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Autonomous University of Barcelona

4.0 out of 5 (87 ratings / 31 reviews) Barcelona, Spain
Promoting knowledge, encouraging innovation! The UAB is renowned for its research excellence and the quality of its teaching, being a benchmark centre in Europe. Its main campus is in Bellaterra, at the heart of one of the main technological and industrial hubs of Mediterranean Europe.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (34)
Business & Management (10)
Computer Science & IT (7)
Humanities (7)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (5)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (4)
Journalism & Media (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)



The history of the UAB begins on 6 June 1968, when the decree on the creation of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is officially promulgated. Since its first years, the UAB strived to set the foundations for a university model based on the respect for the basic principles of autonomy, participation and social commitment. 


More than 80 English taught programmes: Master's Degrees, Graduate Diplomas and Specialisation Courses. A broad offer both for international students and for local students seeking to study a graduate programme while improving their English. 


Promoting cutting-edge research: UAB is internationally renowned for its quality and innovation in research. The University promotes knowledge transfer through patents, collaborative research and the creation of new technology-based companies.


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UAB students have a set of resources geared toward enabling employment and seeking work and/or work placements related to their studies. All these resources are available on the Treball Campus.

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Student services

On arriving on the UAB campus, the first step is to visit the International Welcome Point office, specifically for students, teaching staff and administrative staff from other countries. Each UAB faculty also has an office to help international students. This office will offer you information about the faculty or university school where you are going to study.

Housing services

  • On campus: Vila Universitaria is a residential complex of 812 apartments located on the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona campus. 
  • Off campus: UAB has a support service to contact different accommodation options off the UAB campus.

Library services

The UAB Library Service provides bibliographical and documental support to educational and research activities. It consists of seven libraries in the campus of Bellaterra, one in the campus of Sabadell and four at the educational units in agreement with hospitals. The UAB Library Service is member of the Consortium of University Libraries of Catalonia and of the University Libraries Network.

ICT services

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona works, promotes and develops the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) for the entire university community. Currently, new systems, platforms and support applications are being prepared in accordance with the needs of our educational network.

Medical services

The Health Care Service is a support service for the university community where the material, economic and human resources that UAB is intended to provide physical, instrumental and personal support to preventive actions are organized and made available to students, for the promotion of health, health care and research in the field of health.

Student Life

Campus life

The main campus is in Bellaterra, at the heart of one of the main technological and industrial hubs of Mediterranean Europe.The campus is a true knowledge city, with almost 50,000 inhabitants: students, teaching staff, researchers and administrative staff. It has all the services necessary for a university community.

Sports facilities

The SAF offers, for both subscribers and users of the sports facilities of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, a comprehensive and extensive range of options for practicing physical activity or even completing the academic curriculum attending courses who give free elective credits and ECTS credits.

Student clubs

The mission of the Solidarity Autonomous Foundation (FAS) is to contribute to the construction of a more supportive university with a greater commitment to the social situation, through voluntary participation by the university community as an instrument for the integration of groups at risk of exclusion.

Student Reviews

My experience at UAB in Biomedical Sciences.
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars
My experience at UAB was very pleasant, I met a lot of unforgettable friends and I learnt a lot. I think that now I'm prepared to understand and participate in any laboratory. However, it is a really time-demanding and a very exigent course so it requires a full-time availability.
UAB CS is pretty good
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
I've liked everything I've studied very much overall, but I feel like exams are outdated as an examination method for programming courses.
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
I love the university due to his natural surrounding. The experience is what I expected. There is always something we could work for improving student life