Arcadia in Barcelona Courses

You will enroll in a total of 15-16 credits: one 3- or 4-credit Cornerstone Course with Arcadia which includes a primer in Catalan language and culture, and 4 electives at 3-credits each offered by the Arcadia Barcelona Center and Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). There are many options regardless of your level of Spanish language proficiency.

  • 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:

  • Select one Cornerstone Course + four electives.
    • You may take a second Cornerstone Course as an elective for 3 credits.
  • Choose your elective courses by combining Arcadia Barcelona Center courses and courses offered at UPF. All UPF Business School (ESCI) courses are instructed in English. Courses from  UPF’s Hispanic and European Studies Programs (HESP) are instructed either English or Spanish. Students interested in enrolling in Advanced Spanish Language courses should review those offered by HESP. Beginner and Intermediate Spanish language courses are taught at International House.

Arcadia Barcelona Center Courses

Cornerstone Courses

Please choose only one of the following Cornerstone courses. All Cornerstones contain Catalan language and culture. For the Externship Cornerstone (BARC INPR 310), you will spend the month of April completing a project at a placement organization. There, you will serve as a resource for the organization and boost your resume. For students with limited Spanish, placements are available at start-up companies in the tech industry or international business sector. For students with more advanced Spanish, additional placements are available in the non-profit sector. Please contact your Program Manager with more information and application requirements for the Externship Course. 

Course ID Title Credits Term Syllabus Video
BARC BUSP 371 Brand Barcelona: Selling Barcelona in a Globalized World 4 Spring/Fall PDF View
BARC SOCG 210 Gastronomy and Culture in Spain  4  Spring/Fall PDF View
BARC INPR 310 Work in Thought and Action 3 Spring PDF  

SPANISH LANGUAGE (International House)

Course ID Title Credits Term Syllabus
BARC SPAN Spanish Language 3  Spring/Fall **

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

* Students interested in taking Advanced Spanish should review the Spanish coursework available at HESP.


BARC AHSP 310 Art & Architecture in Barcelona and Beyond: 1785-1940  3 Spring/Fall PDF
BARC ARSP 113 Picturing Barcelona: Introduction to Photography Spring/Fall PDF
BARC BUIN 225 International Finance 3 Spring/Fall PDF
BARC BUSP 370 Brand Barcelona: Selling Barcelona 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 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.


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