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BUS: Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Language Requirement:
Apartment, Dormitory, Host Family
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Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Foreign Institution:
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
Program Description:
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Program Overview 
This program is an excellent fit for students looking to take both business and non-business courses in English in Barcelona.

The Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona is a young, modern, public university.  There are about 9,000 undergraduates enrolled.  Founded in 1990 and strategically located in the center of Barcelona, UPF emphasizes student-centered teaching, excellence in research, and maximum internationalization.  Accordingly, the University focuses on three people-centered fields of knowledge: social sciences and humanities, health and life sciences, and communication and information technologies.  
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Program Costs, Financial Aid & Scholarships (Please note that program-specific costs are available through the "Budget Sheet" link at the top of this page.)
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Academic Environment
Where you will study 
The Universitat Pompeu Fabra is a public university whose three campuses are all located in Barcelona. Click here to experience UPF in videos. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and has a population of 1.6 million inhabitants (3.2 million inhabitants adding the metropolitan area). Its excellent location on the shores of the Mediterranean, its gentle climate and its open, cosmopolitan character make the Catalan capital an extraordinary place to live.

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Student Life
Barcelona, the Southern Gate to Europe, hosts one of the largest university communities in Europe, made up of 200,000 students and more than 15,000 professors in seven universities offering a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.  The Universitat Pompeu Fabra university offers several resources for international students to utilize:
  • A library and IT center (called CRAI)
  • A sports center, similar to ARC
  • Recreational sports clubs (organized by SACU)
  • Cultural/Social Activities like Theatre Workshop, the Sant Jordi Contest or the Open Opera (organized by SACU)
  • Student Associations (including one for International students)
  • Study Support/Language/and Other Services can be found here.
In addition to Business courses, students can choose from a wide range of non-business courses taught in both English and Spanish in a variety of subjects comparable to those offered at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  

Academic offerings for international students are released each year in May.  This program includes an optional 6-credit hour Spanish language course, whose level is dependent on the results of a Spanish language exam taken on-site at the beginning of the term.

For more information on the Hispanic and European Studies Program, from which business students can also take classes, click here.

For more information on the regular courses at UPF click here
Class size 
With only 9,115 undergraduate students enrolled, the class sizes tend to be small offering close contact with the lecturer and individual attention.  
The language in which each course will be given is indicated on UPF's website before the course starts. Independently of the language in which the class is given, students can do their assignments and exams in either one. International students can also take institutional Catalan and Spanish courses.
Barcelona has a broad cultural, leisure and entertainment offer that has helped position it as one of the most visited cities in the world. Throughout the year there is a full agenda with exhibits, festivals, festivities and traditions. The UPF website has information about a lot of great leisure activities including museums and exhibits, music and theatre, festivities and traditions, and sport. Find it all here!

Cultural Engagement
Living in one of Europe's most dynamic cities offers the unparalleled opportunity to get out of the classroom and find out what it really means to be Catalán. Program staff are available to assist you in finding engagement activities that match your personal and professional interests. Past activities have included coaching youth basketball and baseball teams, teaching English at a local school, and taking part in cooking and dancing classes.
Including airport pickup, information sessions, a welcome by your host university Barcelona, cultural activities…and fun!
Illinois Excursions
These will include a minimum of three cultural activities, two day trips, one overnight excursion, and one farewell dinner each semester.  Likely possibilities include….
  • Girona with guided tour of medieval centre and famous Jewish Quarter
  • Daytrip to Roman Tarragona
  • Volcanic National Park
  • Dali Museum
  • Collserola and La Fageda Forests
  • Montserrat Monastery day trip
  • FC Barcelona football match
  • Cooking Workshop
  • Gothic Tour Barcelona
  • Scavenger Hunt 
*Please note that not all activities or these exact excursions are offered every semester.
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On-site Support
Ryan Lorenz, Academic Solutions
Ryan's entire adult life has been dedicated to study abroad, first as a program participant 30 years ago, then working with American students abroad in East Africa, the United Kingdom and now Spain.  These experiences have transformed his life and he enjoys watching students journey down that very same road.  Ryan and his team support this program at all levels, including matriculation and course registration with the UPF, on-site arrival and orientation, academic and personal advising, and cultural programming.  They also have 25 years’ experience dealing with a variety of student crises and promoting student health and safety.  Ryan has supported Illinois students in the United Kingdom since 2006 and looks forward to welcoming you to Barcelona!  
International Student Office
The UPF Education Abroad Program helps students adjust to their new life in Barcelona to allow them to grow as people and enjoy a life-changing experience.  UPF rounds out its educational offer with services to facilitate the integration of student participants within the UPF community.  The Education Abroad team at the UPF are there to support you during your semester at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.  Find out more about UPF’s International Student Office by clicking here!
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A range of accommodation options are available to suit different personalities, budgets and lifestyles.  The Study Abroad Office does not permit students to live in independent housing on this program.  All housing is assigned by Ryan and his team.  

Before leaving for Barcelona, you will select one of the following housing options:
  • Host Family
  • Shared Apartment
  • Student Residence
For more information on accomodations in Barcelona, please click here.
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Application Process
Minimum Eligibility for ALL Terms:
  • Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Must be a Junior or have completed 63 US credit hours
  • Completed 2 semesters at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign at time of application
  • 1 semester of 200-level Spanish (only applicable if taking non-language electives in Spanish)
  • Good academic standing
Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the College of Business Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the same day. 
Spring Semester Programs
Final Deadline: September 15

Fall Semester Programs
Final Deadline: February 15 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017
09/16/2017 01/03/2018 04/05/2018
Fall Semester 2018 02/15/2018
02/16/2018 09/12/2018 12/15/2018
Spring Semester 2019 09/15/2018 09/16/2018 TBA TBA

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