Universitat de Barcelona 

The University of Barcelona, founded in 1450, is a comprehensive higher education institution that presents deep academic tradition coupled with frontier scientific knowledge. It is located in the city of Barcelona, one of the main cosmopolitan hubs in the Mediterranean and indeed in Europe. The University of Barcelona’s sixteen centres, clustered into six main campuses, are spread over the city and completely integrated into the urban life. Thus the majority of which are located within the city itself. The city itself becomes the campus of the University.

Being one of the biggest universities in Spain, the University of Barcelona welcomes a large number of students from both Spanish universities and abroad every year. It has over 44.000 undergraduate students and almost 19.000 master and postgraduate students and doctoral candidates. Almost 15% of the students are from overseas and of over 122 different nationalities.

As a public institution, the University of Barcelona, focused on academic excellence, is committed to training and preparing the present and the next generation of global citizens—professionals, researchers, entrepreneurs, leaders—with the capacity to work at the highest level anywhere in the world. At the same time, University of Barcelona’s commitment to research has positioned it first in Spain in International rankings; and as one of the most prestigious universities in the world regarding research impact.

The University of Barcelona has an international vocation, thereby is a member of leading worldwide university networks, including the League of European Research Universities (LERU), the COIMBRA group (CG) and the coordination of the Arab-Euro Conference on Higher Education (AECHE). It has over 2.800 International agreements, including agreements with 82 of the top 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education Supplement).


Why study at Universitat de Barcelona

Why choose the University of Barcelona?

  • It is the top-rated Spanish university in the most prestigious international university rankings.
  • It is among the 25 best universities of the world with more than 400 years of history.
  • It is situated in Barcelona, one of the best university cities in the World.
  • It offers a wide range of course offerings: bachelor’s degree courses, master’s degree courses, doctoral programs and other specific courses and programs.

Universitat de Barcelona is in the Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad

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Student services & facilities

Students at the University of Barcelona have access to the best services and support materials for every aspect of their academic lives:


A network of sixteen different library centres located on-campus in the UB's faculties and schools.

Language learning

The UB offers a wide range of learning options for more than thirty languages.


100,000 sq m of sports facilities hosting a wide range of directed activities and providing a series of installations for community use, among which are swimming pools, tennis courts, directed activity and fitness rooms, football and rugby pitches, a sports centre and an athletics track.


Teaching activity at the University of Barcelona is fully supported by the Virtual Campus, an online learning environment adapted to the needs of face-to-face, blended and distance learning models. UB students also have access to the University’s numerous computer rooms across its campuses. The UB also provides Wi-Fi coverage on all campuses.


The University of Barcelona offers a range of accommodation options, enabling you to find the best match for your needs and expectations:

UB Halls of Residence:

The University of Barcelona is the only public university in Catalonia to operate its own halls of residence, which in addition to accommodation and meals offer students an environment in which to broaden their personal, cultural and scientific horizons.
The University of Barcelona halls of residence provide accommodation and meals seven days a week, but also aims to do much more. The university wants those of you who choose to stay with them to experience university life in the best possible company, alongside other students who are likely to become lifelong friends.

UB University Residence:

The University of Barcelona also has its own university residence, operated by a private company.

Affiliated halls of residence:

Students may choose from a range of halls of residence affiliated to the University of Barcelona.

Private university residences:

Private residences offer special rates and other advantages to University of Barcelona students.


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Universitat de Barcelona

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
08007 Barcelona Catalunya

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