The International Business Program is jointly offered by the ESCI-UPF International Business School and the UPF Education Abroad Program. The program is aimed at undergraduate students with a major or minor in business who wish to acquire an international perspective and a better understanding of the successful management practices needed to compete in the global economy. Moreover, the program is designed to offer students insight into international business from a multicultural perspective and to improve their professional qualifications.

Our experience with summer programs and regular exchange agreements with many European, American, and Asian academic institutions make us confident that the program is a useful and enjoyable experience for all participants. Our faculty is looking forward to working with international students interested in learning how to manage companies in the global economy and to providing them with the skills and knowledge they need for a successful start to their business careers.

All students who complete the ESCI-UPF International Business Program will be awarded a joint certificate from the ESCI International Business School and the UPF Eduation Abroad Program attesting that they have successfully completed at least two international business courses.

 

Key Areas

 

  • International Business
  • International Management
  • International Finance
  • International Economics

(!) All ESCI courses will take place at ESCI-UPF Edifici Born, which is about a ten-minute walk from our Ciutadella Campus. They have different codes for the Fall/Winter terms. Please, be aware of this when configurating/registering your class schedules.

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Program Requirements

The ESCI-UPF International Business Program is designed primarily for students majoring or minoring in business. Most students pursuing a degree in business administration or economics will not need to complete any additional prerequisites. Applicants pursuing degrees in other fields should make sure they have fulfilled the recommended prerequisites specified for each course.

  • 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

 

Academic Structure

The certificate requires a full semester course load (normally 4-5 courses, equivalent to 24-30 ECTS credits) with the following breakdown:

  1. One compulsory core course: International Management

  2. At least one of the program elective courses: International Finance, International Economics, Doing Business in Europe, Corporate Finance, New Trends in International Marketing, Economic Global Order, Financial Risk Management, Strategic Brand Management, Consulmer Behavior or Cross Cultural Management and Intercultural Communication.

  3. Two or three additional courses, to be chosen from among the following:

 

Deadline for applications:

Fall: May 30 | Winter and Spring: October 30

 

Academic offerings Fall 2021, Winter 2022 & Spring 2022

Compulsory core course Compulsory core course

51634 / 51701 - International Management 

Credits: 6 ECTS

Term: Fall 21 & Winter 22
Modality: Face-to-face learning options 

Schedules Fall 21

Schedules Winter 22

Recommended prerequisite: Business Organization

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The International Management course focuses on the opportunities and challenges created by globalisation. It examines a series of cross-cultural and management issues related to management in an international marketplace. The aim of this course is to enable students to analyse and understand the opportunities and challenges that companies face when expanding their activities internationally and when dealing with international competitors in their home markets. Special attention is placed upon the different tools and analytic competences available to the different specialised managerial roles when competing internationally.

The course comprises three segments. The first builds a better understanding of the challenges in the international environment. It focuses on the analysis of country differences in political economy and political risks as well as cultural and social heterogeneities. In this segment, the course covers the major facets of the international management environment (legal, political, economic and cultural). The central debates surrounding the cultural construct, formal and informal institutions, economic development and regional integrations are presented in class, along with the major frameworks that have been used to describe these phenomena.

Elective Courses Elective Courses

51655 / 51705 - Corporate Finance

Credits: 6 ECTS

Term: Fall 2021 & Winter 2022 
Modality: Face-to-face learning options

 

Schedules Fall 21 

Schedules Winter 22 

 

Recommended prerequisite: Business Organization

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This introductory course into the world of Corporate Finance helps students master the vocabulary of financial statements and accounting reports and equips them with the skills to use these tools to communicate with internal and external interlocutors. It also focuses on how to measure corporate investments and considers the different finance resources that are currently available.

51633/51703 - International Finance

Credits: 6 ECTS

Term: Winter 2022 
Modality: Face-to-face learning options

Schedules Winter 22 

Recommended prerequisite: Accounting, Financial Management

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The monetary markets. Stock exchanges and commodity markets. Cash and deposit operations. Options and contracting of financial futures. Interbanking products. Business risk.

