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Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

Program Location Barcelona, Spain
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20316
Duration Spring Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Spring 2020 02/10/20 to 03/21/20
Spring 2020 02/10/20 to 06/05/20

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Academics
Housing Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
Returnee Info Resources

Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


Experience the best of Northern Spain in this fascinating seaside city! Enjoy world-class cuisine, culture, and architecture all while earning credit toward your Purdue degree.

UPC offers students the opportunity to:

  • Build Spanish language skills in classes with Spanish nationals and other study abroad students.
  • Live alongside locals and form lifelong relationships.
  • Explore all Barcelona has to offer! Las Ramblas, Museu Picasso, and Gaudi’s architectural wonders are at your doorstep when you study in Barcelona.


As the capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia and the country’s second largest city, Barcelona is a virtual melting pot of cultural treasures, artistic brilliance, and natural beauty, not to be missed.

ENGINEERING MAJORS:  Additional information about this program can be found in the Global Programs in Engineering (GEP) website.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Engineering][Polytechnic Institute]
Specifically from: ECE (ENGR)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Language of Instruction: English, Spanish, Catalan

Semester Course Load: 24 ECTS (12 Purdue credit hours) minimum

Students have the option to take courses in the Facultat D' Informatica (FIB), the Escola Tecnica Superior d'Enginyeria Industrial (ETSEIB), or the Escola Tecnica Superior d/Enginyeria de Telecomunicado (ETSETB).

Click here to review possible FIB course options. 

Click here to review possible  ETSEIB course options.

Click here to review possible ETSETB course options. 



While studying at UPC you’ll have access to orientation, sport and social activities, language courses, and student associations. We encourage you to take advantage of all of the opportunities to get involved at UPC!


Although housing is not available on the UPC campus, the universities of Barcelona have an agreement with an accommodation service that can help place you in a shared flat or rented apartment.

Estimated Program Costs
Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2020

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee$0.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,200.00
Local Transportation$300.00
Books and Supplies$200.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$2,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Sep 1

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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