The Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP) is the core of the UPF Education Abroad Program. Created in 2002, it was designed to be one of Europe's top programs for international students interested in a variety of topics and perspectives in the disciplines of communication, humanities, and the social sciences. The program aims to provide students with greater insight into the European, Spanish and Catalan realities, while at the same time encouraging critical thinking. Recently redesigned, the program now also includes a global studies track to encourage reflection on a variety of topics, while continuing to promote intercultural awareness and understanding in our increasingly globalized world.

In addition to content-based courses, the Hispanic and European Studies Program includes the option to take language courses at all levels. Five different levels of Spanish classes are offered, from beginner to proficiency and even Spanish for native speakers. The proficiency level prepares students for the Instituto Cervantes DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera) exam, which they can take while they are in Barcelona.

Cultural Component

The UPF Education Abroad Program encourages experiential learning by including cultural activities and on-site classes in the HESP curriculum. Most courses include faculty-guided trips to museums and heritage sites, course-related walking tours, and sessions for guest speakers to share their expertise and perspectives on the specific subject matter.

A Program of Excellence

The Hispanic and European Studies Program forms the core of UPF's offerings for international students. All teachers in the program are highly regarded UPF faculty with proven academic experience overseas. The program's courses are approved by a board made up of the deans of all UPF schools and the director of International Relations, the director of Education Abroad and the vicerector of International Relations, subject to the guidelines and leadership of the HESP's academic director. 

Key Areas

  • Archaeology
  • Art and Art History
  • Audiovisual Communication
  • The Barcelona Model
  • Catalan Culture, Society and Identity
  • Cinema and Video Art
  • European Union studies
  • Economic History
  • Global Studies
  • Globalization
  • Hispanic Studies
  • Humanities
  • Journalism
  • Legal Studies
  • Marketing
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

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Program Requirements

  • Applicants should have a 3.0 GPA minimum at their schools of origin.

  • The program is suitable for both students with a strong command of Spanish and for those wishing to take courses only in English, 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


Deadline for Applications

Fall: May 30 | Winter and Spring: October 30


Academic Offerings

- Fall 2019

Winter 2020

Spanish Language Courses