The UPF Education Abroad Program is constantly striving to broaden the range of study-abroad opportunities UPF offers for international students by designing new academic programs tailored to changing student profiles. Opportunities for ICT students to study abroad can be hard to come by, given the highly specialized requirements of the curricula for their majors. However, student mobility trends among ICT majors show that engineering students, in particular, are increasingly interested in studying abroad.

UPF has a strong technical school that offers a wide range of courses taught in English. This specialized program is specifically tailored to the needs and profiles of ICT students, allowing them to combine courses at the UPF Polytechnic School with independent research projects in technology, tutored by UPF faculty, while they are abroad.

With this program, ICT students will be integrated into UPF not only through their classes but also through their participation in research projects alongside local students. Such sharing of different approaches to problem-solving is vital in an ever-growing, collaborative field, in which experiential learning is key.

This program offers ICT students the opportunity to take advantage of UPF's world-class facilities and research groups to hone their communication and technical skills at one of Spain's top universities. In addition to the benefits of studying abroad in terms of personal growth and development, an international learning and research experience adds considerable value with regard to ICT students' future careers, as the related fields are increasingly global.

Who is it for?

This semester-long (or full-year) program may be of interest to students majoring in computer science, telematics engineering, audiovisual systems engineering, or biomedical engineering at an American or Canadian university. In a global world, an increasing number of such students are seeking to include an international experience in their studies. This can be achieved by working with faculty and students at the UPF's renowned Polytechnic School.

KEY AREAS
> Audiovisual Systems
> Electrical Engineering
> Telecomunication Networks
> Computer Engineering
> Video Art
> Digital Systems
> Communication Technologies
> Biomedical Engineering
> Music Technology
> Artificial Intelligence
> Robotics
> Computer Vision
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS Fall: May 30 | Winter and Spring: October 30

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants should have a 2.7 GPA minimum at their schools of origin.
  • The program is suitable for both students with a strong command of Spanish and beginners, as courses at the UPF Polytechnic School are taught in English.
  • Applicants should come from a university or study abroad provider that has a study abroad agreement with UPF
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ACADEMIC STRUCTURE, COURSES, AND CREDITS

The program requires a full semester courseload (normally 4-5 courses, equivalent to 20-25 ECTS credits) chosen from among the following options: (A) ICT courses, (B) experiential learning and (C) language and culture courses.

PROGRAM COURSES

(A) ICT Track courses

Direct-enrollment courses taught in English at the Polytechnic School :

  • Degree in Audiovisual Systems Engineering
  • Degree in Computer Engineering
  • Degree in Telematics Engineering
  • Degree in Biomedical Engineering

Students may enroll directly in courses from different degree programs offered at the UPF Polytechnic School, which are organized into blocks or tracks:

- Multimedia Networks
- Network and Service Management
- Wireless Networks and Protocols
- Business Management and Innovation
- Audio and Image Processing
- Software Engineering
- Programming
- Interactivity
- Computer Graphics
- Intelligent Systems
- Business Management and Innovation
- Signal Processing and Audiovisual Systems
- Sound and Music
- Image and Video
- Synthetic and Systems Biology
- Neuroscience
- Cardiovascular Science
- Skeletomuscular Science
- Cross-disciplinary Computational Technologies

 

(B) Experimental learning and research

    :: Technical Project Management Course (1st term)

This course introduces students to the world of information and communication technology (ICT) project management, offering an overview of the fundamentals of project management and allowing students to put them into practice using special simulation tools. The course entails a major change in methodology due to its use of intensive projectbased learning, to which it adds a practical component covering time management, work planning, risk and resource management, and budgets, among other topics.

    :: Independent Research Projects (all terms) Please check complete information here

Students may carry out a for-credit research project tutored by UPF faculty and conducted within the framework of one of the following Polytechnic School research groups:

  • Cognitive & Intelligent Systems
  • Audiovisual Technologies
  • Networks & Communications
  • Computational Biology & Biomedical Systems

    :: Academic Internships. (3rd term)    Please check complete information  here
       At the Barcelona [email protected] Project and Media & ICT Clusters

For-credit academic internships are available during the 3rd term at UPF, including engineering, telematics, and audiovisual systems placements.

The UPF Polytechnic School is located on the UPF Communications Campus in Barcelona's growing [email protected] district. The area features a concentration of tech companies, universities, technology centers, and public authorities. Internships stand at the crossroads of academic and professional training.

With a view to bridging the gap between higher education and hands-on professional experience, the program also offers project internships to provide ICT Program students with experiential learning opportunities based on both action and observation to help them hone their intercultural competence skills and allow them to gain firsthand knowledge of a Spanish workplace.
 

(C) Language and culture electives:

    Liberal Arts and Humanities Courses

To be chosen from among the Hispanic and European Studies Program courses (1st and 2nd terms)

    Spanish Language

All levels, from beginner to proficiency, including Spanish for native speakers (1st and 2nd terms. Check the course offering.

Students may complete their course registration with elective liberal arts and humanities courses, business courses or language courses, which are available for all levels, from beginner to proficiency, including courses for native speakers.