Integrated Studies Program

Dates and Fees

  • 2020-2021 Barcelona Integrated Studies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra Academic Year
    Sept, 2020-Mar, 2021
    May 15, 2020
  • 2020 Barcelona Integrated Studies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra Spring Semester
    Jan 4, 2020 - Mar 25, 2020
    Oct 15, 2019
  • 2019 Barcelona Integrated Studies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra Fall Semester
    Sep 18, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019
    Application Deadline has passed. Please contact us to start an application.
  • 2020 Barcelona Integrated Studies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra Fall Semester
    Sept, 2020-Dec, 2020
    May 15, 2020
  • 2019-2020 Barcelona Integrated Studies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra Academic Year
    Sep 18, 2019 - Sep 29, 2020
    Application Deadline has passed. Please contact us to start an application.

Course Catalog

Integrated Studies in Barcelona, Spain

Program Information

Spanish Studies Abroad students in Barcelona study onsite at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). The university has extensive experience working with international students and offers quality education in many different disciplines. Although it is a fairly new university (founded in 1990), in 2010 it was named an International Campus of Excellence by the Spanish Ministry of Education and has become one of the best universities in Spain. UPF offers several different "tracks" which cater directly to what our students are looking for in their study abroad experience.

Along with the resources provided by UPF, our students benefit from having an on-site Resident Director who assists students with cultural and logistical challenges of studying abroad and organizes Spanish Studies Abroad site visits and events.

Through university coursework, homestays with Catalonian families, and multiple cross-cultural opportunities, students will find Spanish Studies Abroad in Barcelona to be a highly immersive and integrated study abroad experience.

Why choose this program?

  • Classes taught only in Spanish or Catalan
  • Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
  • Courses in Hispanic and European Studies, International Business, Legal Studies (Political Science), and Design
  • Access to integrated university classes taught in Spanish
  • 12-18 credits per semester
  • Full access to university facilities

Integrated Requirements:

  • 3.0 overall GPA AND 3.0 GPA in Spanish language coursework
  • Class standing junior or senior during program
  • Recommended B1 level (or higher) on SSA's placement test score
  • 2 semesters of advanced-level Spanish or the equivalent, or heritage speaker
  • Required to enroll in 1 Culture course, and select two alternate courses
  • Students who elect to take courses from the Elisava School of Design must choose two alternate classes

Legal Studies Requirements:

  • 3.3 Overall GPA
  • 2 years (4 semesters) of college level Spanish recommended


All courses are taught in Spanish by highly qualified Spanish university professors with extensive experience in teaching American students. For more information on courses available at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, please consult our Recommended Course Guide for the Integrated Program.

Internship Add-On

Enhance your study abroad program in Barcelona with an internship at a local business or organization. This is not a stand-alone program.


  • 3.3 GPA Overall
  • 4 semesters of college Spanish or the equivalent (UPF recommends 5 semesters)
  • Spring term only

Costs Include

  • Tuition
  • Double occupancy room & full board
  • Laundry
  • Overnight & local study visits & cultural activities
  • Orientation
  • Health Insurance
  • Spanish Studies transcript
  • Support of onsite staff

Special Dietary Needs

  • Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other medical conditions that require a special diet may incur an extra fee to cover related dietary expenses. Please contact Spanish Studies for additional details.

All fees are in U.S. dollars and based on current exchange rates. Any considerable decrease in the value of the dollar will affect fees.

Housing Information


Your Spanish home will be the focal point of your social experience– where you will sleep, eat, study, and relax. A homestay gives you a unique insight into Spanish culture by allowing you to become part of a Spanish family.

Your homestay includes full room and board as well as laundry and the cleaning of your room. Special dietary or housing accommodations may be made, but may require an additional fee. To ensure that your home will provide a warm and tranquil atmosphere, one conducive to learning, Spanish Studies Abroad staff discusses norms and policies with hosts and regularly inspects the homes.

Cultural Information

Population: 1,621,537

Region: Catalonia

Currency: Euro

Famous for: Architecture, World Heritage Sights, Gothic Quarter, Fashion, Beaches

Spanish Daily Routine:

Breakfast/Desayuno is not a major meal, consisting of small amount of food and is generally eaten early in the morning.

Lunch/Almuerzo is the biggest and most important meal of the day and is generally eaten between 2:00 and 4:00PM.

Dinner/Cena is a small meal, although more substantial than breakfast and is generally served between 9:00 and 10:00 PM.

Siesta is a time to rest. It starts around 1:30 PM when all the shops begin to close, and lasts until 5:00 PM. Almost all shops are closed during siesta while Spaniards may sleep or watch TV, leaving you no choice but to also relax.

Traditional Spanish Dishes:

Paella is a rice dish commonly mixed with a variation of seafood, meat, vegetables, and beans.

Tortilla is a dense omelet full of fried potatoes (sometimes onions or another vegetable as well).

Jamón Serrano is a salted, cured ham that is sliced thin and is typically served either on its own or in a bocadillo (sandwich).


Spanish culture is not particularly vegetarian/vegan friendly due to the importance of ham and other pork products in their diet. While the salads may not be filling, Spain offers delicious breads, cheeses, and vegetables dishes.

How to Dress in Spain:

Most Spanish people dress up more than the average American. Young men wear jeans and t-shirts or soccer jerseys, but you’ll also see men wearing nice pants and shoes. Women generally wear very feminine clothing.

To fit in with your surroundings, avoid wearing grubby jeans, sweatshirts, and sneakers. Nice, fitted clothing is what most people wear.

Life Outside the Classroom:

Spanish people tend to be very friendly and open. However, you will need to make an effort to introduce yourself. Some of the best ways to do so are by signing up for a local speaking partner, attending Spanish Studies cultural activities, or by going to the places Spanish students hang out.

Spanish Studies Abroad wants you to have fun while studying abroad; however, you are expected to meet all of your academic responsibilities. Spanish nightlife is probably unlike the social scene you have experienced in the U.S. The Spanish often plan to go out at midnight or later, which is just the start of the evening. Many friends you meet will stay out until six or seven in the morning, then go straight to breakfast, and rest during siesta.


All Spanish Studies semester programs include day trips to neighboring cities. Additional activities and excursions within the city of Barcelona will also be made available to students on these programs. Specific destinations and trip dates will be announced closer to the start of the spring semester.

Examples of Study Visits include:

Modernist tour (Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and Part Güell); olimpic tour (Mnac museum, Montjuic castle, stadium, cable car); overnight trip to Figueres and Cadaques (Dali's house and museum); excursion to Montserrat; tour to Freixenet's winery; local activities (concerts, sports, museums) with your local speaking partners.