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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Recommended Majors: Biology, Business, Communications, Computer Science, Economics, Global Studies, Government, Health, Humanities, International Studies, Journalism, Management, Political Science, Spanish Language Minimum GPA: 3.0
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Housing Options: Dormitory
Program Description:
ISEP Barcelona
  • Barcelona is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, but taking the time to live and study in this famous city means you’ll be able to discover lesser-known places as you make it your second home. Find your own favorite spot to grab a morning espresso, your favorite bar for tapas, the best beach for relaxing after class, or your favorite barrio for a quiet stroll before a late-night dinner.  
  • UPF’s International Business Program offers a distinctive opportunity for acquire a deeper understanding of the successful management practices needed to compete in the global economy.   
  • ISEP’s on-site Resident Director, Maria Mateu, will help ease your transition into Barcelona and can provide endless recommendations on things to do, restaurants to try, or new cities to explore. 
  • Be sure to check out some of Barcelona’s many festivals—there’s usually one every weekend! Some of the best are La Mercé in September (honoring the patron saint of Barcelona), Santa Eulàlia in February (winter festival with light installations), and Sant Jordi in April (similar to Valentine’s Day). 
There’s just something undeniably special about Barcelona. In this world-class destination, you’ll live within walking distance of sandy Mediterranean beaches, study at one of the best universities in Europe, and enjoy spectacular architecture, art, music, and food—frequently just on your walk to class!  

Go beyond the usual study abroad experience with ISEP’s Global Engagement Program, designed to build professional skills and intercultural competence. You will be placed with a leading nonprofit or community organization based in Barcelona! Serve 2 hours per week and complete a cross-cultural seminar taught by ISEP’s Resident Director. 
Maria Mateu is the Resident Director of ISEP for Barcelona, Spain. She has more than 15 years of experience as intercultural trainer and diversity management consultant for a wide range of organizations in the social, private and public sectors. Originally from Catalonia, she has lived and worked in Tanzania, the United Kingdom and the U.S. She holds an MA in Intercultural Communication and Relations from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, an MA in International Development, and a BA in Journalism, both from Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona, Spain. She speaks Catalan, Spanish, English, French and basic Kiswahili.  

What We Love About UPF & Barcelona 
UPF is super easy to navigate, and great public transportation makes it easy to get around. Past ISEP students have loved the housing and location of campus, and everyone enjoys being integrated into a Catalan university. The professors care about their students and make an effort to create a positive learning environment. Local students love to chat and give recommendations on where to go. Plus, ISEPers LOVE Maria, our resident director. A recent student shared, “Maria was so hands-on, she was always checking in and planning events for us! She was like our Catalan mom, always there for us.” 

Visit the Program Page for Study in Barcelona to learn more. 

You can meet with the ISEP Coordinator at your home campus or speak with an ISEP Student Services Officer, who will guide you through the application process, pre-departure, your time abroad, and your return. To connect with ISEP, visit our website. 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2025 09/10/2024 10/04/2024 TBA TBA
Fall 2025 02/27/2025 02/27/2025 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2025-2026 02/27/2025 02/27/2025 TBA TBA