Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Spring Semester Elective 2021
12 - 15 credits

SAI semester students in UPF’s elective programs enroll in upper division courses in one of three concentrations: Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies (BaPIS), International Relations Program (IBEI), or International Business (ESCI). Students enroll in 4 or 5 courses for a total of 12 to 15 US credits. Courses are available in both English and Spanish. 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: now open
Closes: October 15, 2020
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after deadline as space permits

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (JPEG; passport style)
EU privacy consent form


  • See our revised cancellation policies due to Coronavirus here.
  • Study liberal arts, Spanish language and culture, business, or international relations.
  • No visa required!

Program Dates
BaPIS & IBEI: January 15, 2021 – March 26, 2021
ESCI: January 15, 2021 – March 26, 2021

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

Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies
International Business (ESCI)
International Relations (IBEI)
Spanish Language

Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies

3.0 Credits
Art History | Course #: 51607 | Open
This course provides a dynamic, multidisciplinary introduction to Contemporary Art in Spain which will cover the main art-related events, and also some political, historical, and cultural issues that might be relevant to understand the artistic production. Recent classics as well as emerging artists will be discussed, together with a wide range of artistic practices, from photography to afterpop music, including installation art, performance art and comic art.

Although the course offers several relevant keys for understanding Spain’s historical context and specific conditions, it also aims to offer a more general understanding of contemporary artistic strategies and topics. Lectures and class debates will be supplemented with four visits to art centers and exhibitions, which are of obligatory attendance.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Business Studies | Course #: 51804 | Open
Says author Yuval Harari, that the capacity to organize ourselves collectively through a fiction or an intangible or abstract concept agreement –such as money- is the singled-out most distinctive characteristic of humans beings vs other species. In the managerial sphere of brands, corporations and organizations of all sorts, the question today, is: Should money still be considered the most valuable asset? Will it disappear? What will it be replaced with? What is value and which are the values ruling our current-future society? Shifting paradigms are proposing new ideas and tools to face the now inevitable purpose of maintaining our own sustainability: both as organizations and as humans. In so, how do rising collective responses differ from the individualistic approaches of the last Century? In the challenge but also the opportunity of our times, what kind of world do we want to live in and how are we going to get there? Arguing the principle that brands operate in societies, not just markets, students of this course will be encouraged to have critical views and to openly participate in the ethics discussions behind examples show-casing how collective entities of all sorts are currently coping/adapting to new context reality and how the innovation challenges of a Post “non-entirely” human era, as well as those derived from our consciousness over the natural limits of our planetary resources, are transforming our way of life, our values scale of expectations and thus our companies and enterprises managerial practices.

The course in all will underpin examples of COLLECTIVENESS in the context of a ultra-highly CONNECTED society that can no longer solve the global challenges of the future, following individual strengths or singled-out efforts; following examples the innovation and knowledge transfer capabilities and responsibilities of in specific sectors/issues such as food and nutrition, architecture and living design, health and genomic sciences, fashion and responsible consumerism and production or travel and tourism and urban and global mobility, among others. The Collectivity Revolution is an account of the new paradigms of management and commerce across businesses and its communities, as a whole. The title of the course responds to a play-on-words between the terms Collective and Connection and the Revolutionary outcomes of its merging forces.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Communications | Course #: 51803 | Open
The birth of cinema transformed the way we understand artistic creation. Film is a mechanically reproduced artwork without the aura of uniqueness that characterizes classical pieces (Benjamin, 1935). It emerges as a mechanical extension of the human body, an artificial eye. Film production is also automated: it is a paradigm of creative industry (Howkins, 2001). In many ways, cinema appears at the intersection of the joint creative effort of human talent, industry, science & technology. This course will study various aspects of creativity and authorship in examples from Spanish cinematography. Early theoretical and practical approaches to filmic creation, the development of new artistic professions and creative labor organization in the film industry will be studied through Spanish silent cinema and the growth of CIFESA studios (1932-1961).

