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Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona)

Location Plaça de la Mercè, 10-12, Barcelona, ES, Barcelona Spain
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Ranking

# =248

QS World University Rankings
Questioning. Advancing. Transforming.


Founded in 1990, UPF is a public university based in Barcelona that is highly competitive in research and aims to transform education to respond future challenges.

As a public university, UPF fulfils its commitment to tackling the major challenges of the 21st century by creating, transmitting and transferring new multidisciplinary knowledge to guide the implementation of discerning policies and inspiring leadership.

The University carries out this activity in eight disciplines spread across three campuses in Barcelona:

  • Health and life sciences
  • Political and social sciences
  • Communication
  • Law
  • Economics and business
  • Engineering and information and communication technologies
  • Humanities
  • Translation and language sciences

Internationalization is one of UPF's founding goals, with regard to both the composition of its community and the orientation of its training and research. The ability to attract international talent at all levels is one of its trademark features. The campus exudes diversity, creating unique opportunities for internationalization at home and in the classroom to supplement the wide range of mobility options in Europe and the rest of the world.

  • 45% of master’s and doctoral students are international (2019-2020 academic year)
  • 43% of graduates have studied abroad (2018-2019 academic year)
  • 22% incoming students, including 1,500 from the Education Abroad programme (2018-2019 academic year)
  • 27% of the teaching staff is international (January 2020) 
  • 1st Spanish university in international outlook (Times Higher Education (THE) ranking, 2020)
  • Agreements with 28 of the Top 50 universities in the world (THE ranking, 2020) 
Questioning. Advancing. Transforming.


Founded in 1990, UPF is a public university based in Barcelona that is highly competitive in research and aims to transform education to respond future challenges.

As a public university, UPF fulfils its commitment to tackling the major challenges of the 21st century by creating, transmitting and transferring new multidisciplinary knowledge to guide the implementation of discerning policies and inspiring leadership.

The University carries out this activity in eight disciplines spread across three campuses in Barcelona:

  • Health and life sciences
  • Political and social sciences
  • Communication
  • Law
  • Economics and business
  • Engineering and information and communication technologies
  • Humanities
  • Translation and language sciences

Internationalization is one of UPF's founding goals, with regard to both the composition of its community and the orientation of its training and research. The ability to attract international talent at all levels is one of its trademark features. The campus exudes diversity, creating unique opportunities for internationalization at home and in the classroom to supplement the wide range of mobility options in Europe and the rest of the world.

  • 45% of master’s and doctoral students are international (2019-2020 academic year)
  • 43% of graduates have studied abroad (2018-2019 academic year)
  • 22% incoming students, including 1,500 from the Education Abroad programme (2018-2019 academic year)
  • 27% of the teaching staff is international (January 2020) 
  • 1st Spanish university in international outlook (Times Higher Education (THE) ranking, 2020)
  • Agreements with 28 of the Top 50 universities in the world (THE ranking, 2020) 

Rankings & ratings

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #266
  • 2014
    #=281
  • 2015
    #=298
  • 2016
    #=295
  • 2017
    #=283
  • 2018
    #=296
  • 2019
    #298
  • 2020
    #285
  • 2021
    #287
  • 2022
    #=248

Ranking criteria

38.7
Overall
30.8
Academic Reputation
25.8
Employer Reputation
10.8
Faculty Student Ratio
87.2
Citations per Faculty
57.8
International Faculty Ratio
23.5
International Students Ratio

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