Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Summer 6 weeks I 2018
6 - 9 credits

Visiting students in UPF’s 6 week summer program select 2 or 3 courses for a total of 6 or 9 credits from an array of elective courses. Most courses are taught in English, with some options in Spanish. Courses are offered in Communication, Economics, Humanities, Political Science, and Spanish Language.

Application Deadline
April 15, 2018
Apps accepted 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)


  • Summer classes available in English or Spanish.
  • Study Spanish history and culture at the crossroads of the Mediterranean.

Program Dates
June 19, 2018 – July 28, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: Sophomore (2nd year) or above.

Cumulative GPA:* 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP)
Political Science
Spanish Language


3.0 Credits
Communication | Course #: 200809 | Open
The course analyses the categories, political, social, anthropological or aesthetic, at work in the idea of Spanish "typicality", a "Spanish-ness" or "espanolidad", in the realms of visual and material culture and in the arts. Its goal is a critical reflection on the notion of what denotes (or qualifies) in an object, an attitude, an artifact, a work of art, a piece of literature the condition of being "Spanish". The point of departure is a critical deconstruction of the "Spanish" topic at different moments in history (basically modern and contemporary times), and not an essentialist interpretation of a presumed cultural and anthropological "identity" of Spain. The course would address questions such as: how has "Spanish-ness" been fabricated historically in Spain and outside? How does it function symbolically at different levels and times? Which is it its efficacy in the political discourse? How does it relate to exoticism and primitivism, violence, devotion, solidarity, heroism etc.? Main areas considered in this course are advertising and design.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Communication | Course #: 200811 | Open
The goal of this seminar is to provide the student with a basic, but professional, level of knowledge of documentary film making. Special attention will be given to the successful renewal of the Spanish -and in special cases, the Catalan- film scene in the last 15 years. The seminar includes a practical exercise where the student can discover his particular way of seeing Spanish reality. The seminar consists in theoretical and practical lessons. During six weeks (three days per week; each class meeting for three hours) students and the tutor Ricardo Iscar will meet and discuss ideas and the situation of the contemporary documentaries.
Contact Hours: 46


3.0 Credits
Economics | Course #: 200926 | Open
Pre-requisite: Students must have previously taken an Intro to Statistics.
Over the recent years, R has become the leading software tool for statistical computing and graphics. The software is greatly enhanced by numerous contributed packages submitted by users. The majority of computing in the leading applied statistical journals is done in R, and R is used almost exclusively in some of the leading-edge applications, such as in genetics and data mining. The purpose of this course is to set a foundation for full exploitation and creative use of the statistical language for computing and graphics R. The course will introduce students to the syntax and inner workings of R, to become proficient in everyday computational tasks with datasets of all kinds, skilled in applications of elementary statistical methods, with emphasis on (initial) data exploration and simple graphics. Focus will also be placed on opportunities to enhance the learning experience in other statistical courses by illustrating and applying basic statistical concepts in R.
Contact Hours: 45

Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP)

3.0 Credits
Hispanic Studies | Course #: 51609 | 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, Jose Luis Guerin, Pilar Miro, Isabel Coixet, Iciar Bollain, Judith Colell, etc.
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Humanities | Course #: 200813 | Open
The cultural history of the city as a reflection of the cultural history of contemporary Spain, from the anarchist city to the cosmopolitan capital with international outreach. Focusing on the last two centuries and from a sociological/anthropological point of view, the course will analyze the Barcelona society and its most recent political history through its conflicts and cultural influences. Interviews and on-site visits are foreseen to grasp the testimonies of relevant stakeholders. The course has an interdisciplinary approach at the intersection of Urban Studies, Catalan History, Hispanic Studies, Cultural Studies, and Anthropology.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Humanities | Course #: 59007 | Open
This course studies current artistic practices in Spain, mainly performance, video creation, creative actions, media and net art, music, and photography and their interrelation with other aesthetic practices. The course combines a theoretical approach and the direct contact with visits to museums, galleries, theaters and others.
Contact Hours: 45

