UCLA is one of the world's great research universities, and one of the top public universities in the United States. Interdisciplinary teaching and research is a particular strength, with initiatives in the Arts, Stem Cells and other Biosciences, Nanoscience, International Studies and the Environment.

UCLA's primary purpose as a public research university is the creation, dissemination, preservation, and application of knowledge for the betterment of our global society. To fulfill this mission, UCLA is committed to academic freedom in its fullest terms and values open access to information, free and lively debate conducted with mutual respect for individuals, and freedom from intolerance. In all pursuits, UCLA strives at once for excellence and diversity, recognizing that openness and inclusion produce true quality.

At UCLA the commitment to cultural diversity and international experience are reflected in student numbers. More than 5,500 foreign students from 108 countries are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, professional, and non-degree programs, and about 1,600 young Bruins earn credit through study abroad opportunities in more than 50 countries, including Summer programs such as this new one set up in collaboration with UPF in Barcelona.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) is an urban, modern and prestigious public university founded in 1990 and located in the city center of Barcelona. Since its foundation, its project has been based on high quality teaching, proximity to the students, and internationally recognized research. In 20 years UPF has gained a strong reputation in the Social Sciences and Humanities, in Communication and Information Technologies, as well as in Health and Life Sciences. In all these areas UPF is shaping up as a pole of knowledge creation and transmission and therefore of attraction of talent in southern Europe.

One of the most salient features of UPF is the great importance attached to internationalization policies, which it applies in a number of ways, such as the promotion of mobility among students; participation in international networks, mobility programs and projects; academic and research-based cooperation with highly renowned universities, and presence in different forums, institutions and working groups worldwide. More than 2,000 international undergraduate students from all over the world spend a study period every year at UPF, in either the Education Abroad Program or in exchange programs with all the UPF Faculties and Schools. The UPF-UCLA Global Cities Summer program is a consolidated project developed to reinforce this remarkable international approach.