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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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  • Business Administration
    it is impossible to be perfect

    Pompeu Fabra is a well-known university in Barcelona, also around Spain. It has a lot of international opportunities as it has good exchange opportunities and lots of classes in English.
    The educational level of the university is high. What’s more, the professors are really well qualified with previous experiences in the fields they are teaching. However, sometimes being the best in something doesn’t make you the best to teach so as you also have to know how to share your knowledge. That’s the only thing that is wrong with the university as it has qualified people but that sometimes they don’t know how to explain it well, but they know how to do it.

    However, still with those little imperfections of the university as it has a good reputation is easy to find an internship.

    And the marks in the UPF aren’t really high but because the exams sometimes are too much difficult.

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    Programme: Business Administration
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2020
    Campus: Barcelona
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  • Humanities
    incredible university in the heart of Barcelona

    I would definitely recommend this university. Good facilities in each way: classrooms are big and comfortable, the library is amazing, the location couldn’t be better and there are prestigious teachers in most of the courses.

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    Programme: Humanities
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Campus: Barcelona
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  • Business Administration ...
    and Management
    UPF - good university

    I studied my Bachelor in Business Management at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and I liked it a lot!

    I think UPF is one of the best universities in Barcelona, mainly for Economic studies for many reasons:

    First of all, the first years you get a good basis of the field you are studying (for example, I was studying Management but I had also the basis of Economics) and after you specialize in what you prefer. I think this is really good because having a good basis enables you to understand more and have bigger knowledge.
    Also, it is an international university, since there are lots of Erasmus students and therefore, many classes in English.
    Moreover, the teachers are really good, they have the best Curriculum you can imagine!
    And also, the university gives lots of opportunities to students to find a good company where to do your internship, a good university where to do your Erasmus and even they try to help you looking for a job after your studies!

    In general, I think you learn a lot in UPF and it gives you lots of opportunities to learn and improve!

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    Programme: Business Administration and Management
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2018
    Campus: Barcelona
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  • Banking and ...
    Finance
    the programa

    The study program and the location will make you have an amazing experience. The professors are professional and the students are from various countries. You can study in such a beautiful city. That will be one of the best records for your life.

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    Programme: Banking and Finance
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2019
    Campus: Barcelona
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  • Creative Writing
    Networking Possibilities at UPF

    In my current experience coming to UPF, the first thing I have found out how it prides itself as a university with a vast network of opportunities for its students. More than that, though, it holds a place for students personal and school projects, with online networks to expose and promote them. As such, it carries various platforms for networking online and in person, even if accessing them can sometimes feel like a tricky labyrinth. Nevertheless, they are equipped with an IT center which always helps with any issues on accessing these platforms.
    As to the classes, having small groups of students per program allows more direct interactions with professors and fellow classmates, as well as one-on-one debates and class practices. It often has group exercises directed towards the specific master’s. And as an international student myself, the opportunities to make connections with classmates and professors alike allow for an easier transition into this new experience, as well as my very own online information portal where there are forums with specific guidelines for international students for adapting both to the city and classes.
    All in all, the university provides for its students however it can, has more than one option for current and future job offers and is always willing to provide a helping hand with its team of counsellors and guides.

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    Programme: Creative Writing
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2020
    Campus: Barcelona
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  • Communication and ...
    Media Studies
    Elena
    High quality studies

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra is a very good university. hey are always making sure they are in the best universities rankings in the world but actually, they deserve to be in them.

    I studied Audiovisual Communication there and I have to say it was very good. Although they need to improve a lot of things, in general I am very satisfied. Most of the teachers are very good professionals and intellectuals who have a lot to teach you. Also, the subjects are not only theory lectures, as we also have the opportunity to practice and, in our case, create shortfilms, documentaries, film in a TV set, write real film scripts… In addition, the installations are very good. Even if the Communication Campus is not very big, it has everything you could ever need while studying there.

    Nevertheless, as I said before, not everything is perfect. The
    bureaucratic processes sometimes take forever, as the workers at the academic secretary often don’t know how to help you, or they can’t deal with all the work they have. Besides, we had some teachers who were very good professionals but really didn’t know how to teach properly. So not all the experiences I had there were very good ones. But I think that’s OK, as not everything can be perfect!

    So even so, I rate my university with 5 stars because I believe they taught me a lot and I can tell it is a very good one. I feel lucky I had the chance to study Audiovisual Communication there. #jolapompeu

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    Programme: Communication and Media Studies
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2019
    Campus: Barcelona
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  • Advertising and ...
    Marketing
    One of the bests

    Great campus, very professional teachers and good equipment. The Communication campus has a big square which is great to study, sit with the colleagues or have some food. The rooms are well equiped but the wifi is horrible.

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    Programme: Advertising and Marketing
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2014
    Campus: Barcelona
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  • Business Administration
    Best option to study Business in Barcelona

    I studied Business Administration in UPF in Barcelona.

    The way the career is designed allows the student to gain broad knowledge about all kind of topics that relate to business in general, but there is no option to gain lots of knowledge in one topic in particular. For the starting 3 years all classes are mandatory, which makes it hard to define one’s path in Business if they already chose what they want to pursue their career in (banking, human resources, etc.)

    Teachers are quite good, even though sometimes they lack of teaching skills. I think the biggest mistake of UPF is to have teachers with 10 master’s degrees and and 15 careers but no teaching skills at all. The best teachers I had during the career where often the ones with less “academic awards”.

    Besides that, there are a lot of resources available to students and the quality of the subjects is above average when compared to other universities in Barcelona that offer the same bachelor degree.

    The best part of UPF is that they offer a lot of internships, that allow the student to learn different things and to have a first experience in the real world. Thus, combined with the fact that you are getting a degree in UPF, allows most of the students to have a quite good job once they graduate.

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    Programme: Business Administration
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2018
    Campus: Barcelona
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  • Bioinformatics
    Research experience and work of the master's teaching staff

    I studied two master’s at the UPF. The experience was great, with great teachers, a good schedule and nice faculties in front of the sea or next to an amazing Barcelona park. And the exams were always before the holidays! First Christmas in many years that I did not have to worry about studying or a project!
    About the teachers, they were quite involved and they cared that you learned the lessons. They were researchers from different labs, many even were PIs in their own groups. They had experience and up to date knowledge, so it felt like we were learning cutting edge information. Overall, everything was good.

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    Programme: Bioinformatics
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2018
    Campus: Barcelona
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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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