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

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Location Bellaterra Campus, Barcelona Spain
Ranking

# 178QS World University Rankings

PGicon

113Undergraduate programs

PGicon

223Postgraduate programs

International

3971International students

About Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

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.


About Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

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.


University information

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

IELTS

Minimum score

6

Maximum score

International Baccalaureate

Minimum score

24

Maximum score

GPA

Minimum score

2

Maximum score

IELTS - Masters

Minimum score

6

Maximum score

TOEFL - Masters

Minimum score

90

Maximum score

GPA - Bachelors

Minimum score

2

Maximum score

IELTS - Bachelors

Minimum score

6

Maximum score

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: 

Total students

32,395

UG students

77%

PG students

23%

International students

3,971

UG students

34%

PG students

66%

Total faculty staff

2,138

Domestic staff

89%

Int'l staff

11%

Student life

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. 

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.

Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

Tuition Fee/year

5,000 EUR

Tuition Fee (Out of State)

-

International Students

Tuition Fee/year

6,000 EUR

Other Expenses

-

One of the first things everyone considers when getting a master's degree is the cost of the program. While cost is something that should be considered, you should always be aware of the options available to you when fundingyour degree. Download your copy of the Scholarship Guide to know about global scholarships and how to apply for them.

In this guide you will find:
opportunities

Where to find scholarship opportunities

how_to

How to apply scholarships

list

List of available scholarships around the world

checklist

A scholarship checklist

banner
download_icon Download Scholarship Guide

Rankings & ratings

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona is one of the top public universities in Barcelona, Spain. It is ranked #178 in QS World University Rankings 2023.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #176
  • 2014
    #177
  • 2015
    #=173
  • 2016
    #=190
  • 2017
    #=203
  • 2018
    #=195
  • 2019
    #=193
  • 2020
    #188
  • 2021
    #213
  • 2022
    #=209
  • 2023
    #178

Ranking criteria

45.8
Overall
62.2
Academic Reputation
28.9
Employer Reputation
11.8
Faculty Student Ratio
66.9
Citations per Faculty
20.7
International Faculty Ratio
20.2
International Students Ratio
94.1
International Research Network
20
Employment Outcomes

Available programs

The UAB offers almost 100 Bachelor's Degrees, covering 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 bachelor's degrees provide students with a large amount of practical experience, helping them to be better prepared as they enter the professional world.

Some bachelor's degrees are offered fully in English, and many other degrees offer subjects in English.

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.

Please click on the following links for more information about:

Economics
::type_cta_button:: View Details
Tourism - English
::type_cta_button:: View Details

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is a public university offering:

More than 500 programmes which include:

  • Official Master's Degrees, which provide you with advanced interdisciplinary training and are divided into programmes offering practical training for employment and others specialising in initiation to research. Our official master's degrees are valid in all of Spain and equivalent to the master's degrees programmes in Europe. The research-oriented programmes give access to PhD programmes.

  • UAB-Specific Master's Degrees and Graduate Diplomas. The aim of these programmes is to provide students with an advanced-level, specialised, multidisciplinary education oriented towards professional specialisation. In order to guarantee their academic rigour, they are subject to similar quality control processes to those used for official programmes taught at the UAB. Professors, professionals and external institutions take part in graduate teaching to make sure that courses offer the practical approach that the labour market demands.

 
Almost 70 PhD programmes in 5 areas of knowledge: Arts and Humanities, Health Sciencies, Sciencies, Social Sciencies and Law and Technological Sciencies.

The aim of these programmes is providing advanced training in research techniques, culminating in a doctoral thesis. They involve preparing and defending a thesis and usually last three years, with the aim of producing top-level academic and professionals.

Some of the UAB’s PhD programmes have received an Excellence Award. The European Doctoral Research Component includes stays in different European countries and the participation of lecturers from foreign universities.

Approximately 30-40% of students come from other countries in both master's degrees and graduate diplomas, as well as PhD programmes.

Videos & Media

Videos & Media

Campus locations

Latest Tweets

English language test
IELTS
IELTS

Are you planning to take an English language test? Sign up for free IELTS webinars and prep material

Sign up today