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 useful the following information and links.


Mobility Coordinator

Jeaninne Horowitz
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Office: Jaume I (20.151)
Office hours: By appointment

General Information and Academic Calendar

General Information (PowerPoint

Our 2019/20 academic calendar can be found here (first term classes start on September 25th, 2019). 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.

Check 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 lecture sessions per week of 1.5 hours for larger groups (90 or more students) and one seminar session of 1.5 hours for smaller groups (20-30 students). The seminar sessions usually begin on the second or third week of the term and assistance to them is usually mandatory. Courses may have different structures, requirements and evaluation methods so students should check the study plans (syllabi). Once students are registered in a lecture group, the seminar subgroups are assigned randomly, except for those students enrolled during or after the add&drop period, who will have to select themselves their seminar time schedule 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 2019/20 

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.

Check our 2019/20 course catalogue in English, Spanish and Catalan. We hope that this list will help you to find appropriate courses for your curriculum that can also be recognized by your University.

Bear in mind that minor changes in timetables may occur so you have to check them regularly. Also, the information of the courses is based in last academic year information, so changes in contents and evaluation system are also possible.

Some courses are identified as MQA (Advanced Quantitative Methods) these are high demanding courses with a strong quantitative content. Prerequisite: good background in Mathematics. 

Syllabus search: you may check the syllabus of each course by selecting the center (332), degree and course code or course name. Currently, you will be able to check the 2017-18 courses syllabi. Please bear in mind that assessment criteria for 2019-20 courses might change.

Please note that our timetables are distributed in several non-overlapping time slots. For each term, you can only choose one course per time slot, otherwise your lectures will overlap. For each course you have to attend two 1,5 hours lectures but only one of the three seminars (the same seminar every week).

Once enrolled you will find the list of your courses on Aula Global, where:

  • 2018-CodeXXX-T2 means Group 2 of the course CodeXXX
  • 2018-CodeXXX-S203 means seminar 3 of Group 2 of the course CodeXXX, which corresponds also with the third possible time for the seminar in the corresponding time slot.
Seminars: you will be assigned to one seminar for each course (1, 2 or 3). Seminar groups will be assigned at the beginning of the first term. If you are studying at UPF during the 2nd or 3rd term, you will have to autoassign to a seminar group through Campus Global -> Aula Global -> Espai Aula 


Timetables 2019/20  

You may check your personal timetable

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.
Overlapping exams: given that exchange students normally take classes from different degrees, sometimes the exam dates and timetables for two subjects can coincide (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 are performed in different buildings). If this is the case, please fill in the following form before the last day of the 8th week and for resit exams, no later than 2 days after the records closure. The Secretary's Office will check the overlapping and will contact the student before the exams start.
Examination Calendar

The examination timetable for each course will be published on the Faculty's Website at the beginning of each term.

Please bear in mind that if you activate an automatic translator, you might have the wrong dates. So, we advise you to check the Catalan version.


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.


Past year exams

Some courses allow publishing their final exam at the end of each term. You may consult them on the e-Repositori Website.