Universitat Pompeu Fabra (ESCI) Barcelona

  • Barcelona, Spain

The University at Albany, SUNY continues to monitor and assess the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus pandemic. All Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 education abroad programs worldwide are suspended, and Fall 2021 remains uncertain. While there are no definite answers on when education abroad programming will resume, programs abroad are not expected to all re-open at the same time. Instead, when education abroad relaunches only a limited number of programs and destinations will be available, evaluated based on global travel conditions, health and safety guidelines, SUNY System Administration re-opening protocols, and UAlbany priorities. Therefore at this time, students cannot apply for any UAlbany education abroad programs for Fall 2021 or any future term, as we await guidance and approval from SUNY System Administration. The process of review and approval to re-open programs and destinations will be ongoing. As you plan now for your global future, our dedicated Education Abroad team remains ready and available to assist and guide you! Join our virtual events throughout the Spring 2021 semester and check out our credit bearing virtual options for Summer 2021.

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Surround yourself with the arts and colorful architectural wonders of Barcelona. Enjoy delicious seafood and paella while studying for class. Immerse yourself in the festive Catalan culture while taking advantage of the many cultural resources this city has to offer. From museums to night life to flamenco dancing, Barcelona has much to offer when you study abroad. Take this time to learn Catalan!

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Partner University

Universitat Pompeu Fabra


  • Barcelona

Program Term

  • Spring

Language of Instruction

  • English
  • Spanish

Exchange Program


Program Details

Academic Program

ESCI-UPF is an international business school, therefore, the courses offered focus on international economics, business, communication, marketing, and related business topics. ESCI follows a trimester system. You will take an average of 20 ECTS credits per trimester, which equates to 10 SUNY credits. Therefore, in the fall semester at ESCI (1st trimester), you only would earn approximately 10 SUNY credits. UAlbany is not currently offering this program in the fall term; you can only participate for the spring term. In the spring semester, you would be expected to study at ESCI for both the 2nd and 3rd trimester (January-June), earning 12-19 SUNY credits.

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

The languages of instruction are Catalan, Spanish, and English. You should look at the language of instruction for each course you select.

If you go to ESCI-UPF for the second and third trimester, you should be taking most of your courses in the second trimester and one or two in the third trimester. The reason for this is that there are not many courses offered in the third trimester.

Your classes will consist of learning through lectures, case studies, team assignments, presentations and required readings.

Review ESCI-UPF’s website for more information regarding course offerings.

General Education Information for UAlbany Students

Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.

Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students

Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.


All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary. 


You are responsible for making your own arrangements for housing. Barcelona Centre Universitari –BCU (RESA Housing) is the accommodation service offered by all universities in the Barcelona area. It offers flats and rooms in Barcelona, in home stays, residence halls and other options.

After you have been accepted, it is strongly recommended that you contact the following office well in advance of departure if assistance is desired:

Torrent de l’Olla, 219

08012 Barcelona

Telephone: +34 93 238 90 72

email: info@resahousing.com



You will be responsible for your own meals. You can also choose to eat out but you should take this time to learn how to cook if you do not already know.

Estimate of Costs

For reference, review the Academic Year 2019-20 Estimate of Costs.

More Information

Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.

Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.

Academic Requirements

Juniors and Seniors with a GPA of at least 3.0 and a background in business and/or marketing are eligible to apply. No prior study of Spanish is required in order to take courses taught in English. A high level of proficiency in Spanish/Catalan required to take regular university courses taught in Spanish or Catalan.

Experiential Learning

As an exchange student, you can apply for a “buddy” to have a student from ESCI-UPF help you get through the first few weeks of school.

Student Clubs and Organizations

The University Community Assistance Service (SACU) co-ordinates and manages these cultural, social, sports and other extracurricular activities. You can take part of a range is wide and includes activities such as the Theatre Workshop, the Chorus and Chamber Orchestra, the Sant Jordi Contest or the Open Opera, as well as other cultural activities outside UPF. You can also participate in student council and a number of other student association clubs.

Funding Opportunities

Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.

External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.

More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.

Program Advisor

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About the City

Many think of Spain as the country of flamenco dancers and bullfights, siestas and sangria, a slow-paced place filled with sun-kissed, smiling people. It is all this and much, much more. Spain has 17 distinct provinces, and its people speak 5 different languages. It is a country with a unique blend of old and new.

Travel Documents

A valid passport is required to participate in this program. To study in Spain for a semester or more, you will need to apply for a Student VISA. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.

Application Availability

Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:

  • Spring/Winter/Spring Break programs: July
  • Fall/Year/Summer programs: December

NOTE: this program is only available in the SPRING term.

Program Dates

Spring 2019

01/04/2019 to 07/01/2019

Fall 2019

09/19/2019 to 12/17/2019

Spring 2020

01/15/2020 to 07/01/2020

NOTE: this program is only available in the SPRING term.

About the Program

The Escola Superior de Comerc Internacional (ESCI) was created in 1993 as part of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra with the objective of training expert professionals for international business. As part of our endeavor to foster cultural exchange, and as a vital part of students’ education, ESCI-UPF welcomes overseas students and offers home students the opportunity to take part in exchange programs with universities in other countries. ESCI-UPF places particular emphasis on innovative programs and teaching practices, multicultural approaches to management and due consideration of companies’ social responsibility.

Program Orientations

Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.

Upon arrival at ESCI-UPF, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.

NOTE: this program is only available in the SPRING term.

Support Services

UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.

ESCI-UPF’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.