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Pompeu Fabra University

4.4 out of 5 (145 reviews) Barcelona, Spain
Our primary aims are to educate responsible professional people and citizens committed to the values of civic life, and to contribute to the development of research, the transfer of technology and the cultivation of innovation as the driving forces behind progress for society in the twenty-first century.

Master's Programmes

Medicine & Health (7)
Computer Science & IT (6)
Humanities (3)
Law (3)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Journalism & Media (2)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)

About

History

On 18 June 1990, Catalan Parliament gave the go-ahead for the creation of a new public university in Catalonia, Pompeu Fabra University, inspired by the principles of freedom, democracy, justice, equality, independence and plurality. From its beginnings, this young academic institution set itself this main objective: to train responsible professionals and citizens fully committed to civic values.

Education

The primary aims are to educate responsible professional people and citizens committed to the values of civic life, and to contribute to the development of research, the transfer of technology and the cultivation of innovation as the driving forces behind progress for society in the twenty-first century. Continuous innovation and improvement in teaching and in technology, the good academic performance of our students, the successful passage of our graduates into the professional world, the university´s high internationalisation index, and its high standing in the sphere of research.

Research

Teaching work at the UPF is currently focused on the social sciences and the humanities, health and life sciences, and communication in its twin aspects of content and technology. As regards research, aside from its consolidation in the social sciences and humanities, the UPF is leading two outstanding projects: the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park, and the Barcelona Media Park, the latter being a large-scale infrastructure for education, research and production work in the spheres of communication and technology, and both projects serving to complement and complete the University´s research map.

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2019
135 5
2018
140 35
2017
175
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2018
176
2017
-
2016
-
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2018
201
2017
201 100
2016
301
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2019
298 -2
2018
296 -13
2017
283
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.

Services

Student services

University services

  • Student card
  • Insurance
  • Housing and accommodation
  • Support for people with special needs
  • Support for performance athletes
  • Psychological Counselling Service (SAP)
  • Services for graduates
  • Advantages
  • UPF merchandising
  • Bookshop and stationery
  • Cafeteria and refectory
  • Lost and found

Housing services

Since 1997, UPF, together with the rest of the universities in the Province of Barcelona, the Barcelona City Council and the Catalan Government (Generalitat de Catalunya), has been collaborating with the Barcelona Centre Universitari (BCU) , an organism offering services relating to extracurricular university life for the community of foreign students studying in Barcelona. This housing service allows you to search its database and make reservations online for free, can assist you in different languages (Catalan, Spanish, English, French and Italian) and rounds off its services with free legal advice on rental contracts. It also provides short-term rental contract service.

ICT services

All you need to develop and maintain Web content easily and swiftly. They offer personalized attention to all campuses to answer questions, advise you and train you. They put at your disposal manuals, guides, tutorials and documentation work on your websites.

Student Life

Campus life

Since 1997, UPF, together with the rest of the universities in the Province of Barcelona, the Barcelona City Council and the Catalan Government (Generalitat de Catalunya), has been collaborating with the Barcelona Centre Universitari (BCU) , an organism offering services relating to extracurricular university life for the community of foreign students studying in Barcelona.

This housing service allows you to search its database and make reservations online for free, can assist you in different languages (Catalan, Spanish, English, French and Italian) and rounds off its services with free legal advice on rental contracts. It also provides short-term rental contract service.

Sports facilities

UPF organizes a plan of theory sessions, which is the Sports Workshop, whose main goal is to offer a debate forum about sports and physical activities to the University Community.

Student clubs

Social responsibility activities

  • PACS, Social Commitment Activity Programme (PACS)
  • Solidarity and volunteering
  • Inclusion
  • Equality
  • Health promotion
  • Sustainability
  • Services to companies and institutions

Student Reviews

High educational level, lack of student community
Rosa Alonso rated 4 out of 5 stars
The quality of the lectures is really high. UPF have really good professors and a dynamic way to teach. However, they don't promote too much the activities more than study. UPF could put more efforts in the student community.
University has given me a great critical spirit
Irune Ariño rated 4 out of 5 stars
On the one hand, I have had the chance to meet very interesting people who have introduced me many different political ideas, not only thanks to my professors but also thanks to my classmates. I have also learned to debate and defend my own ideas. I can firmly say that I have acquired a great critical spirit. On the other hand, at Pompeu Fabra University there is a lack of more spaces for dis...
No regrets
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
It was a great experience I learn a lot not only academil aspects but also personal. With this degree you will gain the theorical and practical skills you will need in your future career.