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Academics

Fields of Study: Science, Engineering

Barcelona is the perfect place to combine an experiential learning opportunity in a collaborative field with cultural encounters on the shores of the Mediterranean. 

At UPF, you can access tracks in multimedia and wireless networks, audio and image processing, software engineering, programming, computer graphics, sound and music, as well as business management and innovation. The UPF offers a range of courses in English at both basic and advanced levels 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 prerequisites that may be of interest if you are not majoring in one of these fields, but would like to know more about these subjects.

Unique study opportunities

  • Experience coursework that is rich in experimental and creative learning approaches.
  • Access courses in English at both basic and advanced levels.
  • Examine techniques for constructing programs that power robots, virtual communication, and other high-quality software products.
  • Add a course on modern Spanish art and design, pop culture, or other topics of interest.

Language

Language of Instruction: English, Spanish

Spanish Language Study: Optional

Designed to be accessible to non-language majors, all coursework is taught in English. Spanish language study is available in the winter quarter.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Five or six courses over two quarters for a minimum of 24 UC quarter/14.5 semester units.
  • ​Not all of the courses carry the same number of units as UC courses; you may need to combine some in order to receive credit toward important requirements.

Current Program Courses

In this program you’ll have access to courses in two UPF programs of study:

  1. Courses in English in the Information and Communications Technology program
  2. You can also take one course from the Hispanic and European Studies program or a Spanish language class during the winter term.

Research and independent study are typically not available.

Catalogs and resources

  • Courses in English: Browse winter and spring course offerings in the Information and Communications Technology program.
  • Hispanic and European Studies: View the current offerings for one optional course.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location. There are currently no listings for this program in the database.

Academic culture

UPF invites you to hone your communication and technical skills in classes with international and Spanish students. As one of the first universities to embrace the implementation of the Bologna Process, UPF’s four-year degree (grado) system will be familiar. It’s also one of the few universities in Spain that follows a quarter rather than semester calendar. Each term is divided into a ten-week class session plus another two-week exam period.

Professors may supply a syllabus at the beginning of the course and in some cases, course syllabi (also referred to as "subject programmes") may be available online. Note that although a course may be offered in English, the syllabus posted online may be in Spanish or Catalan.

A syllabus may include a bibliography and additional recommended reading list that may seem extremely long. You likely will not need to read every book on the list, but you will need to find out which ones are essential and how they relate to each other. Note-taking skills are important, and you may find that you are required to do a fair amount of preparatory work on your own outside of class.

For most courses, the final exam counts for a high percentage (weight) of the final grade. You must pass the final exam to pass the course. Be sure to read your syllabus carefully and speak with the instructor or the onsite staff if you have any questions. 

After exams, grades are unofficial or "provisional" until after the revision period. Professors will indicate a time they will be available to discuss grades before they are final. Take advantage of this time if possible. If the revision period falls after you leave Spain, ask if your professor will allow you to discuss your grades via email. Be aware that they are under no obligation to do so, but it helps to be courteous.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades should arrive by early to mid-July. All grades that UCEAP reports to UC campus registrars are permanent and final.