Universitat Pompeu Fabra


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Universitat Pompeu Fabra is a modern, high-quality public university that was founded in 1990. Despite its youth, UPF is ranked within the Top 150 universities worldwide. The University focuses on social sciences and humanities, communication and information technologies, and life sciences.

UPF is located in the very centre of Barcelona. Its excellent location on the shores of the Mediterranean, its gentle climate, world-famous architecture and its open, cosmopolitan character make the Catalan capital an extraordinary place to live.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Trimester Dates
Semester 1

Term/quarter 2 (Winter)

Term/quarter 3 (Spring)



Semester 2

Term/quarter 1 (Autumn)

Term/quarter 2 (Winter)



Due to the timing of UPF's trimesters, UQ exchange students have two options for their period of exchange:

  • Term/quarter 1 + Term/quarter 2 (September to March)
    • This option will affect your ability to study back at UQ in semester 1
  • Term/quarter 2 + Term/quarter 3 (January to June)

View the UPF academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

UPF has online resources to help get more from your exchange:


UPF has multiple campus locations around Barcelona:

  • Poblenou campus
  • Ciutadella campus
  • Mar campus

The Poblenou campus is generally better suited to exchange students than the Ciutadella campus.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

Full year exchange: 60 ECTS credits per year at UPF is equivalent to 16 UQ units.

2 Trimester exchange: 30 ECTS credits over 2 term/quarter at UPF is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

  • NB: student are permitted to enrol in a maximum of 20 ECTS per term/quarter

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at UPF.

Students are encouraged to have a B2 Spanish language level to apply to UPF.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the UPF course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English

Communication, digital media and PR
Computer science
Film, TV and media
International business
International relations

Course restrictions

The following programs are not recommended for exchange students due to very limited course availability:

  • Literature
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • International Relations
  • Law in English

Exchange students are unable to take courses from the 'International Business School' (ESCI).

There are no specific 'Spanish as a foreign language' courses. Spanish language students must choose courses from the standard humanities/translation/culture courses, and therefore must be at least a B2 language level.

Exchange to UPF is not open to postgraduate studies.

Additional academic information

UPF has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

UPF's statutes recognise Catalan as the University's language and as its normal vehicle for communication. In Catalonia it is an official language, along with Spanish. While the percentage of teaching carried out through Catalan varies from area to area, in general around 70% of classes are in this language. 

International students can sit exams/write papers in English under the "multilingual plan".

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


UPF operates two residence halls, however, students staying for the full academic year are given priority in the allocation of rooms. UPF advises single-semester students to find private accommodation and provides a number of resources to assist in this search.

Cost of living

Alongside other practical information, UPF provides an estimate of monthly expenses for students in Barcelona to help you prepare for your exchange.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

All students at UPF must have health care insuranceAll international students, including Erasmus, are required to have full coverage of eventual risks during their stay in Spain and UPF will check that at least an accidents and travel insurance has been contracted to complement the EHIC.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

UPF provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Spanish Consulate for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.