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Autonomous University of Barcelona

3.9 out of 5 (59 ratings / 49 reviews) Barcelona, Spain
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. 

Master's Programmes

About

History

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. One month later the first four faculties are created: Philosophy and Arts, Medicine, Science and Economics. Teaching activities at the UAB began in October 1968.

Education

  • UAB offers over 80 bachelor's degrees in all fields of knowledge. Our bachelor's degrees are known for their quality and international character, as well as for the amount of practical experience students acquire. 
  • UAB master's degrees provide you with advanced interdisciplinary training and are divided into programmes offering practical training for employment and others specialising in initiation to research.

Research

The UAB departments are units in charge of organising and developing the activities of the teaching and research staff. Each department corresponds to a field of knowledge and is divided into even more specific areas. The UAB has over sixty departments which cover all disciplines of knowledge.

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
157 -12
2019
145 2
2018
147
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
161 7
2019
168 -4
2018
164
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.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
188 5
2019
193 2
2018
195
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
201 100
2018
301
2017
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.

Services

Student services

The mentor figure is mainly aimed at bringing international and local students into contact. Thus, you can have a “buddy” to count on and share good times with, to make your stay at the University and your time in Barcelona much better. You will be assigned a student from your faculty. Not only will he/she be a friend to call on whenever you need, but he/she will also help you if you need a hand on any matter. Your mentor will be there for you especially during your first days here in Barcelona and at the UAB, and also throughout the academic year. He/she will advise you when enrolling in the courses, finding a place to live, deciding where to go out and what to visit, etc.

Housing services

Vila Universitària - Halls of Residence

  • Vila Universitària is the residential area of the UAB campus, located in a natural green belt of park land and forests. In the Vila apartments you will quickly feel at home, in a comfortable, relaxing environment. 

Hotel Campus

  • The 104 rooms of the Hotel Campus are fully equipped with air-conditioning and heating, mini-bar fridge, satellite TV, desk, toilet amenities, digital safe and free Wi-Fi access.

Library services

The Library Service has developed a regulatory framework that establishes the conditions under which the loan of documents, group work rooms and laptops of the UAB libraries must operate, as well as the loan of documents between universities Public Catalan (PUC), and the inter-library loan. It is also included the open access policy of the UAB, and the DDD regulations.

Medical services

Any foreign student, researcher or professor coming to a catalan university must have medical insurance cover. If you are from outside of the European Economic Area you should check whether there is an agreement for healthcare between the Social Security of your country and the Social Security of Spain.

Student Life

Campus life

 UAB Campus Residential Area Facilities and Services

  • 2 restaurants and 1 bar/coffee shop at the Hotel Campus.
  • 2 bars/restaurants in the halls of residence area.
  • Outdoor swimming pool, football field, beach volleyball court, 2 table-tennis tables, 2 street basketball systems, garden.
  • Stationery and candy store, grocery store, launderette and 2 ATM machines.
  • 24/7 security service.
  • Outdoor Wi-Fi.

Sports facilities

The sports facilities of the UAB, situated within walking distance from the residential area of UAB Campus, are, purely in terms of their variety and quality, one of the most fully equipped sporting complexes in Catalonia. They include 2 indoor swimming pools, 1 outdoor swimming pool, a gym hall, a fitness room, tennis, paddle tennis and squash courts, a racquetball court, an indoor sports pavilion, an artificial grass outdoor football field, a rock climbing area, a beach volleyball court, a sauna, locker rooms and a solarium. In addition, there are 6 nature trails on the UAB Campus.

Student clubs

  • Club Alpí Universitari de la UAB (CAU) is a mountaineering society that organizes meetings, trips and activities in the mountains. Their main aim is to create a meeting point within the university campus to organize trips and make the most out of the mountain with good company. This society is open to everyone and the only requirement is to love mountaineering.
  • If you stop by the Centre de Recursos per a Col·lectius, you will see the tents they use in their longer routes, carabiners, ropes and other essential tools to have everything under control while making the most out of the nature around them. 

Student Reviews

Not really recommended
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

We have not been well informed of possibilities within our grade as well as programs that could have improved our learning skills and provided us with more experience.

My International Experience at UAB
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My overall study experience has been great! As an international student and first time living abroad, UAB has been very helpful with my moving transition. The master's course is fun and challenging. Most of the program consists of international students so it is a great learning environment, getting the chance to understand the same problem through different perspectives.

UAB - tourism school experience
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

My experience at the tourism school of the Autonomous University of Barcelona has been good. I am currently enrolled in my first year. From my point of view there is a lack of professionalism in the teaching staff since some of the teachers have a really low English level. The schedule is organised in a complicated and unbalanced way. Otherwise the communication is good...

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