There will be an introduction to the debates over the status of film’s leading creators, looking at producers, directors, and writers from this period. The political dimension will be presented through the creative ways in which filmmakers eluded Franco’s censorship. Since the 1960s and the rise of modern cinema, the highly influential French auteur theory favors the director as a film’s main creator. The course will introduce Spanish auteurs from the modern period (Camus, Picazo) and present critiques of the director’s importance, implicit in works of postmodern filmmakers (Almodovar, Medem). The challenges faced by contemporary auteurs (Lacuesta, Sorogoyen) at the side of recent ideas sharply opposed to the auteur theory that consider films as a result of collective creation (Sellors, 2007) or the audience as a creative force (Mayne, 2002). The work of Spanish experimental filmmaking platforms like Authorless Cinema Collective, as well as the creative design of contemporary Spanish cinematography’s cultural policies and initiatives that foster female creativity will be considered. This course will also have a creative component: students will make short films as group projects.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Communications | Course #: 51806 | Open
Vivimos una epoca de creciente preocupacion por la desinformacion en la que es necesaria una mirada desde la etica a toda actividad relacionada con la informacion y la comunicacion. Preocupa principalmente la actividad de los medios de comunicacion y en especial del periodismo, pero debemos atender a todos aquellos ambitos desde los que se genera informacion: administraciones publicas, politica, economia, empresa, derecho, medicina, ciencia... La falta de verdad es un problema fundamental para una sociedad que se quiera democratica. En este curso pretendemos abordar esta preocupacion partiendo de una pregunta que busca problematizar la produccion de la comunicacion: “¿Que es noticia?”. Nos preocupan las ‘fake news’ o la ‘posverdad’, que podemos detectar en medios de comunicacion, mensajes politicos, economicos.

Pero para entrar a analizar de que hablamos cuando hablamos de noticias falsas o de manipulacion informativa, es necesario preguntarnos tambien que es verdad, y abordaremos algunos debates eticos al respecto. Las nociones de verdad y objetividad son esenciales en toda sociedad, existen formas muy diversas de desinformacion. En este curso trabajaremos de manera interdisciplinar; recurriremos, por ejemplo, al conocimiento que nos ofrecen diferentes disciplinas: la etica, la ciencia politica, la antropologia, el periodismo, la sociologia de los medios de comunicacion, la economia... Las noticias y los mensajes comunicativos que nos llegan son siempre una construccion y necesitamos entender como se construyen. La comunicacion cumple una funcion clave a la hora de establecer realidades compartidas, que nos permiten vivir como comunidad. Nuestra sociedad no puede existir sin comunicacion. Por eso mismo, es fundamental reflexionar sobre los discursos que se generan.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Environmental Studies | Course #: 51793 | Open
Archaeology has been expressing a growing interest in incorporating future-oriented perspectives and the use of the past in planning a better future. Concern for the issues associated with the Anthropocene debate is a clear example. Scientists have argued that the Anthropocene is a useful concept to denote the measurable impact of humanity on the planet. The study of the Anthropocene proposes a radical reassessment of the role of humanity in the world (past, present and future). How, then, does the Anthropocene concept change the archaeological understanding of human relations with the living environment, and with ecology in a broader sense?.

The course involves working on the connections between nature and human beings (socio-ecological dynamics) and the concept of the "entanglement" of societies (as seen through archaeological material), global climate change and environmental change, and our ability to measure and understand these changes.

This course will address the theoretical perspective of the Anthropocene and how archaeology can significantly contribute to this discussion, not only in terms of ideas and arguments, but also in terms arguments of the Anthropocene can be verified and evaluated. In addition, the course will address, across a broad disciplinary range, how archaeology can contribute to finding solutions to some of today’s most pressing problems and to designing more sustainable and resilient livelihoods.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Gender Studies | Course #: 51798 | Open
It was as recently as 1992 that a UN Committee (the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women) asserted that gender-based violence against women was a form of discrimination and a human rights violation and not just a private matter in which the State should not interfere. Since then, a number of instruments and mechanisms have been developed within the UN Human Rights System as well as in regional human rights protection systems to address such violence and, in recent years, to also include protection of other persons affected by gender-based violence, in particular, the LGBTIQ+ community.

For this purpose, the historic evolution that led to frame gender-based violence as a human rights violation and analyze the existing instruments and tools available at the international level (both UN and regional) to ensure that states adequately address gender-based violence against women and LGBTIQ+ individuals will be reviewed.

The course will focus on international binding instruments, including international conventions (both, general and specifically addressing gender-based violence) and jurisprudence from international courts, as well as non-binding instruments such as recommendations from specialized bodies and organs at the UN and regional levels. It will examine the existing mechanisms and procedures available at the regional and international levels for individual complaints or communications as well as for reports of wider situations of gender-based violence, and the developments to address gender-based violence in International Criminal Law, including the evolution in jurisprudence towards framing gender-based crimes as international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Gender Studies | Course #: 51802 | Open
This course will navigate the complex and mutating field of gay, lesbian, bisex, trans, intersex and queer studies, exploring its history and developement since its inception. The course explores non-hegemonic identities and gender and sexual diversity from many different perspectives: their criminalization, pathologization or their fights for equality and rights. Social, legal, historical, and cultural implications of sexuality, articulating academic and activist perspectives will provide a framework and a context.

Furthermore, to highlight the importance of understanding these topics as non-homogeneous and in an intersectional way students's contributions will be asked for in order to build up an intercultural dialogue based on their own perspectives and geographies. The course aims to establish a dialogue between different positions within society and cultural production (such as cinema, literature, poetry, theatre, etc.) so as to reflect on the implications of visibility for the community and for the different representations of such dissident sexualities and identities.

The assumption of stability of biological sex and the meaning and goals of gender expression will be subject to inquiry. Theoretical lectures, seminars and debates, critical workshops and field trips will be used to address in a critical manner the importance of (re)thinking our sexualities in a political and non-monolithic way.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Global 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
Global Studies | Course #: 51796 | Open
Although globalization and sustainability have become familiar terms, they are at cross purposes. The way globalization has been conducted with an emphasis on the economic sphere—international trade and cross-border investment flows, has created a series of crises that threaten the ethical values and beliefs of a sustainable society. The primary goal of a business is usually seen as making a profit, however, the path towards achieving this goal can, in many instances, create dilemmas regarding justice, equity and honesty.

Ethics goes beyond what is or is not legal as it is concerned with the ethical reflection of what represents right and wrong behavior in a complex, dynamic, and global environment. On this course we will discuss ethical approaches to global issues that are enhanced by the process of globalization and increasing multiculturalism, e.g. the environment, global citizenship & governance, poverty and inequality, peace and conflict, human rights, health and the effects of technology among others.

Because global issues are complex, this course is not about providing students with formulas for making decision-making easier; instead the ideas and frameworks introduced in this course are designed to actually make decision-making more difficult, but will help students to reason more effectively and develop their sense of responsible judgment.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Global Studies | Course #: 51799 | Open
This course builds on the idea that ethical-religious, philosophical, and scientific imagination is vitally important in the development of human societies. It focuses on key religious, ethical-political, and scientific innovative ideas that have revolutionized and shaped society from antiquity to modern times. The course deals not only with understanding the context of the emergence of these ideas, but also their impact on the contemporary world and mentality. It will begin with the Axial Age (Karl Jaspers), characterized by a series of ethical-religious, scientific and philosophical innovations from China to Ancient Greece, and move chronologically to the Renaissance, Enlightenment and the current digital and robot revolution.

The substantive and methodological approach is not Eurocentric and reductionist, but rather global and interdisciplinary. The course adopts a problem-solving approach based on understanding why and how new and creative ideas - from Buddhism and monotheism to Marxist materialism, genetical engineering and quantum physics - answer different types of challenges and queries - existential, epistemic, or ethical-political. The classes are structured through lectures and open discussions based on texts and videos/documentaries. The emphasis is on discussing primary sources (e.g. texts by Confucius, I. Newton, Ch. Darwin, S. Freud, A. Einstein) and relevant videos/documentaries, with the aim of understanding revolutionary ideas, their relevance and their long-standing influence on current practices and societies.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Healthcare Studies | Course #: 51797 | Open
This course will provide an historical perspective between medical practice and Biomedical Science and human societies, and will look at how these two areas feed into each other, leading to an increased lifespan of all human populations as well as to the eradication and irruption of new diseases. The course begins with medical practice through the ages and progresses to cover the current medical challenges of a global world and how scientific discoveries since the second half of the 20th Century have shaped medicine.

