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We invite you to study abroad with API in beautiful Barcelona at the prestigious Universitat Pompeu Fabra! This exciting program offers you the opportunity to enroll in a wide array of courses across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, including business, communications, humanities, social sciences, and more!

Earn valuable academic credit from one of Spain's top universities, enroll in classes alongside students from Spain and around the world, experience life in one of Europe's most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities, and explore all that Spain has to offer!

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Excursions

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Tutoring

Housing (including meals and laundry with host families)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to juniors and seniors
  • Open to advanced and superior-level Spanish speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Additional application forms (including a housing form, a course form, and visa form)
  • One (electronic) passport-sized photo
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall Sep 19, 2022 - Dec 23, 2022 $12,800 Apr 15, 2022 No Extension Jun 15, 2022
Academic Year Sep 19, 2022 - Apr 2, 2023 $24,450 Apr 15, 2022 No Extension Jun 15, 2022
Spring Jan, 2023 - Apr, 2023 $12,800 Oct 1, 2022 Oct 10, 2022 Nov 1, 2022

*Students who complete their applications by the priority deadline will be registered for classes and assigned API housing first. As such, students applying early have a better chance of getting their desired courses and their first-choice housing assignment.

API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Barcelona programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Costa Brava: Art and Adventure

    Costa Brava is a coastal area northeast of Barcelona, famous for its cliffs and rocky beaches. This region was also the homeland of the Spanish surrealist artists Salvador Dalí. Students will visit a village on the seafront and afterwards will participate in an adventurous activity.

  • Gastronomy and the Mediterranean Sea

    Delta del Llobregat is the area placed between Montjüic and Garraf, a natural environment outside the noise of Barcelona. Close to the delta there are coastal villages such as Castelldefels and El Prat del Llobregat. In one of these villages students will have the chance to taste a traditional Catalan meal.

  • La Garrotxa: Discovering the Rural Catalunya

    La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park is a protected territory in the Iberian Peninsula with around 40 volcanic cones and more than 20 lava flows. The villages of Castellfollit de la Roca and Santa Pau and the stunning beech tree forest of La Fageda d’en Jordà are some of the breathtaking, scenic places students will discover to fully appreciate the rural part of Catalunya outside the urban area of Barcelona.

  • Costa Brava: Art and Adventure

    Costa Brava is a coastal area northeast of Barcelona, famous for its cliffs and rocky beaches. This region was also the homeland of the Spanish surrealist artists Salvador Dalí. Students will visit a village on the seafront and afterwards will participate in an adventurous activity.

  • La Garrotxa: Discovering the Rural Catalunya

    La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park is a protected territory in the Iberian Peninsula with around 40 volcanic cones and more than 20 lava flows. The villages of Castellfollit de la Roca and Santa Pau and the stunning beech tree forest of La Fageda d’en Jordà are some of the breathtaking, scenic places students will discover to fully appreciate the rural part of Catalunya outside the urban area of Barcelona.

  • Gastronomy and the Mediterranean Sea

    Delta del Llobregat is the area placed between Montjüic and Garraf, a natural environment outside the noise of Barcelona. Close to the delta there are coastal villages such as Castelldefels and El Prat del Llobregat. In one of these villages students will have the chance to taste a traditional Catalan meal.

  • Girona and Costa Brava

    Girona is a jewel of culture and history acquired over 2,000 years. The medieval town is surrounded by a magnificent wall, which is preserved almost in its entirety. The Jewish quarter, known as the “Call”, spreads out in a maze of small, narrow, and often steeply sloping streets. After the historical visit, students will stop in Costa Brava to discover the beauty of the Mediterranean sea.

  • Montseny Hidden Corners

    Montseny Natural Park is known for the beauty of its scenery but also for the rich local gastronomy. Ideal for an easy hike, it’s the perfect countryside day trip from Barcelona. Students will discover Catalunya off the beaten path, and from a local perspective, enjoying the landscape and the cuisine of this area.

  • Reus and Gaudí

    Reus is a town located in the province of Tarragona, a little more than an hour away from Barcelona. Its city center is awash with gorgeous modernist architecture. Although the town’s main claim to fame is being the home town of Gaudí, it has heaps more to offer than this alone. In parts of the center, beautiful buildings are so abundant that it seems there is a stunning edifice to behold around every corner. The town also has that wonderful feeling of being protected by the mountains, but with the sea only a short distance away. If that wasn’t enough, Reus is also one of the cradles of vermouth!

