BARCELONA: Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

Barcelona, Spain

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  • Fall Semester - September - December
  • Spring Semester - February - June

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 1
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (

Northeastern University is initiating a formal exchange program with the Polytecnic University of Catalonia (UPC). This program will allow students from NU to spend a semester studying at UPC and for students from UPC to come to NU for a semester. Our arrangment is with both the computer engineering school and the telecommunications school, which includes communications, signal processing, and a lot of other fields as well.

UPC is a very good engineering school, with very strong faculty and programs in these two areas. This program was initiated by Profs David Kaeli and Dana Brooks, each of whom has recently spent a sabbatical year at UPC. In addition, as both Prof. Kaeli and Prof. Brooks will be glad to tell you, Barcelona is a wonderful city and a very interesting place to spend some time.

If you think you might be interested, please consult Prof. Kaeli or Prof. Brooks to talk about your interest and how a semester at UPC might fit into your academic program.


Most undergraduate courses are taught in Spanish or Catalan.  Most Masters-level courses are taught in English.  Students may have access to Masters-level courses depending on their academic background.

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If you are interested in enrolling in a course not in our database, please send this course for evaluation.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Engineering Major
  • 3.0 GPA
  • At least an intermediate level of Spanish (most undergraduate courses are taught in Spanish or Catalan)
  • Please see Joy Erb in the undergraduate engineering office.

Application Procedure

    • OISP online application
    • UPC online application

      Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • Official Transcript
    • 1 passport-sized photo
    • Resume
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
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Fall 2014 or Spring 2015: $21,367

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($21,267), and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($100). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

BARCELONA: Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya Study Abroad Program Budget (Semester)