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Universidad Pompeu Fabra
Located in the heart of the city, the Universidad Pompeu Fabra sits next to the beautiful Ciutadella Park and only blocks from the Barceloneta beach. The UPF offers a variety of courses including Cultural/Area Studies with international students in both English and Spanish, and Business courses during the Spring and Fall semesters. Most courses are held at the UPF’s primary campus, but several of the business courses will be held at the ESCI business campus which is only a 10-minute walk away. The Universidad Pompeu Fabra is fully accredited and recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport (Ministerio de Educación, Cultura, y Deporte).
Summer 1 2023
Jul 02, 2023 - Jul 29, 2023
Apr 25, 2023
Forms and Payment Deadline
May 10, 2023
12 ECTS Credits
3.00 Minimum GPA*
- This session is closed and is no longer accepting applications.
Study Abroad Program Description
The BISS (Barcelona International Summer School) program is great for a wide variety of students. It offers Spanish language courses at all levels, as well as Area/Culture Studies and International Relations courses offered in both English and Spanish. Courses will be taken with other visiting international students.
Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex
We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
- It is recommended you have at least sophomore standing at the time of participation in the program. If you have only one graded semester on your transcript, you may still be able to participate, however, there will be a higher GPA requirement and additional application materials needed. Please reach out to the Barcelona Program Manager for more information.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Spanish Visa Support
Meals and Laundry Service
Bridging Cultures Orientation
Full-Time Resident Staff
On-Site ISA Offices
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
It is recommended that students have a sophomore standing before participating in this program. However, you may still be able to participate if you have only one graded semester on your transcript. In that case, to apply for the program, you must have a 3.5 GPA, submit a letter of intent, and submit one (1) letter of recommendation.
The courses below reflect the most current list of courses released by the host university. Please refer to this list when completing your pre-registration form. Some courses only currently offer a course description and not a full syllabus. These courses should have updated syllabi by the end of March so please check back. Also note that courses are always subject to change.
- The courses in the UPF summer program are open to Spanish locals and international students alike.
- Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Barcelona Program Manager.
You will enroll in two courses on this program. Spanish Language courses are available for 3 ECTS (1.5-2 US credits). If you wish to take Spanish Language, please reach out to your Barcelona Program Manager for more information about those courses.
The transcript from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra will reflect ECTS credits for each course listed below. The contact hours for each course will not be reflected on the transcript but are listed in order to help determine transfer credit. Please be in touch with your U.S. university regarding transfer credit for this program.
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- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Support & Funding
ISA is here to support you when it comes to navigating identity questions related to traveling abroad, providing resources and information for your accessibility needs, and identifying funding for your program abroad.
Our U.S. staff is available to support you though every stage of your study abroad journey. Please reach out with any questions about ISA programs or life on-site to your country-specific Program Manager.
Our on-site staff are there for you as soon as you arrive in country and will support you throughout your time abroad.
Manuel Urí Martín
Resident Director, Spain
Cristina Canales Contador
Senior Cultural Activities Coordinator, Spain
Senior Housing Coordinator, Spain
Senior Student Care Coordinator, Spain
Strategic Programs Manager, Spain
David Pardos i Aybar
Student Services Coordinator, Spain
Rossella De Gregorio
Student Services Coordinator, Spain
Cultural Activities Coordinator, Spain
Academics and Student Care Coordinator, Spain
Academic Coordinator, Spain
Accessibility & Accommodations
With our wide portfolio of program types and locations, we’re confident there is a suitable, accessible program for each student.
Securing accommodations abroad can take time, so we ask that those with requests inform ISA early in the advising process. We recommend reaching out to your Program Manager or our Accessibility Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.
Our diversity pages for each ISA destination include information on Indigenous communities, languages, race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+, and disability access. We hope it will help when reflecting upon and contextualizing intersectionality in your host community.
ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email email@example.com for more information.
All students should have the opportunity to study abroad. To help make this a reality, ISA offers a variety of scholarships to help cover your study abroad costs. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarships & grants page!
If you receive financial aid from your home university, you can likely use those funds for study abroad, as well. Speak with your home university’s financial aid office to learn about your options. Check out steps for using financial aid.
Questions about scholarships and funding? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Living in ISA housing will allow you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Spanish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. Regardless of your housing option, you will have a short commute to your university. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between 15 and 35 minutes depending on housing and class locations. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.
We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.
Host families are a great choice if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA’s resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays will provide two meals a day and laundry service once a week. You will typically share a room with another ISA student of the same gender. Single rooms may be available for an additional fee.
Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking complete independence during your time abroad. Apartments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited. Rent and utilities are included in the program price, and each apartment is fully furnished. Apartments, spread throughout the city, typically house four-six ISA students, and are made up of single and double occupancy rooms. Meals and laundry service are not included. In this ISA housing option, you will pay a $500 security deposit. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.
The student residence is a great choice if you would like to be independent while living with other international and local students. With availability limited on a first-come, first-served basis, you will room with another ISA student of the same gender. Single rooms may also be available for an additional fee. Meals are not included and laundry can be done on-site with coin-operated machines. In this ISA housing option, you will pay a $500 security deposit. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.
You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.
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On this multi-day tour you will visit the amazingly bizarre Dalí Museum, the fisherman's town of l'Escala, and the beautiful seaside village of Roses. You will also enjoy a boat ride to Cadaqués, the small coastal town where Salvador Dalí once lived.
On this excursion you will visit one of the most emblematic towns on the Catalan coast, just south of Barcelona. Famous for its charming downtown and beautiful beaches, Sitges was also an important modernist center in the 1960’s. On the way you will visit a cava cellar where you will learn about the manufacturing process of the Catalan champagne.
Cultural Activities in Barcelona
The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Barcelona. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcase what makes Barcelona special.
These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included a soccer league, intercambios (language exchange with locals), cooking classes, and city tours (Sagrada Familia, City Bus Tour, Gothic Quarter, etc.).*
*These activities are available to students at little to no additional cost.
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