Top Universities In Barcelona

Student life in Barcelona is amazing. If you have the chance, don’t miss it! Whether you come for an Erasmus program, or study a full bachelor, masters, or PhD this place is for you! Study at the top universities in Barcelona.

The city has good universities in all fields. Let’s have a look.

Top Universities In Barcelona : Public Universities

#1 UPF – Pompeu Fabra University

Times: 17th (under 50y), 175th overall

A relatively young university, UPF has rapidly become a leading public institution in Spain, with exceptional strength in fields such as economics, law, humanities, political science, biology, and medicine.

A very innovative university for European Standards, it recently incorporated a liberal arts degree, as well as a PPE (philosophy, politics, and economics).

UPF has developed one of the best international academic networks in the country, with exchanges at more than 250 leading universities. This includes half of the Times Top 100 Universities, such as University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, Cornell, UCLA Law, or NYU in the USA, Cambridge and Oxford Universities in the UK, and many others. Yearly, more than 1500 international students come from over. Over 30% of UPF graduates take part in an international exchange program during the course of their studies.

UPF boasts a leading faculty and usually ranks as the best university in Spain. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017 ranked it the 17th best under 50 years and 175th best overall.

#2 UPC – Polytechnical University of Barcelona (Barcelona Tech)

The leading technical and engineering university in Catalonia and Spain.

Some of the programs are very strongly recommended, such as architecture, computer engineering.

Campuses are located in the upper part of the city, and there is increasingly a higher number of girls in class.

#3 UB – University of Barcelona

The UB is the largest university in Catalonia and one of the best in fields such as Mathematics, Philosophy and Pharmacy, and Medicine.

With different campuses located around the city, the UB receives a very high number of Erasmus students every year.

The UB also offers a wide spectrum of masters in varied subjects, many at a fair price. Recommended.

#4 UAB Autonomous University of Barcelona

Times: 163th overall

The UAB is one of the most established research universities in Spain. Its main campus is located in Bellaterra, just 25km from Barcelona.

The university offers numerous exchange programs with over 500 universities globally. Yearly, over 3500 students take part in international studies.

Tops Universities in Barcelona: Private Universities

#1 IESE Business School

Internationally well-known business school. This school ranks consistently as a Top 10 business school in the main rankings.

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IESE manages to recruit top talent on a yearly basis. This is partly because Barcelona is a fantastic place to spend 2 years studying and exploring Europe as a 20-something.

While most graduates go on to work to London, USA, or Germany, some try to stay at all costs, as the city is very attractive.

#2 ESADE Business School

A great business school with additional degrees in law. Generally considered the best undergrad business school in Catalonia and one of the best in Spain.

At a masters level, the university offers MSc and even MBAs, yet IESE takes the highest spot in town for young professionals.

#3 La Salle

A high-quality Jesuit university located in the higher parts of town. Popular among wealthy locals for its architecture and business bachelor programs.


It is an excellent choice to study a masters in Barcelona. You won’t regret it.

The city has top-notch schools in business, architecture, medicine, computer engineering, and more. Also, the student life is great – and come on, the city has fantastic beaches and ski resorts about 2 hours away. Don’t miss it!

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