We will address the technical, ethical, and socio-economic challenges of today’s societies, which have shaped their evolution, including the current COVID-19 pandemic and the different approaches adopted by different countries. The rise of genetic and regenerative medicine, and the possibility of treating patients on a personalized basis, represent a new challenge, which will force dramatic changes in how we conceive the broader aspects of medicine, from biomedical research to the regulatory matters and economic aspects of healthcare (biotechnological companies, Big Pharma).
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
History | 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
History | Course #: 51805 | Open
The course proposes an itinerary through he rich cultural heritage of Hispanic Jews to present day along with interpretative elements to understand the recovery of that heritage and to manage it by analyzing the history of the Jewish people in the Hispanic lands and the interrelations, connections and influences between the Hispanic societies and Judaism, from the Middle Ages to present day. This is a course of history with a distinct interdisciplinary approach. A general contextual overview and an itinerary through the history of the Jews in Spain frame the discussions to follow.

The aim is to delve around a series of selected themes to better understand the boundaries between Spanish Jews and Spanish gentiles from multiple perspectives and across time. Based on the in-class commentary and analysis of primary sources, film debates and case studies, specific topics will be examined: the perception of the self and the perception of the other; the shaping of a Jewish identity in the Hispanic lands versus the creation of the Sephardic cultural construct; the representations of Jews and Judaism; the role played by archetypes in the views on Judaism and Spanish anti-Semitism; and in Modern and contemporary times, the reconfiguration of Jewish identity from Modern Crypto-Judaism to the rising phenomenon of the Sephardic Benei Anusim.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Legal Studies | Course #: 51801 | Open
The course aims to give the students a general overview of the core legal institutions, while introducing the students to the main legal problems attached to the new technologies. The reading assignments and the classroom discussions will illustrate how technology changes traditional legal concepts and the way in which the legal rules are applied. A basic introduction to contracts, property, torts from a comparative perspective will be followed by an explanation of the relevant technologies and their implications in the legal understanding of the core legal topics.

In addition, the course will focus on the current trends of the harmonization process in order to give a common response to technology challenges providing a general overview of the problems arising from the interaction between technology and the law. The general legal analysis of contracts, torts and property will be applied to the challenges posed by smart and relational contracts, the interaction between big data and competition law, the internet of things and the application of products liability and insurance to fully automated devices. Sharing and collaborative economy formulas will also be analyzed in the course.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Life Sciences | Course #: 51794 | Open
This course focuses on a solid dialogue between Neurosciences and Humanities by posing crucial questions on sight and aesthetics. If “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, what is behind the eye of the beholder? Why certain technical breakthroughs are so efficient? Are there inescapable rules of Art? Does biology condition what we can experience as art? Does it condition Art and Music? Can we gather reliable knowledge? Are we prone to believe? Why is Science counterintuitive? What is in our genes and what in our environment? Is the Nature vs. Nurture question a false problem?.

The course attempts to frame the above questions into the current scientific knowledge of the brain. We analyze how sensory systems build up a representation of the world, focusing on vision and audition in connection to painting and music. This leads to a general discussion on the “perceptual rules of art”, aesthetic universals and Beauty. It continues with the question of the foundations of knowledge, the limits of knowledge and the evolutionary roots of belief, linking neurosciences with long lasting obsession in Western philosophy: the grounds of knowledge. Finally, a discussion on the so-called “critical periods” of sensory development and the question of nature and nurture as framed by current biological evidence is carried out as conclusion.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Life Sciences | Course #: 51795 | Open
Our brain is the main source of our creativity and, in general, our ability to interact with the world. Major scientific efforts have been made in the last century to understand the mechanisms underlying its operation. These endeavors have revealed an astonishing degree of complexity, involving billions of specialized neurons communicating with each other through trillions of plastic connections. But is that level of complexity necessary for a brain to function?

