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Pompeu Fabra University

About

History

On 18 June 1990, Catalan Parliament gave the go-ahead for the creation of a new public university in Catalonia, Pompeu Fabra University, inspired by the principles of freedom, democracy, justice, equality, independence and plurality. From its beginnings, this young academic institution set itself this main objective: to train responsible professionals and citizens fully committed to civic values.

Education

EDvolution is the education model currently being designed by UPF to adapt to the needs of tomorrow’s professionals, companies and social agents. This model aims to provide students with a global vision of the world and encourages an autonomous, proactive approach, with an emphasis on technological literacy and excellent communication skills.

Research

UPF Research Service mission is to promote knowledge generation at UPF through promotion, advisement and management of the participation in research programmes.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2021
152 -9
2020
143 -8
2019
135
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2021
180 -5
2020
175 -9
2019
166
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2021
287 -2
2020
285 13
2019
298
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2020
301
2019
301 -100
2018
201
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.

Services

Student services

The Student Information Desk offers:

  • Information on accessing UPF and also how it operates, its organisation and activities.
  • Assistance and advice for carrying out administrative procedures related with your academic lifeand with other activities that take place at UPF.
  • Guidance for finding the best solution for your needs.

Housing services

Since 1997, UPF, together with the rest of the universities in the Province of Barcelona, the Barcelona City Council and the Catalan Government (Generalitat de Catalunya), has been collaborating with the Barcelona Centre Universitari (BCU) , an organism offering services relating to extracurricular university life for the community of foreign students studying in Barcelona. This housing service allows you to search its database and make reservations online for free, can assist you in different languages (Catalan, Spanish, English, French and Italian) and rounds off its services with free legal advice on rental contracts. It also provides short-term rental contract service.

Library services

Library/CRAI users include all the members of the UPF university community and any other persons expressly authorised by way of agreements reached with individual or organisations.

ICT services

This is a service aimed mainly at students (but which can be used by the whole university community) to resolve the most common IT incidents, such as:

  • Access to the network, Wi-Fi and Eduroam
  • Your computer set-up

Student Life

Campus life

At Pompeu Fabra University there are three campuses:

  • Ciutadella Campus
  • Poblenou Campus
  • Mar Campus

Sports facilities

UPF organizes a plan of theory sessions, which is the Sports Workshop, whose main goal is to offer a debate forum about sports and physical activities to the University Community.

Student Reviews

Great experience in UPF Barcelona
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I am very happy with my bachelor's degree in Global Studies where I received an education from excellent professors and shared classes with interesting and international classmates. The university facilities were everything I needed and expected and I even had the opportunity to go abroad for 9 months to Tokyo, where I am currently finishing my exchange program. I would...

TCM-UPF review
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Good university overall. The study program is updated to nowadays economic necessities and technological growth

Universitat Pompeu Fabra's review
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I have been studying in Universitat Pompu Fabra since September and I am really happy to have the oppunity to study in this university for another 6 months. Universitat Pompeu Fabra is one of the most prestigious university in Spain. It has been awarded a CEI label (International Excellence Campus) by the Spanish Ministry of Education in 2010. The Pompeu Fabra University...

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