Polytechnic University of Catalonia

4.2 out of 5 (86 ratings / 76 reviews) Esplugues de Llobregat, Spain
Technological training and skill acquisition are key factors for people who wish to lead and drive the challenges of the future. Postgraduate study at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya • BarcelonaTech (UPC) provides top-level technological training in the fields of engineering, architecture and the applied sciences.

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The university was founded in March 1971 as the Universitat Politecnica de Barcelona through the merger of engineering and architecture schools founded during the 19th century


On a map in which there are no barriers to knowledge, the University, through its internationalisation programme UPC Abroad, acts as a magnet for international students and has established itself as the Spanish university with the most international students on its master's and doctoral degrees. The UPC is also the European university with the most Erasmus Mundus programmes: 13 master's degrees and 7 doctoral programmes. Internationalization is one of the main vector on UPC: as a leading member of international networks of excellence,UPC maintains a privileged relationship with scientific and educational organizations allower the world, which promotes research collaboration and attraction of talent.


UPC is renowned for its leadership in research and technological innovation projects, patenting and business creation, and strategic alliances with prestigious research centres and universities. UPC is a leader in many scientific output areas and has a long path of national and international industrial research. The knowledge that it generates drives strategic projects for society and business growth.The top Spanish university in the 2012QS World University ranking for Engineering and TechnologyThe capacity for research, problem solving and opening up routes to innovation of its researchers means that they have a key role to play in the current recovery of the knowledge-based economy.


Developing and creating innovative ideas can also take place outside of your study programme. UPC offer all students great opportunities to start your own company or to participate in one of the university exciting students projectes. Every year UPC students take part in competitions and awards, enabling them to apply the knowledge they have acquired to real-life projects, learn new skills and interact with businesses.

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Student services

The Office provides information and assessment on the city, accommodation, Catalan and Spanish language courses, health insurance, scholarships, the Orientation Week and the various procedures that you will have to follow to legalize your stay in Spain.The Office also:

  • Provides information on scholarships and programs available to UPC students who want to go on an international exchange.
  • Coordinates the General Call for Outgoing Student Mobility Programs of UPC (Erasmus, etc.).
  • Makes the corresponding payments of the grants and scholarships for the exchange programs.

Housing services

The universities of Barcelona have an agreement with Resa Housing, an organisation specialised in youth accommodation.Students are advised to contact Resa Housing (www.bcn-housing-students.com) well in advance of their moving to Barcelona, in order to determine the most suitable type of accommodation.

Library services

The library located opposite the main building of the EPSEVG has books, documentation resources and services for study, teaching and research purposes. Free access to all the material is available except for those documents such as final theses and the antique collection located in the library depository.

ICT services

There is wifi access throughout the campus. On registration students are given a user name and password which enables them to use the network. 5 classroom are available where this free access can be used. An IT help desk is also available to help you with any problems of a technical nature.

Medical services

If you are a citizen from the European Union covered by public healthcare,you must apply for the European healthcare card in your home country.

Student Life

Campus life

There are many things that make Barcelona a very attractive city to study and live in: its historical and architectural heritage, its culture, its cosmopolitan nature and its privileged location by the Mediterranean Sea.Most UPC schools, departments and facilities are located in Barcelona, but there are some others in nearby cities, although they are all easy to get to on Barcelonas public transport network.

Sports facilities

The Sports Service of the UPC, makes available to the university community, a series of installations, both local and external, to facilitate participation and competition in different sports. With friends and colleagues can practice in the UPC Sports: soccer, basketball, volleyball, handball, table tennis or badminton.

Student clubs

Throughout the duration of their studies, the School forms special bonds with its students that go beyond a strictly academic and administrative relationship. The FOOT has close ties with some of the most important of these organisations:

  • Catalan Association of Opticians and Optometrists (COOOC)(open in new window)
  • Spanish Association of Opticians and Optometrists (CNOO)(open in new window)
  • Catalan Association of Optometry and Vision Therapy (ACOTV)(open in new window)
  • Catalan Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ACCDV)(open in new window)


Their quality is guaranteed internationally, by the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency, a member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), before being approved by the Spanish government.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It's project based, and I think that this is very good to develope useful skills for the professional world.

Your time is your future
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The overall experience at UPC has been very positive, the program has offered a vast number of industry connections as many of the classes are taught by working professionals and provide hands- on experience. This program has been quite intense and has left minimal work-life balance, but I suppose that is to be expected in an engineering degree.

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Ignacio Amado Gómez rated 5 out of 5 stars

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya is divided into schools, mine was EEABB. In my opinion, EEABB is a good school, it’s really hard but if you put effort on it, the result can be good. To a new student there I would recommend doing some research to find the best class. Some lectures seem they don’t like to teach but some others will help you as much as they can. Also, I...

Esplugues de Llobregat, Catalonia, Spain

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