Arcadia in Barcelona Courses

Courses are offered by the Arcadia Barcelona Center and Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). There are many options regardless of your level of Spanish language proficiency. All the cornerstone course choices include a basic primer in Catalan language and culture.

  • Please review your courses with your academic or study abroad advisor to ensure they will transfer back to your home school and that you are following your home school’s policies.
  • Please be flexible – we can’t guarantee specific courses. If your participation in the program depends on a particular course, be sure to make a note on your online preferences form.

Special Considerations

Students who are interested in interning or volunteering in education or in fields that include interaction with children during their time in Spain should be aware they will likely be required to show proof of a state-issued child abuse clearance and/or a background check. Please speak with your program manager for more information.

Course Restrictions

See description under Partner Institution, below.

Enrollment Process

Online course registration will take place several weeks before your program begins. You will select your courses based on the timetable provided at that time and you should use the Academic Preferences Form you submitted as a guide.

Choosing Your Courses

When completing your Academic Preferences Form:

  • Take one Cornerstone Course + four electives.
    • You may take a second Cornerstone Course as an elective for 3 credits.
  • Choose to take all of your elective courses from the Arcadia Barcelona Center, combine Arcadia Center courses with courses in English from the UPF Business School (ESCI), or from the UPF Hispanic and European Studies Programs (HESP) in either English or Spanish. Spanish language courses are taught at International House.

Arcadia Barcelona Center Courses

Cornerstone Courses

Please choose only one of the following cornerstone courses.

Course ID Title Credits Term Syllabus
BARC SOCG 210 Gastronomy and Culture in Spain  4  Spring/Fall PDF
BARC BACL 250 Rags to Riches: The Transformation of Barcelona 4  Spring/Fall PDF

SPANISH LANGUAGE (International House)

Course ID Title Credits Term Syllabus
BARC SPAN Spanish Language 3  Spring/Fall **
BARC SPAN 310 Spain Today: From Franco to the iPhone X* (taught in Spanish) 3  Spring/Fall PDF

** Beginner & Intermediate levels are taught. Syllabi available upon request.

* Spain Today is a Spanish Advanced content course and requires an equivalent of 3 semesters of Spanish language.


BARC AHSP 310 Art & Architecture in Barcelona and Beyond: 1785-1940  3 Spring/Fall PDF
BARC ARSP 111 Introductory Drawing and Painting in Barcelona 3 Spring PDF
BARC ARSP 113 Picturing Barcelona: Introduction to Photography Spring/Fall PDF
BARC BACL 249 Rags to Riches: The Transformation of Barcelona 3 Spring/Fall PDF
BARC BUCM 310 Cross-Cultural Management 3 Spring/Fall PDF 
BARC BUIN 225 International Finance 3 Fall PDF
BARC BUSP 370 Brand Barcelona: Marketing the City in a Globalized World 3 Spring/Fall PDF
BARC HSES 310 20th Century Spain: An Uneasy History 3 Spring/Fall  PDF 
BARC ISCS 310 Sport, Culture and Society in Europe: The Case of Spain 3 Spring/Fall PDF
BARC MSTV 245 European and American Television Compared 3 Spring PDF
BARC PYCC 251 Human Development in a Cross-Cultural Context 3 Spring PDF
BARC SOCG 209 Gastronomy and Culture in Spain 3 Spring/Fall PDF


Partner Institution

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

A fully integrated academic offering allows international students to take regular UPF courses from the UPF International Business School (ESCI) and the Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP). Economics and Finance courses, in particular, are very rigorous.    


  • 6 ECTS credits (as listed on ESCI and HESP websites) = 3 U.S. Credits
  • ESCI or HESP:  students taking more than two courses at UPF are charged an additional per course fee.
  • To enroll at UPF, students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and completed 60 credits prior to participation.
  • Courses in Economics and Finance at ESCI: two Microeconomics courses and one Macroeconomics course with earned grades of B or above are required. Familiarity with calculus and mathematics-based Economics/Finance strongly recommended.
  • Courses taught in Spanish at HESP: required to have completed at least four semesters of college-level Spanish, or the equivalent.
  • It is not permitted to take courses simultaneously at ESCI and HESP.



If you opt to take more than two courses at UPF, an additional per course fee will be applied.

Additional course fees may apply to BARC ARSP 111. Please contact your program manager for more information. 

Grade Scale

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

 Arcadia Center Courses
Percentage U.S. Equivalent
97 – 100% A+
93 – 96% A
90 – 92% A-
87 – 89% B+
83 – 86% B
80 – 82% B-
77 – 79% C+
73 – 76% C
70 – 72% C-
67 – 69% D+
65 – 66% D
0 – 64% F
 UPF Courses/International House Courses
Spanish Abbreviation Translation Numeric U.S. Equivalent
Sobresaliente SB Outstanding 9 - 10 A
Notable NT Very Good 7 - 8.99 B+
Bien B Good 6 - 6.99 B
Aprobado AP Passing 5 - 5.99 C
Suspenso S/I Fail 0 - 4.99 F