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All about the Autonomous University of Barcelona

Written by Walter Cullinan

The Autonomous University of Barcelona, or Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in Catalan, is located on the outskirts of Barcelona in a little place called Cerdanyola del Vallès. However, there are also several different centres in Catalonia, including Barcelona. You can get there by the Renfe train, bus, or a short drive from Barcelona city centre. 

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The university

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The Autonomous University of Barcelona first started educating students almost fifty years ago in June of 1968.  During the period between 1985 and 1992, the university formed several new faculties. In 1993, the UAB‘s campus also got revamped. Nowadays, the campus accommodation has added up to 812 apartments, with a total accommodation capacity of 2,193.

The apartments at Vila  Universitària are renowned for their beautiful surroundings. There is a great view, a lovely forest, and a campus that’s great for going for a walk to escape the hours of study. There is also great public transportation available with trains and buses making quick forty-minute trips to Barcelona’s city centre daily.

Campus life

On the campus, there are 50,000 inhabitants (staff, students, lecturers, researchers etc.) The campus has all the services the students need, including accommodation, specialised libraries, healthcare centre, cafés, restaurants, a language centre, a gym, pool, football pitch, and other sports facilities.

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The UAB aims to be an international University, and this is clear by the number of international students around the campus. They offer plenty of degrees in English, including Tourism, Business, Economics, and many other subjects.

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Outside the classroom

Research is a huge part of the university. There are over 200 research groups and over 50 departments. The research aspect offers students the opportunity to stand out more with their degrees. The university also encourages students to take part in volunteering and community service as well as carrying out awareness-raising events.

Should you study there?

Deciding whether or not to study abroad is a difficult decision. Leaving friends, family, and home isn’t easy for anyone. It can seem overwhelming at first, but it’s definitely worth it. You will make friends from all over the world, discover a new culture, open your mind to new experiences, and make unforgettable memories. And what better place to do it than the UAB where you will live in one of the best cities in the world? You can guarantee that there will never be a dull moment at one of Europe’s top universities.

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About the author

Walter Cullinan

Walter is a writer from Ireland, Barcelona is like a second home for him with something new to explore every day.

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