Universitat Pompeu Fabra


Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) was founded in 1990 and has already has risen to one of the elite universities in the world. The New York Times ranked it 13th among the top 100 universities under 50 years old, and you will be in the company of the 600 international exchange students a year that decide to study at this modern and elite university. Located in the urban center of Barcelona and steps away from the sea, Pompeu Fabra offers students an unrivaled education in a variety of disciplines in a truly global environment. From volunteering to meeting with an advisor in your field of study, Pompeu Fabra makes it easy to take full advantage of your exchange. This exchange program is College of Business Administration (CBA) specific, meaning only undergraduate CBA students may participate. For more information about the university, go to the specified UPF's exchange student website, and download the information linked.  
Want to learn more? Check out the Pitt Business To the World student blog.

Fact sheet
Learning Objectives

As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to develop: 

  • the ability to succeed independently in a foreign education environment. 
  • non-US based perspectives on your field of study and/or future career path. 
  • a global network of peers in similar fields of study and connections with faculty in Spain


Partner Information

Ciutadella Campus (Jaume I building)
Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27.
08005 Barcelona
TEL: +34 93 542 24 11|22 03|25 04
Email: oma.incoming@upf.edu

Location Description

Barcelona is not only the second-largest city in Spain, but it is also a financial and business center due to its large ports, impressive culture, and world-renowned universities. Aside from the famous architecture of Gaudí, fashion, art, and cinema are vibrant throughout the city. Additionally, Barcelona boasts a deep international community that will allow you to make friends from around the world.

Housing Description

UPF does not offer university-affiliated housing but is a member of the Barcelona Centre Universitati, a public service that assists international students coming to city. UPF will provide instructions on when and how to apply for housing. See UPF’s general housing website.  





Academic Description

UPF's courses are taught in Spanish, Catalan and in English with a large number taught in English . Specific courses will be offered in one of the two languages.  
Credits taken at UPF are evaluated on an ECTS scale and will transfer to Pitt according to a 2:1 ratio. For example, 10 ECTS credits will transfer as 5 Pitt credits. Additionally, for the purpose of full-time status at Pitt, students should be prepared to take what is equivalent to at least 12 Pitt credit hours. All credits taken at UPF require approval by both your academic advisor(s) and study abroad program manager.  
Courses taken at VU will be treated as transfer credits and will be marked as pass/fail (S/NC) on a Pitt student's transcript. In other words, transfer credits will not affect your Pitt GPA. Actual grades earned will appear on the transcript from the exchange university. 



Students who have attended this program in the past have taken classes in the areas of:
Business Spanish
Business Accounting
Business Economics

Unlike Pitt, UPF’s grading scale assigns numerical values between 1 –10, with 10 representing the highest grade achievable.  

For more information about the grading scale at UPF, see their explanation located on the factsheet.  

For Pitt transfer credit, in order to earn a grade of “S,” (satisfactory) at Pitt, you must make an equivalent to a grade of “C” or higher. An equivalent to a “C-” or lower will result in a grade of “NC” (no credit) at Pitt.  


Pitt students may utilize the following online resource to understand the grading scale within this host country. 



Program Fees
Pitt students participating on an exchange program will pay regular Pitt tuition and fees, according to their in-state or out-of-state residency status. In addition to the Study Abroad Administrative Fee, this also includes all Mandatory Fees, such as the Student Activity Fee, Wellness Fee, Computing and Network Services Fee, and the Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee.  
Pitt Students on financial aid and/or tuition scholarships will need to consult the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid or respective entity providing the funds to confirm coverage for study abroad. 

Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition* $10,403 $18,396
Mandatory Fees $545 $545
Study Abroad Fee $400 $400
Total Billed by Pitt* $11,348 $19,341
How Much To Budget

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Travel Expenses: Airfare, Passport, Visa


Room & Board

$1,200 - 2,500

Personal Expenses



The Estimated Costs reflect information provided by UPF and are reported to OAFA to calculate financial aid packages.The listed costs are defaulted to one semester. Multiply the costs by two for two semesters. 


