Partner Institutions

Students take most of their academic courses at local universities, which offer a wide range of subjects taught in Spanish and/or Catalan. CASA-Barcelona students can take courses and participate in most of the extracurricular activities of the four universities that make up the Barcelona Group (BG): UAB, UB, UPC and UPF. Although all universities must meet the requirements of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain, each of them has its own personality and offers different experiences.

Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB)

Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Hospital Sant Pau.  Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/57944142@N06/5328698561

  • Year of foundation: 1968
  • Location: its main campus, located in Bellaterra, is located about 25km north of Barcelona
  • How to get there: by train from the center of Barcelona (about 35 minutes)
  • Number of students: approximately 40,000 students
  • Number of faculties: it is one of the largest universities in the country, and is composed of more than 30 faculties and colleges that offer about 80 undergraduate courses of study
  • Specialties: the UAB is a particularly good option for students interested in disciplines such as journalism, sociology, international relations, urban geography, ecology, environmental studies or education sciences
  • Points to note: CASA-Barcelona subsidizes the cost of train tickets for those students who take courses on the UAB campus. Among the most outstanding services of this university is its volunteering program, in which all CASA-Barcelona students can participate
  • Who can study at the UAB? Both academic year and spring semester students have the option to select courses from the wide range of UAB courses. The students of the first semester (fall) may also be able to take classes from the UAB, after consulting with the professors who teach such courses. Courses taught the first semester of the UAB extend until the end of January — but fall semester CASA-Barcelona students typically end their stay at the end of December, and return to their home university in January.

Universidad de Barcelona (UB)

Universidad de Barcelona.  Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/el_salmon/8222677620/

  • Year of foundation: 1450. It is one of the oldest universities in Spain, and founded before the discovery of America
  • Location: urban campus with faculties in different areas of the city
  • How to get there: well-connected with the public transport network of the city (metro L1 and L3 and bus, among others)
  • Number of students: approximately 80,000 students
  • Number of faculties: it is composed of more than 40 faculties and colleges that offer 64 undergraduate courses of study
  • Specialties: the UB is specialized in history, psychology, anthropology, art history, mathematics and economics courses (in particular, in political and development economics), among others.
  • Points to note: the UB has sports facilities on two of its campuses (Diagonal and Mundet), as well as a specialized library and computer rooms for each of its faculties.
  • Who can study at the UB? Both academic year and spring semester students have the option to select courses from the wide range of UB courses. The students of the first semester (fall) may also be able to take classes from the UB, after consulting with the professors who teach such courses. Courses taught the first semester of the UB extend until the end of January — but fall semester CASA-Barcelona students typically end their stay at the end of December, and return to their home university in January.

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)

  • Year of foundation: 1971
  • Location: has campuses inside and outside the city. Normally, CASA-Barcelona students take courses at the Campus Nord in the University Zone of the city
  • How to get there: well-connected with the public transport network of the city (metro L3 and bus, among others)
  • Number of students: approximately 30,000 students
  • Number of faculties: it is composed of five campuses with 23 faculties that offer approximately 68 undergraduate courses of study
  • Specialties: UPC is a public university specializing in STEM disciplines such as architecture, engineering (civil, industrial, electronics, aeronautics, naval and telecommunications) and computer science
  • Who can study at the UPC? Both academic year and spring semester students have the option to select courses from the wide range of UPC courses. The students of the first semester (fall) may also be able to take classes from the UPC, after consulting with the professors who teach such courses. Courses taught the first semester of the UPC extend until the end of January — but fall semester CASA-Barcelona students typically end their stay at the end of December, and return to their home university in January.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

  • Year of foundation: 1990
  • Location: urban campus with faculties very close to the city center
  • How to get there: well-connected with the public transport network of the city (metro L1 and L4, bus and tram, among others)
  • Number of students: approximately 10,000 students
  • Number of faculties: composed of 7 faculties that offer 22 undergraduate courses of study
  • Specialties: UPF is an good option for students interested in comparative literature, political science, international and European law, biosciences and communications
  • Points to note: UPF offers services for international students, among which is the Voluntariat Lingüístic, which organizes conversation exchanges between foreign and local students.
  • Who can study at UPF? Unlike the other universities in the Barcelona Group, UPF courses are organized into trimesters. The first trimester ends at the end of December, and provides more course options for both fall and academic year students.