International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987


Semester / Trimester

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

The Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Program has been designed by the UPF Polytechnic School and the UPF Study Abroad Department to provide a unique opportunity for STEM students to experience academics at a prestigious Spanish institution. This program focuses on developing student's technical skills in an international environment. Courses vary, but fall under the three main departments of the UPF Polytechnic school: Audiovisual Systems Engineering, Computer Science, and Telematics Engineering.

Courses take place on the UPF Polytechnic School Campus, located in the 22@ district of Barcelona. This district is home to Barcelona's high-tech companies and universities, and is known as the technological hub of the city.

The STEM Program is offered during the Spring, Fall and Academic Year terms.


Minimum GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.70.

Minimum Admissions Prerequisites

The GPA requirement for this program is strict and students with lower than a 2.70 GPA will not be admitted to the program, per university policy. No exceptions can be made.

Students who wish to apply for this program are recommended to be majoring in one of the STEM fields, or a related field. This will be taken into consideration when reviewing applications for this program. Applicants must have junior standing at their home university (equivalent to third year) at the time of participation in order to apply.

Spanish Language is not a required course on this program, however students wishing to enroll in language as one of their course options must have completed one semester of college-level Spanish or the equivalent in order to be considered for the program. There is no beginning level Spanish course at the UPF. All students enrolling in Spanish must take a Spanish language placement exam upon arrival in Barcelona. The exam will indicate each student's language proficiency level, and will determine the courses in which the student is eligible to enroll. Students who arrive in Spain having completed one full year of college-level Spanish will likely place into the intermediate level courses. Students who arrive in Spain having completed two years of college-level Spanish will likely place into the advanced level courses. Students who arrive in Spain having completed three years of college-level Spanish will likely place into the superior level courses.

Course Information

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.


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