the opportunity to take regular university courses at the the UPF-ESCI International Business School. Students taking regular university courses may also enroll in classes from the Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies as their schedule allows, along with a Spanish as a second language course. 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 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 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 for an additional fee 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.   

Course Description

As an ISEP student, you can build your own program by choosing your courses from a variety of fields. Use the notes at the links below to help you find which courses are available.

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. 

UPF Regular University Courses:

Faculty of Communication 

(Degrees: Advertising and Public Relations, Audiovisual Communication & Journalism)

Faculty of Economics and Business  

(Degrees: Business Management & Adm., Business Sciences, Economics, and Int. Business Economics)

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences 

(Degrees in Human Biology and Medicine)

Faculty of Humanities  

(Degrees in Humanities and Global Studies)

Faculty of Law 

(Degrees in Criminology and Public Prevention Policies, Labour Relations and Law) 

Faculty of Political and Social Sciences 

(Degree in Political and Administration Sciences) 

Faculty of Translation and Interpretation  

(Degrees in Applied Languages and Translation and Interpretation)

Polytechnic School

(Degrees in Audiovisual Systems Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science and Telematics Engineering)

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. 

ESCI International Business School Courses

Students can utilize the ESCI course codes from the ESCI course offerings overview as a point of reference when reviewing the detailed course descriptions and syllabi for the ESCI courses available at the links below.

International Business and Marketing (GNMI)

Interntational Business Programme (IBP)

Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies

The Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies (BaPIS) is Universitat Pompeu Fabra's cornerstone Education Abroad program. With its hands-on approach and courses combining  the STEM disciplines, Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences, BaPIS offers a unique opportunity to further develop your intellectual creativity alongside fellow international students and  local UPF undergraduates. All instructors on the program are high-profile UPF faculty members with a distinguished research trajectory and proven international academic experience. 

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 

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

  • Biology

  • Business: Recommended!

    Business Management Economics International Business/Trade/Commerce

  • Communication:

    Advertising Digital Communication and Media Journalism Public Relations

  • Computer and Information Sciences:

    Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Informatics

  • Engineering

    Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    Interpretation and Translation Linguistics

  • Health Sciences

    Medicine

  • International/Global Studies Recommended!

  • Law/Criminal Justice

    Criminology

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Humanities

  • Social Sciences Recommended!

    Political Science and Government

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

  • Biology

  • Business: Recommended!

    Business Management Economics International Business/Trade/Commerce

  • Communication:

    Advertising Digital Communication and Media Journalism Public Relations

  • Computer and Information Sciences:

    Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Informatics

  • Engineering

    Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

    Interpretation and Translation

  • Health Sciences

    Medicine

  • International/Global Studies Recommended!

  • Law/Criminal Justice

    Criminology

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Humanities

  • Social Sciences Recommended!

    Political Science and Government

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 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.  

Graduate-level courses are not open to ISEP students. 

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 the Spring 2022 program is under 90 days, students will not have to apply in advance for a long-term Spanish study visa. 

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