Universities in Barcelona
Pompeu Fabra University
The Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) is one of the newest public universities in Spain. The UPF was founded in 1990 as an act of the Catalan Parliament and currently has over 8,000 students enrolled in fields ranging from experimental, health and life sciences to human and social sciences and technical studies and a total of over 10,000, which includes students at schools accredited with the university, such as the ESCI. Inspired by the principles of freedom, democracy, justice, equality, independence and plurality, the UPF is the most innovative and modern academic institution in the city. The University prides itself on introducing new learning methods and technology to the traditional values and standards of teaching. Located in the heart of the city, the UPF facilities are housed in renovated historical buildings spreading from Las Ramblas to the Olympic Village in the district of El Poblenou. UPF students will have access to computer labs, sports facilities, and the university's fully computerized library which houses 500,000 volumes and is connected to all the catalogues of Catalonia's public university libraries.
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Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
The Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona began in 1968 and currently enrolls over 50 thousand students each year. It is the second largest public university in Barcelona.
The main campus, Bella Terra, is located on the outskirts of Barcelona, at the bottom of the mountains. This is where most local students attend their classes.
The UAB Study Abroad programs take place on two campuses in the city, The Eixample and Sant Pau campuses. The Eixample campus is located very close to the ISA office, in the downtown area. The Sant Pau campus is located very close to the Sagrada Familia. The main building at Sant Pau is known as the Casa Convalescéncia, a breathtaking work of art in itself.
The school is equipped with the most modern technology for academia. Students may enroll in modern language classes in addition to many courses taught in English for foreigners. Courses are taught by university faculty, and instructed to international students only.
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University of Barcelona
The University of Barcelona (UB) was founded in 1450. The university has four campuses, all in different parts of the city. The UB is the oldest and largest of the six universities in Barcelona. The international student population of the UB is approximately 1300 students. Today the UB is the largest university in Catalonia in terms of number of students and teaching staff, facilities, courses offered, and research. Three thousand faculty members and 1,600 other personnel staff the university.
UB students have access to an extensive range of services. The UB library is the second largest in Spain in regards to number of books. There are more than two million books and 38,000 journals available throughout the different schools and campuses. There are approximately 6,000 reading sites.
In the Catalan-speaking area there are two official languages: Catalan and Castillian (Spanish). Catalan is a Romance language that come forth at around the same time as other languages, such as French and Spanish. Although Catalan is the language of the UB, everyone at the UB can speak Spanish while others also speak French or English. In teaching, both Catalan and Castillian are used. Students with knowledge of any Romance language are able to follow classes in Catalan within a very short time.
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Menéndez Pelayo International University-Barcelona
The Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP) was founded by Spain's Ministry of Education in 1932 under the name of Universidad de Santander. In 1945 it acquired its present title. An autonomous institution that reports to Spain's Ministry of Education and Culture, the UIMP continues to have its central campus in the city of Santander, where it originated. However, the UIMP has increased its presence and reputation in Spain by offering numerous post-graduate seminars in various fields, and courses in Spanish as a Second Language at various satellite campuses throughout Spain. The UIMP is an internationally accredited university that is renowned for working with international students. The Spanish Language and Culture courses are an essential part of the University's curriculum.
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