2019 Summer Program: Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

PROGRAM PRICE DATES PROGRAM CODE
Summer II 2019 – Barcelona, Spain $5,695 Arrive June 21, 2019 – Depart July 27, 2019 BSSU2

 

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 may 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:  Minimum of 4 U.S.credits / Maximum of 6 U.S.credits per summer session.  (2 ECTS = 1 U.S. semester credit. ECTS = European Credit Transfer System.) Normal course load is 2 courses.

Final transcript is issued by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).  Classes may be taken with other American students, Spanish students, and foreign students.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) – International Summer School

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.

All students MUST have at least 2 alternate courses approved by their home institution, in addition to your top choices, in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. 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 your school will accept. Ex: If you plan to take 1 course, you must have a total of at least 3 different courses approved. If you plan to take 2 courses, you must have a total of at least 4 different courses approved.

Course Offerings

The normal course load for the UPF Summer program is 2 courses. Students must take a minimum of 4 U.S. credits (8 ECTS) up to a maximum of 6 U.S. credits (12 ECTS). (ECTS = European Credit Transfer System.)

The total number of credits earned will depend on which courses you select. Courses worth 3 U.S. credits meet for the full 4-week program. Courses worth 2 U.S. credits meet for 2-week blocks. Courses worth 1 U.S. credit meet for 1-week blocks.  You may mix and match courses from different blocks, as long as you take a minimum total of 8 ECTS (4 U.S. credits) and do not exceed a total credit load of 12 ECTS (6 U.S. semester credits). Additionally, students must remain enrolled in classes for the full 4-week duration of the academic program. 

Courses are available in English and Spanish.

In order to take courses in Spanish, it is recommended that students have completed at least 4 semesters of college Spanish and have reached at least High Intermediate level. A placement test may be administered on site in order to confirm your Spanish level.

Once again, all students must have at least 2 alternate courses approved by their home institution, in addition to your top choices.

COURSE OFFERINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  LIMITED SEATS PER SUBJECT.

The following courses meet for 4 weeks (July 1-25, 2019 – the full program duration) and are worth 3 U.S. semester credits / 6 ECTS each. 4-week classes will meet Monday through Thursday.

Barcelona on Stage: Documentary Workshop (6 ECTS / 3 U.S. semester credits) taught in English
Brexit, EU, and Global World: Current Challenges in European Politics and Society (6 ECTS / 3 U.S. semester credits) taught in English
Contemporary Barcelona and its Cultural History (6 ECTS / 3 U.S. semester credits) taught in English
Culture and Business: Spain’s Top Brands (6 ECTS / 3 U.S. semester credits) taught in English
Images of Spain in Contemporary Cinema (6 ECTS / 3 U.S. semester credits) taught in Spanish
Modern Statistical Computing in R (6 ECTS / 3 U.S. semester credits) taught in English
Spanish Postmodernism and Beyond (6 ECTS / 3 U.S. semester credits) taught in English

The following courses meet for the first 2 weeks of the program (July 1-12, 2019) and are worth 2 U.S. semester credits / 4 ECTS each. 2-week classes will meet Monday through Friday.

After War: Intervention, Peace, and Resilience (4 ECTS / 2 U.S. semester credits) taught in English
Human Rights in the 21st Century (4 ECTS / 2 U.S. semester credits) taught in Spanish
Gender, Power, and Violence (4 ECTS / 2 U.S. semester credits) taught in English
Interactive Media Art (4 ECTS / 2 U.S. semester credits) taught in English
Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (4 ECTS / 2 U.S. semester credits) taught in English
Understanding the Biology of Humans (4 ECTS / 2 U.S. semester credits) taught in English

The following courses meet for the last 2 weeks of the program (July 15-26, 2019) and are worth 2 U.S. semester credits / 4 ECTS each. 2-week classes will meet Monday through Friday.

Does Mind Matter? Mind, Matter, and Quantum Mechanics (4 ECTS / 2 U.S. semester credits) taught in English
The Google Ecosystem and Digital Marketing (4 ECTS / 2 U.S. semester credits) taught in Spanish
Global Justice and Sustainable Development (4 ECTS / 2 U.S. semester credits) taught in Spanish
Law and Memory: Legal History of the 20th Century (4 ECTS / 2 U.S. semester credits) taught in English
Migration and Cinema: Representations and Politics (4 ECTS / 2 U.S. semester credits) taught in English
The Aristotelian City (4 ECTS / 2 U.S. semester credits) taught in English
Thinking Time and Photography: a Theoretical and Practical Approach (4 ECTS / 2 U.S. semester credits) taught in English

The following course meets for the first week of the program (July 1-5, 2019) and is worth 1 U.S. semester credit / 2 ECTS each. 1-week classes will meet Monday through Friday.

Branding Global Cities: Insights from Barcelona (2 ECTS / 1 U.S. semester credit) taught in English

The following courses meet for the second week of the program (July 8-12, 2019) and are worth 1 U.S. semester credit / 2 ECTS each. 1-week classes will meet Monday through Friday.

The Artistic Brain: Biology and Computation Behind Painting and Music (2 ECTS / 1 U.S. semester credit) taught in English
Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (2 ECTS / 1 U.S. semester credit) taught in English
Venus on the Screen: Psychosocial Effects of Advertising Discourse (2 ECTS / 1 U.S. semester credit) taught in English

The following courses meet for the third week of the program (July 15-19, 2019) and are worth 1 U.S. semester credit / 2 ECTS each. (ECTS = European Credit Transfer System.) 1-week classes will meet Monday through Friday.

Inequalities in Health: Understanding our Worst Epidemic (2 ECTS / 1 U.S. semester credit) taught in Spanish
Time: Human Views on the Progress of Existence (2 ECTS / 1 U.S. semester credit) taught in English

The following courses meet for the fourth and last week of the program (July 22-26, 2019) and are worth 1 U.S. semester credit / 2 ECTS each. 1-week classes will meet Monday through Friday.

Social Marketing and Ethics in Marketing (2 ECTS / 1 U.S. semester credit) taught in English
Workshop: Transmedia Narrative Design (2 ECTS / 1 U.S. semester credit) taught in English

PLEASE NOTE: Dates given above are in-class dates only and do not correspond to program arrival and departure dates. Arrival and departure dates for this program will differ from dates given above. Please check our Arrival/Departure Dates page for arrival and departure dates.