Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Spring Semester Elective 2018
12 – 15 credits

Visiting semester students in UPF’s elective programs enroll in upper division liberal arts courses with an emphasis on European, Spanish and Catalan contexts. Students select between two concentrations: Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP), and International Relations Program (IBEI). Students enroll in 4 to 5 courses within the concentration, with options for English or Spanish instruction, for a total of 12 to 15 US credits. While there is no requirement to enroll in a Spanish language course, UPF offers all levels of Spanish language, which can be combined with subject courses.


Application Deadline
October 1, 2017
Apps accepted until October 15 as space permits

Application Requirements

Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (JPEG; passport style)

Highlights

  • Courses in liberal arts, Spanish language, Hispanic and European studies.
  • Site visits, tours, and speaker sessions.
  • Unique opportunities for involvement in the local community.

Program Dates
January 3, 2018 – March 23, 2018


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18

Academic Year: Junior (3rd year) or above.

Cumulative GPA:* 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements



Applied Experience
Global Health
Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP)
International Business (ESCI)
International Relations (IBEI)
Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)

Applied Experience

3.0 Credits
Research | Course #: 51696 | Open
Pre-requisite: Students must be pursuing a major in the health sciences.
Students pursue an independent research project, based upon a proposal submitted at the point of application. All projects will focus on areas of the health sciences, but will differ depending upon each student's interests.
Contact Hours: 45

Global Health

3.0 Credits
Global Health Core | Course #: 51632_GH | Open
Pre-requisite: This course is cross-listed with the HESP program.
How reliable is our perception of the world? What is consciousness? Is free will an illusion? Does beauty reside in our brain? Neurosciences study the brain, from genes and cells to behavior and, during the last years, the scientific study of the brain has provided radical new clues about how the brain works. This knowledge has strong implications for many areas of human activity outside the conventional environment of medicine or psychology, and expands to economics, laws, philosophy or art.

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the dialogue between neurosciences and humanities, thereby breaking the classical gap between CP Snows' "Two Cultures". The intersecting topics range from philosophical and ethical issues, such as free will, the grounds of knowledge, or economic behavior, to questions related to art and culture.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Global Health Core | Course #: 51708_GH | Open
Pre-requisite: Open only to students in the Global Health program.
This course will explore general topics concerning modern stem cell and regenerative therapies. From the basis of cell biology, to the frontier biomedical applications in the field, the course aims to familiarize students with the most exciting biotechnological approaches.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Spanish Language | Course #: TBA2 GH UPF | Open
Pre-requisite: Not a beginner course - some Spanish proficiency required.
El objetivo de este curso es proporcionar al aprendiente de espanol las habilidades y competencias comunicativas propias del ambito de las profesiones medicas. En este sentido, el curso pretende que los estudiantes amplien sus conocimientos culturales y sociales sobre el sistema sanitario espanol, que aprendan estrategias y tecnicas linguisticas relacionadas con este entorno laboral y, en definitiva, que se desarrollen como comunicadores eficaces en esta lengua y en este ambito.
Contact Hours: 45

Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP)

3.0 Credits
Catalan Studies | Course #: 51600 | Open
Once labeled by Newsweek magazine as the coolest city in Europe, Barcelona enjoys the reputation of a cosmopolitan city with a great international projection. Like all places, however, it is not without its complexities and contradictions. Behind a glossy and tourist-friendly facade, the city has a complex history.

This course introduces the student to the city of Barcelona by studying its past and analyzing its present. This interdisciplinary course covers subject in history, geography, art, architecture, and urban planning. Materials include images, maps, academic and literary texts, videos, field studies, and documentaries. We will also discuss issues relevant to people living within the city of Barcelona today.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Catalan Studies | Course #: 51601 | Open
Pre-requisite: Taught in Spanish - four semesters of college level Spanish required.
Barcelona ha sido etiquetada por Newsweek Magazine como la coolest city in Europe, otorgandole a su vez la reputacion de una ciudad cosmopolita con una gran proyeccion internacional. Sin embargo, al igual que sucede con otras ciudades, esta ciudad tambien presenta sus propias complejidades y contradicciones.

Este curso pretende introducir la ciudad de Barcelona al estudiante mediante el estudio de su pasado y el analisis de su presente. Este estudio interdisciplinar constituido por la historia, la geografia, el arte, la arquitectura y el urbanismo cubre los multiples angulos que han conformado esta ciudad. Para ello se usaran imagenes, mapas, textos academicos y literarios, videos, estudios de campo y documentales. Asimismo, tambien se discutiran los asuntos mas relevantes para la gente que en la actualidad conforma esta ciudad.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Catalan Studies | Course #: 51603 | Open
This course celebrates the city of Barcelona and embarks students in a journey to better understand the concept of Sustainability and its novel developments. From an environmental, social and business perspective, the course covers the main challenges that sustainability raises for the city of Barcelona and beyond. Relying on innovative individual and collective pedagogical practices, the course offers an integrative and deep learning process.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Catalan Studies | Course #: 51622 | Open
'Barcelona, the Rise of a Design City' looks at one of the most exciting periods of the city's recent history: what is known as the 'Barcelona design boom', a cultural phenomenon that helped define the Spanish transition to democracy in the 1980s and the city's Olympic dream in the 1990s. For a few years and in sharp contrast to the preceding decades, design became one of the main cultural frameworks of Barcelona's identity, both locally and abroad. Paired with architecture in a seemingly unavoidable partnership, it provided the seeds from which ultimately emerged the narrative of the city as it is seen today: that of a sophisticated European metropolis, miraculously emerging from the ashes of a decaying post-industrial provincial capital.
Initially addressing local design practice and design retail, and later embracing architecture as well, this course follows the way in which these disciplines turned ideas about local identity, modernity, social and cultural value into everyday material artefacts and environments. Design and architecture were placed at the heart of the city's popular culture, and of its international success to this day.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Catalan Studies | Course #: 51665 | Open
Pre-requisite: Taught in Spanish - four semesters of college level Spanish required.
El objetivo del curso consiste en introducir al estudiante en los principales episodios del arte del siglo XX. Con un tema de fondo: las complejas relaciones entre tradicion y vanguardia, clasicismo y modernidad, revolucion y reaccion artisticas a lo largo de todo un siglo.

