Incoming students

The Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences offers a wide range of courses for its Bachelor students. Exchange students can access a selection of courses on an equal footing as UPF students.

If you are coming at the UPF Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences as part of the Erasmus programme or a bilateral agreement, you might find the following information and links useful.

2017 Welcome session for Economics & Business students


Mobility Coordinator

Jeaninne Horowitz  

Office Office hours
Jaume I (20.151) Tuesdays, from 12:00 to 13:00


General Information and Academic Calendar

Visit our International web site, where you can find the basic and general information about Pompeu Fabra University including accommodation, enrolment procedures....

You can also check our 2017/18 academic calendar (first term classes start on September 26th, not 25th). You will see that the academic year is divided into three terms of ten weeks each, followed by two weeks of examinations. Your stay can last one, two or three terms, depending on the agreement we have with your university.

Consult the academic calendar before booking your flights


Teaching Organization

The Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences offers five degrees:

  • (ECO) Economics
  • (BA) Business Management and Administration
  • (IBE) International Business Economics (taught entirely in English)
  • (MGT) Business Sciences - Management
  • Double degree in Law-Economics/Business Management and Administration

Exchange students can enrol in 3rd or 4th year courses in any of the 4 bachelor programmes. Places will only be given in first and second year courses in very exceptional circumstances, and this is always subject to prior authorization from the exchange coordinator.

Our courses usually have a course load of 5 ECTS credits (equivalent to 125 hours of work by the student, including class attendance, seminars, presentations, group work, individual study and examinations).

Each course normally includes two lectures per week of 1.5 hours in large groups (90 or more students) and one seminar of 1.5 hours in small groups (20-30 students). The seminar sessions usually begin in the second or third week of the term. The lecturer will inform you in the classroom or by means of the course plan, which you should check. Once students are registeres in a theory group, the seminar subgroups are assigned randomly (except those enrolled after the add&drop procedures, which will have to select seminar upon availability).

The normal course load is 20 ECTS credits each term, so that our students usually take a total of 60 ECTS credits every academic year. You should therefore take a maximum of 20 ECTS credits per term. Please note that first term courses are highly demanded. As a result, it may turn to be difficult to register for more than 20 ECTS credits.


Course Information 2017/18

Since our courses are highly demanded, it is important that you make a good initial selection to avoid changes. In this page you will find our range of courses, their language and timetables and also academic information to find the more appropriate courses for your curriculum.

Study plans

You may check our detailed study plans: presentation, syllabus and course programmes:

Incoming students can choose courses in any of our four degrees.

Course Offer 2017/18  

Check our 2016/17 short course catalogue PDF document in English, Spanish and Catalan (next year's catalogue will be updated shortly).

For further information, check the detailed 2016/17 course offer


Informational Units about Catalan Language and Culture   

The following courses will take place in September. Check the detailed program PDF document for further information.

  • Catalan Survival Kit
  • A Quick Glance at Catalonia
  • What Else Should I Know About Catalan Culture?


Timetables 2016/17  


TIMETABLES GUIDE (03:44 for 3rd/4th year courses)

Subtitles in English


Assessment, examinations and grades

Most subjects assess attendance and participation (especially at seminars), hand-in of individual and/or group assignments, and presentations. In addition, there is usually a partial examination and a final examination. Please note that the final exam may be very strongly weighted in the final grade (between 60% and 80%, or even more) and a minimum grade in the examination (e.g. 4) is sometimes required in order to pass the course. If in doubt, talk about it with your classmates or contact your lecturer. 

UPF library (Dipòsit de les aigües)

Also note that some subjects have multiple choice quizzes, where wrong answers usually lead to points being deducted from the final grade. Be careful with this and ask the instructor or read the course plan.

  • Grades at UPF range from 0 to 10. The minimum pass grade is 5, and excellent grades are obtained from 9 upwards.
  • Examination period: the examination dates are published on Aula Global with plenty of advance notice. You have to check the timetable to find the date and the classroom by using the course code, to avoid confusion.
  • Resit examination: you must generally have participated during the term and failed the course in order to be eligible for the resit examination; consult the syllabus for the eligibility requirements for the resit examinations. Resit exams must be taken at UPF.
  • Exams overlapping: it is considered that there is an exam overlapping when the margin of time between the two tests is less than thirty minutes, provided they perform in different buildings. If you are in this case, you should contact one of the two professors no later than one week before the start of the exam period. Note that the alternative test should always be in the examination period.

The examination timetable for each course will be published on the Student Intranet at the beginning of each term.

2016/17 Ordinary examination period Resit examination period
1st term 12-22 December
21 & 28 January
2nd term 20-31 March
28 April, 5 & 6 May
3rd term 19-29 June
11 & 12 July

2017/18 Ordinary examination period Resit examination period
1st term 11-21 December
To be confirmed
2nd term 20-23 March ; 3-6 April
To be confirmed
3rd term 21-29 June
To be confirmed


Official grades and revisions

Grades are published on Aula Global and you may also consult them on your phones and devices. The instructor will inform about the date of publication.

Arrow How to check your grades online

Past year exams

Some courses allow publishing their final exam at the end of each term. You may consult them on the Student Intranet.


Other Information

For any practical information on issues related to accommodation, life and the cost of living in Barcelona acces Living in Barcelona. For questions regarding registration, adding and dropping subjects, grade, transcripts and stage certificates contact the Mobility Office:

E-mails: When you have to send an e-mail, please write short and clear messages, always state your home university, and in the subject field please write a phrase that is very descriptive of the issue discussed in the e-mail (such as "Requirements for..." or "When will ...?) and avoid very generic subject headings such as "Erasmus" or leaving the subject field empty.