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Information & Communication Technologies (ICT), Pompeu Fabra University

Study Abroad Program Overview

​​​​​This program in Information and Communications Technologies is offered by the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) with the understanding that it is often difficult for students of Computer Science and related fields to be able to study abroad. UPF has a strong polytechnic school with a range of courses in English that may be of interest to students majoring in computer science, telematics engineering, or audiovisual systems engineering. 

In addition, there are courses in English that do not have pre-requisites that may be of interest to UC students who are not majoring in one of these fields, but would like to know more about these subjects.

The program runs through winter and spring quarters, thus offering the delights of Barcelona as the weather warms up and the beaches become more welcoming. You will also experience all the city's vibrant culture through its museums, shops, historical architecture and cafes. Barcelona is the perfect place to combine an experiential learning opportunity in a collaborative field with cultural encounters on the shores of the Mediterranean.

Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.

Language of Instruction

English; Spanish

Language Study

 language available in the Winter quarter.


Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Winter + Spring :  
early January to late June​​

None :  








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

Extracurricular Activities

​From Park ​Güell 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.

In the winter you can keep warm in cafes sipping on hot chocolate, take a dip in ancient thermal baths, or get to know the halls of impressive art museums.  Dazzling with color and culture, springtime means festival season in Spain!  Come May you will discover the good fortune to be attending a university in the heart of Barcelona and 
just a 20 minute ride from some of Barcelona's most famous beaches!

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 (coming soon!) 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

Of the 250 young institutions ranked by the World University Rankings, the Pompeu Fabra University is number 11. The UPF's Polytechnic School on the Poblenou Campus is rich in experimental and creative research and coursework. Such tracks as multimedia and wireless networks, audio and image processing, software engineering, programming, computer graphics, sound and music, as well as business management and innovation are all available.

Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
  • Since this is a new program, there are no courses as yet in the MyEAP Course Catalog 
  • Academic Information in the Program Guide 
  • There are Courses in English in the Information and Communications Technology program
  • Students may also take one course from the Hispanic and European Studies Program or a Spanish language class during the winter term. 
​Not all of the ICT courses carry the same number of units as UC courses and may need to be combined in order to receive credit toward important requirements. 


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. All students will need to take 5 or 6 courses over the two quarters for a minimum of 24 UC quarter/14.5 semester units.

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

​Opportunities to conduct research or independent study projects for academic credit are not available on this program.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

The UPF’s Campus Poblenou is located in the most innovative center of Barcelona along side institutes and companies working in audiovisual and media centers. As with other UPF campuses, Poblenou combines stunning recent buildings with renovated structures of historical importance, in this case those of the city's industrial patrimony. It was incorporated into UPF in 2009. In addition to the centers for information and communication sciences, the Poblenou campus hosts departments of social communication, journalism, applied linguistics and related fields.
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.
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
Winter+Spring2312 - 168 - 10.7TBDTBD
* 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: