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Locations: Barcelona, Spain
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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

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  • political philosophy
    Only really worth it if you speak Catalan

    I did my MA here in 2016. The experience itself was ok, and I do feel like it was worth studying here. However, as others have highlighted, UPF accepts people with pretty much any background into their MAs which obviously brings the level of specialised discussions one can have down. The professors, while themselves usually quite renowned, were aware of this and hence designed their classes to be less demanding (multiple professors have actually said this to me, so I’m not just making this up). This was frustrating to me and others who did have a background in the area of the MA as we felt that we could have learned a lot more. The real issue I have with UPF, however, is their supposed internationality. UPF advertises itself as a tri-lingual university, providing courses and support in Catalan, Spanish, and English. Consequently, one would expect that speaking one of the three languages is sufficient to have a good overall experience at UPF. This is not the case at all: A lot of information is really only available in Catalan – this goes from trivial but useful stuff such as the language of printers to more important stuff such as campus elections, course feedback forms, and most, if not all, information distributed (even in personal emails) by any of the secretaries. In my programme, all of the courses that were advertised to be in English did actually take place in English but I have heard of other programmes where this was not the case (and where students were indeed harassed for not speaking Catalan or Spanish). Finally, it has now been almost two years since I have graduated and not only have I still not received my diploma (which I found out AFTER my graduation that I would need to pay 218EUR for) but I am expected to come to Barcelona to pick it up once it is ready for collection – they don’t send it and will only let another person pick it up if you are able to notarise them. None of this was made clear to me or any other student (at least in my programme) until after graduation. Again, if UPF would be a truly international university, they would be able to accommodate people who move away from Barcelona or even Spain better in this regard. Overall, I wouldn’t say that UPF is necessarily a bad university, but they do just need to work on their expectation management and make some of their policies (especially those concerning internationality and the distribution of diplomas) a lot clearer.

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    Programme: political philosophy
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2017
    Campus: Barcelona
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  • Public Administration
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    I will recomend it. I really like the study program and the level of the teachers. I like the campus and how the program focuses in the needs of people and governments of Latin America. It’s wonderful the opportunity of knowing different success cases

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    Programme: Public Administration
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2018
    Campus: Barcelona
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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.

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  • First rank in Barcelona

    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.

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    Degree: Master's
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  • Be prepared.

    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.

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  • Great university, Really good equipment

    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.

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  • Very good university, specializing in economics

    It's a very good, modern university. It has a lot of parts but the best is in the economy. The financial department is Europe's best 10 for research. It is quite central in Barcelona.

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  • Great university!

    I would absolutely recommend Pompeu Fabra because I’m having a wonderful experience studying my degree there. Teachers are well-prepared and passionate, information systems are efficient and most subjects are interesting and enriching as well as demanding.

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  • A good university

    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.

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  • Great choice!

    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!

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