Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Barcelona
Spain

Language of instruction

Catalan
Spanish
English

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)

January–March/April

April–June

Semester 2

Term/quarter 1 (Autumn)

Term/quarter 2 (Winter)

September–December

January–March/April

    iew the UPF academic calendar.

    Guides and additional information

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

    Campuses

    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

    Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
    Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
    Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

    Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
    Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
    Close: 23 November (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.

    Minimum academic requirements

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

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

    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".

    Study Options
    Not applicable to this university. However, you will usually be expected to take the majority of courses (60%) within a single faculty.

    Semester Restrictions
    Due to the timing of UPF's trimesters, UQ exchange students must take courses in the following term/quarters depending on their semester of exchange:

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

    Students are permitted to enrol in a maximum of 20 ECTS per term/quarter

    Note: Host university eligibility criteria are at the discretion of the host and may change without notice.

    Find courses

    Search the UPF course catalogue.
    Students can find an overview of courses for each faculty under "course offer", and search for full course profiles using the "course syllabus query system". 

    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. 
    You must still check the host university course catalogue to see if courses from the Credit Precedent Database are still on offer and in the correct semester of your exchange.

    Study areas taught in English

    Undergraduate
    Advertising
    Communication, digital media and PR
    Computer science
    Criminology
    Economics
    Film, TV and media
    Finance
    International business
    International relations
    Journalism
    Linguistics
    Marketing

    Exchange deadlines

    Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
    Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
    Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

    Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
    Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
    Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

    Accommodation

    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.  

    Insurance

    Students approved to participate in a Semester-based Exchange 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

    Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
    Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
    Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

    Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
    Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
    Close: 23 November (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, experiences to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

    Find out the risk level and travel advice, and sign up to receive updates for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

    Exchange deadlines

    Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
    Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
    Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

    Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
    Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
    Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)