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Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Barcelona, Spain
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
Exchange / Direct Enroll
 Minimum GPA:
 Language of Instruction:
Catalan, English, Spanish
 Housing Options:
Apartment, Residence hall or dormitory
Program Description:
About the Program Accommodations
Eligibility Dates and Costs
Academics Visa Information

About the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

  • Recently rated the third best institution in the general ranking of Spanish universities by El Mundo newspaper. Seven departments at the UPF received top place in the chart: Business Sciences, Political Sciences, Audiovisual Communication, Law, Economics, Humanities and Labour Relations.
  • Located in downtown BarcelonaGaudi's La Pedrera, by Dean Dickos
  • Courses taught in Catalan, Spanish, and English
  • Classes available in business, humanities, law, and the sciences
  • Public institution established in 1990 by the Autonomous Government of Catalunya
  • Approximately 10,000 students spread throughout several campuses in Barcelona
  • Hispanic and European Studies program available for students with varying levels of Spanish
  • Direct enrollment at Pompeu Fabra with local students available for students with sufficient Spanish proficiency. Some courses at UPF, especially in economics and business, may also be taught in English.
  • With permission of Prof. Tom Cosse, business students may also take courses at ESCI, the College of International Business, which is affiliated with UPF. Click here for more information regarding the ESCI program.


Participation may be denied, or acceptance may be revoked, if a student's conduct prior to departure raises doubts regarding their suitability for the program abroad.

There is a limit on the number of UR students studying at any one location, so applicants must indicate a 2nd choice program (including a well-considered list of classes) and must be prepared to go there. Competition is considerably higher in the fall semester than in the spring.

Prior to submitting an application for UPF, students are required to meet with Ms. Michele Cox in the Office of International Education. Students with declared or intended LAIS majors or minors are required to meet with the LAIS study abroad advisor prior to the application deadline. 

Non LAIS majors and minors

  • Junior or Senior year standing *2nd semester sophomores will be considered on a case by case basis; law students are also eligible to apply
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (firm) or better
  • Applicants must have completed LAIS 221 Intensive Intermediate Spanish or a higher level LAIS course the semester prior to study abroad or test out of LAIS 221 by the time of the study abroad application in order to be eligible for semester or year study in Spain.  Students who have been exempted from the LAIS requirement, for example, through the international baccalaureate or AP test, are required to take the Spanish on-line placement exam,,  no more than 2 months prior to the semester abroad deadline for the most accurate results. Results from the on-line exam must be submitted to the Office of International Education. Robins School students who do not meet the language requirement, but have solid academic reasons to study in Spain, may petition the Associate Dean for International Business Programs for a waiver.
  • Completion of at least two 300-level language courses (numbered 301-309) in LAIS for immersion courses with Spanish students at the Pompeu

LAIS Majors and minors

Prerequisites for LAIS students outlined on the LAIS web page  Read this page carefully for details

LAIS majors and minors interested in the UPF exchange program are required to meet with Prof. Sharon Feldman in the LAIS department prior to submitting application.



Qualified students may take all or part of their course load with Catalan and Spanish students.  There are many different academic options for students to choose from while studying at Pompeu Fabra.  Students may combine classes from the programs below and/or take classes with UPF undergraduates ("grado" courses) as well.  **Please note that UPF has academic campuses (buildings) throughout the city of Barcelona (map here upf_campus_map.jpg)Students studying in different "grados" or majors may have to travel between campuses, which may or may not be feasible depending on the timetable of courses.


*Legal Studies Abroad program


*International Relations Program:

*Global Health Program:

*STEM Program:

Approximately half of the regular undergraduate courses (also called "grado") at Pompeu Fabra are taught in Catalan and the other half are in Spanish.  If a course is cross-listed in English and Spanish, then it means that there are two sections of the same course taught in each language.

A view of Barcelona from Gaudi's Parc Guell, by Dean DickosThe Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) offers courses in the Spanish language and cultures of the Iberian Peninsula for visiting foreign students. Some of the courses are offered in English and others only in Spanish with varying prerequisites.

Students can combine courses between different programs and majors at UPF as long as they meet the course prerequisites.   
Students minoring or majoring in LAIS at UR may transfer a maximum of 2 courses from the Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP), which is designed and offered only to international students. LAIS majors and minors are required to take their remaining courses in the UPF undergraduate or "grado" curriculum. Credit in LAIS will only be granted for humanities courses taught in Spanish or Catalan that contain substantial content that falls within the fields of Latin American and Iberian Studies.

Credit conversion information

UPF courses are measured in ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits. Scroll down for ECTS to Unit conversion chart. For more information on conversion to units, read the Registrar's web page .

Each course weighted at 5 or 6 ECTS would equal 0.9 unit under Richmond's unit system. 

Keep in mind that Richmond students must remain enrolled for the equivalent minimum unit load at Richmond, which is 3.5 units.The maximum units that may be transferred from each semester abroad is 5.5 units.  

Below is a sample table with the conversion into units as it will appear on the
UR transcript:

ECTS Credits

Richmond Units

3 0.5
4 0.6
5 0.9
6 0.9
7 1
8 1.2
10 1.5

Grading Scale

Spanish Grade U.S. Equivalent
Matricula de honor: 9-10
Sobresaliente:  9-10
         A *rare
Notable:  7-8.9
Aprobado:  5-6.9
Suspenso:  0-4.9
No Presentado


Pompeu Fabra does not own university accommodation. Richmond works with to assist student with locating apartments, room with a family or a room in a residencia.  

Apartments are not recommended for students who are Spanish majors or minors.  A maximum of three Richmond students will be permitted per apartment.

Please note that it is more difficult to live in a "residencia" in the spring semester only since rooms are normally rented for the full academic year so there are not many spring only rooms available.


Dates and Costs

Universitat Pompeu Fabra 14-15.docx dates and cost information.Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, by Dean Dickos

Students may attend this program for the fall, spring and/or summer terms. Students are not required to stay for the summer term, but may do so if they wish. The summer program is very intense. Students can take no more than two classes during the summer session. Summer classes meet for two hours per day Monday-Thursday (no Friday class).

Visa Information

Non EU students are advised to apply early for the Spanish student visa. As visa regulations change frequently, it is recommended that students call the consulate for the latest information on fees, procedures and required documentation. Students may be required to submit the visa application in person at the consulate with jurisdiction over student's permanent residence. The student visa will be stamped into the student's passport.

For more information, please see Spanish consulate web page.

For more information

Contact Michele Cox, Office of International Education. Direct telephone: 804-289-8838


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November 2014

This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.


This program is currently not accepting applications.