International Studies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain

Providing unique learning experiences for North American university students since 1969

Program Information

Students in the International Studies Program take courses specifically designed for international students in English and Spanish. Your studies can be complemented by an optional Spanish language course to help you ease into your new Spanish community. All our courses are specifically designed to enhance your understanding of modern Spain while you immerse yourself in your studies. Choose from courses in: International Business, Biomedical Sciences, ICT, International Relations. These courses are taught in English at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).

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Requirements

International Studies Requirements:

Choose your term

Start Date: Jan 7, 2024
Apply by: Oct 31, 2023
End Date: Mar 23, 2024
Cost: $15.500
There are additional fees for the student residence housing option. Please contact SSA for details.
Start Date: Jan 7, 2024
Apply by: Oct 31, 2023
End Date: Mar 22, 2024
Cost: $15.500
There are additional fees for the student residence housing option. Please contact SSA for details.
Start Date: Sep, 2024
Apply by: May 15, 2024
End Date: Mar, 2025
Cost: $30.800
There are additional fees for the student residence housing option. Please contact SSA for details.
Start Date: Sep, 2024
Apply by: May 15, 2024
End Date: Dec, 2024
Cost: $15.700
There are additional fees for the student residence housing option. Please contact SSA for details.

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Courses Term
Language, History & Cultural Studies, Global Peace & International Relations
Understanding Globalization: Global Issues in Historical Perspective
This course offers an exploration of globalization from the perspective of History and Cultural Studies. Students examine key global issues through a historical lens, tracing their evolution and impact over time. Emphasis is placed on understanding how historical events, cultural exchanges, and economic transformations have shaped contemporary global dynamics. Through case studies, primary sources, and comparative analyses, students gain insight into the complexities of globalization and its implications for societies, cultures, and economies worldwide.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Psychology & Education Studies
Understanding and Awakening your Creativity
This course provides insights into understanding and awakening creativity within the realm of Psychology & Education Studies. Students explore theories and practices related to creativity, including divergent thinking, problem-solving, and artistic expression. Emphasis is placed on cultivating self-awareness, overcoming creative blocks, and fostering a creative mindset. Through interactive exercises, reflective activities, and case studies, students develop practical techniques to unleash their creative potential and apply creativity in various personal and professional contexts.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Language, History & Cultural Studies, Global Peace & International Relations
The Space Race: A Cultural History in the Cold War
This course delves into the Space Race through the lens of Language, History & Cultural Studies. Students explore the cultural, political, and societal impact of the Space Race during the Cold War era. Emphasis is placed on understanding how space exploration became a symbol of technological prowess and ideological competition between the United States and the Soviet Union. Through historical analysis, cultural artifacts, and primary sources, students examine the narratives, representations, and legacies of the Space Race, revealing its profound influence on global perceptions and national identities.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Environmental Sustainability & Ecology
The Impact Journey: (Un)Sustainability, Climate Emergency, Authentic Leadership
This course navigates the impact journey through the lens of Environmental Sustainability & Ecology. Students explore the intersection of sustainability, climate emergency, and authentic leadership. Emphasis is placed on understanding the urgent need for sustainable practices in response to the climate crisis and the role of authentic leadership in driving positive change. Through case studies, discussions, and experiential learning, students develop practical skills and strategies to address environmental challenges and promote sustainable development in various contexts.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Global Peace & International Relations
The Collectivity Revolution: Building a Global Community
This course explores the concept of the collectivity revolution within the realm of Global Peace & International Relations. Students delve into how societal shifts, technological advancements, and cultural changes are redefining notions of community and collective identity worldwide. Emphasis is placed on understanding the challenges and opportunities of fostering solidarity, cooperation, and inclusivity in an interconnected world. Through case studies and discussions, students examine innovative strategies for overcoming barriers to global collaboration and promoting a sense of belonging and shared responsibility among diverse communities.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Politics, Social Sciences & Criminal Justice, Global Peace & International Relations
Sovereignty, Democracy and Constitutionalism in Europe
This course examines the complex interplay between sovereignty, democracy, and constitutionalism in the European context. Students explore the evolution of European political systems, the role of supranational institutions such as the European Union, and the challenges posed by globalization and transnational governance. Emphasis is placed on understanding the tensions between national sovereignty and European integration, as well as the principles of democratic governance and constitutional law in the European context. Through case studies, debates, and comparative analyses, students critically assess the mechanisms for safeguarding democratic values and upholding constitutional principles in Europe.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Language, History & Cultural Studies
The Jews in Spain: History, Heritage and Memory
This course delves into the rich history, cultural heritage, and collective memory of the Jewish community in Spain. Students explore the multifaceted experiences of Jews in Spain, from the medieval Golden Age to the present day. Emphasis is placed on understanding the contributions of Spanish Jews to literature, art, science, and philosophy, as well as the impact of historical events such as the Spanish Inquisition and expulsion on Jewish identity and diaspora. Through lectures, readings, and site visits to historical landmarks, students gain insight into the enduring legacy of the Jewish presence in Spain and its significance for contemporary Spanish society.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
