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International Business Economics, Pompeu Fabra Univ.

Study Abroad Program Overview

Study International Business and Economics in English at one of Spain's most up-and-coming public universities. Near the center of Barcelona and close to the Mediterranean, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) offers excellent instruction in an amazing setting. Take advantage of this modern curriculum in one of Europe's most historical centers of commerce.
The UPF is dedicated to internationalization in all ways and none is more important than this program opened in 2009 by the Faculty of Economic and Business Science. Since all UPF students in the International Business Economics program are required to take coursework in English, you will be accompanied by local students in all of your classes. The goal of the UPF is to provide all students with the ability to understand and connect the world's business practices in a multicultural context.
You can study for winter quarter, spring quarter, or come for both! Students who enroll in both quarters and who come to the program with the equivalent of two years of Spanish are eligible for an internship during the spring. 
​​Space is limited. Please check with your campus Study Abroad office as soon as possible.
Students attend classes with host country students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study

A course in Spanish language is strongly recommended for all students and required for winter+spring students who intend to do an internship in the spring.


Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.​
Winter Quarter :  
early January to late March/early April
The Winter Quarter at UPF occasionally overlaps with the first week of Spring Quarter at UC.
The duration of the Winter Quarter is occasionally fewer than 90 days, which limits the duration of stay within the Schengen Area, and limits travel time before and after the program.

Spring Quarter :  
late March/early April to late June/early July
The Spring Quarter at UPF ends after graduation at UC. The duration of the Winter Quarter is occasionally fewer than 90 days, which limits the duration of stay within the Schengen Area, and limits travel time before and after the program.​

Winter + Spring :  
​early January to late June/early July
The Spring Quarter at UPF ends after graduation at UC.






​There are no opportunities for extension on this program. Students must apply for the specific quarter(s) they plan to attend.


​Students make arrangements for their own housing prior to departure. The Pompeu Fabra University has arrangements with a number of student residences close to the campus. For an idea of the choices see their information on Accommodations. 

 Housing resources are available your Pre-Departure Checklist.​

Extracurricular Activities

​Participate in the Language Volunteering Program (VL) and attend free leisure and cultural activities. The VL also arranges language and cultural exchanges with local UPF students.
Get involved in the International Exchange Student Network (ESN), which organizes social and cultural integration activities. ESN includes a Mentor Program, in which local students are assigned to one or more exchange students to make the exchange students’ integration easier at UPF.
Participants in the Winter + Spring program who have the required level of two years of Spanish may choose to take the optional internship seminar and placement course.  An additional fee will be charged for participation in the internship option.

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.​​

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

Course Opportunities

​The UPF offers an impressive variety of economics and business sciences classes—almost all of which have a section taught in English—making it possible for students to find almost anything that suits their particular interests: from micro- and macroeconomics and game theory, to financial management and international marketing.
Spanish language study is also offered, but only during the winter quarter. Levels range from beginning to advanced, and a course for native-speakers is available. Students must take a placement test at UPF prior to registering for the course.
Internship placements for academic credit are available for students who attend both quarters and meet the Spanish language pre-requisite. Those applying for both winter and spring quarters who are considering an internship placement are strongly encouraged to complete additional language study during the winter term. See the "Internships" tab for more information.

While the UPF offers degrees in various fields, UC students participating on this program may only select economics, business science, or Spanish-language coursework.

Students studying accounting should keep in mind that that United States standards (US GAAP) do vary from those used by European Union member-states (IFRS). Consult with your departmental or major advisor and plan accordingly.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
  • MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered.
This is an impacted program and course prerequisites—usually previous macro-, micro-, and applied economics coursework—are enforced on-site.


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad.
​Term: 16 quarter/10.7 semester UC units are required per quarter.
Most courses offered in the International Business Economics program are listed at 5 ECTS credits, equivalent to 4 quarter/2.7 semester UC units. All students must register in a minimum of four courses each term.

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 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.

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.


The Pompeu Fabra University has a well organized internship program that takes place in spring quarter for those students who have completed winter quarter. The university's relationship with local businesses and other organizations allows for particular projects to be designed specifically for the interns. All students who obtain placements also attend a weekly seminar geared to delve into the cultural aspects of an international business experience, and enhance the academic dimension of their internship.
If you are a UC student with two years of Spanish language, you are eligible for an internship that combines weekly seminars with workplace placement based on your area of study.

Please note—An additional fee will be charged for participation in the internship option.  Current internship offerings may vary.  

Setting Up Your Internship

  • All internships are secured once you are on-site.
  • UPF staff provide personalized advising to help you prepare your resume and assist throughout the placement process.

Additional Information

  • Registration and participation in the accompanying seminar course (BUS A 189) is required for internship placement.
  • The seminar meets weekly and all students are expected to work 135 hours at their internship locations over the course of the spring term.
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 + Spring253221.3$10,125$14,025
* 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
  • Estimated room and board
  • Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
  • On-site orientation
  • Round-trip airfare from California
  • 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.​

Students participating in the International Business Economics program will have the best experience if they are flexible in their course choices and comfortable with a wait-list process. The registration process can be frustrating when it shows that many courses have no space available and only a wait-list. But most students have had good luck getting enrolled in courses from the wait list. There is a very good chance that all students will get into most of the courses they need, but they need to be flexible and accept the idea that they will not get their first choice for all four courses.​


Class Level:

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.

Other Eligibility Requirements:

• Open to majors in business, economics, or related field with interest in the program’s primary themes. Previous macro-, micro-, and applied economics coursework is strongly recommended, as well as an excellent academic record in those areas in order to ensure that you meet enforced UPF course prerequisites.

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: