ESCI - Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

Barcelona, Spain

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ESCI – Universitat Pompeu Fabra, was created in 1993 through a joint initiative between the Government of Catalonia and Universitat Pompeu Fabra, a public university located in Barcelona. The founding objective was to prepare students for the necessary internationalization of the Catalan economic and productive fabric. At ESCI classes are small and instruction is of a high quality, emphasizing practical application. The teaching staff consists of lecturers from ESCI and from UPF's departments of Economics and Business and Humanities amongst others; as well as renowned professionals from the world of international business.

Please note: students are not accepted into the program until they submit their application and deposit to the UF International Center. You can start your online application today!

The School

The ESCI building, designed by the architect Rafael Cáceres Zurita, reflects the message of internationalism inherent in the school's academic activity. It is centrally located in the Barcelona city center, near Passeig de Picasso, the Cataluña Parliament and the Barcelona Zoo.

The City

Barcelona is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city in the northern Catalonia region of Spain. It is the second largest city in Spain, with a population of over one and a half million inhabitants. The city is on the coast of the Mediterranean and the weather is warm and sunny most of the year, although it can be cold in the winter months of November through February. The city has excellent shopping, restaurants, clubs and public transportation. It is also strongly influenced by art, especially in the architecture of Antoni Gaudí.

Term Dates

First Trimester: 10 weeks of classes + 1 week of exams starting mid September until Mid December
Second Trimester: 10 weeks of classes + 1 week of exams starting early January until Mid March
Third Trimester: 10 weeks of classes + 1 week of exams starting Mid March until Late June

Student may attend ESCI the 2nd and 3rd trimesters back-to-back during their study abroad program.

Courses Available

ESCI undergraduate courses are mostly in the international business and marketing disciplines. However, all degrees programs have a selection of fundamental courses that are also available to exchange and visiting students. See the ESCI schedule of courses and accompanying syllabi. Students will be taking 2 courses with 6 ECTS and 2 courses with 4 ECTS or 5 courses with 4 ECTS each trimester.

Language of Instruction

Many business courses are offered in English. Spanish language courses are not included on the exchange agreement, but are available for a fee through the University's Language Center (Programa d'ensenyament d'idiomes).

Grade Conversion
points from
points to
7.5 10 A
7.0 7.4 B+
6.0 6.9 B
5.5 5.9 C+
5.0 5.4 C
0 4.9 E
Credit Conversion
ESCI credits UF credits
4 ECTS credits 3 UF credits
6 ECTS credits 4 UF credits

Credit conversion is on a course-by-course basis - NOT the sum of credits earned.

Estimated Expenses
Rough Expense Comparison Semester at UF Semester at UPF
UF Tuition $3,085 $3,085
UFIC Admin. Fee --- $250
Health Insurance $730 $890
Airfare --- $1,500
Housing $2,620 $4,000
Internet/cable $455 Included
Food $2,065 $2,400
Books $540 $400
Transportation $270 $460
Visa --- $160
Total $9,765 $13,125


The Barcelona Housing Service for Students offers advice and help in finding accommodation. Students may rent apartments, rooms, rooms in family homes, or student residences through the offices of BHSS. It is strongly recommended students contact BHSS well in advance of arrival in Barcelona. Usually the cost of leasing a room in an apartment is 300-500 €. Students may browse through additional options on this ESCI accommodation document.


Travel Opportunities

Barcelona is served by Barcelona International Airport in the town of El Prat de Llobregat, about 3 km (2 mi) from Barcelona. It is the 2nd largest airport in Spain, and the largest on the Mediterranean coast. It is a main hub for Vueling Airlines, Air Europa and Iberia. The airport mainly serves domestic and European destinations, but some airlines offer destinations in Asia and the United States. The airport is connected to the city by highway, commuter train and scheduled bus service. Barcelona is served by a comprehensive local public transport network that includes a metro, a bus network, two separate tram networks (one of them, the Tramvia Blau, connects to the Funicular del Tibidabo), and several funiculars and aerial cable cars.


To arrange an appointment with a Heavener Study Abroad Advisor, please call 273.0151 or visit 301 Heavener Hall.

Heavener School of Business
301 Heavener Hall, PO Box 117160
Gainesville, Florida, 32611-7160
Phone: 352-273-0165

You may also contact an International Programs Student Ambassador to learn more about study abroad from experienced peers.

Contacts Abroad

Jordi Puig
Head of Studies
Email (jordi.puig at

Noelia Puig
International Relations Office assistant
Email (noelia.puig at

International Relations ESCI-UPF
Passeig Pujades, 1
08003 Barcelona - SPAIN
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