Note: Spring semester lasts until late June and students are not permitted to leave early so please note this when applying.
Conceived with the idea of modernizing the Spanish University curriculum, UPF is a new institution with over 8,000 students. Students take courses in economics and business, audiovisual communications, humanities, liberal arts, and political science. The Economics Department at UPF is one of the most highly ranked programs in Spain. Class size is typically small, and the library and computer facilities are excellent.
BC students take courses at UPF and are fully integrated into their host school. Students take an intensive early-start language course and continue the course throughout the semester.
All students take most courses in Spanish alongside international students as well as their Spanish classmates. Students are required to choose from a range of courses in Spanish and a limited number of courses in English.
BC Resident Director - BC in Barcelona
Academics & Support
As a BC student, you are required to take a full courseload at your host institution abroad. More details are available on the academic policies page
Students may begin researching courses prior to departure by visiting the course selection links below. The Reception and Mobility Office of UPF will officially register students for courses before going abroad.
Students interested in enrolling in Prof. Nandín’s course, Cultura y civilización española, should contact Prof. Nandín or Patrick O’Donnell for course syllabus.
At UPF, there are three types of courses students can take, HESP, regular university classes and business classes at the ESCI School of International Business. Students may not enroll in more than two HESP, IBP, or BC courses. Students may not enroll in more than two English-language courses. All students must enroll in one semester-long Spanish course as part of their 30-36 ECTS course load.
Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP)
HESP classes (designed specifically for foreign students) are all taught in Castilian Spanish and English. This program is designed for international students, but has a small enrollment of Spanish students at the advanced levels. It offers several courses on Spanish history, economics, society, politics, and similar cultural topics.
Students can access the website by following the instructions below:
Click the following link: www.upf.edu/web/studyabroad/hesp
• Click on the term you will be attending UPF (fall or spring).
• Course descriptions are below each class and there are syllabi available for download next to the course titles.
Host University Courses
Regular university courses at UPF are taught in Castilian-Spanish, English, or Catalan. Students should only plan on taking courses offered in Castilian-Spanish or English. For a list of classes offered to international students, please click the links below:
ESCI School of International Business
For an example of business courses offered in English and Spanish through the ESCI School of International Business, please click the following link: https://www.upf.edu/web/studyabroad/ibp
Please be aware that in order to receive approval for major, minor or University core credit, students may need to present course descriptions and/or syllabi to faculty responsible for course approvals.
Students must visit the “Course Approvals” page on the OIP website for information on the course approval process:
As a BC student, you are required to take a full load of courses at your host institution abroad. BC program participants can refer to the course load requirement table.
*Spring term is divided into two trimesters (winter and spring). Students must stay for the duration of both trimesters and cannot leave before classes end in June.
- Fall: Starts in early September and ends in mid-December
- Spring*: Starts in early January and ends in late June.
Accommodations & Meals
Students live in residence halls. Unless otherwise specified, it will not be necessary to bring sheets, pillows, blankets, etc. The BC resident director will email students at least one month before they arrive in Barcelona to give them the exact information of their housing arrangement (i.e., a brief description as well as their address and phone number).
Students have the option to cook in their residence hall or eat in the UPF cafeteria.
Student associations (as well as international associations like AIESEC) offer activities such as sports competitions, cultural visits in Barcelona and surrounding areas, as well as meals and social activities. The BC resident director also organizes many monthly cultural activities in and around Barcelona to take advantage of the rich cultural offerings in the area, such as:
- Arrival day orientation and lunch
- Walking tour: Gothic and Born Districts
- Barcelona tourist bus
- Cooking workshop
- Walking tour: Gracia District
- Walking tour: Modernist Barcelona and visit to La Pedrera house by Gaudi
- Typical hot chocolate merienda
- Hiking tour around Collserola Mountain
- Visit to Codorniu wine cellars in the Penedés region
- Day trip to Girona and Besalú
- Guided visit to the Modernist Palau de la Musica in Barcelona
- Trip to Granada (Spring) or Toledo (Fall)
- Guided visit to the Jewish Call of Barcelona
- Guided visit to Barcelona History Museum
- Day-trip to Montserrat Mountain
- Las Golondrinas Boat Trip
- Farewell Dinner
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. BC in Barcelona UPF students will be met at the airport and picked up, provided they supply the necessary travel information two weeks prior to arrival to the BC resident director, Teresa Nandín. Students are strongly encouraged to arrive in Barcelona in the morning on their arrival date.
No transportation pass provided in the program. Public transportation information can be found here