The Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) was founded in 1990. It is a young university that has made its way through the highest rankings in Europe, called to become one of Europe’s leading universities. Universitat Pompeu Fabra is ranked 295th globally in the QS World University Rankings and 23rd for Economics and Econometrics in the QS World University Rankings by Subject. It has been also awarded a CEI label (International Excellence Campus) by the Spanish Ministry of Education in 2010.Show more
UPF has more than ten thousand students and it offers 26 undergraduate programs of studies, 32 Official Master’s studies, 9 programs of Doctoral studies, and 58 UPF Master’s studies. The UPF strives to offer its students a “high-quality teaching model close to the students” that is “based on comprehensive education and student-centered learning.”
One of the main policies of the university is to be an institution open to the world, and it is being accomplished by the high and prestigious research that is taking place at the UPF. The university is developing the UPF Research Park in the fields of social sciences, humanities, communication and information technologies. UPF is committed to offering a high-quality teaching model and outstanding research with international projection, the three axes of the UPF model.
The Pompeu Fabra University proves its internationality by offering the students the possibility to learn new languages with the 10 language courses to choose from. German, English, Arabic, Chinese, Catalan, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese are the core languages offered by the university.
Besides of being awarded with the CEI label, the UPF has also other global indicators as Highest rate of performance in the Spanish system: 89% in the 2015-2016 academic year, Most productive university in Spain (U-ranking, by BBVA Foundation and Ivie, 2016) and high satisfaction rate (90%) and job placements (83%) among graduates (AQU Catalunya, 2014).
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The Pompeu Fabra has accepted many international students, not only from European countries but also from South America, Asia, Africa. That’s why many students speak English between them. It’s interesting to meet people from all the world and it’s a really good opportunity to know a different culture. Some teachers are kind and responsible but some are not. If you google opinions about them before choosing classes, it will really be helpful.
The library is perfect on the campus of Ciutadella, and it’s the most beautiful library I have been. 100% recommended.
Pompeu Fabra is one of the oldest universities in Barcelona. Its history is not that long but in half century it caught up UB and UAB. For the beginning I came to Barcelona for erasmus. After my erasmus all my ideas changed and I decided to do my master at Pompeu Fabra. Its education and campus is high quality. Main campus is located close to seaside which makes it perfect point for life joint with education. Additionaly, life in Barcelona is so wonderful that people feel like they are in dream. That perfect combination directed me to start living in Barcelona. With name of UPF, I easily found a job. People and companies respect university title and they know students who graduate from this university are educated well absolutely.
It’s a very good university, with dedicated people, who help students prepare themselves for their future.. Knowledge is powerful.. If you study and wait, the opportunity will come but while you are waiting you prepared for the up and down of life.. That’s one of the most important things you learn here, that life is not easy.
I studied there my Audiovisual Communication degree, for this you need to have a lot of material and Pompeu Fabra had all computers, cameras, sets.. That we could ask and not only for our lessons, also to be used during our free time, what was perfect to practice.
Most of the teachers had real experience working in the industry, which is something that gives a lot of value.
In all degrees I believe the final project is really important and you also have credits to do an internship, at the same time that a lot of options to go on Erasmus.
Moreover you have the opportunity to live fully the university by joining one of the student groups link ngos or associations.
UPF is one of the 4 public universities in Barcelona. In general, I could say that I received a satisfactory education there. Campuses are great and well located within the city; the quality of the lectures is good; the libraries opening hours is more than enough (during exams period it remains opened every day until 1am); the canteen &bar services are ok (although a little bit expenside). On the other hand, there are certain aspects they could improve: the schedules come out really late so it’s difficult to plan your term in advance (and during your first year you need to be in CSI to decode those schedules), burocracy is extremely slow, some student services are only opened in the morning… What it is sometimes confusing is that UPF works per trimesters and not per quarters, so you work different from all of your non-uni friends. Also, it would be great that when you finish your studies they help you a little bit more. You spend 4 years of your life there and suddenly you are no longer able to use their computers or access to all the material you have been using.
Education is one of the best investments we can do to improve our future. Choosing Universitat Pompeu Fabra as the university to course our studies is another one. In fact, it is ranked as one of the best young universities in the world, continuously scaling positions in the list.
Regarding the structure of the courses, specifically those in the Business field, subjects are divided in two parts: lessons and seminars. Generally, attendance to lessons is not mandatory but seminars are compulsory. I think it is the best way to ensure that we are following the course and it may help us to avoid (or at least reduce) the stress during the exams period. In other words, a great study method imposed by the university and approved by all of us.
Leaving the academics behind, life in the different campuses is amazing. As I am taking Business courses, I study in Campus Ciutadella. Everywhere, from the library to the cafeteria, the atmosphere that we breath is international, young, full of life. People of different countries, cultures and interests meet each other to share knowledge, experiences and much more.
All in all, UPF is a great, young and international university with a lot of things to offer to make our university period even better. If I had to choose, I would choose it again!
We, Humanities students at Pompeu Fabra University, are rara avis on the campus (too philosophical?); even so, we are not deprived of an authentic college experience: entertaining classes, interesting discussions and endless hours in the bar sharing stories. UPF offers a good range of opportunities to find your place: organizations, theater group, choir, sports, assembly, and many more. Do not miss the opportunity to connect with a great diversity of people and increase your desire for knowledge day by day.
I am currently studying 4th of ADE at UPF. If you want to go to the UPF, you have to know that on the positive side you are going to be studying in a university of good international prestige, with a Campus Job that offers you always many opportunities to find internships and employment, with one of the best libraries seen in my life and with a university atmosphere that is quite good. It is very likely that you leave the UPF with work already. On the negative side you will be demanding a lot (I think that the level of demand of the UPF is much higher compared to other universities, especially the public ones in Barcelona that make ADE) and if your intention is to work while you study, forget it. For me the big disadvantage of the UPF is that the schedules sometimes make you go to class in the morning, sometimes in the afternoon, sometimes all day, making it quite impossible to adequately combine study and work. Conclusion: although it has its cons, if I had to choose again university I would still choose UPF!
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