Barcelona, Spain

John Jay College --- Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Semester Program in Barcelona, Spain

Fall 2023: Late September-Early December
Spring 2024: Early January-Late March




Located in the urban center of Barcelona and steps away from the sea, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) offers students an unrivaled education in a variety of disciplines in a truly global environment. UPF was founded in 1990 and has already has risen to one of the elite universities in the world. The New York Times ranked it 13th among the top 100 universities under 50 years old, and you will be in the company of more than 600 international students a year that decide to study at this modern, top university.


The Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies (BaPIS) is the flagship of UPF’s strategy for internationalization and innovation. It is an opportunity for excellent students from UPF and abroad to participate in a multifaceted Fall and/or Spring program. Our hallmarks are a high-quality academic standing, and immersive active learning in courses where the presence of students all over the world together with local students and a highly internationalized staff provide a multicultural environment.

BaPIS consists of a wide range of courses with a multi-focal and interdisciplinary approach which break down the traditional knowledge areas. Their common focus is creativity. You will be participating actively in learning through hands-on activities, seminars and projects. Your contribution is crucial to introduce fresh ideas and diversity into the classroom.

A credit-bearing program, BaPIS is an excellent occasion to study at a first-ranked university for a semester or the full academic year.


Archaeology / Art History / Communication / Catalan Culture, Society and Identity / Cinema and Video Art / European Union Studies / Economic History / Global Studies / Globalization / Hispanic Studies / Humanities / Journalism / Law Political Science / Sociology



Information sessions will be held from 1:40-2:55 (community hour) over Zoom on the following dates.  Click HERE to join.

  • Thursday, March 2

  • Wednesday, March 15


Our semester program to Spain is open to all majors! Students are able to enroll in 12-15 US credits while at UPF. Courses will be offered through a number of UPF faculties (departments) and cover a wide range of subjects, primarily law and criminology, but also include economics, political science, humanities, social sciences, and STEM. For a full list of course options, visit UPF's course finder here (link) under 'Course offer'. You can also find some of the law and criminology courses (taught in English) below:


  • Public International Law
  • Law of Damages
  • Justice & Individual Rights
  • International Protection of Human Rights
  • Gender & the Law
  • Law & Technology
  • Property
  • Collective Labor Law
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Business Law: Antitrust, Industrial, & Intellectual Property Law
  • Legal Writing & Drafting
  • Justice & Individual Rights
  • European Judicial Law
  • Fundamental Rights & Freedoms
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Introduction to Common Law
  • Family Law
  • International Tax Law
  • Contemporary International Law
  • Globalization & Public Law



  • International Criminology
  • Gender & Criminal Justice System
  • Crime Policy


  1. Minimum 3.0 GPA required
  2. Good judicial standing



  • Housing: Students will be housed in double-occupancy, student, accomodations. 
  • Refund Policy:  Payment of the program deposit indicates the student understands and agrees to the Office of International Studies & Program’s payment and refund policies.  Students who withdraw from a John Jay College program after confirming participation, but before the program begins, will lose the non-refundable deposit and any unrecoverable costs. Refunds for the JJC-UPF program fees, follow the UPF schedule and policies. UPF tuition and housing cancellation refunds must be requested in writing. If requests are not in writing, they will not be processed
  • The Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) has the right to modify or cancel the program, including  changes to the program dates, costs, scheduled visits, program itinerary, etc., as dictated by economic and/or political situations, etc. 
  • Fluctuating exchange rates and other fees may lead to program cost changes.
  • Program cost is based on a minimum number of participants for the program.
  • Students who wish to arrive earlier or depart later than the program dates are responsible for any, and all, additional costs including, but not limited to, accommodations, meals, etc. until the program start date and after the end date.
  • Since the course(s) will be taught by foreign, non-CUNY , faculty member(s), the credits earned will be posted as transfer credit on the student’s transcript.
  • Students are responsible for the purchase of their airfare, and for their itinerary. Due to possible changes in program dates/itinerary information, students are not to purchase airfare until prompted by OISP.                                                     
  • Students are encouraged to apply early, due to limited space.
  • Attendance at on-site orientation is mandatory.
  • Exam dates can NOT be changed for any reason. Personal schedules must be organized accordingly.
  • Information is tentative and subject to change, including **program cost(s), itinerary, etc.



Applications are available from the Office of International Studies & Programs (Haaren Hall, Suite 530). Applications can also be found here.

Fall 2023 Application Deadline: Friday, March 31 Extended: Wednesday, April 5

However, qualified applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis until places are filled. Thus, due to limited places, students are encouraged to apply early.

Please note: An application fee of $50.00 is due at the time of application. Money orders, personal checks and cash are accepted. Applications will not be accepted if incomplete. More information can be found here.

All non-CUNY students will need to pay an additional $65.00 at time of application due to a non-degree application fee. 




Program fee includes Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) instruction and services, RESA individual studio accommodation, and CISI international health insurance. In addition to the program fee, you will be required to pay for CUNY tuition, airfare, meals, personal expenses, textbooks, etc. Tuition is to be paid to CUNYfirst/Bursar, while the remaining program fee is to be paid directly to the JJC Office of International Studies & Programs.

John Jay College Tuition and Fees
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees


Students should make an appointment with the Financial Aid Office to discuss the applicability of their financial aid to this program. 


Inquire at the Office of International Studies & Programs for information. If you are a John Jay student, you can apply for the JJC Study-Abroad Scholarship and the JJC Student Travel Fund. For more on scholarship opportunities click here.

Contact Mr. Michael Scaduto, Associate Director of Financial Aid, for more information in regards to the JJC Study-Abroad Scholarship and general scholarship opportunities for John Jay students at 212-237-8872 or email at


Kenneth Yanes, Dep. Director

Daniel Braslavsky, Program Coordinator

Office Location:
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Haaren Hall, Suite 530

Mailing Address:
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Haaren Hall, Suite 530