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Pompeu Fabra University EXC
Barcelona, Spain (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
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65% overall; Credit
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Postgraduate coursework, Postgraduate research, Undergraduate
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English, Spanish
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Exchange Semester/Year
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Pompeu Fabra University
Location: Barcelona
Year established: 1990
Student population: 10,790 (1,300 International students)
UPF is a public, international and research-intensive university that, in just twenty-five years, has earned a place for itself among the best universities in Europe. Awarded with a CEI label (International Excellence Campus) by the Spanish Ministry of Education, the University also figures in some of the most influential rankings. It is well regarded as a young, dynamic and cosmopolitan university with three campuses – the Cituadella, Poblenou and Mar campuses – located near one another in the heart of Barcelona.

UPF has three broad academic focus areas: social sciences and humanities, health and life sciences, and communications and information technologies. The university is also affiliated with the UPF Group, a collection of specialized teaching and research institutions. Moreover, in order to promote research and transfer activities undertaken by university researchers and provide them with greater international visibility, the University is further developing the UPF Research Park which coordinates its activities with the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park.

Unique characteristics
The university’s namesake, Pompeu Fabra, is credited with standardizing the modern Catalan language during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The university has numerous research groups, including groups focused on human genetics research, political behavior and wireless communications. UPF is also affiliated with several research centers that are UPF Group members, including the Centre for Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona and the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute.

Barcelona is the cosmopolitan centre of Spain’s Catalan region. It brings a unique blend of Catalan culture, distinctive architecture, lively nightlife and trendy shopping. You’ll be able to roam Europe’s best preserved gothic quarter and enjoy the amazing architectural delights of Gaudi while eating paella and enjoying the music of the streets. 

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Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university

Subject Area/s:


Business & Economics

Health & Life Sciences

Political & Social Sciences



Exclusions Apply
At UPF, undergraduate Exchange Students are expected to enrol in courses at one School, according to their academic background. Cross-registration is possible but dependent upon availability of spots. Students are precluded from enrolling in clinical units in the School of Life and Health Sciences.  Restriction apply to postgraduate students. 
Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Trimester 1: September – December             
Trimester 2: January - April
Trimester 3: April - June
We strongly recommend students apply to Pompeu Fabra for the full academic year (September to June), or for Trimesters 2 and 3 (equivalent to University of Sydney Semester 1). It is not possible to attend UPF over the calendar year.

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

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Host University



The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.
Grading System
A with Honors (A+) – 10
Very Good (A) – 9-10
Good (B) – 7-8.9
Pass (C-D) – 5-6.9
Fail (F) – 0-4.9

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period.


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English, Catalan and Spanish.
Language Requirement
Certain courseS require a proficiency in Spanish. There are subjects taught in English and the university offers language classes for those wishing to improve their Spanish. For more information on language requirements, contact the Study Abroad team.

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What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city.

Housing options are offered by the host university.
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

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Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar.
A mandatory orientation session will be held prior to the start of semester. Students should bring originals and photocopies of their passport and medical insurance.

Support Services 
A range of support services are available to students at the host university. (page 24)

Information from the host university.
Information from the Spanish Embassy.

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Student Experiences

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