Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona : Rankings, Fees & Courses Details | Top Universities

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Founded in 1968, the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is known for its excellence in research and quality in teaching, and is a reference centre in Spain and the European Union.

The UAB is a leading public university with a strong international vocation, highly committed to promoting mobility, collaboration and the capture of talent.

Academic teaching at the UAB is characterised by its multidisciplinarity and is closely linked to many research activities. The UAB pioneers the implementation of several action plans focused on increasing sustainability and environment-friendly measures on campus. 

The UAB offers top level academic programmes in all areas of knowledge, with almost 100 Bachelor's Degrees, over 500 Official and Master's Degrees and Graduate Diplomas and almost 70 PhD programmes.

In 2016, the UAB Barcelona Summer School was created. It offers a wide array of subjects in several fields and takes place from the end of June to the beginning of August. Most of the courses are taught in English, with an option to learn and improve your Spanish as a Foreign Language. Depending on the regulations of each home university, especially if there is a mobility agreement with the UAB, students will be able to transfer the credits earned during their stay to their current degree.


The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is located only 25 minutes in public transport from Barcelona’s city centre, a cosmopolitan metropolis lying on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. The main campus is located in Bellaterra, in the heart of one of the main industrial and technological poles of Mediterranean Europe. The university is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty: 263 Hectares of campus surface area with 60% covered in woodlands and green areas.

The UA campus offers all types of services for the university community: 

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) caters to all aspects of university life. The campus is organised as a true of knowledge with almost 50,000 inhabitants: students, lecturers, researchers and administration staff.

The international dimension of the UAB can be seen by the number of students enrolled from abroad, more than 8,000 international students from 90 countries worldwide.  Every year, the UAB reaches new mobility agreements with universities from around the world. It also has specific programmes which welcome and aid international students once they arrive at the UAB. The UAB campus provides a framework for intercultural co-existence, where different university realities and cultures from around the globe can be seen side by side.

The UAB is a sustainable university. It strives to improve the health of the university community, promote healthy environments and lifestyles and, moreover, is committed to responsible consumption and has pioneered the implementation of sustainable actions.

The university actively encourages the involvement and participation of its students in volunteering activities and community service, and has been recognised by several institutes for these tasks. It also carries out awareness-raising campaigns among the university community.

The Plaça Cívica is the reference point for campus involvement, a space of meeting, leisure, solidarity, demand… A public place for the community to share and enjoy. 

Admission criteria varies according to the academic degree level. Please click on the following links for more information:

The UAB promotes innovation, employability and entrepreneurship. It strives to foster research and transfer in all areas of knowledge and works closely together with the surrounding business and industrial community, as well as with scientific centres such as the Alba Synchrotron Light Facility, located five minutes away from campus.

The UAB campus includes: 

many of which were created in collaboration with important scientific institutions, and all of which conduct a large amount of research activities.

Research activities are also carried out in the five UAB-affiliated hospitals, three of which have been awarded the Carlos III Health Institute’s seal of excellence.

Helping graduates enter the labour market is one of the main objectives of the UAB. All bachelor's degrees offer external work placements in prestigious firms and institutions. The UAB yearly manages over 4,000 work placements included in its academic study plans. Students can also take advantage of more than 2,000 extracurricular work placements, job offers, professional mobility abroad and support to entrepreneurs.

About

Founded in 1968, the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is known for its excellence in research and quality in teaching, and is a reference centre in Spain and the European Union.

The UAB is a leading public university with a strong international vocation, highly committed to promoting mobility, collaboration and the capture of talent.

Academic teaching at the UAB is characterised by its multidisciplinarity and is closely linked to many research activities. The UAB pioneers the implementation of several action plans focused on increasing sustainability and environment-friendly measures on campus. 

The UAB offers top level academic programmes in all areas of knowledge, with almost 100 Bachelor's Degrees, over 500 Official and Master's Degrees and Graduate Diplomas and almost 70 PhD programmes.

In 2016, the UAB Barcelona Summer School was created. It offers a wide array of subjects in several fields and takes place from the end of June to the beginning of August. Most of the courses are taught in English, with an option to learn and improve your Spanish as a Foreign Language. Depending on the regulations of each home university, especially if there is a mobility agreement with the UAB, students will be able to transfer the credits earned during their stay to their current degree.


The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is located only 25 minutes in public transport from Barcelona’s city centre, a cosmopolitan metropolis lying on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. The main campus is located in Bellaterra, in the heart of one of the main industrial and technological poles of Mediterranean Europe. The university is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty: 263 Hectares of campus surface area with 60% covered in woodlands and green areas.

The UA campus offers all types of services for the university community: 

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) caters to all aspects of university life. The campus is organised as a true of knowledge with almost 50,000 inhabitants: students, lecturers, researchers and administration staff.

The international dimension of the UAB can be seen by the number of students enrolled from abroad, more than 8,000 international students from 90 countries worldwide.  Every year, the UAB reaches new mobility agreements with universities from around the world. It also has specific programmes which welcome and aid international students once they arrive at the UAB. The UAB campus provides a framework for intercultural co-existence, where different university realities and cultures from around the globe can be seen side by side.

The UAB is a sustainable university. It strives to improve the health of the university community, promote healthy environments and lifestyles and, moreover, is committed to responsible consumption and has pioneered the implementation of sustainable actions.

The university actively encourages the involvement and participation of its students in volunteering activities and community service, and has been recognised by several institutes for these tasks. It also carries out awareness-raising campaigns among the university community.

The Plaça Cívica is the reference point for campus involvement, a space of meeting, leisure, solidarity, demand… A public place for the community to share and enjoy. 

Admission criteria varies according to the academic degree level. Please click on the following links for more information:

The UAB promotes innovation, employability and entrepreneurship. It strives to foster research and transfer in all areas of knowledge and works closely together with the surrounding business and industrial community, as well as with scientific centres such as the Alba Synchrotron Light Facility, located five minutes away from campus.

The UAB campus includes: 

many of which were created in collaboration with important scientific institutions, and all of which conduct a large amount of research activities.

Research activities are also carried out in the five UAB-affiliated hospitals, three of which have been awarded the Carlos III Health Institute’s seal of excellence.

Helping graduates enter the labour market is one of the main objectives of the UAB. All bachelor's degrees offer external work placements in prestigious firms and institutions. The UAB yearly manages over 4,000 work placements included in its academic study plans. Students can also take advantage of more than 2,000 extracurricular work placements, job offers, professional mobility abroad and support to entrepreneurs.

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University highlights

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona is one of the top Public universities in Barcelona, Spain. It is ranked #=209 in QS Global World Rankings 2022.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #176
  • 2014
    #177
  • 2015
    #=173
  • 2016
    #=190
  • 2017
    #=203
  • 2018
    #=195
  • 2019
    #=193
  • 2020
    #188
  • 2021
    #213
  • 2022
    #=209

Ranking criteria

42.6
Overall
60.8
Academic Reputation
52.7
Citations per Faculty
32.3
Employer Reputation
13.6
Faculty Student Ratio
8
International Faculty Ratio
23.2
International Students Ratio

Student & Staff

Total students
31,674

24%
76%

International students
4,069

68%
32%

Total faculty staff
2,132

237
1895

Total students
31,674

24%
76%

International students
4,069

68%
32%

Total faculty staff
2,132

1895
237

Scholarships

Yes
The Scholarships above offer some form of financial aid to prospective students. Please always check the specific requirements and restrictions on scholarship availability.
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