Hispanic and European Studies Program

HESP figuresThe Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) is the core of the UPF Education Abroad Program. Created in 2002, it was designed to be one of Europe's top programs for international students interested in a variety of topics and perspectives in the disciplines of communication, humanities, and the social sciences. The program aims to provide students with greater insight into the European, Spanish and Catalan realities, while at the same time encouraging critical thinking. Recently redesigned, the program now also includes a global studies track to encourage reflection on a variety of topics, while continuing to promote intercultural awareness and understanding in our increasingly globalized world.

In addition to content-based courses, the Hispanic and European Studies Program includes language learning at all levels. Five different levels of Spanish classes are offered, from beginner to proficiency and even Spanish for native speakers. The proficiency level prepares students for the Instituto Cervantes DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera) exam, which they can take while they are in Barcelona.

Cultural Component

The UPF Education Abroad Program encourages experiential learning by including cultural activities and on-site classes in the HESP curriculum. Most courses include facultyguided trips to museums and heritage sites, course-related walking tours, and sessions for guest speakers to share their expertise and perspectives on the specific subject matter.

A Program of Excellence

The Hispanic and European Studies Program forms the core of UPF's offerings for international students. All teachers in the program are highly regarded UPF faculty with proven academic experience overseas. The program's courses are approved by a board made up of the deans of all UPF schools and the director of International Relations, the director of Education Abroad and the vicerector of International Relations , subject to the guidelines and leadership of the HESP's academic director.

- The Barcelona Model
- Catalan Culture, Society and Identity
- Hispanic Studies
- Literature
- Art and Art History
- History
- Audiovisual Communication
- Cinema and Video Art
- Journalism
- Media and Mass Media
- Public Relations and Advertising
- Political Science
- Sociology
- The European Union
- Archeology
- Global Studies
- Globalization
- Legal Studies
- Neuroscience
- Marketing
- Economic History and Globalization
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Fall: May 30 | Winter and Spring: October 30
  • Applicants should have a 3.0 GPA minimum at their schools of origin and have completed at least one semester of college level Spanish
  • The program is suitable for both students with a strong command of Spanish and those with only one semester of Spanish, as it includes courses taught in both English and Spanish.
  • Please note that to take courses taught in Spanish, students are strongly advised to have completed at least four semesters of college-level Spanish.
  • Applicants should come from a university or study abroad provider that has a study abroad partnership with UPF
ACADEMIC OFFERING (Course information and syllabi): ELECTIVE COURSES
- Fall 2016 
- Winter 2017 
- Spanish Language Courses
Course registration can be completed with regular courses at UPF Schools, ESCI (*) and Elisava (**) 
MORE INFORMATION: Calendar | Apply | Fees | Policies

(*) All ESCI courses will take place at ESCI, which is about fifteen minutes walk from our Ciutadella Campus. Please, be aware of this when configurating your class schedules.

(**) All ELISAVA Design program courses will take place at ELISAVA school, which is about thirty minutes by bus from our Ciutadella Campus. Please, be aware of this when configurating your class schedules.