Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

Program Details

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 2023 02/06/23 to 06/16/23
Page Links
Click here to apply for this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


Students applying for programs in Spain must have a valid, useable passport at the time of application. Passports must be valid for 12 months after the program end date.

The Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) is a public institution of higher education and research that specializes in science, engineering, and architecture. 

At UPC, you may be able to:

  • Build Spanish language skills in classes with Spanish nationals and other study abroad students.
  • Live alongside locals and form lifelong relationships.
  • Explore Barcelona- Las Ramblas, Museu Picasso, and Gaudi’s architectural wonders.

As the capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia and the country’s second largest city, Barcelona offers a mixture of cultural backgrounds, art, and natural beauty.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


Students applying for programs in Spain must have a valid, useable passport at the time of application. Passports must be valid for 12 months after the program end date.

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing 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] [College of Liberal Arts] [Polytechnic Institute]
Specifically from: ECE, CE, IE (ENGR), SLC (CLA for 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

UPC is a decentralized institution, and exchange students must take courses through one particular school. Students can take courses at the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria de Camins, Canals i Ports de Barcelona (ETSECCPB - Civil Engineering), the Escola Tecnica Superior d'Enginyeria Industrial (ETSEIB - Industrial Engineering), or the Escola Tecnica Superior d/Enginyeria de Telecomunicado (ETSETB - Electrical and Computer Engineering).

Click here to review possible ETSECCPB course options. 

Click here to review possible  ETSEIB course options.

Click here to review possible ETSETB course options.


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 2023

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
Housing $3,000.00
Local Transportation $300.00
Visa $170.00
Books and Supplies $200.00
Meals $2,500.00
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 (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure 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
Spring Semester 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 studyabroad@purdue.edu.