Spanish Language & Liberal Arts

Universidad Pompeu Fabra
Barcelona, Spain

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Spanish Language & Liberal Arts

  • Location


  • Host University

    Universidad Pompeu Fabra

    Located in the heart of the city, the Universidad Pompeu Fabra sits next to the beautiful Ciutadella Park and only blocks from the Barceloneta beach. The UPF offers a variety of courses including Cultural/Area Studies with international students in both English and Spanish, and Business courses with local students taught in English. Most courses are held at the UPF’s primary campus, but several of the business courses will be held at the ESCI business campus which is only a 10-minute walk away. The Universidad Pompeu Fabra is fully accredited and recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport (Ministerio de Educación, Cultura, y Deporte).

    *Students participating in the Design & Visual Arts program will take courses at the UPF ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering. Please reach out to your ISA site specialist with any questions.

  • Term

    Summer 1 2019

  • Program Dates

    Jun 24, 2019 - Jul 27, 2019

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Apr 25, 2019

  • Credit

    90 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Program Description

This program is great for a wide variety of students. It offers Spanish language courses at all levels as well as Area/Culture Studies and International Relations courses offered in both English and Spanish. Courses will be taken with international students. You must have at least sophomore standing (two semesters completed) at the time of participation.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

  • You must have at least sophomore standing at the time of participation in the program

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Tuition at the Host University


Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities

Subscription to The New York Times


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Spanish Visa Support



Contact Hours


Recommended U.S. Semester Credits


Recommended U.S. Quarter Units


Academic Information

  • Please Note:
    The courses below reflect the most current list of courses released by the host university. Please refer to this list when completing your pre-registration form. Some courses only currently offer a course description and not a full syllabus. These courses should have updated syllabi by the end of March so please check back. Also note that courses are always subject to change.
  • Please Note:
    The transcript from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra will reflect both ECTS credits and contact hours for each course listed below. Please be in touch with your U.S. university regarding transfer credit for this program.
  • Please Note:
    The course list below indicates the proposed courses for the upcoming summer term. The host university has not yet confirmed the current course list at this time. This site will be updated once ISA receives the updated list of courses, along with a note notifying students of the change.
  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Barcelona Site Specialist.


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Universidad Pompeu Fabra
International Students
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
High Beginning
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
High Intermediate
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
High Intermediate / Advanced / Superior
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
Taught In English
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
  • Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Erin Haas

Program Advisor, Spain

Amy Remondi

Program Manager, Spain

Landon Cotham

Site Specialist, Spain


Manuel Urí Martín

Resident Director, Spain

Celia Arredondo

Academic Services, Spain

Danielle Roberge

Student Care Services, Spain

Mireia Montanes Vicent

Housing & Cultural Activities Services, Spain

Aina Muñoz Comas

Cultural Activities Coordinator, Spain

Cristina Canales Contador

Senior Cultural Activities Coordinator, Spain

Cristian Pérez

Housing Coordinator, Spain

Daniel Ostad

Senior Housing Coordinator, Spain

Janelle Forster

Senior Student Care Coordinator, Spain

Mariloli Cámara

Academic Coordinator, Spain

Neftalí González

Academic Coordinator, Spain

Walter Uribe

Student Care Coordinator, Spain

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you will have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Funding Your Program page. 

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Living in ISA housing will allow you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Spanish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. Regardless of your housing option, you will have a short commute to your university. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between 15 and 35 minutes depending on housing and class locations. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.


Host families are a great choice if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA’s resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays will provide two meals a day and laundry service once a week. You will typically share a room with another ISA student of the same gender. Single rooms may be available for an additional fee.


Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking complete independence during your time abroad. Apartments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited. Rent and utilities are included in the program price, and each apartment is fully furnished. Apartments, spread throughout the city, typically house four-six ISA students, and are made up of single and double occupancy rooms. Meals and laundry service are not included. In this ISA housing option, you will pay a $500 security deposit. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Student Residence

The student residence is a great choice if you would like to be independent while living with other international and local students. With availability limited on a first-come, first-served basis, you will room with another ISA student of the same gender. Single rooms may also be available for an additional fee. Meals are not included and laundry can be done on-site with coin-operated machines. In this ISA housing option, you will pay a $500 security deposit. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.




Valencia is famous for its beaches, oranges, and the "City of Arts and Sciences", an eye-catching cultural complex hosting museums, performing arts, and the biggest aquarium in Europe. You will have a true Valencian experience where you cook your own paella in a countryside house after picking fresh ingredients. You will also visit Peñíscola, a beautiful and historic seaside town.

Costa Brava

On this multi-day tour you will visit the amazingly bizarre Dalí Museum, the fisherman's town of l'Escala, and the beautiful seaside village of Roses. You will also enjoy a boat ride to Cadaqués, the small coastal town where Salvador Dalí once lived.


On this excursion you will visit one of the most emblematic towns on the Catalan coast, just south of Barcelona. Famous for its charming downtown and beautiful beaches, Sitges was also an important modernist center in the 1960’s. On the way you will visit a cava cellar where you will learn about the manufacturing process of the Catalan champagne.