Todo ello se realizara a traves de la aproximacion a cinco artistas catalanes o estrechamente vinculados a Cataluna, pero de indudable relevancia universal. Y, como se desprende del titulo del mismo, tomando como punto de partida sus obras mas significativas, con un metodo que alejandose del discurso historiografico o biografico situa en primer plano las obras concretas y parte siempre del lenguaje plastic.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
European Studies | Course #: 51627 UPF | Open
This course will examine the nature and complexity of interactions between the regions of the Mediterranean during the second and the first millennia BC. The cultural florescence of the Ancient Mediterranean civilizations had its origins in a series of colonial entanglements beginning first in the eastern Mediterranean. Minoan and Mycenaean communities began to establish links with Egypt and the Near East in the first centuries of the II millennium BC.

From then, over a period spanning more than two thousand years, and ending with the Roman conquest, colonists, merchants, sailors and conquerors sought to benefit from the commercial and cultural opportunities provided by the riches of the eastern, central and western Mediterranean.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
European Studies | Course #: 51628 UPF | Open
The course is intended to provide an understanding of the basic aspects of what we may call a European civilization. Europe has a long and rich history and has contributed decisively to what our world is today. Europe has invented many ideas and beliefs about man and his world, has spread this ideas and beliefs to other continents, and many of its values are still today guiding our actions and ruling our attitudes towards life. The understanding of this particular legacy seems an important issue for young students coming from different cultural and historical backgrounds and spending a course in a European country. Each session will discuss in detail some of these different aspects and elements of European civilization in order to recognize that particular legacy. It will be essential to consider also the darker sides of our long history, to be critical towards our past, in order to get aware, as Stefan Wilkanowicz claimed, of the richness of our heritage, drawing from the wealth of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Greek philosophy, Roman law, and humanism with both religious and non-religious roots; aware of the values of Christian civilization, which is the basic source of our identity; aware of the frequent betrayals of these values by both Christians and non-Christians; aware of the good and the evil that we have spread to the inhabitants of other continents; bemoaning the social catastrophe caused by the totalitarian systems that have originated within our civilization.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
European Studies | Course #: 51664 | Open
European football (soccer) has become a major cultural vehicle in the global world, both in terms of economical impact and social influence. This course focuses on how this sport shapes the social, economical and cultural realms, and tries to interpret the different links between the game itself and the dimensions surrounding it: media coverage, aesthetic value, political targeting, public and corporate policies... In that context, FC Barcelona remains a unique case, studied in business schools as an example of global market branding, while passionately lived by millions of fans all over the world. Moreover, Barcelona city offers a privileged standpoint to better understand football as a growing issue within contemporary culture.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
European Studies | Course #: 51697 UPF | Open
Since the globalization of the economy at the end of the last century, the context of brand communications in today's businesses has radically changed. Communication strategies to reach any type of target group are challenged to anticipate stakeholders' interests, build brand equity beyond good products and services and be able to remain competitive in a highly-active technological context that has reversed some of the traditional ways of managing businesses.

In this global environment, corporate communications demand greater levels of ethics and responsibility towards the society in which it operates and larger collaborative synergies and collaboration processes. To this respect, Europe's competitive-edge is like any other's, at stake, but the asset of intellectual capital and cultural identity it portrays in its legacy, may be just the right kind of differentiation brands need to successfully compete in the 21st C.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Global Studies | Course #: 51619 | Open
The course will offer a systematic historical look at globalization, generally arguing that relevant changes of globalization should be seen as emerging in phases, that could turn out to be 1500's, 1800's and the late 20th Century. The course tries to move our vision of globalization away from an exclusive focus on essentially contemporary developments and move our vision away from the Western civilization tradition to focus on other major civilizations.
The growing need for historical perspective on international relationships, global economic patterns of contacts and cultural exchanges has fueled the increasing interest, from international organizations, global companies and institutions with global targets, to find and hire professionals who could develop some of the competences that this course provides.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Global Studies | Course #: 51631 | Open
Pre-requisite: Taught in advanced Spanish: a minimum of 4 semesters of college-level of Spanish
Este curso pretende aproximar a los estudiantes al sistema de proteccion internacional de los derechos humanos configurado desde la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Se abordaran los mecanismos de proteccion de los derechos humanos bajo los auspicios de las Naciones Unidas, las instituciones encargadas de su proteccion a nivel regional o continental, con especial referencia al espacio europeo de proteccion de derechos y, finalmente, se estudiara Espana como ejemplo de un ordenamiento constitucional protector de derechos humanos que se interrelaciona y somete a los mecanismos de proteccion internacional de los derechos humanos.

Asimismo, se abordaran algunos temas especialmente controvertidos en el seno de los debates de los derechos humanos. Estos temas seran abordados desde una optica de derecho comparado, haciandose hincapie en las similitudes y diferencias sobre la manera de abordar estos temas por parte de los ordenamientos europeos y el norteamericano. Se estudiara el alcance y los limites sobre el derecho al aborto, el reconocimiento de derechos a las personas homosexuales, la problematica de la libertad de expresion y la prohibicion de partidos politicos, las consecuencias de la libertad de religion y el laicismo en aquello que hace referencia a la ensenanza de la religion y la presencia de simbolos religiosos en las escuelas y, finalmente, la problematica de los derechos humanos en la lucha contra el terrorismo y el estatus y protecsion de los derechos economicos, sociales y culturales en un Estado del Bienestar en crisis.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Global Studies | Course #: 51632 | Open
How reliable is our perception of the world? What is consciousness? Is free will an illusion? Does beauty reside in our brain? Neurosciences study the brain, from genes and cells to behavior and, during the last years, the scientific study of the brain has provided radical new clues about how the brain works. This knowledge has strong implications for many areas of human activity outside the conventional environment of medicine or psychology, and expands to economics, laws, philosophy or art.


In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the dialogue between neurosciences and humanities, thereby breaking the classical gap between CP Snows' "Two Cultures". The intersecting topics range from philosophical and ethical issues, such as free will, the grounds of knowledge, or economic behavior, to questions related to art and culture.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Global Studies | Course #: 51666 UPF | Open
How should Television treat the diversity of contemporary societies? How to respond to the challenge of global communication preserving, at the same time, the adequate discursive treatment of diverse cultural groups, minorities, the phenomenon of immigration and the representation of Otherness in broader social sense? In US the industrial TV model and private stations shape social imaginary, but variety of other countries choose the primacy of public television in order to promote values of equality and the integration of citizens.

This course will analyze a variety of public television programs from all over the world, dedicated to the subject of diverse cultural identities, transcultural issues, representation of Otherness in different social modalities, including the depiction of foreign cultures, national minorities and immigration. Some examples will also expand to the area of sexual diversity, treatment of disabled and the relationship between totalitarian regimes and democracy. The examples treated along the course will be chosen from the UPF's unique archives of international television festivals INPUT, held every year since 1977.

As a principal reference for establishing the criteria for adequate visual treatment of cultural diversity issues the course will introduce the competences of Media Literacy, familiarizing the students with the tools for constructive analysis as well as patterns of creation of "television of quality". The goal is to offer valuable insides and firm criteria for approaching the television as a public service and its role in shaping the values of diversity in contemporary societies.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Global Studies | Course #: 51667 | Open
Cooperation for development is a fundamental objective for various international actors such as the United Nations (UN), more concretely the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); the World Bank; and the European Union. International cooperation, from a multilevel and integral point of view, implies not only the participation of intergovernmental and State institutions but also of local governments and non governmental organizations. In this context, all actors have to contribute from their own areas of expertise in order to improve the system.

The European Union is a paradigmatic illustration of this multilevel approach and commitment to international cooperation for development. Currently, Europe is the main source of funds for cooperation. The European Commission and governments, both at national and at local level, conduct several development programmes and projects that not only seek to provide funds but also to exchange experiences in relation to governability and public policies.

