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Program Description:

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Program Overview:
The city of Barcelona is a beautiful setting in the mountains on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Famous for its art nouveau architecture and its 7 beaches, Barcelona is the 4th riches city in the EU and the 4th most visited city in Europe. The language in Barcelona is Catalan, but the residents also speak Spanish. Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers. Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona is a young, modern, public university . There are about 9,000 undergraduates  enrolled. Our program utilizes a company called Academic Solutions. They assist with the administration, housing, orientation, and course registration. They also provide 24/7 emergency services while students are abroad. The program includes airport pickup as well as cultural activities, day trips and an overnight excursion.


  • Must have completed 63 credit hours
  • Must be enrolled in the Gies College of Business when applying (non-Business students can study at UPF through the IAGE campus-wide program)
  • Minimum GPA 3.0/4.0
  • Strongly recommended that students in their last semester not participate, because graduation will be delayed.

Program Dates:
Fall Semester
Orientation: Mid-September
Spanish Placement Test: Mid-September
Semester Dates: Late September - Mid-December
(this includes exams)
Spring Semester
Orientation: Early January
Spanish Placement Test: Early January
Semester Dates: Early January - Early April
(includes exams)
Vacation: Late March
Students studying at UPF will have a variety of business courses and non-business courses to choose from. Courses are available in Spanish and English. Students must take a minimum of three UPF courses in which two of those courses are worth 6 ECTS (3 UIUC credits). 

To begin researching courses, previous course offerings for exchange students can be found here and here. All credit earned on this program will count as Illinois credit on your Illinois transcript. You may view the grade and credit conversion chart here

Students are required to take the equivalent of of 12 UIUC credit hours while abroad. Students are allowed to take a maximum of two UIUC online courses. All accepted students must participate in various orientation meetings and the LAS 291/292 study abroad course.

Students are required to use UPF housing. The housing options are shared apartment, student residence or placement with a host family. The resident director for the program will coordinate the housing.
A student visa is required for all students who do not have citizenship in member countries of the European Union. You can apply for the visa entirely on your own at the Spanish Consulate in Chicago. 

Students who are not from Illinois may go to the consulate in Chicago because you are a student in the state of Illinois. Fall participants should consider visiting their home consulates if returning during the summer break.

For the costs associated with this program, please reference the budget sheet at the top of this page. Find the box labeled "Budget Sheets" and click on the term during which you want to participate.

Financial Aid
Financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The applicable amount depends on your financial aid package. For information, please visit: or email


How to Apply:
There is a two-step application process:

Phase 1: The University of Illinois Business Study Abroad Office Application
  1. Click the Apply Now button at the top-right of this page to apply.  You may only apply to one program per term. Log in with your UIUC netid and password. Once you start the application you will be charged a non-refundable application fee.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline. Online materials are due by 11:59 pm (CST) on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 pm (CST) the following business day. 
After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program. Application decisions are released within a week after each deadline.

Phase 2: Host University Application
  1. If you are accepted to participate in this program, you will apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
  2. Once formally accepted by the host university, you will then work with the Study Abroad Advisor at the host university to coordinate all aspects of your stay such as course registration, lodging, and arrival information.
More Information:
For more information about UPF visit here AND here.
For past participant comments visit here.

Contact Information:
Gies College of Business Study Abroad
320 Wohlers Hall
1206 South Sixth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Tel: 217-244-7245

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (CST)

Drop-ins are welcome or schedule an appointment by phone or email.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 09/15/2020
09/16/2020 TBA TBA
Fall Semester 2021 02/15/2021
02/16/2021 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.