This course will explore the brain’s minimal requirements, building on both our knowledge of simple organisms such as bacteria and worms, and our age-old attempts to build artificial intelligence systems. We will review the history of artificial intelligence and neuroscience, focusing on the connections that the two fields have had, on and off, over the years. Following the classic maxim of Richard Feynman, "what I cannot create I do not understand," we will work in teams to attempt to build the simplest possible brain out of interacting components.

The course has no prerequisites, since the lectures will be accessible to students of all disciplines, including non-science students, and the practical work will be undertaken by multidisciplinary teams, in which students will support each other and cross-fertilize using their respective backgrounds. The goal is thus to bring together a healthy mix of students from sciences, engineering, and the humanities.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Political Science | Course #: 51800 | 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.
El curso presenta y estudia las principales iniciativas de transformacion e innovacion en los modelos de diseno y presentacion de programas publicos que a dia de hoy se estan desarrollando en el mundo. El uso de la inteligencia artificial y la introduccion de modelos disruptivos de data governance esta cambiando los paradigmas sobre la forma de afrontar la gestión pública y la relación que se establece entre la ciudadanía y la esfera publica. Esto nos da la oportunidad de replantear de forma creativa los modelos de gobernanza y en especial, aquellos que presentan un impacto mas proximo al ciudadano, de ahi el enfasis del curso en la perspectiva urbana. La perspectiva analitica del curso combina los siguientes enfoques de una forma transversal: ciencia politica, filosofia, etica, psicologia social, ingenieria y economia.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Statistics | Course #: 51792 | Open
Analytics focuses on transforming data into insights by applying advanced analytical methods, based on mathematics, statistics and artificial intelligence models and algorithms to improve the performance of an organization. On this course, key topics and issues in Analytics will be presented and discussed with a focus on their applications in social, healthcare, sustainable and humanitarian organizations.

In the first part of the course, the analytic tools and methodologies will be introduced. In the second part, case studies from humanitarian, social, healthcare and environmental organizations (such as NGO humanitarian organizations, social care organizations, public services, hospitals or primary healthcare institutions) will be presented and discussed. Examples are: home healthcare logistics and scheduling; planning disaster response and preparedness for improved decision-making; locations of primary healthcare centers, or schools; planning humanitarian aid distribution; planning sustainable transportation; etc.
Contact Hours: 45

International Business (ESCI)

3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51701 | 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 | Open
Pre-requisite: 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 | Open
Pre-requisite: Accounting, Financial Management. Not compatible with 40110.
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 | Open
Pre-requisite: 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 | Open
Pre-requisite: Accounting
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 #: 51706 | Open
Pre-requisite: 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 | 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 | 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 | 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
3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51729 | Open
Pre-requisite: Corporate finance. Not compatible with 40110.
Financial risks: currency risk exposure, interest rate risk, price volatility risk, among others. Hedging financial risk with varios risk management concepts, tools and techniques held by the derivative products: Futures, Forwards, Options and Swaps.

Discussion on the design and implementation of risk management practices. Realize and understand various state-of-the art risk management theories and practices (such as loss control, loss financing, and internal risk reduction mechanisms) as well as their advancement in the future.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51731 | Open
Pre-requisite: Marketing management
The strategic role of branding. Designing an effective brand strategy. Developing a brand value proposition that engages customers. Brand architecture and dynamics (brand porfolios, brand repositioning brand extensions and cobranding). Building lifestyle and premium brands. Brand ethics and social responsibility.