The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the principal issues related to development and international cooperation, with a special emphasis on the role of the EU as main donor in the field of official development assistance (ODA). The main thrust of the course will be on outlining the institutional and political mechanisms of international development, as well as examine their impact in developing territories. At the same time the course aims to offer students a deepened insight into some of the most controversial debates surrounding the current state of affairs of international cooperation.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Global Studies | Course #: 51668 | Open
The Islamic State or ISIS or Daesh is now the main threat in de Arab world. After 9-11, five events determines the evolution in the political landscape: the war in Afhganistan, the war in Iraq, the aftermath of the Arab Spring, the blockage in the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, and the consolidation of the Islamic State like a political and military reality. For the West, especially in Europe, the main consequences are the terrorism (security crisis) and the refugees (humanitarian crisis). Another questions are the relations between Western and the Arab and islamic governments, the management of the war in Syria from the West, and the crisis inside the Arab world (suna vs. chia, fundamentalism vs. liberalism, the status of women, etc.). In this situation, the intervention of Russia in Syria and the agreement with Iran promoted for the president Obama complete the field of the global crisis.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Global Studies | Course #: 51709 UPF | Open
This course aims at understanding the contexts in which political brands are being modelled in contemporary world. The dynamics of political brands can no longer be understood solely from a communication perspective, a marketing approach or a political science perspective. Concepts such as political star-system, celebrity politicians, political show business or media performance are well settled in specialized practices and academic research and also become an interesting field for the emergence of new professions.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hispanic Studies | Course #: 51607 | Open
The objective of this course is to offer a survey approach to the history of artistic developments in Spain from Goya to Barcelo. A background on this specific field is not required. For this reason not only the main artistic events will be covered, but also some political, historical and cultural issues that might be relevant. Landscape art, gender production, the Spanish take on Primitivism and the dynamics between artistic creation and finance capital are some of its more relevant aspects. Classical examples of oil painting will be combined with references to such contemporary media as performance, videoart or installation art. Although this course is mainly based on lectures and class debate, three visits to galleries and exhibitions plus a self-guided visit will be also part of the course requirements. These visits will be made during the class time, and are equivalent to a usual in-class session.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hispanic Studies | Course #: 51609 UPF | Open
Pre-requisite: Course taught in Spanish - intermediate Spanish language required. Four semesters of college level Spanish prerequisite.
El curso ofrece una introduccion al cine espanol desde el inicio de la democracia, en los anos setenta, hasta la actualidad, con una atencion particular hacia aquellos cineastas que destacan tanto por su valor artistico como por su capacidad para reflejar los rasgos mas destacables de la realidad y la cultura espanola contemporanea. Las diferentes sesiones del curso exponen el imaginario plural del cine espanol mas reciente, a traves de la obra de autores como Pedro Almodovar, Victor Erice, Julio Medem, Alejandro Amenabar o Jose Luis Guerin.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hispanic Studies | Course #: 51610 UPF | Open
Pre-requisite: Course taught in Spanish - intermediate Spanish language required. Students must have taken at least 3 semesters of college-level Spanish, or be native speakers.
La asignatura analiza los medios de comunicacion en Espana y Europa. El curso esta muy vinculado a la actualidad informativa en Espana y Europa. Los alumnos desarrollaran tambien un taller de radio (Workshop) en la segunda parte del curso, donde podran en practica los conocimientos teoricos adquiridos.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hispanic Studies | Course #: 51621 | Open
Pre-requisite: Taught in Spanish - four semesters of college level Spanish required.
¿Como es posible que hoy gobiernen las ciudades de Barcelona o Madrid proyectos politicos impulsados por activistas provenientes de movimientos sociales enfrentados a las instituciones? ¿Como es posible que en el Parlament de Catalunya haya una mayoria a favor de la independencia de Espana? En 2011 las movilizaciones del 15M en Espana reivindicando democracia real dieron la vuelta al mundo. No era un caso aislado, tambien era tiempo de movilizaciones en Islandia, Tunez, Egipto, Grecia, Estados Unidos... Cada pais tiene su realidad, pero hay elementos de conexion. Espana vive hoy un periodo de cambio politico-cultural en el que los movimientos sociales tienen un gran protagonismo. Esta asignatura busca analizar estos cambios desde una perspectiva interdisciplinar (filosofia, etica, sociologia, ciencia politica, economia...) y con un interes principal en sus contribuciones a la democracia, los derechos, la etica y la politica. Atendiendo, tambien, a otros paises donde en este inicio del siglo XXI han surgido movimientos sociales con estas reivindicaciones.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hispanic Studies | Course #: 51695 | Open
The course presents an itinerary around the human, historical and cultural heritage of the Spanish Jews, from the Middle Ages to present day. The first part of the course focuses on the cultural history of Sepharad, from the origins of Jewish presence to the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. Next, the delves into the concept of identity, understood broadly from the impact on Jewish/non Jewish identity of issues such as: Cryptojudaism under the Inquisition, a new Diaspora (the Sephardic), the return of the Jews from the late 19th Century, during the inter-war period and during the Shoah. Finally, the course will also analyze the cultural, architectural and human recovery of the Spanish Jewish heritage. Different private and public initiatives aimed to develop tourism or marketing projects revolving around the “myth” of Sepharad will be
analyzed as case studies. Students will work on individual or group projects to explore into questions such as: How is Jewish heritage and history presented in Spain? What are the strategies and outcomes of such projects? What is the prevalent discourse in these cultural initiatives? How does the Spanish society face its Jewish cultural roots today?
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hispanic Studies | Course #: 51718 UPF | Open
The course approaches Spanish national cinema as well as transnational/foreign productions related, in a variety of ways, to Spanish culture. The goal is to show how both local and global films shape diverse visions of Spanish history, art and society while constructing inspiring dialogues with above mentioned areas of art/knowledge. Various interactions between cinema and canonic works of Spanish culture (Don Quixote, Don Juan, the paintings of Picasso) are contrasted and the relationship between films and Spanish history (Civil War, Columbus’s travels, Spanish transition) is examined. The diversity within Spanish society, representations of the current economic crisis, effects of globalization on both local cinema and real life are studied through the works of young authors (Lacuesta, Vermut). All cinematic examples are also used to analyze the concept of Spanish identity and stereotypes related to Hispanic culture.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hispanic Studies | Course #: 51719 UPF | Open
La asignatura busca desarrollar la competencia intercultural y transcultural del estudiante de espanol mejorando a la vez su nivel de comunicacion en espanol. Se examinaran los topicos, malentendidos culturales, estereotipos, prejuicios ligados a la cultura espanola desde la cultura propia de los estudiantes. Partiendo de ese analisis se persigue llegar a desarrollar la comunicacion intercultural y transcultural en espanol, de manera que con un conocimiento mas profundo de lo que supone la cultura espanola pero tambien su propia cultura, los estudiantes puedan tambien comunicarse mejor en espanol, entendiendo asi que la lengua y la cultura van unidas. Asimismo, para desarrollar dicha comunicacion se requiere ofrecer a los estudiantes herramientas linguisticas y discursivas que le permitan comprender y comunicarse interculturalmente en espanol en distintos ambitos tematicos donde se manifiestan topicos, estereotipos y prejuicios (la familia, el trabajo, la comida, el ocio, etc.)
Contact Hours: 45
6.0 Credits
Language | Course #: 51637 | Open
Students take a placement test upon arrival to determine their Spanish language level.
Contact Hours: 90
6.0 Credits
Language | Course #: 51638 | Open
Students take a placement test upon arrival to determine their Spanish language level.
Contact Hours: 90
6.0 Credits
Language | Course #: 51639 | Open
Students take a placement test upon arrival to determine their Spanish language level.
Contact Hours: 90
6.0 Credits
Language | Course #: 51640 | Open
Students take a placement test upon arrival to determine their Spanish language level.
Contact Hours: 90
6.0 Credits
Language | Course #: 51641 | Open
Students take a placement test upon arrival to determine their Spanish language level.
Contact Hours: 90
6.0 Credits
Language | Course #: 51642 | Open
Students take a placement test upon arrival to determine their Spanish language level.
Contact Hours: 90
6.0 Credits
Language | Course #: 51643 | Open
Students take a placement test upon arrival to determine their Spanish language level.
Contact Hours: 90
6.0 Credits
Language | Course #: 51644 | Open
Students take a placement test upon arrival to determine their Spanish language level.
Contact Hours: 90

International Business (ESCI)

3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51701 UPF | Open
Pre-requisite: Recommended prerequisite: Business Organization
Globalization has created new opportunities for businesses worldwide. This course is designed to prepare students to better analyze and understand the challenges and chances that companies face when expanding their activities internationally. Special attention will be placed upon the different tools and analytical skills available to and required for various specialized managerial roles when businesses are competing internationally.

The course is comprised of 3 segments:

The first is designed to offer students insight into the challenges posed by the international environment. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of differences in political economies and risks, as well as cultural and social heterogeneity among different countries. The second will focus on the analysis of global organizational structures and international strategies.
Finally, the third will deal with international management operations, with a particular focus on import and export strategies and financing. It will also examine some of the keys to global marketing and human resource management.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51702 UPF | Open
Pre-requisite: Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Economics (Microeconomics and Macroeconomics)
As markets are increasingly global, it is important to understand the implications of various scenarios for consumers, entrepreneurs and governments. This course will approach these issues from both a theoretical and empirical point of view. Specifically, the course is divided into two blocks:

In the first block students will analyze various trade models and policy instruments, as well as the behavior of "real economic variables."
In the second, they will explore topics related to international finance, such as the foreign exchange market, the international financial architecture, or the balance of payments and the relationship it bears to the forex market.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51703 UPF | Open
Pre-requisite: Recommended prerequisite: Finance
This course aims to provide students with a good understanding of the international financial markets and their impact on financial decisions and management at international firms. The course covers a range of topics related to the international monetary system, the foreign exchange and derivatives markets, the financing of international firms, foreign investment operations, and foreign exchange risk management.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51704 UPF | Open
Pre-requisite: Recommended prerequisite: Business Organization
This course aims to provide a comprehensive and integrated view of the European market. The course is structured into two sections:

The first offers a global view of Europe (historical background, evolution of the E.U., its institutional structure, and its domestic and foreign policies).
The second analyzes the European business environment, paying special attention to differences in managerial and consumer behavior in order to understand and identify economic, political, social, and cultural dimensions of the E.U. that might represent opportunities for business development in the region.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51705 UPF | Open
Pre-requisite: Recommended prerequisite: Business Organization
Worldwide accounting standards and principles (IFRS, US GAAP, etc.) are increasingly converging. The ability to build, read, understand and analyse
financial statements from companies in any country is an essential step before taking major business decisions. This course helps students master the vocabulary of financial statements and accounting reports and equips them with the skills to use these tools to communicate with internal and external interlocutors. It also focuses on how to measure corporate investments and considers the different finance resources that are currently available. The course covers several different areas:
After introducing the basic concepts of f inancial accounting, students analyse and interpret financial statements using different methods to assess company trends. Another important s k i l l is calculating the present and future value of money and understanding all the components of interest rates. These concepts will be essential for calculating rates of return and evaluating all the decisions in capital budgeting. Students will be able to manage corporate working capital and forecast financial
statements. From this information, they can estimate future cash flows and perform a company valuation.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51706 UPF | Open
Pre-requisite: Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Marketing
Neuro-marketing. Social Responsibility in Marketing. Last trends in giving services through innovation.

To be able to develop the marketing-mix strategy, define the brand extension as well as the communication strategies and distribution alternatives, striving to look towards the future and provide insights for a successful relationship with customers and clients.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51707 UPF | Open
Pre-requisite: Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Marketing
Key principles of how to design and plan marketing research. Relevant research designs for B2B and B2C sectors. Data transformation and analysis. New trends in marketing research. To be able to understand the critical details of modern marketing research. To introduce students to the practical tools they will be able to apply in real-life situations.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51711 UPF | Open
Pre-requisite: Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Marketing
The goal of this course is to use a variety of insights from the social psychology literature in order to understand how consumers behave and, particularly, the reasons behind such behavior. With this knowledge, students should be better equipped to answer important marketing questions such as how to boost product awareness or how to increase purchase intentions.

Strategic Consumer Insights is divided in two blocks:

1) In the first block, students will learn about perception, memory, motivation and personality. These topics have important marketing applications in the contexts of product awareness, product recall, and product attitude formation.

2) In the second block, students will learn about decision-making models and influence techniques. These topics have important marketing applications in the contexts of product choice and brand loyalty.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51722 UPF | Open
Pre-requisite: Advised Prerequisite: Introductory Economics
It is no secret that, since the aftermath of WWII, the international arena is increasingly becoming more and more interconnected. Among many other factors, the consequences of the war, the globalization of markets, the cross-border nature of the many challenges that threaten our societies and the speed of the technological development are all contributing to the emergence of scene in Economic Global Order.

In this context, a number of International Organizations and Institutions of all sorts have mushroomed worldwide to cope with this ever-increasing complexity. Moreover, even paradoxically, they have also contributed to make the network of actors and interests of Global Governance even more complex.

This course will basically focus on the economics and trade. As a result, it has a two-folded objective. Firstly, it aims at presenting the key issues and the most critical moments of the historical path to the current state of the art in Global Governance. Secondly, it aims at presenting the most relevant Institutions that deal with global economics and international trade, as well as the outcomes of the expected (and unexpected) outcomes of the current globalization (economic imbalances, transnational migrations, environmental concerns …). In so doing, attention will also be paved to specific empirical cases to illustrate the development of the international political economy trends since 1945.

Special attention will be paid to Institutions and phenomena, such as:

- The Bretton Woods System (WB, IMF and WTO)
- Regionalisms in Economic Global Governance (EU, ASEAN, Mercosur…)
- Growth and Imbalances in Global Order
- International migrations flows
- Environmental concerns for Economic Development

All in all, this course aims at providing the students with an overall perspective of the structure and dynamics of Economic Global Governance.
Contact Hours: 45

International Relations (IBEI)

3.0 Credits
Economics | Course #: 51693 UPF | Open
The course starts with an overview of economic globalization from a political, sociological and historical perspective, focusing on the aspects most relevant to international business. It outlines main globalization debates, such as the role of states and international institutions, economic development, and inequalities across and within countries. The second part of the course considers a set of international management topics examined in reference to the global context where firms operate: the political environment of international business, internationalization strategies, international strategic alliances, global marketing, global human resource management, global R&D management, and corporate social responsibility. Students learn to identify the challenges and opportunities that firms face operating internationally and the role of international business as a globalization driver. Many course readings are instructional case-studies on international management. Students write an international business case that covers the main course topics.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Relations | Course #: 51690 | Open
Pre-requisite: This course is taught in Spanish, so students must be language proficient.
Es realmente Espana una potencia media con presencia global, tal y como defienden los diplomaticos y politicos espanoles? O, por el contrario, ¿La crisis economica y financiera, que tanto ha afectado a los espanoles, ha sido tambien una causa de deterioro de la imagen de Espana en el exterior? El objetivo de este curso es profundizar en el papel de Espana en el mundo, desde la perspectiva de las Relaciones Internacionales, mediante los instrumentos de analisis de las politicas exteriores. La politica exterior de cualquier pais, y Espana no es una excepcion, se ha adaptado a los nuevos retos que el mundo plantea (globalizacion y regionalismo, pero tambien nuevas amenazas y conflictos). El papel de Espana en el mundo se puede analizar como un juego a tres niveles. En el nivel domestico, ya no es el Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores el unico actor de la politica exterior. Que papel juegan las regiones espanolas, las empresas o las ONGs en la configuracion de Espana como actor global? En el nivel regional, Espana es miembro de la UE desde hace casi treinta anos. Como esta la UE marcando la agenda exterior de Espana? Y, finalmente, en el nivel global, la actualidad nos hara reflexionar sobre Naciones Unidas. Que prioridades tiene Espana como miembro no permanente del Consejo de Seguridad durante el periodo 2015-16?
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Relations | Course #: 51713 UPF | Open
How similar is the European Union (EU) compared to other countries such as the United States? Do they play similar roles in the world? How internal (Brexit) and external events (Trump) may affect the very nature of the EU and its foreign policies? This course studies the EU and its external activities through the discussion of key issues on the EU agenda placing a comparative focus on the United States. The first part of the course analyzes the historical evolution of the European polity and the decision-making of its external action. It raises questions about the geographical and political limits of Europe, what are the main drivers of its integration and tackles the issue of Brexit. The second part of the course deals with a variety of challenges of globalization that the EU faces in world politics: trade liberalization,global warming, energy supplies or international migration are some of the issues that will be tackled separately in different sessions. Finally, the last part analyzes the relations between the EU and other states and world regions: from the neighborhood in Eastern Europe and the Middle East to the major global players such as the United States.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Relations | Course #: 51715 | Open


How do countries in Latin America relate with each other and with the rest of world? What institutional structures are used to promote regional cooperation and to participate in an increasingly interconnected world? This course engages students with the debates concerning the main dynamics of the Latin American international relations, with a focus on the last three decades but with attention to the legacies of earlier political, economic and social developments affecting the region. The course is structured around interactive lectures, student presentations, and class and group discussions.
Contact Hours: 45

Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)

3.0 Credits
Audiovisual Systems Engineering | Course #: 22645 | Open
Pre-requisite: Students should have a basic knowledge of circuit theory (i.e. Ohm’s law, Kirchhoff’s circuit laws, RC circuits charge and discharge equations, …) and an undergrad-level grasp of general physics (e.g. physics first year course in any engineering discipline). They should also have a basic understanding of signal theory (i.e. Fourier transform and sampling theory) and computer programming.
This elective course will deal with theoretical and practical aspects regarding the acquisition of numerical data and signals from nature by means of electronic sensors. The course aims three main teaching objectives: 1) to overview the fundamental features of measurement systems and the physical and electronic foundations of those systems, 2) to introduce the principles of design for electronic circuits capable of interfacing the electronic sensors to analog-to-digital converters and 3) to put in practice the above knowledge – and to get lab and hardware prototyping skills – by implementing electronic data acquisition systems.

