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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC)

Jordi Girona, 1 Barcelona,
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The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech is a public institution of Higher Education and Research, specialised in the areas of Architecture, Engineering, Science and Technology.

The UPC offers 64 bachelor’s degrees, 74 master’s programmes (30 of them fully in English) and 46 PhD programmes, which fully adhere to the principles of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in some of the fastest-growing areas in the world of science, technology and industry. We moreover offer lifelong learning in the form of master's degree and other courses tailored to professional development needs.


  • Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  • Civil, Environmental and Geological Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering for Industry: Energy, Biomedical, Chemical, Electrical, Materials and Mechanical
  • Naval, Maritime and Nautical Engineering
  • Telecommunications and Electronic Systems Engineering
  • Applied Sciences: Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Optics and Photonics.


This offer is completed by international mobility and double degree programmes.

-          56  International double degree with 32 universities

-          708  Higher education institutions with student exchange agreements

-          2,623 students on international mobility programmes (1,306 incoming students)

As a leading member of international networks of excellence, the UPC has a privileged relationship with global scientific and educational organisations. As a result, the University is at an advantage when it comes to attracting international talent.

-          207  research groups

-          14  TECNIO network research centres

-          21  focused research centers

-          15  associated research centers

UPC is the Spanish university with the highest number of international doctoral and master’s degree students, and it is also the European university with the highest number of Erasmus Mundus master’s degree programmes.

Every year, more than 6,000 bachelor’s and master’s students and more than 500 doctoral students graduate. UPC has a graduate employment rate of 93%. The 76% find a job in under three months.

In the 2020 edition of QS World University ranking by Subject, the UPC is ranked 21st in the world in Architecture and 23rd in Civil and Structural Engineering. It is also among the world’s top 100 universities in the field of Engineering and Technology and in the subjects Telecommunications, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Art and Design, and Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering. It is also the first Spanish University in Engineering and Technology and in Architecture and Civil Engineering.

UPC schools are at the service of learning, research and knowledge.

The UPC has a great presence throughout the Catalan territory, with 9 campuses distributed among 7 cities in Catalonia. We have schools in Barcelona and in several nearby towns: Castelldefels, Manresa, Sant Adrià de Besòs, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Terrassa, and Vilanova i la Geltrú.

These training centres, with a long background in Higher Education, are well communicated in public transportation and are equipped with the facilities and services required for your education. We offer learning, research and community living spaces.

Discover the UPC campuses in all their extension, as well as their urban location. 

UPC has 12 libraries in its various Campus and Schools. Users can borrow books and use their study and working rooms.

The UPC has different top facilities and labs where to develop research projects, which have helped UPC become a benchmark university in Europe in innovation and technology transfer. An example of this is the Wage Channel, in our Maritime Engineering Laboratory. 

UPC, in collaboration with other public and private institutions, has created Research Centres with its own legal entity, internationally recognized, such as the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), the International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE), the Institute of Spatial Studies of Catalunya (IEEC) or the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC).

Many things make Barcelona a very attractive city to study and live in: its historical and architectural heritage, its cultural activities, its cosmopolitan nature, and its privileged location by the Mediterranean Sea. Barcelona has a strong international vibe. Studying here, you’re guaranteed to meet people from all over the world. So, if you’re looking for a truly international study abroad experience, Barcelona is a safe bet. According to QS Best Student Cities 2019 Ranking, Barcelona ranks amongst the 10 best student cities in Europe, and the first in Spain.

In addition, other services and equipments help complement university life in UPC, as Sports UPC, cultural programme UPCArts, the UPC's Centre for Development Cooperation, UPC orchestra and Chorus, and the student associative network of the university.

You will find a sports complex in Campus Nord (Barcelona), and 2 gym centres, one in Campus Sud (Barcelona) and the other in Terrassa Campus. You can also compete in sports leagues.

UPC, through the OMI, provide studens with the usual services requiered by the international community, such as: Information and advise about mobility calls, language courses, accomodation, foreign burocracy and different cultural and social activities of interest for international students.

This office also deals with the different mobility programmes, the renewal of residence permits and manages fee waivers in case of international scholarship agreements.

Check our welcome guide for international students to find more practical information.  

COVID-19 Information

  • How can applicants contact the university about their application?  
    Application for Master and PhD programmes has been always online, then, there isn’t any modification in this point. Applicants should contact the programme coordinator in order to ask for the application procedures. The email address is in each master’s and PhD program’s webpage.

In case of bachelor’s degree applicants, the procedure is centralized by the Autonomic Government. Applicants should consult the following webpage: http://universitats.gencat.cat/en/que_puc_fer/soc_estudiant_de_fora/index.html

  •  University handling applicants whose exams have been cancelled
     The UPC doesn’t do application exams.
     If the applicants don’t have an English-language certificate, they should ask the program coordinator in order to know the options that he can provide to them.
     In the UPC International Relations Bureau webpage, applicants can find several useful information about legal procedures and other topics. In this webpage, applicants can find as well the email address of our International Mobility Students Office, in case they want to ask something specific to our staff.

  • Is the university still accepting applications? 
    The applications for the next course are already open and there isn’t any restriction for international applicants.

  •   How are applications for university accommodation being handled?
    In the UPC International Relations Bureau webpage there is a subsection dedicated to accommodation for incoming students.

  •  The UPC has not made any change to entry requirements.

You will find the information about access and admission requirements and procedures through the following links:

Bachelor's degree

Access and admissions: https://www.upc.edu/en/bachelors/access-and-admission

Master's degree

Access and admissionshttps://www.upc.edu/en/masters/access-and-admission

Doctoral programmes

Access and admission: https://doctorat.upc.edu/en/future-doctoral-candidates/access-and-admission

Programs available

Undergraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB)

Terrassa School of Optics and Optometry (FOOT)

Vallès School of Architecture (ETSAV)

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Department of Agri-Food Engineering and Biotechnology (DEAB)

Department of Architectural Design (PA)

Department of Automatic Control (ESAII)

Department of Computer Architecture (DAC)

Department of Electronic Engineering (EEL)

Department of Heat Engines (MMT)

Department of History and Theory of Architecture and Communication Techniques (THATC)

Department of Mining, Industrial and ICT Engineering (EMIT)

Department of Nautical Science and Engineering (CEN)

Department of Network Engineering (ENTEL)

Department of Optics and Optometry (OO)

Department of Signal Theory and Communications (TSC)

Department of Statistics and Operations Research (EIO)

Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning (UOT)

Institute of Energy Technologies (INTE)

Institute of Industrial and Control Engineering (IOC)

Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO)

Terrassa School of Optics and Optometry (FOOT)

University Research Institute for Sustainability Science And Technology (IS.UPC)

Vilanova i la Geltrú School of Engineering (EPSEVG)

University Highlights

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) is one of the top Public universities in Barcelona, Spain. It is ranked #=314 in QS Global World University Rankings 2021.

Total students - 22,447


International students - 3,050


Total faculty staff - 2,422


Total students - 22,447


International students - 3,050


Total faculty staff - 2,422

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