Building enduring brands in competitive markets and creation of market value. Developing managerial perspective regarding strategic brand management in a global framework
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51746 | Open
Pre-requisite: Business organization
Concepts and tools of intercultural communication and cross cultural management that make sense of a globalizing word: Multiculturalism and inter-culturalism, diversity and super-diversity in the business environment. Culture convergence and cross-cultural connections.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51752 | Open
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Marketing. Not compatible with 40204.
Perception, memory, motivation and personality and their marketing applications in the contexts of product awareness, product recall, and product attitude formation. Decision-making models and influence techniques and marketing applications in the contexts of product choice and brand loyalty.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Business | Course #: 51785 | Open
Distinguish, choose and apply the main assessment methodologies, improvement and environmental communication of products and services. Assess the internalization of sustainability in businesses
Contact Hours: 45

International Relations (IBEI)

3.0 Credits
Economics | Course #: 51693 | 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 #: 51672 | Open
The course is structured in two blocks. The first one introduces the United Nations, its goals, its main bodies and its decision-making process as a starting point. It then focuses on the UN architecture as a decisive international actor regarding international peace and security by analyzing: the UN institutional framework that deals with these issues (the UN Security Council, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the Department of Political Affairs, etc.); relevant aspects of the UN Charter in relation to this topic (Chapters VI and VII); and the historical evolution of how the UN has coped with peace and security issues. The second block explores one of the main tools the United Nations applies to maintain peace and security: the UN Peace Operations. This is done by focusing on theoretical debates that have shaped the missions over the time, by examining their evolution in nature and scope and by grasping historical examples (Sierra Leone, Haiti, Burundi, Timor-Leste, Afghanistan, etc...).
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Relations | Course #: 51713 | 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 #: 51732 | Open
How do individual citizens, organized groups, and political parties react to the internationalization of economic activity? Who promotes it and who fights against it? Who is more likely to be successful and who is more likely to fail in the pursuit of their goals? To answer these questions this course offers a historical introduction to international political economy. It is organized around three main sections. First, we present the most important theories and methods used to learn about the politics of international economics. Second, we use the theories and methods covered in the first section to review major developments in international economic relations from the 1860s to today. We focus mostly on three areas: international trade, international monetary relations, and international migration flows. Finally, we conduct original research, aiming to produce altogether new knowledge about the politics surrounding international economic developments.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Relations | Course #: 51733 | Open
This course offers insights into understanding of foreign policy of so-called modern autocracies – China and Russia. Both states are located in Eurasia. They have overlapping interests, competing goals, and they face sometimes similar external challenges (such as, for example, democratic diffusion). The course offers insights into strategy of foreign policy of both states, contrasting and comparing their geopolitical battles. The course is structured in the following way: (1) theory of foreign policy analysis; (2) historical legacies in foreign policy of China and Russia; (3) goals and challenges of foreign policies of two states; (4) shared geopolitical space (struggle over the dominance in Central Asia); (5) impact and implications of their foreign policies.

The topics above will be discussed within the context of specific case-studies during the period of 1991-2018. This course examines comparatively the development of foreign policy of China and Russia over the last 30 years accounting for the presence of historical legacies and changing externalities. The course will focus on specific challenges faced by both states, such as, for example, democracy promotion (e.g., the enlargement of the EU in early 2000s). It will look at how both states deal with these challenges. Moreover, the course will focus on the analysis of the strategies employed by China and Russia in terms of their own cooperation as well as competition over geopolitical space.
Contact Hours: 45

Spanish Language

6.0 Credits
Spanish | Course #: 51637 | Open
Students take a placement test upon arrival to determine their Spanish language level.
Contact Hours: 90
6.0 Credits
Spanish | Course #: 51638 | Open
Students take a placement test upon arrival to determine their Spanish language level.
Contact Hours: 90
6.0 Credits
Spanish | Course #: 51639 | Open
Students take a placement test upon arrival to determine their Spanish language level.
Contact Hours: 90
6.0 Credits
Spanish | Course #: 51640 | Open
Students take a placement test upon arrival to determine their Spanish language level.
Contact Hours: 90
6.0 Credits
Spanish | Course #: 51641 | Open
Students take a placement test upon arrival to determine their Spanish language level.
Contact Hours: 90
6.0 Credits
Spanish | Course #: 51642 | Open
Students take a placement test upon arrival to determine their Spanish language level.
Contact Hours: 90

Global Leadership Certificate
Students can supplement a regular semester of studies with the SAI Global Leadership Certificate (GLC), designed to enrich students’ experiences and to acknowledge their academic and service work by providing an additional credential beyond a university transcript. Students enrolled in the Global Leadership Certificate program broaden their awareness of global issues and deepen their knowledge of the host community’s role in an increasingly interconnected world through exploration of research, engagement in community service and interaction with experts and leaders. Students interested in applying for the GLC should select the program at application. Your Admissions Counselor will help guide you through the process of selecting GLC-approved courses at the time of registration.

