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Barcelona International Summer School, Pompeu Fabra University

Study Abroad Program Overview

​The Barcelona International Summer School provides the opportunity to engage with some of the Pompeu Fabra University's leading faculty members across a variety of disciplines from marketing to blockchain to media art to gender studies and more! Course lengths range from one to five weeks. You can mix and match your courses to create a 5-week plan specific to your interests and language skills.

The UPF Campus Ciutadella and nearby housing put you in an ideal location in this great city: easy walking distance to the Ramblas, the Barri Gotic, El Born and other fascinating neighborhoods. At the same time, the campus is in a prime location for summer at just a 15-minute walk from some of Barcelona's most famous beaches! Public transportation works well to get to more far-flung locations, and the flexible course schedule leaves time to explore.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.

Language of Instruction

Catalan; English; Spanish

Language Study



Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Summer :  
mid-June to late July









​​Students make arrangements for their own housing prior to departure. Housing resources will be available in your Pre-Departure Checklist.​​

Extracurricular Activities

​From Park ​Guell to Sagrada Familia, Barcelona is filled with vibrant sites and districts to explore.  You will find lively streets lined with restaurants, markets, museums, and art that will fill your senses and spark your sense of wonder.  You will likely find yourself making plans to return to the capital of Catalonia, even before this short five week program is over.

On-site Support

UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. UCEAP programs in Spain are administered by a UC faculty member who serves as UC Faculty Director of programs in Spain. The local staff will help you integrate into Spanish culture and provide assistance with academics, safety, and other issues.

Meet our staff...

​​​See the UCEAP Program Guide​ for program-specific details about the host institution, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and health and safety.​

Course Opportunities

 The courses offered in the Barcelona International Summer School Program are assembled from the offerings of UPF faculty who had to compete to get their classes onto the roster. The themes within which the courses had to make sense were #Global cities, #Methods in action, #Beyond disciplines, #Applied thinking.
Instructors were inspired to create new offerings as invitations to think and learn across disciplines, while approaching social and scientific challenges from content, methodological and practical perspectives.

Courses range from 1.5 to 5.0 UC quarter units. Students must combine shorter, 1- to 3-week courses with those that run through the end of the program. All students must be in class for all five weeks and take a minimum of 10.0 UC quarter units.

Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
  • Academic Information in the Program Guide 
  • Information on the UPF BISS website​


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 10 UC quarter units/6.5 semester units (approximately 14 ECTS) are required. The minimum number of courses will vary due to course unit values.

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

​Due to its short duration, opportunities for internships and independent research for academic credit are not available on this program.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

The UPF’s Campus de la Ciutadella is located near the city center of Barcelona and its beautiful, urban campus combines renovated historic buildings with modern facilities. Instituted in 1990, it is one of the smaller public universities in the country, dedicated to innovative practice in teaching, research, technology, international student exchange, and facilities. Among Spanish universities it is usually ranked in the top ten and frequently higher than that for particular disciplines.
The Universitat Pompeu Fabra takes internationalization seriously. Among Spanish state universities it has the highest percentage of foreign students, foreign lecturers, and over 30% of its students spend at least one term abroad.  Small class sizes make for close contact between students and teachers.
The library, in addition to its own impressive collection, has an inter-library loan system that can access any university library in Catalonia within 24 hours. There are computer rooms for student use across the campus, and some 300 wireless hotspots. The campus is within walking distance of the sea.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

All fees are subject to change without notice.

These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • UC fees
  • Round-trip transportation from California
  • Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​


Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Language Prerequisites:



3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

All applicants must also have:

  • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
  • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
  • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
  • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.  

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: