Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Business

Universidad Pompeu Fabra
Barcelona, Spain

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Business

  • Location


  • Host University

    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).

  • Term

    Fall 1 2020

  • Program Dates

    Sep 21, 2020 - Dec 18, 2020

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Jun 01, 2020

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Jun 15, 2020

  • Credit

    180 - 240 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Program Description

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.

Visa Information:

A Spanish student visa is required for U.S. students participating in academic programs in Spain lasting 91 days or more. For non-U.S. citizens, you should contact your consulate to verify specific entry requirements. Please click on the "Spanish Visa Support" icon on the "What's Included" tab of this page to learn more about visa requirements and and the optional Spain Visa Service.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

  • You must have at least junior standing at the time of participation in the program

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Tuition at the Host University

Spanish Visa Support


Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities



Contact Hours

180 - 240

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 16

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 24

Academic Information

Course Selection 

  • 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. 


  • 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. 


  • 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.


  • 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.

Course Credit

  • 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.

Please Note:

  • 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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Universidad Pompeu Fabra
International Students
Business Courses in English
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
Hispanic and European Studies (HESP) Courses in English
90 Contact Hours
12 ECTS Credits
90 Contact Hours
12 ECTS Credits
90 Contact Hours
12 ECTS Credits
90 Contact Hours
12 ECTS Credits
90 Contact Hours
12 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
90 Contact Hours
12 ECTS Credits
Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Amy Remondi

Program Manager, Spain


Manuel Urí Martín

Resident Director, Spain

Cristina Canales Contador

Senior Cultural Activities Coordinator, Spain

Daniel Ostad

Senior Housing Coordinator, Spain

Janelle Forster

Senior Student Care Coordinator, Spain

Mariloli Cámara

Senior Academic Coordinator, Spain

Danielle Roberge

Student Care Services, Spain

Cristian Pérez

Housing Coordinator, Spain

Walter Uribe

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. 

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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.

Student Residence

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.

Independent Housing

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.




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.