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.  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.