Barcelona has a total of 8 universities in its territorial area, divided into various campuses: 4 are public, 3 private and 1 is online.
Together, all of these centres served a total of 197,853 students during the 2012-13 academic year , and they constantly strive to adapt their courses to demands from the job market, and to internationalise them.
University of Barcelona, UB
This is the Barcelona public university with most students and the widest range of courses. It is also the main research centre for the whole country, and one of the most important in Europe.
Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)
As a public university, it aims for education based on innovation in the various branches of knowledge, as well as on research and development.
Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC)
As a public institution, it focuses its studies on engineering, architecture and science, which has made it very attractive to international talent.
Pompeu Fabra University
Its public model is based on quality teaching and proximity to students, as well as on research and its international vocation. For this reason it is already an important centre in Europe.
Ramon Llull University, URL
This private institution focuses on training professionals who provide responses to society's needs, by means of small work groups.
Open University of Catalonia UOC
Its online methodology provides a global location for knowledge on the Internet. The aim is to reach a wider public by means of personalised, high-quality education
International University of Catalonia UIC
As a private institution, it focuses on personalised education so that its students receive comprehensive advice from their teachers throughout their higher studies.
Abat Oliba University CEU UAO
This international private institution offers a variety of degrees in a bilingual format so that its students are able to work in any country.