Students are taught 2 hours of theory and attend a 90-minute seminar per subject per week. The rest of the training process takes place through personal work (each credit corresponds to 25 hours of training). There are 10 teaching weeks in each term.
The School of Economics and Business is the first and only faculty in Spain (public or private and for any discipline) to be awarded the Certificate for Quality in Internationalization granted by a consortium of fourteen European accreditation agencies.
Our students, who are characterized by a high level of academic achievement and have a markedly international profile (with exchange students from 70 countries), offer tremendous potential for having friends, acquaintances and professional contacts all over the world.
Our lecturers, who come from 20 different countries, participate in cutting-edge national and European research. The Department of Economics and Business is consequently renowned as an international standard-setter.
Over 67% of our courses are taught in English. Of particular note is our bachelor's degree programme in International Business Economics, which is taught entirely in English.
It holds exchanges with the best universities in the world. A total of 119 institutions receive 320 Faculty pupils each year and we play host to 350 international students.
Paid internships at renowned Spanish and international firms, though not compulsory, have reached the record figure of 1,000 this year.
To become a good professional in the field of economics and business it is essential tohave good skills in mathematics. It is, therefore, strongly recommended that all studentswho wish to study degrees in Economics and Business at Pompeu Fabra University should take Mathematics for Science and Technology at High School education and, in any case, they should sit the access test to university (PAU), taking both the test ofMathematics applied to Social Sciences and also the Mathematics test, taking the opportunity of the available choices in the two phases of the access test to university(PAU).
Our pledge is to enable every student who opts to take a university degree programme at our faculty to develop their abilities to the full. We thus provide a range of opportunities that motivate students to actively participate in their training and make use of the resources on our virtual campus for self-study purposes.
UPF's bachelor's degree programme in Business Management and Administration provides students with the knowledge of economics and the skills required to manage the different areas of activity (finance, sales, human resources, etc.) of a business, be it a multinational or a SME.
The programme's graduates will be capable of managing projects within organizations and adapting to economic, socio-political and technological environments of a complex, changing nature.
Competences to be acquired
Upon completing their training process, all students should have acquired the following competences:
Habitually setting themselves high standards and working with self-discipline and rigour.
Working in a team.
Understanding and interpreting, in an appropriate, logical manner, economic texts of a certain complexity and academic texts in general.
Applying economic reasoning to decision making.
Having a good command of IT resources and mathematical and statistical language.
Being aware of the different contexts in which they operate, i.e. the economy and its current situation, their sector, their market, their company and their department.
Understanding microeconomic strategies and their implications for management.
Identifying opportunities for resource and cost optimization.
Establishing and maintaining a network of professional contacts for taking advantage of synergies and opportunities.
Students have the option of undertaking a study period abroad through university mobility programmes. The credits a student obtains (a maximum of 40) during such a period may be deemed to correspond to optional subjects or, if recognized beforehand, to compulsory third and fourth-year subjects or their bachelor's degree final project.
Basic and compulsory subjects essential to a knowledge of economics and business, such as Mathematics, Introduction to Company Law and Introduction to Financial Accounting, are taught in the first year of the programme.
In the second year, students learn in greater detail about the fields of microeconomics, macroeconomics, probability, statistics, econometrics and financial analysis, among others.
In the third and fourth years, students must earn 120 credits through compulsory business subjects (including Sales Management, Financial Management, Strategic Management and Human Resources) and optional economics and business subjects.
At the end of the first and second cycles alike, students take subjects in which they are required to demonstrate all the progress they have made. Specifically, that involves writing a seminar paper (five credits) in the third term of the second year, and carrying out a bachelor's degree final project (six credits) in the fourth year.
Two double degree programmes are available, the first in Law and Business Management and Administration, and the second in Law and Economics. Each of them enables students to obtain the two degrees it involves in a period of five years and one term.
This bachelor's degree programme has no defined tracks, as one of its curriculum's main aims is to allow for maximum flexibility, to which end a significant number of its credits correspond to optional subjects. Students are thus able to broaden their knowledge in whichever fields they wish to specialize in.