It must be noted that this course emphasizes the relevance of hands-on lab work; both in grading and in effort the students will have to devote. In fact, an incidental goal of the course is to provide the students with practical knowledge and skills so that they are encouraged to carry out simple electronic hardware projects by themselves after the course. With this objective in mind, in the laboratory sessions it will be used one of the most popular microcontroller boards among electronic hobbyists: the Arduino Uno.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Biomedical Engineering | Course #: 22134 | Open
This course intends to give students a conceptual understanding of basic concepts in control theory and training with computer simulation of engineered systems, both biological (drug administration models, genetic circuits, predator/prey dynamics) and non-biological (coupled oscillators, vehicle steering, etc). Additionally, in the seminar sessions, they will be challenged to apply this thinking beyond textbook examples.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Biomedical Engineering | Course #: 22135 | Open
Pre-requisite: This course is focused on advanced computational methods applied to physiological systems. Therefore, it requires a strong backgound in mathematics, software tools, and human physiology. Recommended only for students majoring in Biomedical Engineering.
The main goal of the subject is to cover the most relevant computational steps in a patient-specific multi-scale modelling workflow, going from three dimensional patient-specific structural and functional information to personalized biophysical simulations that can help on better understanding the complexity of human systems. This information has a multi-scale nature across wide ranges of length (including genes, proteins, cells, tissues and organs) and time scales (from microseconds to human lifetime).

Multi-scale modelling of biological systems requires the development of mathematical and engineering tools that can describe in a realistic way the structure and function of the different components of the system and integrated them into a common reference at reasonable computational times. Some of these tools include images and signal processing algorithms, meshing, numerical techniques for solving ordinary and partial differential (ODE, PDE) systems of equations, high-performance computing and validation / verification tools, among others. In this subject the most common of these techniques available nowadays will be presented in lecture sessions. Application to particular human body systems will be the focus of seminars and lab sessions.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Biomedical Engineering | Course #: 22172 | Open
Pre-requisite: This course is designed for third year Biomedical Engineering majors. Not an introductory course.
The overall goal of the subject is to gain fundamental insights into brain function and structure from the perspective offered by a variety of neurophysiological measures. The different types of signals which will be considered in this course address the study of brain function at different scale levels, ranging from the single neuron level to the complete brain. Several methods will be studied, which specifically address the analysis of the different signal modalities considered for each level of description. Hands-on practical work will be central to this course and will provide students with opportunities to apply the methods under discussion.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Telematics Engineering | Course #: 21745 | Open
Pre-requisite: Students must have a basic knowledge of networking and an interest in Wireless networks.
In this course, students will be presented to of the most recent and upcoming technologies for multimedia wireless networks: VeryHigh Throughput WLANs (IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac), Wireless Networks in TV White Spaces, Wireless Sensor Networks and Machine2Machine Communications over LTE (Long Term Evolution).
Contact Hours: 45

Students select between the following two concentrations.

  • Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP): Students select from a variety of elective courses, including European history and politics, business, economics, media, journalism, Spanish language, literature, and Spanish cinema. Courses delve into the Spanish and Catalan perspective, and help students to understand the subjects through the local lens.
  • International Relations Program (IBEI): This unique program invites students to grapple with current issues in the spheres of politics and international security, and is designed for undergraduates majoring in international relations, political science, legal studies, humanities, economics, or journalism. Students are welcome to pair IBEI courses with history, culture, and Spanish language courses from the Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP).

Courses & Schedule
UPF Semester courses are generally offered Monday through Thursday. SAI students are free to enroll in any combination of elective courses, but prerequisites must be demonstrated through students’ transcripts. Students wishing to enroll in content courses in Spanish must be heritage speakers or have at least completed three semesters of college level Spanish.

Course Registration
As soon as the UPF semester schedule is confirmed, students are asked to complete a Course Approval form, which is used to specify first-choice and alternate-choice courses. Students choose classes based on a preliminary schedule that is subject to change. The final course days and times are published just ahead of the program start date.

Placement Tests
Students who register for Spanish Language courses and for courses taught in Spanish must complete a placement test upon arrival in Barcelona.


Pre-Departure Calendar
October 1 2017
Application Deadline
Applications accepted until October 15 as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
October 1 2017
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the date of acceptance.
October 15 2017
SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for an SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
November 15 2017
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until student loan disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
December 1 2017
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
December 1 2017
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
January 3 2018
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into El Prat Barcelona (BCN) airport. SAI airport pickup is provided between 10:00am and 3:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
January 4 2018
SAI Orientation
Mandatory SAI orientation is held at the SAI Barcelona office and introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
January 5 2018
Academic Orientation
UPF orientation provides details on academic policies, and allows students to meet one another and their professors.
January 8 2018
Spanish Placement Test & Classes Begin
Students enrolled in Spanish language courses complete the placement test.
March 22 2018
Final Exams End
March 23 2018
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
$300
Program Fee: 12 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$9,950
Program Fee: 15 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$10,375
Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
$1,000
Optional Visa Processing Service
Available for some jurisdictions.
$175
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
$85

*prices are subject to change

Note: certain SAI-affiliated US universities require specific payment arrangements. These may require that some fees are paid by the student directly to SAI, and other fees are paid to SAI by the affiliated university on behalf of the student. If you attend an SAI-affiliated university please contact your study abroad office or speak with your SAI Admissions Counselor for details.

