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Universities in Barcelona

Universidad Pompeu Fabra

The Universidad Pompeu Fabra (UPF) is one of the newest public universities in Spain and is ranked number 31 in the top 50 universities established in the last 50 years. The UPF was founded in 1990 as an act of the Catalan Parliament and currently has over 10,000 students, which includes students at schools accredited with the university, such as the ESCI. The UPF is also recognized by the ministry of Education and Science in Spain. 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.

Popular areas of study at the UPF include:

  • Health and Life Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Technical Studies
  • Spanish Language
  • International Business
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. Students participating in the ISA Language, Liberal Arts and Business semester or academic year programs take classes at the UPF campus with other international students.

*Students participating in the Design & Visual Arts program will take courses at the UPF ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering. Please reach out to your ISA site specialist with any questions.

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

The Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), founded in 1968, currently enrolls over 50 thousand students each year. The UAB is also recognized by the ministry of Education and Science, Spain. This university is the second largest public university in Barcelona and ranked 10th in the world for universities established within the last 50 years according to the 2014 QS World University Rankings.

Popular Areas of Study at the UAB include:

  • International Business
  • Spanish Language
  • Culture
  • Art History
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.

Universidad de Barcelona

The Universidad de Barcelona (UB) was founded in 1450. 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. The Universidad de Barcelona is also currently recognized by the Ministry of Education and Science, Spain as well as being ranked 131st in the world according to the 2014 Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities.

Popular areas of study at the UB include:

  • Hispanic Studies
  • Spanish/Catalan Language
  • Tourism and Hospitality
The university has four campuses, all in different parts of the city. 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.

*Students participating in the Tourism, Hospitality Management & Business program will take courses on the UB CETT campus. Please reach out to your ISA site specialist with any questions.

Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo - 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. The University is fully accredited and recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia) and is ranked 77th in Spain in the 2014 Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities. The UIMP has increased its presence and reputation in Spain by offering numerous post-graduate seminars in various fields as well as courses in Spanish as a Second Language at various satellite campuses throughout Spain.

Popular areas of study at the UIMP include:

  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish History and Culture
Although the UIMP continues to have its central campus in the city of Santander, where it originated, students participating in ISA's Barcelona summer program take classes at the UIMP's academic center in Barcelona. The academic center is located in walking distance to the ISA Barcelona office.

Our programs at the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo - Barcelona
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