  • Winery and Calçotada

    El Penedès is one of Spain’s richest regions both in historical and gastronomical terms. Sant Sadurní d’Anoia is the center of production of cava (sparkling wine). Students will discover a place of stunning beauty and culture in a vineyard built by “Modernista” architects. Calçotada is an annual gastronomical celebration held only in winter time.

  • Girona and Costa Brava

    Girona is a jewel of culture and history acquired over 2,000 years. The medieval town is surrounded by a magnificent wall, which is preserved almost in its entirety. The Jewish quarter, known as the “Call”, spreads out in a maze of small, narrow, and often steeply sloping streets. After the historical visit, students will stop in Costa Brava to discover the beauty of the Mediterranean sea.

  • Montseny Hidden Corners

    Montseny Natural Park is known for the beauty of its scenery but also for the rich local gastronomy. Ideal for an easy hike, it’s the perfect countryside day trip from Barcelona. Students will discover Catalunya off the beaten path, and from a local perspective, enjoying the landscape and the cuisine of this area.

  • Reus and Gaudí

    Reus is a town located in the province of Tarragona, a little more than an hour away from Barcelona. Its city center is awash with gorgeous modernist architecture. Although the town’s main claim to fame is being the home town of Gaudí, it has heaps more to offer than this alone. In parts of the center, beautiful buildings are so abundant that it seems there is a stunning edifice to behold around every corner. The town also has that wonderful feeling of being protected by the mountains, but with the sea only a short distance away. If that wasn’t enough, Reus is also one of the cradles of vermouth!

  • Winery and Calçotada

    El Penedès is one of Spain’s richest regions both in historical and gastronomical terms. Sant Sadurní d’Anoia is the center of production of cava (sparkling wine). Students will discover a place of stunning beauty and culture in a vineyard built by “Modernista” architects. Calçotada is an annual gastronomical celebration held only in winter time.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 U.S. semester credits

Advanced and superior-level Spanish speakers can enroll in advanced language courses, as well as a wide variety of course offerings in other disciplines. The language course is equivalent to 6 U.S. semester credits, whereas elective courses are typically equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits. Many courses with other international students are available, but all students must select at least one course with Spaniards. Students are welcome to complete up to 15 credits per semester and can add additional courses for an extra fee.

Students must have completed at least one upper-division course of college-level Spanish or have the equivalent linguistic competency for admission. Students complete a placement exam upon arrival and are placed into a Spanish course based on the results of that exam.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students will receive a transcript from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra upon completion of their program.

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COURSE OFFERINGS

CLASSES WITH SPANIARDS

Students enroll directly in at least 1 course with Spanish students. Most courses are conducted in Spanish.

COURSES AVAILABLE FROM THE FOLLOWING FACULTIES AT UPF

  • Faculty of Communication
  • Faculty of Economic and Business Science (Classes in this faculty may not be available to API students due to date conflicts. Students may be able to adjust their program dates in order to accommodate these classes.)
  • Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Political and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Translation and Interpretation
  • Polytechnic School

To supplement the 1-2 courses taken with Spaniards, students will also select 2-3 course electives from the Hispanic and European Studies Program.

CREDIT INFORMATION

Most API partner universities in Spain operate on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.

Courses at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Multidisciplinary Studies for Advanced Spanish Speakers)

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Courses at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Multidisciplinary Studies for Advanced Spanish Speakers)

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Courses at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Multidisciplinary Studies for Advanced Spanish Speakers)

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Highlights
  • Classes: taught in Spanish
  • Students enroll in a minimum of one class with Spaniards
  • FORUM on Education Abroad QUIP certified

API students in Barcelona can choose from three different housing options. Students may choose to live with a host family, in a student apartment, or in a student dormitory. Internet access is included in all three options.

Students who choose to live with families share a double room with a fellow API student and be provided with 2 meals per day and laundry service. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.

API apartments in Barcelona generally have 2-4 bedrooms (the majority of which are double-rooms) with a shared kitchen, common area, and bathrooms. Apartments are located throughout the center of Barcelona and tend to be 30-45 minutes from the universities. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.

Students who would prefer apartment-style living alongside other Spanish and American students would enjoy API’s dorm/residence hall option. The student dorm has both single and double-room options, with a shared kitchen and private bathroom. Internet access is guaranteed in all rooms. This option carries an additional fee.

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