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from Barcelona
$950 $1,200
Visa
Visa fees, paid to Consulate.
$160 $160
Books, Supplies & Course Fees $100 $200
Meals
Includes groceries and eating out.
$700 / month $1,000 / month
Personal Expenses $300 / month $350 / month
Transportation within Barcelona
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$100 / month $150 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI Signature Services Program; it includes our full services!

  • Program tuition and U.S. academic credit
  • Accommodation in carefully selected student housing
  • Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Cell phone rental with free incoming calls and texts while in host country
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI weekend excursion
  • Frequent SAI cultural activities and day trips
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid and loan processing
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI offers activities, at no extra cost, for students to get to know their community, city and country. Following is a sample of the activities included in this program. Please note that actual activities may differ.

Welcome Lunch
Students are welcomed to their new city over a traditional 3 course Spanish lunch to mingle and get to know each other.

Discovering Barcelona: Born walking tour and Picasso Museum
Students enjoy a walk through the old Born neighborhood, going back to the old Medieval times in Barcelona, and discover one of the jewels of the city: Santa Maria del Mar church, in pure 14th century Catalan Gothic style. The group finishes the tour at the famous Picasso Museum.

Gaudí Modernism Architecture Walking Tour
Students join a walking tour to visit some of the best-known works of the world-renowned Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí. The Gaudí Modernist tour begins with an appreciation of the exterior of the Sagrada Familia, then on to Casa Batllò and Casa Milà.

Volunteering in a Primary School
Students visit a local primary school to participate in English classroom activities with children between the ages of 3 and 12. This enriching activity is available for students to continue throughout their term if they wish.

Weekend Excursion to Seville
Students take a weekend trip to enjoy the beauty of the city of Seville, which represents the Southern Spanish way of life, in its purest and most intense form. Seville is known for its narrow, winding, medieval lanes and romantic hidden plazas, as well as for its two traditions: flamenco and bullfighting. Students explore the city, eat great food, see beautiful art, and take a fun bike tour.

The Spanish Family Experience
Semester students are invited to participate in a unique volunteer activity in Barcelona. Under the guidance of SAI’s on-site Program Coordinator, students are introduced to a local family with the goal of facilitating cultural exchange. Students typically meet with their “families” once a week and spend time chatting with the children in English, followed by a family dinner. This allows students to get a glimpse of family life in Barcelona and to create lasting friendships. Additional cultural enrichment activities include language exchanges with young locals (19 to 30 years old).

Dalí and Girona Day Trip
Students take a day trip to visit the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Salvador Dalí’s hometown of Figueres, followed by a visit to the beautiful capital city of the province: Girona. Girona has more than 2000 years of history, and its highlights include the old Jewish quarter, its historical fortified enclosures, as well as the Palanques Vermelles Bridge, built by the Eiffel Company in 1827.

Spanish Cooking Lesson
Students take a cooking lesson designed to teach typical Spanish (mostly Catalan) dishes that are easy to make again independently. Dishes are prepared according to the season and include appetizer, main course and dessert.

Castellers “Human Castles” Workshop
The origins of the Catalan tradition of building human towers, or “castles” as they are called in Catalan, date back to the 18th century. Small town groups (colles) compete around the tallest and strongest castles. Students join one of the groups (colles) of Barcelona, where they are invited to join a training session to discover how the spectacular “human castles” are created!

Sitges Beach Day
Students visit the town of Sitges, which is a paradise of sun, sea and mild temperatures year-round, and a venue for international film and music festivals. Beautiful views and long beaches make Sitges a wonderful day trip.

Montserrat & Cava Cellar Day Trip
Students take a day trip to Montserrat, a spectacularly beautiful Benedictine mountain retreat. Its unusual rock formations and its natural beauty have made it a Catalonian icon. Students take the cable train up the mountain to visit the monastery and wander the mountain paths, with amazing views of the Catalonian countryside. After this, students visit a Cava cellar where the prestigious sparkling wine is made and exported around the world.

Farewell Dinner
Students celebrate the end of a successful semester abroad and say their goodbyes over a delicious Spanish meal.

Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient, clean, and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (upgrade to private bedroom available). Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless internet. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.

Alternate Housing: Independent
Students seeking independent housing can do so, for a reduction in the SAI program fee. Please contact SAI for details.

Passports
Passports should be valid for 6 months after planned departure from Spain.

Student Visas
In accordance with Spanish law students studying in Spain for 90 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Those with Spanish/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for details on student visa requirements.

Students must appear in person at the Spanish Consulate to present their visa application. SAI is able to process visa applications (no trip to the Consulate required!) for students who live or attend school in some jurisdictions. Students who wish to use this optional service should contact SAI directly to confirm that they are eligible. All documentation must be submitted by October 1 in order to utilize this service.

For those who prefer to present their visa application in person, SAI provides student visa consulting at no cost.

About SAI

SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.