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. 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.

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 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.

Student Life

The International Relations Office at ESCI is active and available to exchange students. One service provided is the Language Volunteer Service which is a great way to participate in both language and cultural based activities. There are many discounts available to students at sports clubs, travel agencies and language schools. The city provides an endless amount of sights to see, cafes to sip at and restaurants to dine in. A direct metro link allows easy access to the social life, culture, beach, and dynamic business environment of one of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities.

Term Dates

UF Fall Semester:

  • ESCI 1st Trimester (10 weeks of classes + 1 week of exams): Mid-September to Mid-December

UF Spring Semester*:

  • ESCI 2nd Trimester (10 weeks of classes + 1 week of exams): Early January to Mid-March
  • ESCI 3rd Trimester (10 weeks of classes + 1 week of exams): Mid-March to Late June

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

Courses Available

ESCI offers a variety of business courses for students to choose from, mostly in international business and marketing. Use our course equivalency database to find out which courses at ESCI can apply to your UF degree. Please see an academic advisor for information pertaining to requesting additional equivalencies.

Language of Instruction

Courses are taught in English or Spanish. UF students are able to take a full load of business courses in English, however Spanish is the primary language university operations at ESCI. Intermediate knowledge of Spanish is expected. Spanish language courses can be taken for a fee.

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 $3,155 $3,155
UFIC Admin. Fee --- $300
Health Insurance --- $160
Airfare --- $1,500
Housing/Utilities $2,710 $4,000
Internet/cable $630 Included
Food $2,115 $2,000
Books $650 $200
Transportation $550 $500
Visa --- $160
Total $9,810 $11,925


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

Positioned on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula, Barcelona embodies the Spaniard lifestyle through bright architecture, elegant coastlines, and traditional culture. An hour from Barcelona by train or cable car, Montserrat is a popular and beautiful destination for hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing. Seville – known for the gorgeous Alcazar, cathedrals, and museums – is a beautiful destination for a day trip from Barcelona by train or bus. An ideal getaway from the fast-paced lifestyle in Barcelona is the region of Costa Brava, which is spotted with medieval towns and hidden coves. Home to the famous artist Salvador Dali, the city of Figueres is rich in culture and architecture. Other popular international weekend destinations from Barcelona include the French Riviera, Morocco, and Portugal, which are accessible by train, bus, or plane.

Useful Location Websites


To arrange an appointment with a Heavener Study Abroad Advisor, please call 352.273.0151 or visit 301 Heavener Hall.

Heavener School of Business
301 Heavener Hall, PO Box 117160
Gainesville, Florida, 32611-7160

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

Contacts Abroad

Isabel Rovira
International Relations Office Assistant (incoming students)
International Relations ESCI-UPF
Passeig Pujades, 1
08003 Barcelona - SPAIN
Tel: + (ext 231)
Email (isabel.rovira at