51669 / 51706 - New Trends in International Marketing

Credits: 6 ECTS

Term: Fall 2021 & Winter 2022
Modality: Face-to-face learning options

 

Schedules Fall 21 

Schedules Winter 22 

 

Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Marketing

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This course aims to ensure that students understand new trends in the marketing arena and appreciate their relevance to business and the global economy. By linking theory and practice, the course gives students an international perspective and hands-on experience developing new marketing trends.

51745 / 51746 / 51780 - Cross Cultural Management and Intercultural Communication

Credits: 6 ECTS

Term: Fall 21 & Winter 22
Modality: Face-to-face learning options

 

Schedules Fall 21 

Schedules Winter 22 

Schedules Sping 22

Recommended prerequisite: Business Organization

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The present course analyzes concepts and tools of Intercultural Communication and Cross Cultural Management to make sense of a globalizing world across the 20th and 21st centuries, such as multi-culturalism and diversity, which are subject to increasing refinement or marginalization in favor of newer ideas, including inter-culturalism and super-diversity in the business environment. This course focuses on the dynamics of where cultures converge, resulting in cross-cultural connections.

51751 / 51752 - Consumer Behavior 

Credits: 6 ECTS

Term: Fall 21 & Winter 22
Modality: Face-to-face learning options

 

Schedules Fall 21 

Schedules Winter 22 

 

Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Marketing . Not compatible with 40204

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The goal of this course is to use a variety of insights from the social psychology literature in order to understand how consumers behave and, particularly, the reasons behind such behavior. With this knowledge, students should be better equipped to answer important marketing questions such as how to boost product awareness or how to increase purchase intentions.

51728 / 51729 - Financial Risk Management

Credits: 6 ECTS

Term: Fall 21 & Winter 22
Modality: Face-to-face learning options

 

Schedules Fall 21 

Schedules Winter 22 

 

Recommended prerequisite: Corporate Finance

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A Black Swan is costly. This statement is absolutely agreed by businessmen and professionals, particularly those facing inherent risk in their professional lives. Minimizing the cost of risk to an optimum level unanimously means that we are increasing the value of a firm and the value of any investment. Using integrated approaches and real life cases, the course will emphasize discussion on the design and implementation of risk management practices. Basically, it purports to help students realize, and understand various state-of-the-art risk management theories and
practices (such as loss control, loss financing, and internal risk reduction mechanisms) as well as their advancement in the future. Hence, risk management course is of importance to business students expecting to deal with business and professional lives in the future in a global context.
This course covers all kinds of financial risks such as credit risk, currency risk exposure, interest rate risk, price volatility risk, among others. Hedging financial risk with various risk management concepts, tools, and techniques will be held by the derivative products: Futures, Forwards, Options, and Swaps.

51730/ 51731 - Strategic Brand Management

Credits: 6 ECTS

Term: Fall 21 & Winter 22
Modality: Face-to-face learning options

 

Schedules Fall 21 

Schedules Winter 22 

 

Recommended prerequisite: Marketing management

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Strategic Brand Management will provide the students with a deep knowledge of the strategic role of branding, enabling them to master the key principles of building enduring brands in competitive markets and create market value. The course combines the key elements and latest research in brand management with real-world cases of brand successes, but also missteps. Topics covered include: The principles of brand management. Where do we come from and what are the new challenges ahead? Essential tools to build successful brand strategies. Designing effective Brand Strategies. Answer to what, how and why of a brand. From research, purpose and values to the action plan for the better brand management. Renewed focus on Branding and marketing in the digital era. At the end of the course, students are expected to have developed a managerial perspective regarding Strategic Brand Management in a global framework.

51741 - Business Innovation

Credits: 6 ECTS

Term: Spring 2021 (online and face-to-face learning options) & Winter 2021 

Schedules Sping 22
 

Recommended prerequisite: Business Organization

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Creative and innovation process. Management of innovative organizations. Development of innovative projects. To understand what innovation management means in companies created for success in the 21st century. To identify the key elements that define the creative and innovation process.

NEW! 51837 - Sustainability Management

Credits: 6 ECTS

Term: Winter 2022 (online and face-to-face learning options) 

Schedules Winter 22
 

Recommended prerequisite: Business Organization. Not compatible with 40311

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The new paradigm of the circular economy. Introduction to life cycle as a mechanism for assessing the environmental impact of production systems. Ecodesign and environmental marketing. Comprehensive waste management. Analysis of the integrated social value