2019-2020 Semester Programs: Hispanic and European Studies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

PROGRAM PRICE DATES PROGRAM CODE
Spring Semester IV 2019 – Barcelona, Spain $12,395 Arrive Jan. 4, 2019 – Depart March 22, 2019 BSS4A
Fall Semester IV 2019 – Barcelona, Spain $12,395 Arrive Sept. 17, 2019 – Depart Dec. 11, 2019 BSF4A
Spring Semester IV 2020 – Barcelona, Spain $12,395 Arrive Early Jan. 2020 – Depart Late March 2020 (TBA) BSS4A

Language Eligibility: This program is open to all Spanish levels. Courses are available in English & Spanish. Students who wish to take courses in Spanish must have completed at least 4 semesters of college Spanish before attending the UPF (having reached at least High Intermediate level). A placement test will be administered on site in order to confirm your Spanish level.

Additional Eligibility Requirements: Minimum GPA requirement is 3.0. Must be at least 18 years of age and be currently enrolled full-time at a U.S. or Canadian university or college. Must have junior or senior standing at the time of application and have completed at least 4 semesters (60 semester credits) at a U.S. or Canadian university, college, or community college before applying. Your official transcript must show the final grades for at least 4 full semesters (60 credits), not including semesters in progress. Your official transcript must also show the classes you are enrolled in during the current semester in progress, as verification that you are currently enrolled full-time. Students with junior standing by credit hours only, but who have not completed 4 semesters at the time of application, are not eligible. For complete eligibility and application guidelines, click here.

Possible U.S. Credits: 12-15 semester credits per semester. (2 ECTS = 1 U.S. semester credit. ECTS = European Credit Transfer System.)

Students take 1 optional Spanish language course for 6 credits plus elective courses to total a minimum of 12 semester credits or maximum of 15 semester credits.

Final transcript is issued by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).  Classes are taken with other American and foreign students. Click here for Volunteer Opportunities in Barcelona

Hispanic and European Studies Program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) – Semester Course Offerings

Classes at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) are held at the UPF Ciutadella campus in the Barcelona city center, located near the Olympic Village and Ciutadella Park – very close to the beach. ASA program housing is conveniently located to the university. It takes most students only 15-25 minutes to get to school by subway.

The UPF course offerings (listed below) consist of Spanish language courses and electives taught in English or Spanish focused on Globalization, Social Issues, Political Science, International Relations, Film, Media/Communications, History, and Art History.  

All students MUST have 3 alternate electives approved by their home institution, in addition to your top choices in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts, as your class schedule will not be finalized until after arrival. That way, if a course is full or cancelled, or if the courses you want to take meet at the same time, you’ll have back-ups that you know your school will accept. Ex: If you plan to take 3 electives, have a total of 6 approved. If you plan to take 4 electives, have 7 approved. If you plan to take 5 electives, have 8 approved.

Students who wish to take electives in Spanish must: 1) Have completed at least 4 semesters of college Spanish before attending the UPF; and 2) Take a Spanish placement test administered by the UPF after arrival. The results of your placement test will determine which Spanish level you are placed in and which electives in Spanish you can take. Sometimes, performance on the placement test does not reflect the number of semesters of Spanish instruction you have completed. The UPF maintains a high academic standard. We strongly recommend all students – except beginners who have never taken Spanish before – to review your most recent Spanish coursework before arrival. Most UPF electives taught in Spanish are open to High Intermediate, Advanced, and Superior levels only. A few electives in Spanish are open to Advanced and Superior levels only, and a few are open to Intermediate and up.  This is another reason it is important to have at least 3 alternate (back-up) electives approved, in case you are limited to taking certain electives due to your placement test results.

Spanish Language Courses

Students are strongly recommended to take a Spanish language course because it will assist you greatly during your stay to learn the local language. However, it is not mandatory to take Spanish language. The UPF offers 6 language levels: Beginner, Low Intermediate, Intermediate, Advanced, Superior, and Spanish for Native Speakers. Spanish language courses are worth 12 ECTS (6 U.S. semester credits).  (ECTS = European Credit Transfer System.)

Students who enroll in a Spanish language course will take a placement test after arrival. The placement test will determine which Spanish level you are placed in.

Beginner Spanish Language – 6 U.S. semester credits / 12 ECTS
Low Intermediate Spanish Language – 6 U.S. semester credits / 12 ECTS
Intermediate Spanish Language  – 6 U.S. semester credits / 12 ECTS
Advanced Spanish Language  – 6 U.S. semester credits / 12 ECTS
Superior Spanish Language  – 6 U.S. semester credits / 12 ECTS
Spanish for Native Speakers  – 6 U.S. semester credits / 12 ECTS

Elective Courses

Elective courses are available in English and Spanish and are worth 3 U.S. semester credits (6 ECTS). (ECTS = European Credit Transfer System.) Electives taught in English have no pre-requisites, unless noted in the syllabus.

For electives that are taught in Spanish, the required Spanish level is listed next to the course title. Students who wish to take electives in Spanish must: 1) Have completed at least 4 semesters of college Spanish before attending the UPF; and 2) Take a Spanish placement test administered by the UPF after arrival. The results of your placement test will determine which Spanish level you are placed in and which electives in Spanish you can take.

