ESCI-UPF International Business Program

The ESCI-UPF International Business School is one of the few business schools in Spain that is specifically focused on international issues. The school was created in 1993 as a joint venture between UPF and the Catalan government to promote academic programs and research on the internationalization of Catalan firms. Our school puts special emphasis on developing innovative programs and teaching practices, taking a multicultural approach to management, and consideration of companies' social responsibility.

The International Business Program is jointly offered by the ESCI-UPF International Business School and the UPF Education Abroad Program. The program is aimed at undergraduate students with a major or minor in business who wish to acquire an international perspective and a better understanding of the successful management practices needed to compete in the global economy. The program is moreover designed to offer students insight into international business from a multicultural perspective and to improve their professional qualifications.

Our experience with summer programs and regular exchange agreements with many European, American, and Asian academic institutions make us confident that the program is a useful and enjoyable experience for all participants. Our faculty is looking forward to working with international students interested in learning how to manage companies in the global economy and to providing them with the skills and knowledge they need for a successful start to their business careers.

All students who complete the ESCI-UPF International Business Program will be awarded a joint certificate from the ESCI International Business School and the UPF Eduation Abroad Program attesting that they have successfully completed at least two international business courses.

 

KEY AREAS
> International Business
> International Management
> International Finance
> International Economics
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:
Fall: May 30 | Winter and Spring: October 30
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
The ESCI-UPF International Business Program is designed primarily for students majoring or minoring in business. Most students pursuing a degree in business administration or economics will not need to complete any additional prerequisites. Applicants pursuing degrees in other fields should make sure they have fulfilled the recommended prerequisites specified for each course.
  • 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 STRUCTURE

The program requires a full semester course load (normally 4-5 courses, equivalent to 24-30 ECTS credits) with the following breakdown:

  1. One compulsory core course: International Management
  2. At least one of the following program courses: International Finance, International Economics, Doing Business in Europe, Corporate Finance or New Trends in International Marketing
  3. Two or three additional courses, to be chosen from among the following:
  • Another program course
  • The ESCI-UPF undergraduate course offerings
  • Other UPF Education Abroad Program course offerings (culture and Spanish language courses)
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ACADEMIC OFFERING (CODE & COURSE TITLE)

(!) All ESCI courses will take place at ESCI-UPF Edifici Born, which is about a ten-minute walk from our Ciutadella Campus. Please, be aware of this when configurating your class schedules. 

 

[Compulsory core course]
:: 51634 International Management (6 ECTS credits)

Globalization has created new opportunities for businesses worldwide. This course is designed to prepare students to better analyze and understand the challenges and chances that companies face when expanding their activities internationally. Special attention will be placed upon the different tools and analytical skills available to and required for various specialized managerial roles when businesses are competing internationally.

The course is comprised of 3 segments:  

  • The first is designed to offer students insight into the challenges posed by the international environment. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of differences in political economies and risks, as well as cultural and social heterogeneity among different countries.
  • The second will focus on the analysis of global organizational structures and international strategies.
  • Finally, the third will deal with international management operations, with a particular focus on import and export strategies and financing. It will also examine some of the keys to global marketing and human resource management.

Recommended prerequisite: Business Organization

Check the Fall 15 syllabus here

       Check the Winter 16 syllabus here


[Program elective courses]
:: 51635 International Economics (6 ECTS credits)

As markets are increasingly global, it is important to understand the implications of various scenarios for consumers, entrepreneurs and governments. This course will approach these issues from both a theoretical and empirical point of view. Specifically, the course is divided into two blocks:

  • In the first block students will analyze various trade models and policy instruments, as well as the behavior of "real economic variables."
  • In the second, they will explore topics related to international finance, such as the foreign exchange market, the international financial architecture, or the balance of payments and the relationship it bears to the forex market.

Recommended prerequisite: Introductory Microeconomics and Macroeconomics

Check the Fall 15 syllabus here

Check the Winter 16 syllabus here

:: 51633 International Finance (6 ECTS credits)

This course aims to provide students with a good understanding of the international financial markets and their impact on financial decisions and management at international firms. The course covers a range of topics related to the international monetary system, the foreign exchange and derivatives markets, the financing of international firms, foreign investment operations, and foreign exchange risk management.

Recommended prerequisite: Finance

Check the Fall 15 syllabus here

Check the Spring 16 syllabus here

:: 51636 Doing Business in Europe (6 ECTS credits)

This course aims to provide a comprehensive and integrated view of the European market. The course is structured into two sections:

  • The first offers a global view of Europe (historical background, evolution of the E.U., its institutional structure, and its domestic and foreign policies).
  • The second analyzes the European business environment, paying special attention to differences in managerial and consumer behavior in order to understand and identify economic, political, social, and cultural dimensions of the E.U. that might represent opportunities for business development in the region.

Recommended prerequisite: Business Organization

Check the Fall 15 syllabus here

Check the Winter 16 syllabus here

:: 51655 Corporate Finance (6 ECTS credits)

This course aims to provide a comprehensive and integrated view of the European market. The course is structured into two sections:

  • The first offers a global view of Europe (historical background, evolution of the E.U., its institutional structure, and its domestic and foreign policies).
  • The second analyzes the European business environment, paying special attention to differences in managerial and consumer behavior in order to understand and identify economic, political, social, and cultural dimensions of the E.U. that might represent opportunities for business development in the region.

Recommended prerequisite: Accounting

       Check the Fall 15 syllabus here

       Check the Winter 16 syllabus here 

:: 51669 New Trends in International Marketing (6 ECTS credit)    
Neuro-marketing. Social Responsibility in Marketing. Last trends in giving services through innovation.

To be able to develop the marketing-mix strategy, define the brand extension as well as the communication strategies and distribution alternatives, striving to look towards the future and provide insights for a successful relationship with customers and clients

Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Marketing

Check the Fall 15 syllabus here

Check the Winter 16 syllabus here 

:: NEW!  51700 Applied Marketing Research in the Digital Era (6 ECTS credit) 
Key principles of how to design and plan marketing research. Relevant research designs for B2B and B2C sectors. Data transformation and analysis. New trends in marketing research. To be able to understand the critical details of modern marketing research. To introduce students to the practical tools they will be able to apply in real-life situations. 

Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Marketing

Check the Fall 15 syllabus (TBA)

Check the Winter 16 syllabus (TBA)

[Other Elective Courses]
:: ESCI's regular undergraduate courses :: Hispanic and European Studies Program
:: Spanish Language Courses