STEM & Technology, Global Peace & International Relations
The Global Governance of the Internet and of Future Emerging Technologies
This course explores the complexities of governing the internet and emerging technologies on a global scale. Students examine the regulatory frameworks, policies, and international agreements that shape internet governance and the development of future technologies. Emphasis is placed on understanding the challenges of balancing innovation, security, privacy, and access to information in the digital age. Through case studies, debates, and simulations, students analyze the roles of governments, corporations, civil society, and international organizations in shaping the future of the internet and emerging technologies.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Politics, Social Sciences & Criminal Justice, Language, History & Cultural Studies
Society and Politics in Contemporary Spain
This course provides an overview of the social and political landscape of contemporary Spain. Students explore key societal issues, political dynamics, and cultural trends shaping Spanish society today. Emphasis is placed on understanding Spain’s transition to democracy, regional identities, immigration challenges, and responses to globalization. Through discussions, readings, and case studies, students gain insight into the complexities of Spanish politics and society, including the role of political parties, civil society organizations, and media in shaping public discourse and policymaking.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
STEM & Technology, Psychology & Education Studies
Mind, Brains and Machines
This course explores the intersection of neuroscience, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence to understand the nature of the mind, brain, and intelligent machines. Students delve into topics such as neural networks, cognitive processes, consciousness, and machine learning algorithms. Emphasis is placed on examining the similarities and differences between biological and artificial intelligence, as well as ethical considerations in developing intelligent machines. Through lectures, discussions, and hands-on projects, students gain insights into the workings of the human brain and the potential of artificial intelligence to replicate cognitive functions.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Law & Legal Studies, Art, Design & Architecture
Laws of Creativity. The Impact of Legal Systems on Artistic Practices and Other Creative Endeavors
This course explores how legal systems influence artistic practices and creativity. Students examine the intersection of law and art, focusing on topics such as copyright, intellectual property rights, freedom of expression, and cultural heritage protection. Through case studies and discussions, students analyze the legal frameworks that govern creative industries and the implications for artists, creators, and society. Emphasis is placed on understanding how legal systems both support and constrain artistic innovation and expression, as well as strategies for navigating legal challenges in creative endeavors.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Law & Legal Studies, STEM & Technology
Innovation and the Law. How Technology Changes the Legal System
This course examines the intersection of innovation and the legal system, focusing on the transformative impact of technology. Students explore how advancements such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and big data analytics are reshaping legal processes, practices, and institutions. Emphasis is placed on understanding the opportunities and challenges posed by technological innovation in areas such as legal research, document automation, dispute resolution, and cybersecurity. Through case studies, guest lectures, and hands-on exercises, students analyze the implications of these innovations for legal professionals, clients, and society as a whole.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Language, History & Cultural Studies, STEM & Technology
Great Ideas that Have Shaped our World: From the Axial Age to the Artificial Intelligence Revolution
This course surveys significant ideas that have influenced human civilization from the Axial Age to the Artificial Intelligence Revolution. Students explore pivotal concepts such as democracy, religion, human rights, and technological innovation. Emphasis is placed on understanding the historical context and enduring impact of these ideas on society, culture, and governance. Through discussions, readings, and multimedia presentations, students gain insight into the evolution of human thought and its role in shaping the modern world.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Marketing, Media & Communications
Global Culture and Marketing of FC Barcelona
This course examines the global cultural impact and marketing strategies of FC Barcelona. Students explore how the football club has transcended sports to become a cultural icon worldwide. Through case studies and analyses, students learn about FC Barcelona’s branding, sponsorship deals, and international fan engagement tactics. Emphasis is placed on understanding the club’s role in shaping global culture and its unique approach to marketing in diverse cultural contexts.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Language, History & Cultural Studies
Barcelona the City and its History
This course provides an overview of Barcelona’s rich history and cultural significance. Students explore the city’s evolution from ancient times to the present day, examining key historical events, architectural landmarks, and cultural movements that have shaped its identity. Through lectures, guided tours, and discussions, students gain insight into Barcelona’s unique blend of Roman, Gothic, and modern influences, as well as its role as a hub of creativity, innovation, and diversity.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Marketing, Media & Communications
Analyzing Online Journalism
This course examines the landscape of online journalism, exploring its practices, challenges, and impact. Students analyze digital news platforms, content production processes, and audience engagement strategies. Emphasis is placed on critical evaluation of online news sources, including their credibility, bias, and ethical considerations. Through case studies and practical exercises, students develop skills in media analysis and digital literacy, empowering them to navigate the complexities of online journalism in the digital age.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Psychology & Education Studies
LGTB+: Exploring Identities and Diversity
This course delves into the diverse identities and experiences within the LGBT+ community. Students explore the spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as the social, cultural, and political contexts shaping LGBT+ lives. Emphasis is on understanding the challenges and inequalities faced by LGBT+ individuals and communities, as well as strategies for promoting inclusion and acceptance. Through discussions, readings, and multimedia materials, students gain insights into the complexities of LGBT+ identities and the importance of diversity within the community.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Politics, Social Sciences & Criminal Justice
