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The Ultimate Guide to Public Universities in Barcelona

The ultimate guide for public universities in Barcelona
Written by Paula

Barcelona is a great city to study in. There are a number of universities in Barcelona, but also other schools and institutes that offer excellent programs for local and foreign students, some of which are even taught in English.

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If you are trying to figure out what is the best public university in Barcelona, take a look at the following list, where you can learn more about them.

List of universities in Barcelona

Universitat de Barcelona 

The Universitat de Barcelona, also known as UB, is one of the most popular universities among international students, with more than 1000 foreign people enrolling each year. It is also the oldest and largest university in the city.

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UB has a very diversified course offer, with several options to choose from if you want to get your bachelor’s degree, your master’s degree, your doctorate, take extension courses or get your postgraduate diploma.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Universitat Pompeu Fabra  is considered one of the best 200 universities in the world, and the number one university in Spain in scientific productivity.

buildings of university pompeu fabra in barcelona

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UPF is divided into three different campuses, offering undergraduate programs, master’s degrees and doctoral programs in the fields of Social Sciences, Humanities, ITC, Communication Sciences, Health and Science.

At UPF you can take courses like Design and Communication, Biomedicine, Law, Cognitive Systems & Interactive media, Economics and much more.

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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya | Barcelona Tech

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya specializes in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, and Science. The university has 20 different schools in different cities in Catalonia. In Barcelona you can find UPC’s:

  • School of Building Construction (EPSEB),
  • School of Agricultural Engineering (ESAB),
  • School of Architecture (ETSAB),
  • School of Civil Engineering (ETSECCPB),
  • School of Industrial Engineering (ETSEIB),
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  • School of Telecommunications Engineering (ETSETB),
  • School of Informatics (FIB),
  • School of Nautical Studies (FNB),
  • School of Mathematics and Statistics (FME),
  • and the Interdisciplinary Higher Education Center (CFIS).

This is one of the best universities for international students in Barcelona.

Universitat Internacional Menéndez Pelayo

Universitat Internacional Menéndez Pelayo was founded in 1932 by the Spanish Ministry of Education. It was initially known as Universitat de Santander, changing its name in 1945.

UIMP offers twenty six different Master’s degrees courses in the fields of Arts and Humanities, Sciences, Health Sciences, Social and Juridical Sciences. It also offers seven different doctorates in fields such as Economy and Biodiversity.

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Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona 

The second largest public university in Barcelona, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona has been recognized as a Campus of International Excellence. It also occupies the 10th place in the list of best universities in the world according to QS Top 50 Under 50 in 2014.

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There are sixty departments at UAB divided into four different fields: Health Sciences, Experimental and Technological Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya 

Founded in 2001, Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya  aims to play an important role in the Catalan cultural and musical scene. Each year the school receives hundreds of students from dozens of countries, who come to immerse in the inspiring environment created by ESMC.

The school offers specializing courses, Master’s degrees, Post graduation courses and courses for continuous studies. 

Now you have seen that there are plenty of colleges for international students in Barcelona, will you join one?

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Have you been to any of these universities?
Share your experience in the comment section!

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  • Hello

    These institutions are awesome but just not for non-EU students.

    Please write about how to get admitted in these institutions.

    If a non EU student want to study bachelor degree in dentistry or medicine at public Universities of Barcelona , one has the pass selectividad to improve his mark.
    And selectividad consist of subjects like history of Spain, foundations of arts, mathematics applied to social sciences and Latin language. A non EU student never heard of these subjects and he has to compete in these subjects

    So it is very difficult for non EU students.
    Please write about how a non EU student can get admission in these Universities.

  • Hi,

    I am from Pakistan which is non EU country and I want to know about fully funded scholarship for non EU students in Barcelona university, Spain.
    I want to know about the complete process and guide about how to apply in university and how to apply for scholarship.
    I have done BS English from Pakistan and now I want to pursue my higher education in Barcelona university Spain.
    If any one has complete details or any contact information of anyone who can assist in this regard.
    Khawaja Aamir Aslam

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