Political Science

3.0 Credits
Political Science | Course #: 200807 | Open
This course is designed to give an overview of fundamental issues in the study of Spanish Politics. The course core is the study of the nature and functioning of the Spanish democratic system installed since the middle of the seventies, paying special attention to the its political processes, institutions, actors, political culture and electoral behavior. At the beginning of the course studying the previous Spanish democratic experience (1931-1936), its collapse (1936-1939), the dictatorial rule under by Franco and the Spanish transition to democracy (1975-1978) which has strongly influenced the current features of the Spanish political system.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Political Science | Course #: 200808 | Open
This course aims at providing historical and critical tools for the understanding of the construction and integration processes of the European Union and its successive enlargements from the 1970's to the fall of communism. It studies the basic structure and the institutions of the EU today and its decision and policy making processes. Central to the course will be the issue of the EU in front of current and future challenges in a globalized world, for example: economic and financial crisis, global power balance and world influence, next steps in economic and political integration.
Contact Hours: 45

Spanish Language

3.0 Credits
Spanish | Course #: 200702 | Open
Pre-requisite: Placement test required.
El curso de nivel inicial corresponde al nivel A2 del Marco Comon Europeo de Referencia (MCER). Dicho curso consta de 45 horas lectivas repartidas a lo largo de 6 semanas, en sesiones de clase de 2 horas, de lunes a jueves.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Spanish | Course #: 200704 | Open
Pre-requisite: Placement test required.
El curso de nivel inicial corresponde al nivel B2 del Marco Comun Europeo de Referencia (MCER). Dicho curso consta de 45 horas lectivas repartidas a lo largo de 6 semanas, en sesiones de clase de 2 horas, de lunes a jueves.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Spanish | Course #: 200734 | Open
Pre-requisite: Placement test required.
El curso de nivel inicial corresponde al nivel C1 del Marco Comun Europeo de Referencia (MCER). Dicho curso consta de 45 horas lectivas repartidas a lo largo de 6 semanas, en sesiones de clase de 2 horas, de lunes a jueves.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Spanish | Course #: 200845 | Open
Pre-requisite: Placement test.
El curso de nivel inicial corresponde al nivel A1 del Marco Comun Europeo de Referencia (MCER). Dicho curso consta de 45 horas lectivas repartidas a lo largo de 6 semanas, en sesiones de clase de 2 horas, de lunes a jueves.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Spanish | Course #: 59017 | Open
Pre-requisite: Placement test required.
El curso de nivel inicial corresponde al nivel B1 del Marco Comun Europeo de Referencia (MCER). Dicho curso consta de 45 horas lectivas repartidas a lo largo de 6 semanas, en sesiones de clase de 2 horas, de lunes a jueves.
Contact Hours: 45

Courses & Schedule
UPF summer courses run Monday – Thursday. Students choose classes based on a preliminary schedule and the final course days and times are published just ahead of the program start date. 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
After students are accepted into the program they are asked to fill out a Course Approval Form with their first-choice and alternate-choice courses. This form must be signed by the student’s home school Academic Advisor.

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
April 15 2018
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)
March 15 2018
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.
March 21 2018
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.
April 20 2018
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.
April 20 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
May 15 2018
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
June 19 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.
June 20 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.
June 21 – 22 2018
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.
June 25 2018
Classes Begin
July 27 2018
Classes End
July 28 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.
Program Fee: 6 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
Program Fee: 9 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature 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
Students residing outside the U.S. 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 $1,200
Books, Supplies & Course Fees $50 / course $100 / 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 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
  • 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 & Walking Tour
Students are welcomed to their new city over a traditional 3 course Spanish lunch to mingle and get to know each other. Following lunch, students take a walking tour to visit several of Barcelona’s most famous Modernism buildings.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Student Visas
In accordance with Spanish law U.S. students studying in Spain for less than 90 days are not required to obtain a student visa. Therefore all U.S. students do not require a student visa for this program. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information 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.