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Global Studies, B.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #135 (WUR) ,
The degree course 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 degree in Global Studies at UPF 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.

With cross-disciplinary and in-depth knowledge, analytical resources, language skills, and international experience, the future graduates will have multi-purpose training that will allow them to opt for positions and access distinguished and more and more in-demand posts in 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, and environmental agencies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • Partially taught in Catalan
    • 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 only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • 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

  • Obtain the credential for admission to Spanish universities. To do this, students must submit a specific application for the generic credential for admission to Spanish universities to the Spanish National Distance Education University (UNED), which will then verify that they meet the aforementioned admission requirements. This credential will be valid for the purposes of admission and enrolment.
  • Submit the university entrance application.
  • Obtain official recognition of your secondary school studies. In order to enrol at a Catalan university, applicants must first obtain official recognition of their secondary school studies. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6800 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1657 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1657 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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