The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona was founded in 1968. The founders aimed to establish four principles of autonomy: freedom to select teaching staff, admission available to all students (but with a limited number), freedom to create its own study plans and freedom to administrate the University's capital. It is therefore a young university, but in its short history it has moved forward at a rapid pace.
UAB's structure includes three campuses, all in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona and its outskirts.
Bellaterra: a large campus for teaching and research
The main UAB campus, in Cerdanyola del Vallès, is home to most of our faculties, departments, institutes and services, as well as to a significant scientific and technological cluster.
The Bellaterra campus is also home to the UAB Research Park, a group of centres and specific partner research institutes created to meet the specific needs for important fields of research.
Sabadell: committed to technology, business and health
Sabadell, along with the Bellaterra campus, is the home to the School of Engineering, the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Parc Taulí Teaching Unit (from the Faculty of Medicine).
Barcelona: a new Health Sciences campus
Three of the six teaching units of the Faculty of Medicine are located in Barcelona:
Moreover, Badalona hosts the Teaching Unit Germans Trias i Pujol.
The Esfera UAB (UAB sphere) comprises all the departments, science and technology services, research centres and institutes, centres at the Science and Technology Park, and university hospitals that are members of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
UAB Science and Technology Park
The UAB Science and Technology Park comprises all the research centres and consortia specifically involved in research at the UAB campus. They were created with the aim of meeting specific needs in important areas of research. These centres include some that belong to the UAB and others that work in collaboration with other universities and with businesses, and with the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC).
Although the centres work as independent units, they maintain strong links with the rest of the UAB network (faculties, department and services), mutually complementing each other in a unique multidisciplinary environment.
The Vallès Synchrotron
On 8 March 2002, the Spanish cabinet gave the go-ahead for the Vallès Synchroton project, an initiative spearheaded by Ramón Pascual, Head of the Department of Physics at the UAB. Linked to the UAB's Institute for High-Energy Physics, the Synchrotron Light Laboratory has been working on the project for over ten years.
The Synchrotron is a large particle accelerator in the form of a ring with a 250 metre perimeter, and will enable researchers to study the microscopic properties of materials that are important for both basic and applied research, as well as for biomedical research and in the pharmaceutical, food and cosmetics industries, to name but a few.
The Vallès Synchrotron will be located in an area near to the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, on land belonging to the Vallès Technological Park.
Services in the campus
People with special needs
At UAB we understand the educational needs of students with disabilities and the importance of integrating into University. That is why we offer adaptation programmes and services which respond to these specific needs. Since the 2005/06 academic year students in possession of a Certificate of Disability, issued or accredited by the Catalan Institute for Assistance and Social Services, do not pay enrolment fees for four-year degrees, EHEA degrees and official master's degrees according to the laws currently in force in Catalonia.
A Healthcare Service (Servei Assistencial de Salut - SAS) on the campus offers a range of health services to the whole university community. Furthermore, various groups organise a range of health programmes promoting healthy lifestyles.
On the Bellaterra campus there are a number of catering areas with bar service and self-service and/or a restaurant and/or a pizzeria. They are managed by catering firms and overseen by the UAB's Catering Service. Currently, they serve around 4,500 full meals per day, as well as other products such as sandwiches, pizzas and single-course meals. Most of the catering areas are open from 8am to 7.30pm.Sport
The UAB has a large array of sporting amenities, regarded as one of the most comprehensive university facilities in Barcelona. These facilities, which are run by the Sport and Physical Activity Service (SAF), consist of the following: a covered sports hall, three saunas,a football pitch and five-a-side pitch with artificial grass, two heated indoor swimming pools and solarium, five tennis courts, fronton court, five squash courts, two paddle-tennis courts, outdoor and indoor rock-climbing walls, physical fitness room and three activity rooms.
At the Plaça Cívica and the at the University Village you can find a range of cultural and leisure activities, as well as retail stores and restaurants. These include the driving school, the hairdresser's, the hairdressing training centre, the pharmacy, the photography/framing/gift shop, the laminating service, the bookshop/music shop/stationer's, the optician's, the newspaper shop, the photocopy shop, the young person's clothes shop, the travel agency, the banks and the food areas.
The Gespa Nursery School is on the UAB campus. The nursery is for children between the ages of 4 month and 36 months that belong to members of the university community. The nursery is also open to residents of Cerdanyola del Vallès. There are currently 60 places available.
The services on our campus cater not only for your academic life but also for your leisure pursuits and your everyday activities.
We are one of the few universities in Spain to have a university campus. UAB's infrastructure was created exclusively for university life and the campus provides all the services you need for your academic, leisure and everyday life.
Our campus provides many facilities and services for housing our students. The University Village (Vila Universitària) is strategically located, offering comfortable accommodation for students or members of faculty who come from outside the area. The 640 residential units vary in size, providing accommodation for a total of 1,806 people with a wide variety of available services and benefits.
It is a real on-campus city, with parks, leisure areas and all the basic services that residents require (laundry, bakery, supermarket, etc.), and regular road and rail connections with Barcelona, Sabadell, Cerdanyola del Vallès and Sant Cugat del Vallès.
The Village provides residential units to suit all requirements, designed to offer both comfortable living conditions as well as the best possible environment for study.
UAB has a long tradition of university societies. Over a hundred societies and student groups work to encourage members of the university community to take part in extracurricular activities. Their contribution enables students to develop a range of skills that will be extremely important in their professional future for businesses and the labour market in general. The societies cover political, cultural, social, sporting and professional areas.
Cultura en Viu (Live Culture) is the cultural support and promotion programme run by the UAB's Arts Centre. Its aim is to generate and promote artistic activities on an inter-faculty basis, making them available to all members of the university community. It also acts as a cultural information point on campus, offering details of all cultural events taking place at university and information on how to organise your own event. UAB's regular cultural groups bring together students, teachers and Administration and Services Staff with similar cultural interests. There are currently eight different organisations working in artistic areas such as drama, the plastic arts, music, literature, the moving image and popular culture:
Some of the activities organised by these established cultural groups are recognised by UAB as free-choice credits.
The Fundació Autònoma Solidària (Solidarity Foundation) runs various social programmes promoting equal opportunities and satisfying the educational and social requirements of all people involved in education. Volunteers at the UAB run programmes helping the disabled to integrate, support studying from prison, work in hospitals, organise activities promoting peace and disarmament, and coordinating sporting and cultural activities. The Volunteers Programme Office provides support for all these activities and is responsible for training volunteers.
Solidarity, international cooperation and diversity have always been important values for Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. The Cooperation for Development area of UAB's Solidarity Foundation (FAS) was set up during the 2004/05 academic year to promote these important principles.
Support is given to international cooperation initiatives stemming from the University community, with information given on different grants available from public and private organisations. Those interested in such initiatives can also receive advice on how best to implement them.
Cooperation for Development works in a network with various agents and participates in working groups to promote cooperation in the broadest sense of the term and to inform on the work carried out by the UAB in different developing countries.
The main objectives are:
Immigration and University Programme
This pilot programme aims to contribute to helping immigrants and immigrant communities from outside the EU by promoting equal opportunities in university education. The UAB wants to promote a positive image of immigrants with a key role to play in society.
The initiative will initially focus its efforts on those immigrants who have come to Catalonia after completing their secondary studies, but will also work on policies to promote university access for children of ethnic minorities currently in their final years of high school who for various reasons may not see university as a viable option.
The programme will also look at wider issues related to foreign immigration in Catalonia and the problems associated with integration.
The Immigration and University Programme works alongside the city councils of Cerdanyola, Sabadell and Barcelona, and the Vallès Oriental County Council.
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona!