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Autonomous University of Barcelona

In recent years, the UAB has seen recognition for its efforts in promoting quality in teaching, in attracting international talent and in obtaining a growing impact in research, together with a progressive improvement in its classifications in the most prestigious and influential international rankings. 

Short Courses

Education & Training (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. One month later the first four faculties are created: Philosophy and Arts, Medicine, Science and Economics. 


  • 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.


  • 68 Phd programmes 
  • 19 industrial doctorates 
  • 4604 PhD students
  • 994 PhD theses
  • 59 International research projects
  • 252 national research projects


This is a research-oriented degree programme providing a solid training in the main perspectives of each specialisation offered. Career options once the degree is completed include: research and PhD studies, a higher qualification to undertake the teaching of English at primary or university level education, English for business purposes such as publishing houses or media companies, research or a PhD programme.

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
157 -12
145 2
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
161 7
168 -4
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
188 5
193 2
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
201 100
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.


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 UAB Library Service provides bibliographical and documental support to the educational and  research activities that are carried out at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. 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. 

Student Life

Campus life

It is a few minutes' walk from Vila Universitària to Bellaterra train station, which offers a great connection with central Barcelona, just 20 km away, and also easily accessible by road. The residential area is within walking distance of the UAB faculties and over 40 research centers.

Within the Vila Universitària there are 812 apartments of various shapes and sizes which can accommodate up to 2,193 people (24 of which are adapted for people with reduced mobility).

All apartments have one room with two beds, one bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen and dining room. Towels and linen are included.

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. 

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