Global Cities Summer Program at UCLA

Please note that the Global Cities Summer Program will not be offered in Summer 2017.

Global Cities Summer Program: Barcelona + Los Angeles

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The Global Cities Summer Program is a unique collaboration between the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The Global Cities Summer Program offers a comparative perspective through course work that highlights the creativity, economics, socio-political and cultural background of the host cities.

This joint program is comprised of two consecutive sessions. The same cohort of students learn and live in both cities. In the first session, students attend UPF in Barcelona and in the second session, students attend UCLA. This offers students the opportunity to enjoy a unique academic and cultural experience that combines credit-bearing courses with on-site learning activities.   

Global Cities Summer 2016 Flickr


Session A: June 20 to July 29, 2016: at UPF in Barcelona 
Session C: August 1 to September 9, 2016: at UCLA


Courses are taught by both UPF and UCLA faculty. See 2016's course offerings by clicking on the links below.

UPF Courses: Students may enroll in 2-3 courses while at UPF; Scroll down on UPF page for Course Syllabi.
UCLA Courses: Students may enroll in 2 courses while at UCLA.

Course enrollment instructions will be provided upon admission.

Credit Transfer

UPF Courses:

Students taking courses at UPF will receive a UPF transcript for transfer of credit back to their home campus.  

UCLA Courses:

UC students taking courses during Session II at UCLA will have their coursework automatically applied to their home campus transcript.  All other students taking courses at UCLA can obtain an official UCLA transcript for transfer back to their home campus.

Admission Requirements

  • Students should be in good academic standing to be eligible.
  • It is recommended that students have a minimum of one semester of college-level Spanish or equivalent for non-native Spanish speakers. Students taking Spanish-taught content courses should check the syllabi for specific language requirements.
  • Application

    Along with their application, students are required to submit the following supplemental documents:

  • One page document describing why you want to participate in the Global Cities Summer Program.
  • Copy of your biographical page of your passport, if available
  • Passport type photo of yourself. This will be used for creating your student identification card at UPF.
  • Non-UCLA students must submit a copy of their most recent transcript.
  • Please click on the link below to begin your application to the UCLA-UPF Global Cities Summer Program.

    Spaces are limited, so be sure to apply today.

    Apply Here!

    Contact Us

    Catalina Hurtado
    Global Cities Summer Program Coordinator 
    1331 Murphy Hall 

    Housing in Barcelona

    Students are responsible for securing their own housing in Barcelona. UPF is a centrally located urban university and does not have on-campus residences or dormitories. UPF recommends the following housing options:

    RESIDENCIA TORRE GIRONA (all rooms w/air conditioning, bathroom and kitchen). 40 min approx. from Campus (by metro).

    RESIDENCIA DE INVESTIGADORES (all rooms w/air conditioning and bathroom). Located in the historic district, 30 min walk from Campus-20 min by bus.

    RESIDENCIA CIUTADELLA (all rooms individual, with bathroom and kitchen, NO air conditioning) located 2 min walk from main Campus (where most classes take place). 

    RESIDENCIA CAMPUS DEL MAR (all rooms individual, with bathroom and kitchen, NO air conditioning) (10 min walk from main Campus. 

    Housing at UCLA

    On-campus housing options are available.  For information on summer housing at UCLA, visit UCLA Summer Housing.  

    Scholarships and Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available to qualified UCLA students who attend both sessions (UPF and UCLA).

     NEW - 2016 UCLA Student Scholarship: 

    Click HERE for the application.

    All other students should inquire about financial aid availability at their home institution.

    Program Fees

    The program fee includes participation in on-site activities at the UPF session (i.e., the day and overnight course-related trips and other specific on-site activities at the Spanish language courses). 

    The program fee does not include airfare, housing or living expenses in Barcelona and Los Angeles.

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