COURSE OFFERINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  

If you are not going to take a Spanish language class, you may enroll in either:

  • 4 elective courses = total 12 U.S. credits / 24 ECTS
  • 5 elective courses = total 15 U.S. credits / 30 ECTS

 

If you are going to take a Spanish language class, you may enroll in either:

  • 2 electives + Spanish Language for 6 U.S. credits = total 12 U.S. credits / 24 ECTS
  • 3 electives + Spanish Language for 6 U.S. credits = total 15 U.S. credits / 30 ECTS

 

Once again, all students must have 3 alternate electives approved by their home institution, in addition to your top choices. This will give you flexibility at registration, as your class schedule will not be finalized until after arrival.

Electives Taught in English (3 U.S. semester credits / 6 ECTS each)

Fall Semester

Barcelona: the City and its History
Barcelona: the Rise of a Design City
Comparing Media
Contemporary Spanish Art
Global Marketing and Culture of FC Barcelona
Global Media and International Journalism
Globalization, Development, and Social Cohesion: Which Role for International Development Cooperation?
History and Politics of Globalization
Independence, Federalism, and Secession: Catalonia and Beyond
The Leadership Journey towards Sustainability in Barcelona: Economic, Business, and Social Transformations
A Messy Garden: a History of the Cultural Values of Europe
Political Ideas from the Early Modern Age to the Digital Revolution
Politics and Society in the European Union
Sepharad: History and Heritage of Jewish Spain
United Nations: International Peace and Security

Spring Semester

The Ancient Mediterranean
Barcelona: the City and its History
Barcelona: the Rise of a Design City
Between Tolerance and Conflict
Brand Equity Communications and its Unique Corporate Value
Contemporary Spanish Art
Crossroad in the Arab Countries: Authoritarianism, Spring and Islamic State
The European Union in the World
Geopolitical Games: Foreign Policy of Russia and China
Global Marketing and Culture of FC Barcelona: Playing for Fun or for Keeps
Globalization, Development and Social Cohesion: Which Role for International Development Cooperation?
Independence, Federalism and Secession: Catalonia and Beyond
International Business and Globalization
The Leadership Journey toward Sustainability in Barcelona: Environmental, Social, and Business Transformations
A Messy Garden: a History of Cultural Values of Europe
Neurosciences for Humanities and Social Sciences
Political Marketing
Screening the Global World: Cultural Diversity and Public Television Space
Sepharad: History and Heritage of Jewish Spain
Spain in Cinema: Global and Local Perspectives
Understanding Globalization: Historical Roots of Economic, Political and Cultural Exchanges between East Asia, America and Europe

Electives Taught in Spanish (3 U.S. semester credits / 6 ECTS each) 

Fall Semester

Barcelona: the City and its History (for High Intermediate level and higher)
Catalan Language and Culture (for Low Intermediate level and higher)
Contemporary Spanish Literature (for High Intermediate level and higher)
Images of Spain in Contemporary Cinema (for High Intermediate level and higher)
Literature and Politics in Latin America (for Advanced level and higher)
Picasso, Miró, Dalí and the Art of Modernity (for High Intermediate level and higher)
Society and Politics in Contemporary Spain (for Intermediate level and higher)
Social Movements in the 21st Century Facing Globalization, Crisis, and the Process of Democratization (for High Intermediate level and higher)
Spanish Language: Techniques of Oral Expression (for Intermediate level and higher)

Spring Semester

Barcelona: the City and its History (for High Intermediate level and higher)
From Cultural Stereotypes to Trans-cultural Dialogue (for Advanced level and higher)
Images of Spain in Contemporary Cinema (for High Intermediate level and higher)
International Protection of Human Rights (for Advanced level and higher)
Media Communications and Society in Spain and Europe (for High Intermediate level and higher)
Picasso, Miró, Dalí and the Art of Modernity (for High Intermediate level and higher)
Social Movements in the 21st Century Facing Globalization, Crisis, and the Process of Democratization (for High Intermediate level and higher)
Television Fiction, Globalization, and Cultural Identities (for Advanced level and higher)

Volunteer Opportunities

Participation in volunteer opportunities in Barcelona is an excellent way to immerse yourself in your host country’s way of life while helping those in need. In effect, this will add another dimension to the study abroad experience through daily exposure and interactions, resulting in a greater understanding of the language, culture, and community of the host country.

If you’re interested in volunteering, simply ask your Barcelona ASA Site Director for details after you arrive.  Please note that these volunteer opportunities are not for credit, and that a minimum Intermediate level of Spanish is required in order to volunteer, as the people involved with these organizations normally do not speak English.

The following are the volunteer opportunities in which students can participate:

  • Cottolengo Hospital: Students volunteer at this hospital by assisting disabled patients during lunch or dinner time. This is a charity hospital run by nuns and they would love to have students help out.
  • Catalan Cerebral Palsy Organization: Students will assist disabled individuals on a weekly basis, helping them to train for different sports, such as Boccia, Slalom and swimming.  Some of the athletes will attend the Special Olympic Games.
  • International Red Cross: Students will assist senior citizens or disabled individuals on a weekly basis.