Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona)

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) is an exchange destination for bachelor and master students of Utrecht University School of Law.

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General information for exchange students

Faculty of Law

Course information



Academic calendar

Term 1: September up to and including December
Term 2: January up to and including March
Term 3: April up to and including June

Each term consists of 10 weeks of classes and 2 weeks for the exams. Orientation days are planned to welcome exchange students at the beginning of each term. Attendance to these sessions is compulsory.

Academic calander 

Language of instruction

Primarily Spanish and Catalan, very few English-taught courses available. 


Due to the limited supply of courses in English, a whole study period solely in English is unfeasible. 

Although sometimes some English-taught courses seem to be offered, you will have to be prepared to follow mainly Spanish-taught courses. The reason for this is that the English taught courses are often full or not available when you try to register for them. Hence, if your level of Spanish is not sufficient, you might not be able to reach the minimum required amount of ECTS (also for the Erasmus+ grant!)

Language requirement: a minimum language level of B1 (CEFR) in Spanish at the time of the Utrecht University Study Abroad application. Students can hand in the following documents in Osiris:

  • Language certificate from a recognised language school
  • Letter by (high school) Spanish teacher attesting your Spanish level
  • Babel free language level test results

The International Exchange Office highly recommends B2 level at the moment of exchange in order to fully participate in courses.

Spanish language courses taken at UPF will not be part of the Transcript of Records (so credits cannot be submitted in Utrecht). 

Areas of study open for exchange students

Law, Criminology and Labour Relations.

Courses from other faculties are restricted and upon availability.    

Courses at Master level


Find here the course offer (from the Master in Criminology and Criminal Justice System)


The Mobility and Reception Office does not provide any accommodation service directly. However, UPF is a member of the BCU, a public service that assists international students coming to Barcelona. It manages the Resa Housing Service with a wide range of flats and rooms to rent and information about student residence halls. UPF has direct agreements with some residence halls.

More information

Estimated living costs
ItemRoom in a shared flatRoom in a student residence hall
Other expenses200€200€


Practical information

For information regarding getting around in Barcelona, cost of life, how to work with bank cards etc. More information 


Normal study load: 60 ECTS per year - 20 ECTS per term 

Additional information

Number of students: 2 semester places

Exchange students can enrol in Spanish and Catalan courses at the Languages UPF programme. There are specific courses targeting UPF exchange students at a reduced price.

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