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.
Our bachelor's degree programme in Business Sciences - Management provides quality training on the basis of which graduates will swiftly find employment.
The programme's structure guarantees that students will become familiar with all the functional areas of a business and acquire the personal skills they need to go about their professional activity after graduating. Furthermore, the training involved will enable them to take up executive positions in the future.
The programme's quality is based on four key factors. The first is the pragmatic outlook that students develop in relation to companies, particularly during the programme's second cycle. The second is the emphasis that UPF places on offering its students internships. The third is the great flexibility that students enjoy in terms of compulsory subjects, enabling them to spend a whole academic year on exchange if they wish. The fourth is the excellent level of proficiency they achieve in English, a consequence of using the language to study a minimum of six of the programme's subjects.
To obtain quality training that will enable graduates to interpret, understand and anticipate the changes that take place in organizations, with a view to designing and implementing business strategies that guarantee the fulfilment of corporate goals.
To develop the leadership capacity required to efficiently manage and coordinate an organization's different resources (human and material alike).
To become familiar with and develop a good command of the analytical tools required for decision making in different business areas.
To be capable of interacting with other social actors both within and outside a company, so as to establish the agreements and conditions necessary for the organization to fulfil its goals.
Competences to be acquired
Upon completing their training process, all students should have acquired the following competences:
Searching for, recognizing and evaluating opportunities to create new businesses.
Managing the launch and development of new projects.
Designing and performing market studies.
Identifying and evaluating different foreign market entry modes.
Managing export and overseas product marketing processes.
Choosing and implementing information systems and appropriate applications for business management support purposes.
Being familiar with the various staff management tools.
Being familiar with and using financial, accounting and business management language.
Analysing a company's financial and economic situation.
Designing and coordinating a company's staff recruitment and appraisal processes.
Applying different cost systems to analyse how they affect a company's financial result.
Respecting moral and ethical principles and recognizing the legal and social responsibility stemming from their acts and those of their organization.
The programme includes a subject called Internship. It involves students training in a public or private organization, be it Spanish or otherwise, with a view to enabling them to apply and complement the knowledge and skills they have acquired, familiarizing them with the sort of professional environment in which they will work as graduates, and helping them develop competences conducive to finding a job.
The ultimate goal is for students to put everything they have learned in the programme's other subjects into practice. To that end, UPF has a range of services for liaising between companies and students.
Every student will receive guidance from an academic tutor and a tutor from their host organization for the duration of their internship.
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 business sciences, such as Mathematics, Business Organization and Administration, Economics and Company Law, are taught in the first year of the programme.
In the second year, students learn in greater detail about companies' different areas, involving subjects such as Marketing, Accounting, Human Resources and Strategic Management.
In the third and fourth years, students must earn 120 credits through compulsory subjects (Company Creation, Foreign Trade and Financial Management, among others) and optional subjects related to different fields of economics and business.
The fourth year includes carrying out a bachelor's degree final project, which has a value of six credits and allows students to demonstrate all the progress they have made.
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.