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Global Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #285 (QS) ,
The Bachelor in Global Studies at Pompeu Fabra University is intended for students from all over the world interested in understanding the cultural, economic, legal, environmental, political, social, and technological phenomena that affect us regardless of our precise geographical location, the understanding of which requires a transdisciplinary approach and a comprehensive view of human beings.


The academic, scientific, and professional interest of this course lies in five key factors. Firstly, the fact that there are more and more deeply important challenges and threats of a universal scope that can only be managed and/or resolved effectively if they are considered simultaneously and synchronously by the relevant actors at the local, national, regional, and global levels. Secondly, the conviction that the dimension and depth of these challenges and threats have helped to crystallize a truly global society for the first time in human evolution. Thirdly, and in line with the previous factors, the need for transdisciplinary and interprofessional programmes focused specifically on describing, explaining, analysing, and understanding the complex phenomenon of globalization and global problems. Fourthly, the inadequacy or limitations of some of the existing study programmes that, while echoing the importance of globalization, adopt a limited interdisciplinary focus or concentrate on only one of the dimensions of this new global reality, thus limiting both its understanding and students’ training for extracting the maximum benefits from its potential and advantages and for facing the challenges and threats that come with it. Lastly, the conviction that the solution of humanity’s global problems and challenges involves studying, understanding, and reconciling, from a humanistic perspective, the mentalities, ideologies, and particular visions of the world with which they are perceived locally in the planet’s different regions.

The Bachelor in Global Studies at Pompeu Fabra University is one of the two degrees existing in Europe and the only taught entirely in English in the first two courses.

Career prospects:

According to the experience of countries where similar courses are already implemented at the degree level, the graduates of Global Studies can find work in a broad range of professional areas:

  • government administrations (local, regional, national, and international)
  • diplomatic corps
  • cultural and educational institutions
  • the media
  • multinational companies
  • import and export firms
  • non-governmental organizations working in cooperation and development
  • political parties
  • private international authorities
  • international consultancy services
  • research organizations
  • think tanks
  • environmental agencies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • Partially taught in Spanish
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Include:
  • Data Analysis 
  • Global History I 
  • Global Communications Industries
  • Research Methods Applied to Global Studies
  • International Economics and Finance 
  • International Relations 
  • Introduction to Global Studies 
  • Regulatory and Political Bases of the Global Society
  • Geography, Environment and Sustainability 
  • Theories of Culture 
  • Contemporary Thought 
  • Global History II 
  • Theories of Integration 
  • Global History III 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Photocopy of the receipt for payment of the rights of transcript 
    • Identity document in force and 2 photocopies
    • Direct debit authorisation
    • Enrolment fee exemptions and/or discounts.
    • Foreign language accreditation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6801 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6801 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1658 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1658 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Barcelona

  • 770 - 1360 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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