Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona)

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

Student experiences

Student experiences UPF


General website

Faculty website

General information for exchange students

Incoming economics students

Academic calendar

Semester I: September - December
Semester II: January - March
Semester III: April - June
Academic calendar 

Areas of study open to exchange students

Economics, Business, Management, International Business Economics

UPF offers Undergraduate courses in Social Sciences and Humanities (of which Economics is part), Health and Life Sciences, Communication and Design and Architecture. Registration of courses from a different field of studies is subject to place availability.

Courses available (example):
European Integration & Economic International Law
Financial Accounting
International Trade
Marketing Management
Electronic Commerce
Pricing Policy
International Economics
Fiscal Law in the EU
Management Control Systems
Business Policy Game
Full course offering

Additionally the Language Learning Programme at UPF (PEI) offers introductory courses to the Catalan language each of the terms. These are free of charge for exchange students and are recommended (https://www.upf.edu/web/idiomesupf/catala).

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.

Housing assistance

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 per month
ItemRoom in a shared flatRoom in a student residence hall
Other expenses200€200€

ECTS. Usually, courses have 5 ECTS.
Usual working load: 20ECTS per term, 60ETCS per year.

Grading system

Fail (Suspendido, Suspens): Less than 5.
Pass (Aprobado, Aprovat): [5,7)
Good (Notable, Notable): [7,9)
Excellent (Sobresaliente, Excelente)  [9,10)
Honours (Matricula de Honor, Matrícula d’Honor)(top 5%)

Teaching method

Usually 3 hours of lectures plus 1,5 hours of seminar in small groups per week. 

Number of places available

2 semester places per year

Additional information

Extra information

Health insurance



Welcome weeks in the beginning of each term

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Universitat Pompeu Fabra is an exchange destination for bachelor students of Utrecht University, School of Economics.

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