Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Founded in 1990, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) is a modern university focusing on social sciences, communication, information technology, health and life sciences. In the 2013 rankings of Times Higher Education, Universitat Pompeu Fabra was ranked 1st of all Spanish universities. Worldwide, UPF is known for its quality faculty, innovative research and international outlook. It has modern facilities and services for learning and research and offers a wide range of activities for experiencing the city as well as integrating into the university community. Of the university’s 11,000 students, more than 1,400 are international exchange students.
Barcelona is located on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. It is one of Spain’s busiest cities as well as the most cosmopolitan. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region with its own language, character and history separate from mainstream Spain. Picasso’s masterpieces, architecture and style all characterize Barcelona. By day, visitors and locals can sunbathe on a Mediterranean beach and by night visit one of Barcelona’s many cafes. The UPF campuses are scattered around the heart of Barcelona. Within easy reach of public transportation, UPF is an urban university campus surrounded by the cultural heritage of the city.
- This program is limited to students in the Mays Business School
- Have a classification of Junior or Senior by beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
- Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
- Proficiency in English or Spanish
- Must obtain a student visa
- Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
- Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
- Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
Students can choose to study abroad during
- Fall Semester (September to December; called 1st term at UPF)
- Spring Semester (January to April; called 2nd term at UPF)
- Academic year (September to April)
As part of the exchange program, students are able to enroll in any course the university offers in the Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences. While UPF has classes taught in Spanish and Catalan, there are a wide variety of classes for students to choose from that are taught in English. Students have to option to enroll in classes ranging in everything from European economic and international finance. UPF is on the ECTS credit system with one course equaling 5 credits and a full course load being 20 ECTS credits. Students also have the option to enroll in Spanish or Catalan language courses. For more information about academics other information before you arrive, check out the Incoming Student Handbook.
UPF does not provide any accommodation services directly. However, the university does contract with various dorms and apartments in Barcelona. The Resa Housing Service has a wide range of flats and rooms to rent and information about student residence halls. Housing Anywhere is another service that advertises rooms for sublet from Spanish university students. If a student wishes to stay for both the spring and fall semesters, UPF does have on campus residence halls open to academic year exchange students. A room in a flat is usually around 350-500 euros per month.
One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.
As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available.
- CIBS Reciprocal Exchange Scholarship
- ROTC and Corps Scholarships
- The Study Abroad Fellowship
- International Education Fee Scholarship
Additional information and applications can be found at the Mays Center for International Business “Scholarships & Financial Aid” page and the Study Abroad Programs Office “Funding Your Program” page.
UPF Exchange Student Information
UPF Incoming Student Handbook
UPF Course Offerings
UPF Language Courses
UPF Campus Map
Mays Center for International Business Homepage
Mays Center for International Business REEP Webpage
Mays Center for International Business Scholarships and Financial Aid
Mays Center for International Business Certificate in International Business
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding options
Spain Travel Guide
Barcelona City Guide
Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student
“I could not be more grateful for my experience, and it was truly life changing in so many ways. It honestly would not have been possible for me to go abroad for a semester without the help of the Center for International Business, both financially and practically through my preparation. I would highly, highly encourage anyone considering a study abroad to go through with it- it will shape you and teach you in many ways, and is a unique experience you may never have after college.
Leah, Mays Reciprocal Exchange Student at Universitat Pompeu Fabra
For detailed information about the exchange program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, students should contact Mr. Jye Shafer in the Mays School of Business. Students should contact the Mays Undergraduate Office or their departmental academic advisor for curriculum related issues.
For more information from the Study Abroad Programs Office, please contact Bianca Cusimano.