Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC)

Barcelona, Spain

No. Students: 33,889 (1,144 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 2,431
Funding type: Public
  • Barcelona / Spain
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The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech is the reference technological university and, as demonstrated in the latest international rankings, one of the top 100 young universities in the world.

Currently, 31,000 students are taking a bachelor's or master's degree at the UPC and over 2,600 doctoral students are opting for one of a range of academic and professional pathways. The course offerings for the 2013-2014 academic year are 68 bachelor's degrees, 65 university master's degrees and 51 doctoral programmes, as well as specific pathways to double bachelor's degrees for highly capable and motivated candidates, integrated bachelors and masters degree programmes and academic agreements and double degrees with universities worldwide.

On a map in which there are no barriers to knowledge, the University, through its internationalisation programme UPC Abroad, acts as a magnet for international students and has established itself as the Spanish university with the most international students on its master's and doctoral degrees. Its master's degrees are distinguished by the specialised, multidisciplinary and international training they provide. A total of 26 master's degrees are taught entirely in English. The UPC is also the European university with the most Erasmus Mundus programmes: 13 master's degrees and 7 doctoral programmes.

Internationalization is one of the main vector on UPC: as a leading member of international networks of excellence, UPC maintains a privileged relationship with scientific and educational organizations allower the world, which promotes research collaboration and attraction of talent.


UPC masters degrees are official postgraduate courses that offer advanced specialised or multidisciplinary training. Their quality is guaranteed internationally, and their curricula, faculty and services are assessed by the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency, a member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), before being approved by the Spanish government.

Doctoral studies are official university postgraduate courses that provide advanced training and research skills. The UPC teaches 51 doctoral programmes, 25 of which have been awarded the Pathway to Excellence award by Spain's Ministry of Education. It also offers 7 Erasmus Mundus doctoral programmes.


Through its reception offices for international students, the Student Mobility Office promotes mobility and informs and helps international students who come to UPC.

The Office provides information and assessment on the city, accommodation, Catalan and Spanish language courses, health insurance, scholarships, the Orientation Week and the various procedures that you will have to follow to legalize your stay in Spain.

The Office also:

* Provides information on scholarships and programs available to UPC students who want to go on an international exchange.
* Coordinates the General Call for Outgoing Student Mobility Programs of UPC (Erasmus, etc.).
* Makes the corresponding payments of the grants and scholarships for the exchange programs.
* To prepare for your stay at the UPC, visit


The universities of Barcelona have an agreement with Resa Housing, an organisation specialised in youth accommodation.
Students are advised to contact Resa Housing (well in advance of their moving to Barcelona, in order to determine the most suitable type of accommodation (shared flat, rented apartment or university halls of residence).

Language and cultural reception programme

The UPC offers you a range of services and products designed to help you to adapt to life in Barcelona, including language courses, a language exchange service, workshops and cultural induction activities.

Medical insurance

If you are a citizen from the European Union covered by public healthcare, you must apply for the European healthcare card in your home country.

If you are a citizen from another country, you must find out if there is an agreement between the public healthcare system in your home country and the Spanish one. If there is such an agreement, you must apply in your home country for the certificate that allows you to benefit from public healthcare in Spain. Please take into account that this certificate will only cover you in case of urgent care.

If your case is not covered by the previous points, you must take out private medical insurance for the duration of your stay.

Student life

Barcelona is ranked the best student city in Spain and the eleventh best in the world in the QS Best Student Cities 2012 ranking.

There are many things that make Barcelona a very attractive city to study and live in: its historical and architectural heritage, its culture, its cosmopolitan nature and its privileged location by the Mediterranean Sea.

Most UPC schools, departments and facilities are located in Barcelona, but there are some others in nearby cities, although they are all easy to get to on Barcelonas public transport network.

To find out more about our city, please visit the website Barcelona at in which youll find foreigners discussing their experience of living in Barcelona.

Developing and creating innovative ideas can also take place outside of your study programme. UPC offer all students great opportunities to start your own company or to participate in one of the university exciting students projectes. Every year UPC students take part in competitions and awards, enabling them to apply the knowledge they have acquired to real-life projects, learn new skills and interact with businesses.

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