Globalization, Human Development and Sustainability: Politics and Policies in the Framework of the 2030 Agenda
This course explores how globalization influences human development and sustainability within the 2030 Agenda. Students analyze policies and politics addressing poverty, inequality, climate change, and more, examining their effectiveness and exploring alternative approaches.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Global Peace & International Relations
Globalized World, Globalized Problems? Creative Proposals From Public Service Television Worldwide
This course examines how public service television tackles global challenges in an interconnected world. Students analyze innovative programming and engagement strategies from public broadcasters worldwide, exploring their role in raising awareness and fostering dialogue on issues like climate change and social inequality.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Politics, Social Sciences & Criminal Justice
Gender, Sexuality and Diversity: Past and Present
This course provides a comprehensive exploration of the historical and contemporary dimensions of gender, sexuality, and diversity. Students examine how concepts of gender and sexuality have evolved over time and across different cultures, as well as the ways in which they intersect with other dimensions of identity such as race, ethnicity, class, and religion. Emphasis is placed on understanding the social, political, and cultural forces that shape attitudes and behaviors related to gender and sexuality, and the impact of these dynamics on individuals and communities. Through readings, discussions, and multimedia presentations, students critically analyze key issues such as gender roles, sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersectionality. Additionally, students explore strategies for promoting gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and diversity inclusion in various spheres of society. By the end of the course, students will have gained a deeper understanding of the complexities of gender, sexuality, and diversity and their significance in contemporary social and political contexts.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Politics, Social Sciences & Criminal Justice
Gender-based Violence and International Protection of Human Rights
This course delves into the complex issue of gender-based violence (GBV) and its intersection with international human rights protection. Students examine the various forms of GBV, including domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and harmful traditional practices, and explore how these violations affect individuals and communities around the world. Emphasis is placed on understanding the legal frameworks and mechanisms for preventing and addressing GBV at the international level, including relevant treaties, conventions, and jurisprudence. Additionally, students analyze the role of national governments, non-governmental organizations, and international agencies in combating GBV and supporting survivors. Through case studies, discussions, and guest lectures, students critically evaluate the effectiveness of existing policies and interventions and explore strategies for advancing gender equality and human rights in the context of GBV.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Marketing, Media & Communications
From Punchline to the Laugh Track: Television Sitcom Writing and Directing Workshop
This workshop immerses students in the art and craft of writing and directing television sitcoms. Participants learn the fundamentals of crafting comedic characters, developing engaging storylines, and crafting punchy dialogue. Emphasis is placed on understanding the structure and conventions of the sitcom genre, as well as techniques for generating laughs and engaging audiences. Through hands-on exercises, group critiques, and collaborative projects, students gain practical experience in writing and directing scenes for television. Additionally, industry professionals may provide insights into the business of sitcom production, including pitching ideas, navigating network dynamics, and building a career in television comedy. By the end of the workshop, students will have developed their comedic voice, honed their storytelling skills, and gained valuable experience in the craft of sitcom writing and directing.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Art, Design & Architecture
From Ethnographic Cinema to the Avant-garde
This course explores the evolution of film from ethnographic documentary to avant-garde cinema. Students examine how filmmakers have employed ethnographic approaches to represent cultures, traditions, and societies, as well as how these techniques have influenced avant-garde filmmaking practices. Emphasis is placed on understanding the role of the camera as a tool for cultural exploration, expression, and experimentation. Through screenings, readings, and discussions, students analyze a range of ethnographic and avant-garde films, considering their aesthetic innovations, narrative techniques, and socio-cultural implications. Topics may include the ethics of representation, cultural relativism, subjectivity in documentary filmmaking, and the politics of visual anthropology. By the end of the course, students will have gained a deeper appreciation for the diversity and complexity of cinematic expression and its intersections with anthropology, art, and society.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Global Peace & International Relations
Ethics in a Globalization and Sustainability Context
This course explores the concept of collective intelligence and its role in addressing global challenges and promoting planetary wellbeing. Students examine how diverse groups of individuals can collaborate, share knowledge, and collectively solve complex problems facing humanity and the planet. Emphasis is placed on understanding the principles of collective decision-making, problem-solving, and innovation, as well as the potential of digital technologies and social networks to facilitate collective intelligence processes. Topics may include crowd-sourcing, open innovation, citizen science, and participatory governance models. Additionally, students explore how collective intelligence can be applied to address pressing global issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, poverty, and inequality. Through case studies, projects, and discussions, students develop critical thinking skills and practical strategies for leveraging collective intelligence to promote planetary wellbeing and sustainable development.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Global Peace & International Relations
Collective Intelligence, Global Challenges and Planetary Wellbeing
