Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Business
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).
Fall 1 2020
Sep 21, 2020 - Dec 18, 2020
Jun 01, 2020
Forms and Payment Deadline
Jun 15, 2020
180 - 240 Contact Hours
3.00 Minimum GPA*
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This program is great for a wide variety of students. It offers 90 contact hour Spanish Language courses at all levels as well as Area/Culture Studies, International Relations, Business, and Economics courses offered in both English and Spanish. Some of the Business courses are available to be taken in English with local students. All other courses will be taken with international students. You must have at least junior standing (four semesters completed) at the time of participation.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
- You must have at least junior standing at the time of participation in the program
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Spanish Visa Support
Meals and Laundry Service
Bridging Cultures Program
Full-Time Resident Staff
On-Site ISA Offices
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
180 - 240
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
12 - 16
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
18 - 24
- Please note that the offering below is a sample, based on what the UPF offered last fall. Once the official offering has been received and the courses have been updated, this message will dissappear. Courses and course availability are subject to change.
- ISA students can take "HESP," "IBP" or courses with locals at the UPF. Please see the below descriptions for more information about these departments.
- While it is possible to take courses from all of the of the below departments, ISA recommends that students try to choose courses from only two (2) departments or less, to minimize course conflicts and scheduling issues.
HESP - HISPANIC AND EUROPEAN STUDIES PROGRAM
- These courses are the language and culture courses offered at the UPF, which are taught in both English and in Spanish. Please reference the below course list to see which HESP courses are taught in each language.
IBP - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PROGRAM
- The IBP program is a business program that offers 6 ECTS-credit business courses to ISA and other visiting international students. You may take any number of IBP courses, however the UPF recommends that you only take either Economics or Finance, and not both, as the content is somewhat similar.
- In addition to this, you have the option of obtaining an International Business Certificate through the UPF International Business Program. Students wishing to obtain this certificate must enroll in the required core course, "International Management," and at least one (1) other IBP course.
COURSES WITH LOCALS
- The ESCI School at the UPF also offers ISA students the opportunity to take courses with locals.
- When taking business courses with locals at the UPF, you should keep in mind that the university operates on a European credit system, and courses with locals will appear in ECTS credits. Courses with locals normally do not transfer back as 3 US semester credits/4 US quarter unit credits. If you select these courses, program dates may need to be extended.
- If you are interested in learning more about these courses, you are welcome to reach out to your Barcelona Program Manager.
Language Courses and Placement Exam
- There is no language requirement for this program. You will not be required to enroll in Spanish language. However, it is strongly encouraged that you enroll in language in order to fully immerse yourself in the culture of the area.
- Enrollment in Spanish courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered by the Universidad Pompeu Fabra. Please note that your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you’ve already completed at your home university. We strongly suggest that anyone trying to place into any level of language beyond true beginning prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework.
- ISA can recommend credit equivalencies, but credit transfer is ultimately determined by your home university. Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Barcelona Program Manager.
- The transcript from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra will reflect ECTS credits for each course listed below. 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
Manuel Urí Martín
Resident Director, Spain
Cristina Canales Contador
Senior Cultural Activities Coordinator, Spain
Senior Housing Coordinator, Spain
Senior Student Care Coordinator, Spain
Senior Academic Coordinator, Spain
Student Care Services, Spain
Housing Coordinator, Spain
Academic Coordinator, Spain
Funding Your ISA Program
As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page.View all Funding Options
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.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
Seville is a lively yet laid-back city known for its sunny skies, bullfighting, and as at the birthplace of flamenco. You will visit the Seville Cathedral, Giralda Bell Tower, and the magnificent Royal Alcázar, whose halls and gardens you might recognize from various Game of Thrones episodes. You will visit some of Andalusia’s oldest and most unique neighborhoods where you will see a blend of architectural styles reflective of Seville’s multicultural past and the world’s largest gothic church.
Valencia is famous for its beaches, oranges, paella, and the "City of Arts and Sciences", an eye-catching cultural complex hosting museums, performing arts, and the biggest aquarium in Europe. After exploring the city, you will have the chance to enjoy a fabulous day on the beach, taking part in water sports such as paddle boarding, surfing, canoeing, etc. A 100% Mediterranean experience!
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.
Morocco * Optional
This multi-day, optional excursion takes you across Morocco, one of the most colorful and diverse countries in the world. It encompasses direct cultural encounters with locals, guided tours through the medina, and opportunities to learn the ins and outs of haggling with Moroccan vendors. You will have unforgettable experiences in the Sahara desert riding camels and waking up to see the spectacular views of the sunrise.
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.