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Exchange students


Every year, ETSAB offers around 175 exchange places in collaboration with more than 80 institutions for the study fields of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, mainly in the framework of the ERASMUS+ programme (exchange within European universities) and SICUE programme (exchange within Spanish universities), but also by Bilateral Agreements with many universities in Latin America, USA, Canada, Asia, and Australia.

See ETSAB exchange partners list PDF

Exchange places are mainly offered to Architecture students (on the 3rd, 4th and 5th year of their Degree) for a full academic year stay, from mid September to the end of June. Landscape Architecture students may come for just one semester. 

Check ETSAB exchange fact sheet PDF for conditions of the exchange, calendar, academic and language requirements, courses offered, and ETSAB exchange coordinators contact data.



Nomination by the home university

Exchange students must be nominated by their home institution, according to the conditions and number of places at the bilateral agreement.

Partner universities should communicate the nominated candidates by e-mail to ETSAB International Office (mob.etsab@upc.edu) before May 31st, indicating: students’ name, email address, field of studies and period of stay (for non UE students: please add ID/passport number)


Language requirements

ETSAB strongly recommend having at least a B1 level of Spanish before arrival. Incoming students are not required to submit a proof of Spanish or Catalan language skills, however partner universities should take that into consideration for nomination.


Online application for admission

Nominated candidates must then apply online for admission before June 10th 2021

Download Instructions(obriu en una finestra nova) for Online Application(obriu en una finestra nova) : Fill in the required data + Upload the required documents

Documents to upload:

  • ETSAB exchange Application Form PDF, signed by their mobility coordinator
  • Copy of passport or ID card
  • portrait picture for the UPC Student Card: JPG format file / white background / dimensions: 181 pixel width x 220 pixel height / minimum resolution 100 dpi

No other documents are needed at this moment. Applicants may ask for an admission letter for visa porpuses if needed. (Check UPC website for more info about Visa, Insurance... HERE)

WARNING: Learning Agreements will be signed preferably after enrolment in September, because the availability of many courses will only be known at the moment of registration and changes are very likely to happen. Any Learning Agreement sent before can only be signed provisionally and it doesn’t imply a reservation of the courses chosen.

Once admitted

Upon arrival in September, students should bring with them: Academic transcript of records / Curriculum vitae / graphic Portfolio / Learning Agreement / Health insurance / Proof of Enrolment at home institution for the period of stay.

Accepted candidates will receive detailed indications for arrival procedures. In general they should:

  • Check-in at ETSAB International Relations Office within the required dates before the start of classes, in order to receive updated information about the school and the academic offer.
  • Attend ETSAB welcome meeting and contact with their ETSAB academic advisor for orientation about courses to enroll. It is recommended to bring a portfolio with samples of your work plus an updated academic transcript of records to show to your tutor for guidance.
  • Enroll in the given dates at the chosen course units.
  • Attend classes and exams of the enrolled courses along the academic year or semester.

Once the exchange period is over and the student has finished the stay at our school, ETSAB International Office will provide the student’s home institution an official Transcript of records of the courses attended.


Academic Offer for incoming students

Incoming Exchange students will enrol courses of GArqEtsaB-GRADO EN ESTUDIOS DE ARQUITECTURA plan 2014 (Degree in Architecture Studies). See conditions at Study at ETSAB.

GArqEtsaB academic offer details are updated every year in July (elective courses offer, class schedules)

Spanish and Catalan are the languages of instruction at GArqEtsaB. A limited number of courses are given in English: some elective subjects and specific groups of some Design Studios and most Compulsory Courses of the 3rd year.