Semester students at UPF select from the following concentrations:

  • Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies (BaPIS): BaPIS brings together students from a variety of majors, nationalities, and backgrounds.  By breaking down the barriers between knowledge areas, BaPIS encourages an interdisciplinary approach. With its hands-on approach and combination of STEM disciplines, Communication, Humanities and Social Sciences, BaPIS provides a unique environment for developing intellectual tools to address today’s most pressing challenges.
  • International Relations Program (IBEI): This elective 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 Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies (BaPIS).
  • International Business Program (ESCI): This program is aimed at undergraduate business students who wish to acquire an international perspective and a better understanding of the management practices needed to compete in the global economy. The program offers insight into international business from a multicultural perspective and helps students to improve their professional qualifications. ESCI students select their preferred core courses from UPF’s International Business programs, and may also add electives from the BaPIS program.

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. SAI’s Barcelona Admissions Counselor will help guide students through this process. 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 15 2020
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
November 1 2020
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 deposit payment date.
November 15 2020
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
December 1 2020
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
January 15 2021
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 16 2021
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.
Coming soon
Academic Orientation & Spanish Placement Test
UPF orientation provides details on academic policies, and allows students to meet one another and their professors. Students enrolled in Spanish language courses also complete the placement test.
January 18 2021
Classes Begin
March 25 2021
Final Exams End
March 26 2021
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 $120
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
Program Fee: 12 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
Program Fee: 15 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
Optional / Additional Fees:  
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
International Mailing Supplement
When applicable, students are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.

*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 $1,500
Books, Supplies & Course Fees $100 / course $200 / course
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 360° 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
  • Welcome reception and events
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • SAI Viva Experience: cultural events and activities
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Access to and assistance with international cell phone plans
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support
  • Farewell event with all students

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • 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 processing
  • Need-based SAI scholarships
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI offers all students the Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities, at no extra cost, for participants 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: Scavenger Hunt
Students attempt to solve questions with a team with the aid of a map and road book. In the course of the activity, they will discover various jewels of the city including the Sagrada Familia, the Casa Batlló, the Cathedral of Barcelona, and the old quarter while learning how take the metro and the bus. There will be prizes for the winners!

Virtual Finding Your Feet Workshop
Meet with a local counselor who will shares tips for adjusting to life in a new culture.

The Spanish Family Experience
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.

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.

Poblenou Neighborhood Tour
This ex-industrial district has transformed into a hub for creativity and technology in recent years. Students visit this fascinating neighborhood that has with its personality outlined by charming smokestacks that are scattered throughout the area. Discover old factories that have been converted into galleries and studios and communication and technology companies that have based their headquarters in the 22@ district. There will also be a stop at the Encants flea market!

Cultural Workshop: Navigating the Spanish Culture
Through this workshop students will learn the habits (European differences), traditions, food and language tips.

Visit the Bunkers of Carmel
A visit to one of the most astonishing viewpoints in Barcelona. These anti-aircraft batteries from the Spanish Civil War have become a popular spot amongst locals and visitors.

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 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.

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

Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (option to upgrade to private bedroom). 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. Housing assignments are single gender; other housing configurations may be available under limited circumstances. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.

Please note: in Spring 2021, we are able to offer private bedroom upgrades at a significantly reduced cost. It is important to us that this option be available to any students who feel they need it due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Passports should be valid for at least 4 months after planned return from Spain.

Student Visas
In accordance with Spanish law US students studying in Spain for 91 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Those with Spanish/EU citizenship are exempted. Because the Spring 2021 term at UPF runs for fewer than 91 days, students attending this program are not required to obtain a visa. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for details on student visa requirements.

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.