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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech is a public institution of Higher Education and Research, specialised in the areas of Architecture, Engineering, Science and Technology.

The UPC offers 66 bachelor’s degrees, 81 master’s programs (34 of them fully in English) and 45 PhD programs in the fields of: Architecture and Urban Planning; Aerospace Engineering; Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering; Civil, Environmental and Geological Engineering; Computer Science; Engineering for Industry: Energy, Biomedical, Chemical, Electrical, Materials and Mechanical; Naval, Maritime and Nautical Engineering; Telecommunications and Electronic Systems Engineering; Applied Sciences: Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Optics and Photonics.

Every year, more than 6,000 bachelor’s and master’s students and more than 500 doctoral students graduate. The UPC has a high graduate employment rate: 93% of its graduates are in work and 76% find a job in under three months.

In the 2021 edition of QS World University ranking by Subject, the UPC is ranked 20th in the world in Architecture and 29th in Civil and Structural Engineering. It is also among the world’s top 50 universities in Telecommunications, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and among the world's top 100 universities in the field of Engineering and Technology and in the subjects of Computer Science, and Mechanical, Aeronautical and Industrial Engineering. It is the first Spanish University in Engineering and Technology and in Architecture, Civil Engineering, Telecommunications, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Computer Science.



Programs

Bachelor's degree
Computer Science & IT Delivery method Length Location
Bachelor's Degree in Bioinformatics On campus 3 years Barcelona
Game Design & Development
Bachelor's Degree in Video Game Design and Development On campus 4 years Barcelona
Engineering & Technology
Civil Engineering
Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering Technologies On campus 4 years Barcelona
Industrial Engineering
Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Technologies and Economic Analysis On campus 4 years Barcelona
Master's degree
Art & Design
Master's Degree in Advanced Studies in Design-Barcelona (MBDesign) On campus 1 year Multiple (3)
Architecture
Master's Degree in Advanced Studies in Architecture-Barcelona (MBArch) On campus 1 year Barcelona
Master's Degree in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions On campus 1 year Multiple (3)
Computer Science & IT
Master's Degree in Computer Vision On campus, Blended learning 1 year Barcelona
Cyber Security
Master's Degree in Cybersecurity On campus 1 year Barcelona
Data Science & Analytics
Erasmus Mundus Master in Big Data Management and Analytics (BDMA) On campus 2 years Barcelona
Master's Degree in Innovation and Research in Informatics On campus 2 years Barcelona
Software Engineering
Master's Degree in Artificial Intelligence On campus 1.5 years Barcelona
Engineering & Technology
Erasmus Mundus Master's Degree in Decentralised Smart Energy Systems (DENSYS) On campus 2 years Multiple (2)
Erasmus Mundus Master's Degree in Photonics Engineering, Nanophotonics and Biophotonics (Europhotonics) On campus 2 years Barcelona
Master's Degree in Advanced Telecommunication Technologies On campus 1 year Multiple (2)
Master's Degree in Applied Telecommunications and Engineering Management On campus 1 year Castelldefels
Master's Degree in Energy Engineering On campus 2 years Multiple (2)
Master's Degree in Engineering Physics On campus 1 year Barcelona
Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary and Innovative Engineering On campus 2 years Barcelona
Master's Degree in Nuclear Engineering On campus 1 year Barcelona
Master's Degree in Numerical Methods in Engineering On campus 2 years Barcelona
Master's Degree in Technology and Engineering Management On campus 1.5 years Terrassa
Master's Degree in Telecommunications Engineering On campus 2 years Barcelona
Aerospace Engineering
Master's Degree in Aerospace Science and Technology (MAST) On campus 1.5 years Castelldefels
Master's Degree in Applications and Technologies for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) On campus 1 year Castelldefels
Master's Degree in Space and Aeronautical Engineering On campus 1 year Terrassa
Automation
Master's Degree in Automatic Control and Robotics On campus 2 years Barcelona
Chemical Engineering
Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering On campus 2 years Barcelona
Civil Engineering
Master's Degree in Urban Mobility On campus 2 years Barcelona
Electrical Engineering
Master's Degree in Electronic Engineering On campus, Blended learning 2 years Barcelona
Master's Degree in Photonics On campus 1 year Barcelona
Environmental Engineering
Erasmus Mundus Master's Degree in Hydroinformatics and Water Management (EuroAquae) On campus 2 years Barcelona
Science
Environmental Science
Erasmus Mundus Master's Degree in Flood Risk Management On campus 2 years Multiple (2)
Mathematics
Master's Degree in Advanced Mathematics and Mathematical Engineering On campus 1 year Barcelona
Master's Degree in Pure and Applied Logic On campus 1.5 years Barcelona

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Scholarships & funding

UPC · BarcelonaTech is a public institution and the prices that apply to their studies are already subsidized. Then, there are no own scholarship programs for non-EU residents.
However, the university maintains agreements of collaboration with governmental organisms or non-governmental ones that summon scholarship programs. You can apply to these programs if you meet the requirements.