This course explores the concept of collective intelligence and its role in addressing global challenges and promoting planetary wellbeing. Students examine how diverse groups of individuals can collaborate, share knowledge, and collectively solve complex problems facing humanity and the planet. Emphasis is placed on understanding the principles of collective decision-making, problem-solving, and innovation, as well as the potential of digital technologies and social networks to facilitate collective intelligence processes. Topics may include crowd-sourcing, open innovation, citizen science, and participatory governance models. Additionally, students explore how collective intelligence can be applied to address pressing global issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, poverty, and inequality. Through case studies, projects, and discussions, students develop critical thinking skills and practical strategies for leveraging collective intelligence to promote planetary wellbeing and sustainable development.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Politics, Social Sciences & Criminal Justice
Laws of Creativity. The Impact of Legal Systems on Artistic Practices and Other Creative Endeavors
This course delves into the intersection of law and creativity, exploring how legal frameworks influence artistic practices and other creative endeavors. Students examine various aspects of intellectual property law, including copyright, trademark, and patent law, and analyze their impact on artistic expression, innovation, and cultural production. Emphasis is placed on understanding how legal protections and regulations shape the creation, distribution, and consumption of creative works in different contexts. Additionally, students explore issues such as censorship, freedom of expression, cultural heritage preservation, and ethical considerations in the arts. Through case studies, discussions, and practical exercises, students gain insights into the complex relationship between law and creativity and develop strategies for navigating legal challenges in their own creative pursuits.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Global Peace & International Relations
Five Challenges for the Future of Sport Global Governance
This course examines five key challenges facing the future of global governance in sports. Students explore topics such as: Integrity and Ethics: Addressing issues of corruption, match-fixing, and doping scandals to maintain the integrity of sports. Inclusivity and Diversity: Promoting gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and accessibility for individuals with disabilities in sports governance and participation. Financial Sustainability: Ensuring the economic viability of sports organizations while addressing issues of financial transparency and accountability. Technology and Innovation: Harnessing technological advancements for fair play, athlete safety, and fan engagement while managing potential ethical and privacy concerns. Geopolitical Dynamics: Navigating the influence of politics, nationalism, and globalization on international sports governance and competition. Through case studies, discussions, and guest lectures, students analyze these challenges and explore potential strategies for addressing them in the evolving landscape of sports governance.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Marketing, Media & Communications
Cinematic Creativity in Spain: Authorship, Industry, Politics
This course explores the intricate relationship between cinematic creativity, authorship, industry dynamics, and political context in Spain. Students analyze how Spanish filmmakers navigate artistic expression, commercial imperatives, and socio-political realities to create compelling cinematic works. Emphasis is placed on understanding the role of directors, screenwriters, producers, and other key stakeholders in shaping Spanish cinema. Additionally, students examine the historical evolution of the Spanish film industry, including its interactions with censorship, government policies, and global market forces. Through screenings, readings, and discussions, students critically engage with a diverse range of Spanish films, genres, and auteurs, considering their artistic innovations, thematic concerns, and cultural significance. By the end of the course, students will have gained a deeper understanding of the complexities of cinematic creativity in Spain and its intersections with broader social and political contexts.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Environmental Sustainability & Ecology
Circular Economy
This course explores the principles and practices of the circular economy, an alternative economic model focused on minimizing waste and maximizing resource efficiency. Students examine strategies for designing products, processes, and systems that prioritize reuse, recycling, and regeneration of materials and resources. Emphasis is placed on understanding the environmental, social, and economic benefits of transitioning from a linear to a circular economy model. Topics may include product lifecycle analysis, closed-loop supply chains, sustainable business models, and policy frameworks promoting circularity. Through case studies, projects, and discussions, students analyze real-world applications of circular economy principles across various industries and sectors. By the end of the course, students will have acquired the knowledge and skills to contribute to the transition towards a more sustainable and resilient economic system.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
STEM
Artificial Intelligence, Creativity, and the Arts
This course explores the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and creativity within the realm of arts. Students examine how AI technologies, such as machine learning and neural networks, are being used to create, interpret, and interact with various forms of artistic expression, including visual arts, music, literature, and performance. Emphasis is placed on understanding the potential of AI to augment human creativity, challenge traditional notions of authorship and originality, and shape the future of artistic production and consumption. Through case studies, hands-on projects, and critical discussions, students analyze the ethical, cultural, and aesthetic implications of AI-driven art. By the end of the course, students will have gained a deeper understanding of the complex relationship between technology, creativity, and the arts in the digital age.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Art, Design & Architecture
Art and Gender in Contemporary Spain
This course examines the intersection of art and gender in contemporary Spanish society. Through an analysis of visual arts, literature, performance, and other cultural expressions, students explore how gender identities and perspectives are represented, challenged, and negotiated in Spanish art. Emphasis is placed on understanding the social, political, and cultural contexts that shape artistic production and reception. Topics may include feminist art movements, LGBTQ+ representation, gender performance, and the deconstruction of traditional gender roles. By critically engaging with these themes, students gain insights into the complex relationship between art, gender, and society in contemporary Spain.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45

