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University of Barcelona

4.0 out of 5 (148 ratings / 131 reviews) Barcelona, Spain
The University of Barcelona (UB) is the most formidable public institution of higher education in Catalonia, catering to the needs of the greatest number of students and delivering the broadest and most comprehensive offering in higher educational courses.

Master's Programmes

Computer Science & IT (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)



Since it was founded in the year 1450, the University of Barcelona has been a leading centre of education, science and critical thought. The quality of its teaching and research, which have won recognition both inside and outside Spain, complements the UB’s commitment to serving the interests of local society and the country as a whole.


The University of Barcelona offers prospective students a wide range of course offerings tailored to their needs and to the needs of society in general, thus placing the University at the head of academic fields in very different degree areas, from technology on the one hand to art on the other.


The University of Barcelona (UB) is Spain’s leading research university, publishing more research than any other Spanish institution with the exception of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) (Third European Report on Science and Technology Indicators).


If you would like to form part of the University of Barcelona team you should consult the open calls for job vacancies in each of the following professional profiles:

  • Teaching and research staff (TRS)
  • Administrative and service staff (AdSS)

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University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Student services

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 libraries boasting the largest catalogue of all the Catalan universities, the chance to learn a wide selection of languages , comprehensive sports facilities, plus the advantages offered by new teaching and learning technologies and institutional subscriptions to leading publications .

Housing services

The UB can help you find accommodation in Barcelona , whether in a UB-owned or UB-associated student hall of residence or in a private centre. The Barcelona Centre Universitari (BCU) or Viure i Conviure program and to online portals where to find the accommodation you are looking for.

Library services

The UB Library offers its users the following services and resources:

  • sixteen libraries equipped with individual study spaces, self-access learning facilities and IT support of different kinds, with opening hours designed to serve the UB community's different needs;
  • a varied range of library and information resources;

ICT services

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.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Barcelona has campuses throughout and outside Barcelona, creating a unique relationship with the city and the wider region. This relationship stimulates participation in civic life and provides a means of sharing resources and services between the University and the city.

Sports facilities

The UB aims to promote regular sports activities to improve physical and mental health and to contribute to a rounded education.

UB Sports offers a wide range of sports classes and provides the university community with facilities including a swimming pool, tennis courts, rooms for sports classes and fitness, football and rugby pitches, a sports centre and an athletics track, among others.

Student clubs

The UB considers that activities organized by students, whatever their focus, are one of the best indicators of the university's vitality and modernity. Consequently, the UB aims to support associations and student participation through various measures.

As a member of an association, group or collective, students can get involved with issues that affect students and society in general, discuss them and take action.


The UB in the field of legal studies is the only university in Catalonia that is among the top 100 universities in the world according to the QS World University Ranking in 2014.

Student Reviews

La volonté
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I didn't stady there yet

Denistry dream
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I am a new student in the university I dont know how it will be I need your support

How is the quality of teaching at the biomedical engineering degree at the University of Barcelona?
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The contents of the courses are all very interesting and appropiate. The teachers are willing to help you, although there are lots of students and they can only spend with you a reasonable amount of time. The facilities are very good.

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