Read on for an overview of some of the universities in Barcelona. If you're interested in business schools, click here
Established in 1450, the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) is one of Catalunya’s most important public universities due to its high academic standard and contributions to the community. Over the course of its history, the university has grown to include 20 faculties and university schools spread out over four campuses; it offers 75 graduate degrees, 90 doctorate programmes and has nearly 70,000 students.
The Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) was established by the Government of Catalunya in 1990 based on the principles of freedom, democracy and equality. Courses are available in all fields ranging from health and life sciences to human and social sciences and technical studies. The main campus is located near Parc de la Ciutadella.
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
One of the few universities in Spain to have a university campus geared towards everyday student life, the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) was designed to provide students with an enriching university experience. The ever-expanding university has three campuses including its main campus in Cerdanyola del Vallès, which houses most of the departments and provides students with all the services they need for their day-to-day lives. UAB offers graduate and post-graduate degrees as well as extra-curricula activities that include social and cultural programmes and volunteer opportunities. www.uab.es
Universitat Internacional de Catalunya
The Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC) offers a highly-personalised education based on the values of Christian Humanism. There is a high teacher-to-student ratio and professors are committed to providing students with support throughout their studies. UIC places a strong emphasis on vocational training. Nearly all of the teachers have professional backgrounds and 40 percent of the classes are based on practical application. In addition, the UIC offers a variety of cultural, recreational and sporting activities. www.uic.es
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Created in 1971, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya is a public institution specialising in the fields of architecture, science and engineering. Campuses are located in Barcelona, Manresa, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Castelldefels, Terassa and Vilanova i la Geltrú. The school welcomes international students, although an intermediate level of Catalan or Castilian is necessary. www.upc.edu
Universitat Ramon Llull
Founded in 1990, Universitat Ramon Llull is a private, non-profit university that encompasses a group of prestigious federated centres that are well-respected institutions of higher learning in Catalonia. The school offers 35 qualifications and has agreements with over 4,000 companies to provide professional training for students. www.url.es
The Open University and Open University Business School
Open University Europe: www.open.ac.uk/europe
OU Business School in Spain: www.open.ac.uk/spain
The UK Open University is the largest university in that country and is dedicated to distance learning. Here in Spain, the OU offers an extensive range of courses to residents, all taught in English. Students can choose from short courses, certificates, diplomas, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees covering a spectrum of subjects.
The Open University Business School allows students to further their education without leaving work through flexible distance learning programs. Students study using the latest technology, working hand-in-hand with tutors and a network of students without stepping foot in a classroom. Students can study a single course or work towards a qualification, acquiring new skills that are immediately applicable to their work lives. The Open University Business School is one of a handful of business schools to have achieved triple international accreditation: AACSB (USA), EQUIS (Europe) and AMBA (UK).
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Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
For those whose Catalan skills are up to the task, there is also a Catalan Open University, the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. With its 'virtual campus', the award-winning UOC aims to use the latest technology, specifically internet technology, to offer educational opportunities to anybody who wants them and is seeking to be a world leader in this form of learning. www.uoc.edu