Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Explore global issues on the Mediterranean.

The Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) was founded in 1990 and is a modern, prestigious public university, which is consistently ranked among the top European universities. UPF offers its more than 12,000 students a rich variety of courses, with specialization in social sciences, humanities, information and communication technologies and health and life sciences. Granted the Campus of International Excellence status by the Spanish Ministry of Education, UPF has always been focused on becoming a highly internationalized university.

U.S. School of Record
St. Norbert College (WI)
— starting Fall 2023: St. Martin’s University (WA)

Language of Instruction
English, with some courses in Spanish.

Up to 800 study abroad and degree-seeking students from Spain and abroad.


  • Unique semester programs allowing students to focus on their particular area of academic interest.
  • Global Leadership Certificate available to semester students.
  • Cosmopolitan student body, including visiting internationals and Spanish nationals.

UPF is an urban school, with three campuses throughout the city of Barcelona. SAI students studying abroad at UPF are integrated into campuses with the regular student population, with opportunities to enroll in regular courses, as well as study abroad-specific courses. This offers study abroad students the opportunity to become a true part of the UPF community, with ample occasions to engage in campus activities.

Areas of Study

Art History & Architecture
Business & Economics
Engineering & Computer Science
Health Science
Literature & Creative Writing
Modern Languages & Cultures
Natural Science
Social Science

Student Life at UPF

UPF invites students to experience the overlapping cultural currents which flow through Barcelona; from its origins as an ancient Mediterranean settlement, to its unique status as the modern capital of Catalonia. Visiting students immerse themselves in the dynamic entity which is Barcelona and examine the influences which impact this remarkable community, from the local to the global. SAI students are invited to attend local events and activities organized by SAI. Students also explore the city independently, quickly finding that Barcelona offers endless marvels, from strolling down the Passeig de Gràcia, to enjoying the view from Park Güell, to marveling at the organic architectural shapes of the Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece.