UPF university profile

UPF is a public, international and research-intensive university that, in just twenty-five years, has earned a place for itself among the best universities in Europe. Awarded with a CEI label (International Excellence Campus) by the Spanish Ministry of Education, the University also figures in some of the most influential rankings.


UPF structures its studies on three main fields of knowledge, closely interconnected and structured on three campuses:

  • Social sciences and humanities, Ciutadella campus.
  • Health and life sciences, Mar campus.
  • Communication and information technologies, Poblenou campus.

The UPF model is centred on three pillars: teaching quality, excellence in research and a strong focus on internationalisation.


Barcelona is a cosmopolitan metropolis lying on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, and its unique personality leaves 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 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 their prize-winning airports. Madrid and Barcelona are connected by high speed train AVE (journey is about 3 hours) and by frequent flights (about 1 hour).

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