UAB university profile

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is a leading public university and has been awarded the distinction of Campus of International Excellence.

uab-headerThe UAB is renowned for its research excellence and the quality of its teaching, and is a leading centre in Europe recognised for its commitment to innovation, employability and entrepreneurship.

The campus is located just 25 minutes by public transport from the centre of Barcelona and is a true city of knowledge with some 50,000 inhabitants, including students, professors, researchers and administrative staff. It has all the services necessary for a university community.

The UAB ranks 182 worldwide and is the second best university in Spain in The Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2020. Among European universities, the UAB consolidates itself as one of the top 100 (84th position). See rankings.


Barcelona is a cosmopolitan metropolis lying on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, and its unique personality leave no visitor indifferent. The city’s two thousand years of history stand harmoniously alongside the latest in architectural and technological innovations. Its cultural and artistic heritage is of the most important in Southern Europe, while its beaches and surrounding mountains offer a variety of entertainment and leisure activities for you to enjoy. The city’s mild climate makes it an ideal place to live in at any time of the year and the warmth of its people combined with a large international community makes people from all around the world feel at home.

Getting there

Barcelona and Madrid are the easiest Spanish cities to reach from the rest of Europe and there are direct flights from most cities in the world to its prize-winning international airports. Madrid and Barcelona are connected in about 2 hours by high speed train AVE.

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