What are you spending your program fee on?

For a specific price for this program please reach out to us, as fees vary depending on the destination.

What does the program fee include?

Tuition

Double occupancy room & full board

Laundry

Overnight & local study visits & cultural activities

Orientation

Health Insurance

Spanish Studies transcript

Support of onsite staff

Special Dietary Needs

Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other medical conditions that require a special diet may incur an extra fee to cover related dietary expenses. Please contact Spanish Studies for additional details.

All fees are in U.S. dollars and based on current exchange rates. Any considerable decrease in the value of the dollar will affect fees.

How much spending money should I budget for?

These costs are merely orientative*

This plan estimates personal and miscellaneous expenses at approximately $175 per week. 

If you need to travel to a consulate for the purpose of obtaining a visa before your program abroad (semester students only), remember to budget for that travel expense.

Some students will spend more and others will spend less, of course. Consider your lifestyle and budget accordingly. 

The “Short Term” estimate is for one 3.5 week program; if you are participating in two, multiply by two.

Meet your Resident Director

mariadelavina

I will work with you from the moment you apply to the Barcelona program. Throughout your stay in Barcelona and until your departure,  my role is to  help and guide you and even hug you when you need it.  This amazing experience will change your life and I want to be a part of it. I love interacting with students and making sure you feel secure and satisfied with the  program. Don’t hesitate to participate in this life changing experience. We are waiting for you!

María de la Viña

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