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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
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  • Program Sponsor: IFSA 
  • Restrictions: Carleton applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Biology, Cinema and Media Studies, Computer Science, Cross-Cultural Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Geology, History, International Relations, Linguistics, Mathematics, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Religion, Sociology and Anthropology, Spanish, Studio Art, Urban Studies Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Housing: Apartments, Dorms GPA: 3.0
Program Description:
Geotag  Barcelona, Spain

A thriving metropolis located along the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is one of Europe’s true gems. The city features a beautiful Mediterranean climate, a vibrant business environment, a reputation for some of Spain’s best food, and an “old city” charm complete with iconic Gaudi architecture at seemingly every turn. This student-friendly city is proudly and staunchly Catalunyan, providing insight into the culture and politics of one of Spain’s most intriguing regions.

Savor tortilla de patatas on the way to class, surrounded by stunning architecture. Study at one of Spain’s most prestigious universities, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), blocks from gorgeous Mediterranean beaches. With classes in both English and Spanish, this program makes it easy to pursue top notch academics in finance, management, marketing, communications, politics, biomedical sciences, computer science, and more. Learn alongside local and international students and advance your Spanish skills by leaps and bounds. Cap it off with an IFSA class designed to bring you closer still to this vibrant culture—or a valuable internship that’s sure to stand out on your resume. 

Build your own curriculum with a combination of Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) classes and an IFSA class. Select three to four classes at UPF along with one IFSA class for a total of 12-15 U.S. semester credit hours.

At UPF you are invited to not only share academic classes, but also campus life including services, clubs, and activities. More than 170 classes are available in politics, management, communications, finance, humanities, and social sciences – as well as limited selection of biomedical and computer science offerings. Most classes are taught in English, while some classes can be taken in Spanish for students with level B2 language proficiency.

You can choose from a wide variety of classes across the following programs designed for international and/or local degree-seeking students. Classes may be chosen entirely within one UPF program—or drawn from multiple—to fit your interests and degree requirements. Most classes are worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours. 
  • Barcelona Program?for Interdisciplinary Studies (BaPIS) 
  • Escola Superior de Comerç Internacional (ESCI) 
  • ESCI-UPF International Business Program 
  • Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) 
  • IBEI-UPF International Relations Program  
  • Basic Biomedical Sciences Program 
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) 

IFSA classes explore disciplines through the lens of the self and the city, helping you to understand the subject in the context of Barcelona, and to apply lessons learned to your future self. In addition to Essential Spanish, select one class from the IFSA class offerings.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Design Thinking
  • The Economics of Professional Soccer
  • Entrepreneurship: Creating a Plan of Action
  • Food Culture and Spanish Society
  • Identity and Politics in Spain
  • International Finance
  • International Internship Seminar
  • Service Operations Management
  • Social Media Marketing in the Age of Self
  • Social Psychology
  • Sustainability and the Global City
  • Understanding Spain through its Art

Program activities are designed to enhance your intercultural competence by developing your understanding of the local culture and people. Activities are optional, but they are included in your total program fee. They vary each term based on availability, but activities may include: 
  • City-as-Text
  • Architecture and Design
  • Barcelona as a Business Hub
  • Learning about the Catalan Independence
  • Food and Local Culture
  • Folklore
IFSA excursions are included in your total program fee and though these are optional, most students choose to participate. They vary each term based on availability, but excursions may include:
  • Figueras and Girona Trip
  • Cavas and Montserrat Trip
  • Seville Trip
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Using CHART, you’ll be able to see which classes abroad fit easily into your academic plan. You can also see which classes your home institution has already approved to guarantee that your credits will align.
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  • Academic Support
  • Administrative Fees and Applications Fees
  • Airport Pickup
  • Activities and Excursions (including transportation and meals)
  • Guaranteed Housing
  • International Medical Insurance
  • Internet Access in Housing
  • Internship, Directed Research, and Volunteer Opportunities (on many programs)
  • Meals (on some programs)
  • Official Transcript with U.S. Credit Translation
  • On-site Orientation
  • On-site Staff Support (including in-person meetings and emergencies)
  • Pre-arrival Advising
  • Tuition

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To apply, you must complete the following two items:

1. Program application. Visit the IFSA Barcelona Programs UPF website for program information and program application. 
2. Carleton OCS Application for Approval. Click Apply Now above to begin. 

NB the application deadline listed below is for the Carleton Application for Approval. The program's application due date is stated on its website.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2025 09/26/2024 ** NA TBA TBA

** Applications must be completed by the App Deadline stated above.