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 lessShow more
I enjoyed the good learning facilities, some teachers were really professional and helpful – not most of them, though. I enjoyed getting to know other students with similar interests, even though it was difficult to develop “University life” within the university campus, due to the lack of spaces. Also, some subjects had a lack of a practical scope, and should be modernized, in my opinion.View more
Overall, I can say I am satisfied with my programme. Through it, I gained part of the communication and language skills I have now. Although I have to say that the rest of them were achieved by practice, and this lacks a little in the programme (I did it by myself in different internships). If I had to change something, I will reduce theoretical lectures and replace them with practical ones. Especially, because some of the courses related to the theory were pretty similar during the years. For me, journalism is more about getting in contact with real world and improving your communication skills in the real field.View more
Some teachers were good but others not at all. I would say that part of the degree was amazing but there were other subjects meaningless and with no purpose. So as everything, depending on what. But I must say that there are a lot of job offers after the degree, mainly because of the topic.View more
From my degree, I would highlight the good teaching staff and teaching team of the university. Since I study languages, I like that the teachers are highly qualified and the vast majority are native speakers of English, French and German. However, the university has many problems organizing assignments and schedules, causing very serious inconveniences when it comes to finding a job. Sometimes you can have 4 hours hanging between one class and another. I also believe that there is poor management from the secretary regarding student services.View more
The first thing I liked about the programme was the practical approach to most of the modules, as opposed to heavy theoretical leanings. the school is also located in the centre of Barcelona with modern building architecture. Professors and tutors are knowledgeable and willing to help. It was impossible to get school accommodation as a postgraduate exchange student, which increased the overall cost of living in the city.View more
During the process of applying for the Bachelor’s Degree of Applied Languages at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, getting accepted, figuring out where I would live in Barcelona, packing my bags, arriving in the city, and finally enrolling at the campus; I made a decision that completely shifted my academic trajectory. I choose not to do deep research about the course’s learning content and evaluation system.
If I had been aware FROM THE VERY BEGINNING about every intellectual challenge I would have to succeed to graduate I would have come in as a frightened and insecure student or, even worse, I would have given it all up and stayed in my hometown. My negligence outtake on the complex academic path I was going for ALLOWED me to view my foreignness NOT as a disadvantage in comparison to my colleagues BUT YES as something that made me truly special. I didn’t have to be prepared for everything that was to come. I just had to deal with what was asked of me in the present moment.
The key to succeeding as a foreign student is not being uncomfortable to ask for help. Each and every one of my classmates and the people who work at UPF is more than happy to give me support. But they won’t do it if I don’t make it CLEAR that I wanted their help. They’re not telepaths. In addition, I make sure to always show how grateful I am for these individuals taking their time and energy to make my student life easier and more pleasant.
My university experience has been the most impactful thing I have ever done in my life. It has proven to me that I don’t need background knowledge to thrive in any subject. I can develop proficiency and expertise as I go.
Even though I still don’t get many of the jokes made in the Catalan language, my course has made me feel belonged because there isn’t such a thing as gatekeeping any aspect of the local’s culture. My only criticism about the programme is that I think we should have less translation-focused subjects. If we wanted to be translators we would’ve enrolled for the Translation and Interpretation Bachelor Degree. My favourite things about studying Applied Languages at UPF are: a professor named Carmen del Río (she’s the best teacher I have ever had), the campus (absurdly nice to be there) and having so many intelligent young people around me.View more
The University provides a high level of education, matched with good technologies and great premises. All the three campuses are located in the heart of Barcelona, making the university more accessible to the students. The teaching system favours practice over theory, which in my opinion allows a dynamic learning process. Moreover, the employment rate for UPF alumni is very high. On the other hand, something I would change about UPF is that it’s not a very international university, as the main teaching language is Catalan and only a very small part of the courses are taught in English. Overall, I really recommend UPF.View more
The best thing about this program, definitely, is the campus, which is located next to Barcelona beaches, as the name says “Campus el Mar”. I like the structure of it since it allows students to dedicate 6 months only doing an internship and writing master project, without the interference of classes. There are many group projects involved, and if you are a person who likes teamwork, this program will be perfect for you! The only bad thing that I would highlight – exams. Exams are taking place in December and there is only one week of this exam period, which I think it’s quite a short period of time to pass 4/5 subjects (depending on the program). But, above all, I would highly recommend this university and Barcelona in general!View more
The best thing about the university is the quality of its professors, in addition to the great career possibilities that the university gives you when you go out into the world of work. It is one of the most prestigious universities in Spain in social scienceView more
Program: Masters in Bioinformatics in Health Sciences
Choosing to enter the Bioformatics program at UPF was a huge disappointment. I have never experienced such an inefficient, unprepared, and undedicated cohort of administrators, secretaries, and program leaders. Everyone takes several days to respond to questions and continually pass you off to other people. The feeling they instill in their students is that they are undependable, and you are just a tuition payment rather than a person.
Especially for non-EU students (who will be paying double the price as everyone else), trust me and spend your money elsewhere.View more