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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 31st

Barcelona offers one of Europe’s most appealing environments in which to live and study – sunny climate, beaches, renowned cuisine, a rich artistic and cultural legacy, cosmopolitan city center and of course, a legendary party scene.

It is also home to two of Spain’s most prestigious universities, the University of Barcelona (UB) and Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, both of which rank in the global top 200 of the QS World University Rankings® 2018, as well as several other internationally esteemed institutions, giving it Spain’s best score for the rankings indicator in the Best Student Cities ranking.

The city’s highest score, however, is for student view, although Barcelona also scores well for desirability and student mix, reflecting its reputation as one of Europe’s most happening cities, and most appealing destinations for international students. In our student survey, one respondent summed up the city’s appeal: “The weather, the food, there's always something to do”.

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i want to take admission in university but with scholarship. how can i apply?

Hi Mona, if you'd like to study in Spain, we've included scholarships to study there in our list of scholarships to study in Europe

respected sir/ma'am
I want to get a place in Barcelona university to study computer science.i have done Bachelors in Computer Application.your help is highly appreciated.
Atul Shukla

Hi Atul, I'd recommend taking a look at the university's official site for precise info on the application process you'll need to follow. You can read general advice on studying in Spain here

dear sir/ madam,
I am pleasant to get a place in Barcelona University to study Master in English Language. I have BA in English language and a good experience. your help is highly appreciated.
Amad Ahmed

sir did u get any mail regarding colleges