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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: JHU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
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GPA Requirement: 3.5 Housing Type: Residencia
Language of Instruction: Spanish Areas of Study: IS, Politics & History, Languages & Culture
Program Type: Hopkins-sponsored Credit Type: Hopkins credit (grades impact Hopkins GPA)
Program Advisor: Jessica Mervis Language Prerequisite: Yes
Prerequisites: 4 History courses (incl. one 300-level) with min. GPA of 3.5 in those courses by end of soph year, 6 semesters of college-level Spanish before junior semester abroad, High level of maturity and clear intent to pursue an M.A. degree, Major in History or International Studies Hopkins Application Fee: $25
Program Description:

This program provides a select group of undergraduates the opportunity to pursue an integrated, consecutive 5-year dual-degree BA/MA between JHU and Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) that will lead to the MA in World History from UPF. JHU students will spend either the Fall or Spring of their Junior Year at UPF* earning credits toward their UPF MA requirements. They will receive their Hopkins BA at the end of 4 years and then pursue the UPF MA degree in their fifth year of study.

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Hopkins BA/MA Barcelona
Universitat Pompeu Fabra

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One of Spain’s most dynamic universities and one of Europe’s top research institutions in the humanities and social sciences, UPF boasts an excellent Humanities Department (including History), with special strengths in world, global, and transnational history. Situated in the heart of Barcelona, one of Southern Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities, housed in a mix of historic buildings and state of the art facilities, UPF offers students rigorous training in the methodologies and approaches essential for the in-depth study of world history.

*Students may be approved on a case by case basis to study on other programs in Spanish-speaking countries during their junior year.


Barcelona, Spain

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Areas of Study

The BA/MA program is designed for History Majors and International Studies majors pursuing the “Global Connections and Historical Comparisons” track within the International Studies major. Students can choose from courses in a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences during their junior semester abroad.

Program Design and Sequence

Freshman Year
Attend an information session. Pursue Spanish language study and 1-2 History courses per semester.

Sophomore Year
Complete at least 4 History courses by the end of the year. Continue to pursue Spanish language study.Cathedral Ceiling 2

Apply for conditional admission to the BA/MA program by February 15 if you plan to study abroad at UPF in the Fall of Junior Year.

Junior Year
Apply for conditional admission to the BA/MA program by October 1 if you plan to study abroad in Spring of Junior Year.

Spend Fall or Spring semester taking at least one History course and other social sciences and humanities courses at UPF.

Senior Year
Take the 300-level seminar "Approaches to World History" at JHU. Take at least one course taught in Spanish. Students are strongly encouraged to write a senior thesis in History or International Studies. Receive BA from JHU upon graduation.

Post-Graduate Year (Year 5) - MA at UPF
Take courses at UPF to complete your MA in World History

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Fall: Late August to Mid-December. Deadline: March 1
Spring: Late January to Late May. Deadline: October 1Gaudi Balconies

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  • 3.5 Cumulative GPA or above
  • Completion of at least 4 History courses (including one 300-level course) with a minimum average GPA of 3.5 in those courses by the end of their sophomore year
  • 6 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent before the junior semester abroad*
  • High level of maturity and clear intent to pursue a MA degree
*Students with fewer than 6 semesters of Spanish may be eligible on a case by case basis. Please see a Study Abroad Advisor for more information.

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Courses and Credits

Students will take 5 courses during the study abroad semester, including at least one History course. All courses are taught in Spanish. Grades earned while abroad will factor into their JHU GPA.


For the junior semester abroad, students pay JHU tuition plus a program fee, which includes housing and international health insurance. Students will be billed on the JHU student account. Financial aid may be applied toward the cost of the program.

Students pay UPF tuition directly for their fifth year in Barcelona. Housing will be paid directly to the housing facilities.

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During the junior semester abroad, students can choose to live in either Spanish homestays or in a student residencia (residence hall) with other Spanish and international students. These are located in urban settings throughout the city. Students living in a homestay will have breakfast and dinner provided at home, while lunch is at the students' expense. All homestays and residencias are located in the city of Barcelona and within 30 minutes, by public transportation to UPF.

For the MA program post-graduation, students are responsible for finding their own accommodations, however resources will be provided.Barcelona - Diez, Sofia

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Application Process

There is a multi-step application process for this program.

(1) Students must complete the Hopkins application by clicking the green "Apply Now" button at the top/bottom of this page
(2) JHU will review this application and nominate qualified candidates to the university for participation on the program
(3) Nominated students will need to complete the program application. Instructions will be provided by the Study Abroad Advisor

Students will need to reapply for admission to UPF during the spring of senior year in consultation with a JHU Study Abroad Advisor and UPF faculty.

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More Information

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

UPF Master in World History

JHU History Department

Read about a past participant's experience at UPF

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This program is currently not accepting applications.