Personal expenses vary with individual students. Review UPF's estimated cost section in their factsheet

Students studying abroad through Pitt Study Abroad are automatically provided health insurance coverage during the official program dates. However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the exchange university you will attend requires purchase of a specific health insurance coverage per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program.

Program Dates

Pitt students enroll at UPF for the spring semester. UPF's spring calendar differs from Pitt's normal springsemester, so Pitt students should check the academic calendar at the exchange university. Unlike Pitt, UPF's spring calendar is from January - March and/or April - June.

Arielle Schweber

Bonjour! I’m the International Programs Manager for Pitt Business. I’m originally from New York but have spent some time in France, as I have dual nationality. I’m new to the city and university, but I can’t wait explore my inner yinzer! Since high school, I have participated in short and long term study abroad programs.  My first stop was in Spain, then a semester in France and finally two short term programs in Cuba and India. Outside of the office you can find me exploring new restaurants, biking, skiing, watching HGTV or planning my next adventure! My hope is for every Pitt student to study abroad. You can get in touch with me at aschweber@business.pitt.edu or 412-383-7489.


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Application Instructions

Pitt sends a limited number of students per semester to UPF. In addition to applying to the Pitt Study Abroad application above, be sure to review UPF's factsheet regarding their application requirements for incoming exchange students. A formal nomination from Pitt Study Abroad is required for Pitt students to be recognized as an exchange student at UPF. Therefore, Pitt students must complete all necessary Pitt Study Abroad steps in addition to UPF's requirements. In other words, acceptance by Pitt Study Abroad does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university.
The language requirement for the program is that you must have completed at least 4-semesters of Spanish. Prior to being nominated you must meet with the Program Manager.  
The exchange university may require the following to be submitted through an online application or by paper. Requirements may include but are not limited to the following:  

  • Application Form 
  • Copy of Valid Passport 
  • Official Pitt Transcript 
  • Official Pitt Verification of Enrollment 
  • Statement of Intent or Purpose 
  • Resume or CV 
  • Official Language Evaluation 
  • Up to 2 instructor letters of recommendations 
  • Up to 2 passport photos 


Additional Information

*Please note, you must be the recipient of the Elizabeth Luke-Gabriel Zamorano Memorial Scholarship to participate in this exchange program. Please see the scholarship page for application details*
Non-native English speakers may be required to show evidence of English proficiency either through the IELTS or the TOELF.  

Agreement Meeting
All students are required to attend the mandatory Agreement Meeting.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application.

Scholarship Information

For scholarship opportunities, be sure to check out the Pitt Study Abroad Scholarship page

Pitt Business students may also apply for additional scholarship through the Pitt Business International Scholarships, as well as crowdfund using the Pitt Business Fund My Travel page. Please note, that the application deadline for the Pitt Business International Scholarship is the same as the program application deadline.  


Insurance Requirements

Students studying abroad through Pitt Study Abroad are automatically provided health insurance coverage during the official program dates.

Visa Requirements

In order to study as a student in specific countries, a visa is required. A visa is formal endorsement by the host country to grant permission for an individual to enter, live or stay in that country for a specific purpose and period. In addition to a visa, some host countries may require a residency permit upon arrival.


For those without a Spanish/EU nationality, students must obtain a student visa to study in Spain. For an overview regarding the visa process, please review UPF's website. UPF will provide general direction after formal admission on for how to apply for a visa. Pitt students should also research the visa and/or permit process through the specified country consulate website.   


In general visa application requirements include but are not limited to the following requirements:  

  • Visa application 
  • Valid Passport 
  • Verification of acceptance from sponsoring university (exchange university) 
  • Financial Documents, such as bank statements, tax documents or pay statements.   
  • Passport photos 
  • Application fee 
  • Medical/physical examination (likely to require a doctor's appointment so plan accordingly) 
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