Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

The Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) is a university that is committed to public-institution values; it is a city university engaged in the active, dynamic life of the city of Barcelona, and a university that is wide open to the world beyond. Public, city-based, and cosmopolitan: those are the values that identify UPF as an institution working in the service of society. It has been ranked #2 in Spain for Economics and Business.

Faculty of Communication is based in Poblenou.

Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences is based at Ciutadella Campus (near the beach). EBSL students are based at this campus.


Campus facilities


For information on opening times and location of Computer rooms please go to: http://www.upf.edu/bibtic/en/serveis/

Computer classrooms
UPF makes computer classrooms available to you to do the practical
work that requires a computer or for your personal work.    

Wireless connection
There is WiFi in most of the cmpaus. For more details please go to http://www.upf.edu/bibtic/en/serveis/xarxes/wifi.html


A UPF card wil grant acces to the UPF Library and its various services. The following services are on offer: bibliographical information, Student Information Desk (PIE), loans, interlibrary loans, user training, recommended bibliography, external connection to electronic resources, computers, printers, audiovisual stations, photocopiers, microfiches, optical reading.

Other (Gym, clubs and societies)

For you to live your university life to the full, UPF offers a wide range of cultural, sports and leisure activities, such as for more information please visit:



You can find the full programme of events at http://www.upf.edu/sacu/es/.

There is also a branch of the Erasmus Student Network (www.esn.org), a student organisation for exchange students. They organise events, a mentoring programme and weekly meetings with other international students.

The Language Volunteering (www.upf.edu/vl/en/) also offers Language Tandems, a conversation exchange in which a local student and an exchange student arrange to meet and practice each other’s language.


Academic calendar

Autumn Semester: September – December

Spring Semester (split in two terms): January – March & April – June

Each term consists of 10 weeks of classes and 2 weeks for the exams.


Academic life

There are welcome sessions a week before the beginning of the academic year and the day before the second and third term start. Attendance to these sessions is compulsory.

The Spanish grading system is based on a scale from 0 to 10, where 5 is the minimum passing mark
Fail (Suspens / Suspendido): Less than 5
Pass (Aprovat / Aprobado): From 5 (incl.) to 7
Good (Notable / Notable): From 7 (incl.) to 9
Excellent (Excel·lent / Sobresaliente): From 9 (incl.) to 10
The top 5% of the class can get a Honours mark (Matrícula d’Honor / Matrícula de Honor)

An exam is the usual system used at UPF to evaluate students together with the marks obtained during the term.

Please take into account that every term at UPF is divided into ten weeks of lectures and two weeks of exams. At UPF spring semester is divided into two terms, exchange students must attend the two terms to complete a full spring semester.

Class attendance is considered extremely important at UPF. Enrolment in a course entitles you to sit the examination.

The examinations calendar is published about one month before the exam period starts. You can check it at: Campus Global (Intranet) in the “Academic Secretariat” section or on the notice boards in each Faculty.


Please contact your Head of Programme or Academic Advisor for more details


Passing requirements

Please contact your Head of Programme or Academic Advisor for more details


Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at UPF.

For more information please visit http://www.upf.edu/fdret/es/estudiants/OrientacioEstudiants/Persones_amb_discapacitat/ or contact Customer Service to the University Community (SACU), sp.sacu@upf.edu.


Barcelona is an open-minded cosmopolitan metropolis located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea; a city which leaves no visitor indifferent. One of its greatest virtues as a city dating back to Roman times is its ability to mix the old with the new. It is also rich in architecture, where one can find Modernist buildings such as the Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell designed by Antoni Gaudi , and other architectural masterpieces by Jean Nouvel, Arata Isozaki, Ricardo Bofill and many others. The mild Mediterranean climate and different landscapes make it possible for you to bathe at any of its numerous beaches, while the beauty of the Pyrenees mountains, with several ski resorts and natural parks, is only an hour s drive away.

For more information on living in Barcelona, Catalonia please visit http://www.upf.edu/barcelona/en/

For more information please view the Country Information packs available on the IPO Study Abroad pages of Blackboard. Click here to log into Blackboard.


UPF has an agreement with Resa residence halls (www.resa.es).

Students can also contact the Barcelona Housing Service for Students (www.bcn-housing-students.com), with information about flats and rooms to rent or student residences.

Cost of living

Students should plan the following monthly expenses (approximate):
Accommodation: 400€
Food: 200€
Transportation: 40€
Spending money: 200€
Total per month: 840€


Club entrance €10 - €30

Music Show or Concert €20 - €8

Football match €20 - €100

Museum entrance €5 - €15

Cinema entrance €7 - €10

Theatre entrance €2 - €50


Students who have been nominated to study at UPF will be sent an application pack via email the semester before they are due to start their SPA

Health Insurance  

You must provide evidence of having an appropriate health insurance. This is usually required at the time of submitting your application.

If you come from an EU country, remember to apply for a European health insurance card (EHIC) before leaving.

Visa requirements

For visa requirements, please contact the local Spanish Consulate:

Consulado General de Espana, 20 Draycott Place, London SW3 2RZ
Tel: 020 7589 8989
E-mail: visas@conspalon.org
W: http://www.exteriores.gob.es/consulados/londres/es/Paginas/inicio.aspx

You have a maximum of 30 days after entering the European Union to begin the process of applying for a Student Residence Card. For this, you will need to present your flight ticket (boarding ticket) or the stamp on your passport showing the date on which you entered the European Union. The Student Residence Card is a temporary residence permit valid while you are studying in Spain. This permit is valid for maximum of one academic year and can be renewed every year until you finish your studies. Your academic performance will be taken into account when renewing your permit. This document gives you the right to remain legally in the country while you study.

This is for your information only, it is the student's responsibility to obtain the correct visa.



Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: Spain
Language of tuition: English,Spanish
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Erasmus+ exchange

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