University of Barcelona

World University Rankings 2022
Impact Rankings 2022
World Reputation Rankings 2020
Gr. Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585, Barcelona, 08007, Spain

About University of Barcelona

The University of Barcelona, founded in 1450, is a comprehensive higher education institution that presents deep academic tradition coupled with frontier scientific knowledge. It is located in the city of Barcelona, one of the main cosmopolitan hubs in the Mediterranean and indeed in Europe. The University of Barcelona’s sixteen centres, clustered into six main campuses, are spread over the city and completely integrated into the urban life. Thus the majority of which are located within the city itself. The city itself becomes the campus of the University.

Being one of the biggest universities in Spain, the University of Barcelona welcomes a large number of students from both Spanish universities and abroad every year. It has over 44.000 undergraduate students and almost 19.000 master and postgraduate students and doctoral candidates. Almost 15% of the students are from overseas and of over 122 different nationalities.

As a public institution, the University of Barcelona, focused on academic excellence, is committed to training and preparing the present and the next generation of global citizens—professionals, researchers, entrepreneurs, leaders—with the capacity to work at the highest level anywhere in the world. At the same time, University of Barcelona’s commitment to research has positioned it first in Spain in International rankings; and as one of the most prestigious universities in the world regarding research impact.

The University of Barcelona has an international vocation, thereby is a member of leading worldwide university networks, including the League of European Research Universities (LERU), the COIMBRA group (CG) and the coordination of the Arab-Euro Conference on Higher Education (AECHE). It has over 2.800 International agreements, including agreements with 82 of the top 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education Supplement).

The University of Barcelona offers future students a wide range of courses in almost all areas of knowledge tailored to their needs:

Adapted to the requirements of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), students will also have the option of enrolling in dual pathways and completing two different degree programs at the same time.

Two degree courses are taught wholly in English (International Business and English Studies) and five are taught partially in English.

Those courses, including interuniversity degrees and Erasmus Mundus degrees, offer graduates either a professional or a research pathway, and allow them the access to doctoral programs.

Adapted to the requirements of the EHEA, those courses are distributed into five branches of knowledge: Arts and Humanities, Education, Experimental Sciences, Health, and Social Sciences. 

 Twenty-four master’s degrees are taught entirely in English—six of them through the Erasmus Mundus programme.

Face-to-face, blended or distance, those courses are designed to polish graduates' skills and abilities so that they can specialize in a professional area and prepare professionals who are looking to retrain.

Aimed at the advanced training for the student in research techniques through an organized set of educational activities and research which, prior to the preparation and the doctoral thesis defense, results in obtaining a doctoral degree. Each year more than 750 doctoral theses are submitted.

As the University of Barcelona is aware of the need to complement, extend and update knowledge in a changing world, it provides a series of other courses, as the Study Abroad program, the University of Barcelona International Summer School, or the courses on Spanish language and culture offered by the Institute of Hispanic Studies.

Besides those academic programs, the University of Barcelona offers a wide range of services and facilities to the students, as the academic counselling and career services, more than 100.000 square meters of sports facilities, a network of seventeen libraries or a set of residences halls and other housing facilities.

Why choose the University of Barcelona?

-          It is the top-rated Spanish university in the most prestigious international university rankings.

-          It is among the 25 best universities of the world with more than 400 years of history.

-          It is a leading research university in Europe. 

-          It is situated in Barcelona, one of the best university cities in the World.

-          It offers a wide range of course offerings:  bachelor’s degree courses, master’s degree courses, doctoral programs and other specific courses and programs.  

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Key statistics

  • 16.1
    No. of students per staff
  • 11%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 45,382
    Number of FTE Students
  • 62 : 38
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
Based on data collected for the (1) 2022 World University Rankings