BC in Barcelona: Business & Culture
Offered in the spring semester only, BC in Barcelona: Business & Culture is an English language program designed for business and economics students interested in learning more about business in Barcelona.
The program is hosted at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), which was founded in 1990 with the goal of modernizing the Spanish university curriculum. A top-ranked institution, UPF has approximately 10,000 students and was designated as an “International Excellence Campus” by the Spanish Ministry of Education in 2010. The university offers courses in the social sciences, business, and humanities. Its economics departments is one of the most prestigious in Spain.
Prof. Teresa Nandín
Academics & Support
Students are required to take a full load of courses at the host institution abroad. BC program participants can refer to the academic policies page
for details. Students may begin researching courses prior to departure by reading the course information below.
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. Details on the course approval process
can be found on the BC website.
BC in Barcelona: Business & Culture is a hybrid program, combining coursework at UPF with courses created specifically for BC students. All students take a mandatory semester-long core course that focuses on the neighborhoods of Barcelona. Additionally, in the first part of the program, students take two to three UPF courses (see below). In the second part of the program, students take two courses offered exclusively to BC students, which are pre-approved through BC’s Carroll School of Management (CSOM).
||All students enroll in core course, “Made in Barcelona” (3 BC credits)
||Mid-January to end of May
||3 BC (1 course)
||Selection of UPF courses, including those for international students (HESP) and full immersion (English and Spanish) at UPF and the affiliated ESCI School of International Business
||Mid-January – end of March
||12 ECTS (equivalent of 6 BC credits)
||BC Courses, from selection offered (including Business core)
||Beginning of April to end of May
||6 BC (2 courses)
For the entire length of the program, students will take a mandatory core course, offered by a faculty member in UPF’s School for International Studies. This course introduces students to the various neighborhoods of Barcelona, helping them gain an in-depth understanding of the complexity of this cosmopolitan city, past and present. By connecting this content to other courses that students are taking, students will leave with a better appreciation of how cultural nuances impact the world of business, and vice versa.
During the first part of the semester, students will be able to choose from three types of courses: HESP, regular UPF classes, and business classes at the ESCI School of International Business
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:
Host University Courses
Regular university courses at UPF are taught in Spanish, English, or Catalan. Students should only plan on taking courses offered in Spanish or English. For a list of classes offered to international students, please click the links below:
ESCI School of International Business
- Spring 2019 (Coming soon)
For an example of business courses offered in English and Spanish through the ESCI School of International Business: https://www.upf.edu/web/studyabroad/ibp
Students will be able to choose from a selection of courses designed for BC students, and which have been pre-approved through the Carroll School of Management.
Sample courses include (these are subject to change):
- International Finance
- International Marketing
- Organizational Behavior
- Spring Term: Starts in early January and ends in late May.
NOTE: Students may only study during the spring semester for this program.
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 will have the option to cook in their residence hall or eat in the UPF cafeteria. Other inexpensive options exist in the neighborhood where students are staying.
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.
Travel & Transportation
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. Students are 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, and arrive on the arrival date. Students are strongly encouraged to arrive in Barcelona in the morning on their arrival date.
Within Barcelona, students can easily get around with publication transportation
. Students are responsible for purchasing their own transportation pass.