Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Business

Universidad Pompeu Fabra
Barcelona, Spain
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Business

  • Location

    Barcelona

  • 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

    Spring 1 2024

  • Program Dates

    Jan 06, 2024 - Mar 23, 2024

  • Program Length

    Semester

  • Application Deadline

    Oct 01, 2023

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Oct 15, 2023

  • Credit

    24 - 30 ECTS Credits

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    $13,950

  • This session is closed and is no longer accepting applications.

Study Abroad 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.

 

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.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

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

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

Housing

Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Orientation

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

ECTS Credits

24 - 30

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 15

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 22

Academic Information

COURSE SELECTION

  • Please note that the offering below is a sample, based on what the UPF offered last spring. Once the official offering has been received and the courses have been updated, this message will disappear. 
  • Courses and course availability are subject to change. 
  • ISA students can take courses within two different academic programs at the UPF: BaPIS or ESCI. 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. 

 

BaPIS- BARCELONA PROGRAM FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

  • This program offers courses in the subject areas of political science, history, humanities, social sciences, and Spanish language.
  • This program encourages experiential learning through cultural activities, workshops, faculty-guided trips, etc.
  • This program is available to both local and international students.

 

ESCI- INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PROGRAM

  • The ESCI 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 ESCI 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 ESCI course.

 

LANGUAGE COURSES AND PLACEMENT EXAMS

  • 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.

 

TRANSCRIPT INFORMATION

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.

Courses

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Universitat Pompeu Fabra
International Business Program (ESCI) in English
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Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies (BaPIS) Courses in English
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
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6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
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Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies (BaPIS) Courses in Spanish
Course Disclaimer
  • 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.

SUPPORT TEAM

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.

U.S. Team

Danielle Ramsey-Smith

Program Manager, Spain

Amanda Ciolek

Program Manager, Spain

Alana Ladd

Program Manager, Spain

BARCELONA TEAM

Manuel Urí Martín

Resident Director, Spain

Cristina Canales Contador

Senior Cultural Activities Coordinator, Spain

Zara Cifuentes

Student Services Coordinator, Spain

Daniel Ostad

Senior Housing Coordinator, Spain

Janelle Forster

Senior Student Care Coordinator, Spain

Danielle Roberge

, Spain

David Pardos i Aybar

Student Services Coordinator, Spain

Walter Uribe

Academic Coordinator, Spain

Identity Resources

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 (accessibilityteam@studiesabroad.com) to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.

Destination Information

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.

Identity Blog

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 diversity@studiesabroad.com for more information.

Funding

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 higheredfinaid@worldstrides.org

Housing

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.

Homestay

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.

Apartment

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 $300 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 $300 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.

Excursions

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

Valencia

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!

Sitges

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.

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