This semester-long (or full-year) program may be of interest to any student who is majoring in health sciences, medicine, biology, veterinary science, nursing, or any other health-related field and/or who is planning to apply to medical school after graduation.

In today's globalized world, more and more students seek to include international experience in their studies. This can be achieved by working alongside faculty and students from UPF's prestigious Health and Life Sciences School.

The program requires a full semester course load (4-5 courses or the equivalent of 24-30 ECTS credits) chosen from among the following options:


Global Health KEY AREAS
> Comparative Healthcare Systems
> Anatomy and Embryology
> Physiology
> Public Health
> Cellular Biology
> Nutrition and Food Science
> Biochemistry
> Pathology
> Psychology
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Full Year: April 30 | Winter&Spring or Spring&Summer:  October 30
  • Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 at their school of origin.
  • The program is suitable for both students with a strong command of Spanish and intermediate speakers.
    • Students with a strong command of Spanish may participate in observation activities, as long as their language and other skills enable efficient communication with others in the experiential-learning setting.
    • Students with any level of Spanish may participate in the experiential-learning activities in laboratories.
  • Applicants should come from a university or study-abroad provider with a study-abroad agreement with UPF.


Elective course (from the HESP) 

 :: Neurosciences for Humanities (6 ECTS Credits)

How reliable is our perception of the world? What is consciousness? Is free will an illusion? Does beauty reside in our brain? Neurosciences study the brain, from genes and cells to behavior and, during the last years, the scientific study of the brain has provided radical new clues about how the brain works. This knowledge has strong implications for many areas of human activity outside the conventional environment of medicine or psychology, and expands to economics, laws, philosophy or art. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the dialogue between neurosciences and humanities, thereby breaking the classical gap between CP Snows' "Two Cultures". The intersecting topics range from philosophical and ethical issues, such as free will, the grounds of knowledge, or economic behavior, to questions related to art and culture

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UPF Health-related direct-enrollment courses (All terms)

Students may take direct-enrollment courses from various degree programs offered at the UPF Health and Life Sciences School in the fields of biology, biotechnology, bioinformatics, health, and medical science. These are direct enrollment courses taught in English or Spanish:

     Check the research groups which are available to consider your proposal.

(!) All the Health-related direct enrollment courses will take place at Ciutadella Campus Mar which is about a ten-minute walk from our Ciutadella Campus. Please, be aware of this when configurating your class schedules.

Research and Experiential Learning Component

:: Research Labs (2nd and 3rd terms) (6 ECTS Credits) 

Besides meeting the general Global Health Program admission requirements, students intersted in the Research Labs must be students of Biomedical related majors.

The Research Projects can last for a period of 6 months (January-June/July) or 10 months (September/June).

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Spanish Language Courses (2nd term)

Students may round out their course registration with Spanish language courses, which are offered for all levels, from beginner to proficiency, including courses for native speakers.

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[Other Elective Courses]
:: UPF Health and Life Sciences School courses
:: Spanish Language Courses