The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
- Established in 1990
- Two main objectives: to train professionals and citizens who are responsible and committed to civic values, and to contribute towards the development of research
- 9 560 undergraduate students per year, including 1 450 international students per year
- 3rd highest ranked university in Spain
- Many classes are held in antique renovated buildings
- Located in the heart of Barcelona, near the Olympic Village
- Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain
- Recognized as a global city because of its importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, and international trade
- Located on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula, facing the Mediterranean
- Cultural roots that go back 2 000 years
- Abundance of museums, galleries, and natural beauty (including beaches and sprawling parks)
Partner university's areas of study
Notes on Language of Instruction
- Classes can also be taken in Catalan
- Students should be able to take notes and participate in classroom activities on a par with Spanish nationals (To determine your level, please self-assess with: European Language Portfolio Global Scale)
- UPF offers some regular academic courses in English and a Spanish Language and Culture Program (HESP)
- No previous knowledge of Spanish is required for these options
ELIGIBILITY AND TIMING
Who can go?
- Only Commerce (UBCV), Management (UBCO), Arts, and Science (BIOL and CPSC Majors) students are eligible to apply to this partner university
- Students must be entering 3rd year to be eligible (i.e. students currently in their 1st year, are not eligible to apply)
- Please note we have very limited space to send students through the Exchange (pay tuition to UBC) pathway at UPF
- While still limited, we do have slightly more capacity for students to attend as fee-paying to UPF, on Study Abroad (fees are outlined on their website)
- Semester 1: Mid September to Mid December
- Semester 2: Early January to Late March
- Commerce students apply to the Universitat Pompeu Fabra-Commerce-STUDY experience in Gateway
- Students must be in their 3rd minimum while on exchange/study abroad at UPF
- Students applying for Exchange (pay tuition to UBC) should apply to the Universitat Pompeu Fabra-UniWide-STUDY experience in Gateway
- Students applying for Study Abroad (pay fees directly to UPF) should select "Universitat Pompeu Fabra-Study Abroad-STUDY" on the online application
Course equivalency formula
- ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits
Credit transfer process
* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.
Type of Go Global Experiences
Course information and restrictions
- Students with a fluent level of Spanish can take regular courses offered by the university
- For more information about accessing regular courses taught in Spanish or Catalan, click here
- Please note the ECTS credit load for regular Spanish courses courses is different than the ECTS credit load for the HESP program
- Courses in Communication, Audiovisual Communication, Journalism and Economics are also offered to Exchange students at this institution
Full course load information
- Exchange & Study Abroad students are limited to a maximum of 25 ECTS credits per term
Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university
Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.
* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.
- Students studying at UPF on Exchange pay tuition to UBC (limited spaces)
- Students studying at UPF on Study Abroad pay tuition directly to UPF (msot students attend through this arrangement)
- Exchange students are limited to 25 ECTS credits per term at UPF, therefore, UBC students will be charged tuition for the equivalent of 12 UBC credits per term rather than the regular 15 credits
Scholarships + awards
The Go Global award $1000
All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.
Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.
Information for US students
If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.
If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.
If you attend an ineligible institution:
- You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
- You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
- You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
- You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
- Important information about health and travel insurance for fee paying (study abroad) students
- Students participating in a Study Abroad (fee paying) experience with Go Global for Full Year or Term 1 will not be assessed any student fees, and thus will not be eligible or automatically charged for the AMS/GSS Health and Dental Plan
- Therefore students will be required to seek independent insurance
- Students starting in Term 2 or participating in summer opportunities are covered by the Plan if they paid for it in September and have not opted out as it runs for a full year (Sept 1 – Aug 31)
Types of accommodation available
- It is extremely rare that an exchange student is eligible for university housing
- Students who have gone to Barcelona in the past have mentioned that Craigslist is usually full of scams and have mentioned to avoid this website when looking for private housing