Undergraduate Incoming Students
If you are coming at the UPF School of Economics and Business as part of the Erasmus programme or a bilateral agreement, you might find useful the following information and links.
- Academic Coordinator
- General Information and Academic Calendar
- Teaching Organization
- Course Information
- Assessment, Examinations and Grades
Contact the Academic Coordinator for academic issues. For any logistics, administrative and technical issues, please contact OMA directly at [email protected]
Academic Coordinator: Jeaninne Horowitz
E-mail: [email protected]
Office: Jaume I (20.151)
Office hours: By appointment
General Information and Academic Calendar
Our academic calendar can be found here. 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.
The School of Economics and Business offers five degrees:
- (ECO) Economics
- (BA) Business Management and Administration
- (IBE) International Business Economics (taught entirely in English)
- (MGT) Business Sciences - Management
- (DD) Double degree in Law-Economics/Business Management and Administration
We prepare a course catalogue that includes courses from our 4 bachelor programmes. All those courses are higher than second year in those degrees. For courses from the School of Economic and Business, exchange students should choose courses only from this specific catalogue. However, you may also choose a course from another School as long as they are offered to their incoming students and space is available.
In all cases, the majority of the courses you choose must be from our School.
The courses offered in our incoming catalogue are all 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. It is therefore, recommended that you take 20 ECTS in a specific term. You can take more credits but be aware that the workload will be greater.
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.
Check our 2023-2024 course catalogue. This list will help you find appropriate courses for your curriculum recognized by your university.
Because our courses are highly demanded, it is important that you take careful care and attention when doing your initial selection in order to avoid clashes that would demand changes that may be difficult or impossible to do a posteriori. Our course catalogue shows the term, degree acronym, course name (which can be in English, Spanish and Catalan), course code, language, group and time slot. The time slots show the time when course lectures and seminars are given. Be careful NOT to select two courses in the same Time Slot as you will encounter scheduling conflicts since your lectures will overlap.
Since minor changes in timetables may occur, you should check the catalogue regularly. You should also check the course description (syllabus) using the syllabus search link provide below. Updated syllabus are posted by the professors at the beginning of the term and they show the name of professors, course content, pre-requisites and evaluation criteria. You can check syllabus from previous years before the term begins but be sure to recheck the one posted by your professor when the term starts as changes in contents and evaluation criteria may occur. The email addresses of professors can be found using this link.
Some courses are identified as MQA (Advanced Quantitative Methods) these are high demanding courses with a strong quantitative content. Prerequisite: good background in Mathematics.
To make sure the course is the right one for you, before selecting you should check the syllabus of each course by clicking on the link below and search using the course code and/or course name.
Syllabus search: You may check the syllabus of each course by using the course code in the subject search. Note that some of the syllabi for the present academic year are currently being updated, so you may need to locate them using previous years. If that happens, please bear in mind that the assessment criteria might change, so be sure to obtain the updated syllabus from your professor at the beginning of a course.
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.
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.
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.
The examination timetable for each course will be published on the School's Website at the beginning of each term.
Please bear in mind when checking the examination timetable that if you activate an automatic translator, you might obtain incorrect information. So, we advise that you use the original Catalan version. Courses are assigned to specific Degrees (Grau), so we suggest you search the different degrees using the course code (codi).
In addition, this link provides information on grading reviews. https://www.upf.edu/
Official grades and revisions
Grades are published on Aula Global and/or through the Sigma System in Campus Global. When publishing the grades using the Sigma system the professor also defines the date when exam/grade revisions will take place. Not all the professors send a general notification to students once they publish the grades, therefore you should check for your grades regularly. You can also consult your grades using your phones and devices other than the computer.
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.
Can I register for the Final Year Project at UPF? No, it's not possible to do the Final Year Project at the UPF unless you are a student of the Double degree in Economics Toulousse-UPF or St. Petersburg-UPF.
Can I register for Internships ? Yes. The information on internships is found here: https://www.upf.edu/web/econ/