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:

    • Another program course

    • The ESCI-UPF undergraduate course offering

    • The Hispanic and European Studies Program course offering (culture and Spanish language courses)


Deadline for applications:

Fall: May 30 | Winter and Spring: October 30


Academic offerings:

Compulsory core course Compulsory core course

51634 / 51701 - International Management 

Credits: 6 ECTS

Term: Fall / Winter

Recommended prerequisite: Business Organization

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Globalization has created new opportunities for businesses worldwide. This course is designed to prepare students to better analyze and understand the challenges and chances that companies face when expanding their activities internationally. Special attention will be placed upon the different tools and analytical skills available to and required for various specialized managerial roles when businesses are competing internationally.

The course is comprised of 3 segments: The first is designed to offer students insight into the challenges posed by the international environment. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of differences in political economies and risks, as well as cultural and social heterogeneity among different countries. The second will focus on the analysis of global organizational structures and international strategies. Finally, the third will deal with international management operations, with a particular focus on import and export strategies and financing. It will also examine some of the keys to global marketing and human resource management.