Studying in Barcelona, Spain

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Barcelona at a glance

Barcelona, Spain, is an amazing place to live in and one of the most attractive study destinations worldwide. There are many reasons to study in Barcelona: large number of universities, study centres and conferences, top higher education, many degrees to choose from, and a fantastic city life. You will be inspired by Spain’s love for life, and you will have an incredible study abroad experience! Studying in Barcelona will impress you with priceless academic experience in top international business schools and high performance universities, as well as unforgettable memories of sunny beaches, cultural wonders and citywide fiestas. Barcelona is Spain's second most populated city and the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea.

Studying

Studying in Barcelona

The academic environment in Barcelona is known to provide a comprehensive education, high-quality teaching models, excellence in research, international vocation, and promotes innovation, employability and entrepreneurship.

The extensive offer of courses in Barcelona includes various types of degree and non-degrees programmes: Bachelors, taught Masters, executive Master’s degrees and MBAs, numerous PhDs and DBA programmes, postgraduate diplomas, certificates, summer courses and international summer schools, online and distance learning, and a broad range of courses for working professionals.

The educational offer in Barcelona covers all the major subject areas and provides various specialisations to choose from. Some of the highly ranked disciplines in Barcelona include: economics, finance, social sciences and humanities, health and life sciences, communication sciences, biomedicine and biotechnology, law, political sciences, linguistics, architecture, technology and engineering.

Barcelona has one of the highest number of international students enrolled in a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Europe and in the world.

Courses are typically taught in the two official languages spoken in Barcelona, Spanish and Catalan, but there is also a large number of courses offered fully or partially in English for foreign students.

Career

Career opportunities in Barcelona

Barcelona enjoys an active and diverse economic life, due to its strategical location. The Spanish metropolis is one of world's leading tourist, economic, and commerce centres, with numerous trade fairs and exhibitions, ranked as one of the best European cities for business.

Strong industries in Barcelona include industrial design, textiles and fashion, tourism and hospitality, the motor vehicle industry, automobile manufacturing, electrical engineering, publishing, arts, wine production and consumer goods.

Large multinational companies have headquarters in Barcelona, providing rich employment and internship opportunities, such as: American Express, Massimo Dutti, Mango, Inditex group (with the famous brands Pull and Bear, Zara, Bershka, Stradivarius), Avis and Hewlett-Packard, AkzoNobel, Adidas, Burberry, and many more.

Life

Barcelona city life

Barcelona is a city with an amazing cultural and entertaining environment, hosting a rich art and fashion scene, a bustling night life, an active music stage, beautiful natural surroundings, and many international festivals and sports events; there is always something new to know and visit in this fascinating city.

In Barcelona, you’ll have plenty interesting things to do:
  • eat paella on the waterfront and tapas in every other bar
  • explore Gaudí’s architecture
  • wonder across the Gothic Quarter
  • walk down Las Ramblas
  • use the city’s bike-sharing system
  • enjoy the wide range of live music
  • relax in Parc de la Ciutadella or the Gaudi's Parc Guell
  • lounge on Barceloneta Beach.
Some of the most popular tourist attractions in Barcelona include: the iconic La Sagrada Familia church, the Magic Fountain, the Picasso Museum, the Royal Plaza, FC Barcelona museum, Montjuïc, Tibidabo hill, Casa Batlló, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Barcelona City History Museum, the National Museum of Art of Catalonia, Somorrostro beach, and many more.

International atmosphere in Barcelona

You can hardly feel like a stranger in Barcelona. A truly international metropolis, Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in the world, receiving eight million tourists every year. Thousands of international and exchange students add up to the cultural diversity here, as well as the large communities of immigrants that have established their own neighborhoods in Barcelona. The 2000 years of culture in the city show through in the amazing cultural mix that fascinates visitors from everywhere in the world.

The wide range of nationalities working in Barcelona is vast and you will find many Germans, Dutch, French, Scandinavians, Americans, Indians, Colombians, Moroccans, Romanians, Polish, Russians, etc.

Weather Barcelona

Barcelona enjoys mild, humid winters, and warm, dry summers. In the coldest month, January, the average temperature is 10°C (49°F), while in the summer the average temperature rises at 24°C (74°F). You will experience an ideal weather in Barcelona from May to July. August is the hottest month, when you can go swimming.

Costs

Accommodation costs in Barcelona

Housing options for students include:

  • Halls of residences – Universities usually offer some accommodation, either on or off campus, but places are limited. Monthly rent for a single or double room in university is around 200-400 EUR, with the expenses included.
  • Flat-sharing – Renting a room in a shared apartment is popular among students in Barcelona and costs between 300-500 EUR, including utilities.
  • Private flat – Renting an apartment with one bedroom, outside the city centre, will take you 400 – 600 EUR per month.
  • Homestay – Ideal for students who wish to improve their language skills, but it’s a more expensive option, starting from 700 EUR/month (with board included).

Living costs in Barcelona

Living costs in Barcelona are cheaper than in many other large European metropolis. As a student in Barcelona, you will be able to get around with a budget of about 700-800 EUR to include accommodation, food and leisure activities.

Monthly grocery shopping will take you to at least 300 EUR. The best way to get around Barcelona is the metro, and you can get a three months ticket that costs about 100 EUR.

Universities in Barcelona

EU Business School (EU) is an international, high-ranking business school with campuses in Barcelona, Geneva, Montreux and Munich.

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The Universitat Internacional de Catalunya offers you a highly personalised university education with a strong vocational element. This high level of personalised treatment is achieved by ensuring that there is: no more than one group per course; a maximum of 80 students per lecture, and one university professor assigned to every eleven students.

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IHE Delft is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world and is based in Delft, the Netherlands. The Institute confers fully accredited MSc degrees, and PhD degrees in collaboration with partner universities.

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The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) is an innovative university that is rooted in Catalonia and open to the world. It offers people lifelong learning to help them and society advance, while carrying out research into the knowledge society. Its educational model is based on personalization and accompanying students using e-learning.

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