For further information, visit the institute's website.

Videos

In this video, six UPC students and professors share their views on the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, a university with a global outlook that has extended its teaching and research across the world with a wide range of degrees taught in English, mobility and double-degree agreements with prestigious institutions, and participation in research and innovation projects and international education and research networks.

   

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Why study at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya is a prestigious and well-known institution of Higher Education, nationally and internationally.

In order to develop its international policy, the UPC is member to 16 networks of universities of excellence, each of which has different objectives. These networks dedicate their efforts to work jointly with prestigious institutions to obtain results, provide visibility and lead our interests and strategies to position us at the highest level.

UPC has 2.717 students in international mobility programs, 1.541 exchange agreements with 708 HEIs and 50 DD agreements with 32 universities. Every year, more than 6,000 bachelor’s and master’s students and more than 500 doctoral students graduate. The UPC has a high graduate employment rate: 93% of its graduates are in work and 76% find a job in under three months.

The UPC has different top facilities and labs where to develop research projects, which have helped UPC become a benchmark university in Europe in innovation and technology transfer. In collaboration with other public and private institutions, UPC has created research centers with its own legal entity, internationally recognized, such as the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), the International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE), the Institute of Spatial Studies of Catalunya (IEEC) or the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC).

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya is in the Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad

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Awards & Accreditations

Eckert-Mauchly award

ACM-IEEE (2017)

Pritzker Architecture Prize 

Pritzker Foundation (2017)

Accredited Member

Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU)

Accredited Member

European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)

Accredited Member

European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR)

Accredited Member

International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE)

Student services & facilities

UPC, through the OMI (International Mobility Office), provides students with the usual services required by the international community, such as: information and advice about mobility calls, language courses, accommodation, foreign bureaucracy, and different cultural and social activities of interest for international students. This office also deals with the different mobility programs, the renewal of residence permits and manages fee waivers in case of international scholarship agreements.

UPC has 12 libraries in its various Campus and Schools.

Sports complex in Campus Nord (Barcelona), and 2 gym centers, (Campus Sud and Terrassa Campus). You can also compete in the sports leagues.

Check the institute's website, read the welcome guide for international students and find more practical information.

Campuses

UPC schools are at the service of learning, research, and knowledge.

The UPC has a great presence throughout the Catalan territory, with 9 campuses distributed among 6 cities in Catalonia. We have schools in Barcelona and in several nearby towns: Castelldefels, Manresa, Sant Adrià de Besòs, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Terrassa, and Vilanova i la Geltrú.

These training centers, with a long background in Higher Education, are well communicated by public transport and are equipped with the facilities and services required for your education. We offer learning, research, and community living spaces.

Barcelona: The UPC has three campuses and 8 schools and faculties located in the city. Two of them are located in Zona Universitària, a wide area that concentrates the majority of faculties and schools of several universities, on both sides of Avinguda Diagonal.

Discover the UPC campuses in all their extension, as well as their urban location on the university's website.

Student lifestyle

Many things make Barcelona a very attractive city to study and live in: its historical and architectural heritage, its cultural activities, its cosmopolitan nature, and its privileged location by the Mediterranean Sea. Barcelona has a strong international vibe.

Studying here, you are guaranteed to meet people from all over the world. So, if you are looking for a truly international study abroad experience, Barcelona is a safe bet.

According to QS Best Student Cities 2019 Ranking, Barcelona ranks amongst the 10 best student cities in Europe, and the first in Spain.

The UPC offers services and facilities that help complement university life in UPC, such as Sports UPC, cultural program UPCArts, the UPC's Centre for Development Cooperation, UPC Orchestra and Chorus, and the student associative network of the university.

Check the institute's website, read the welcome guide for international students and find more practical information.

Accommodation

UPC offers to international students four websites for finding accommodation:

  • HousingAnywhwere
  • Uniplaces
  • Beroomers
  • ResaHousing

You can also look on platforms not only for students.

You can find more information on accommodation by visiting the university's website.

Reviews

Average rating 4.8

Based on 4 reviews.

Miriam
(Context: I studied Physics for 6 years and then worked in a consultancy for 3 more years) I think the length of the course (classes from September to April + subsequent TFM) has its advantages and disadvantages. In my case, the fact that the master's degree only lasts one year it is totally an advantage, as I have been able to afford to be o...
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Pol Carrera
Good program with many specializations available (antennas, microwaves, mobile communicaytions, electronics...). Given the circumstances, good experience. It gives the title of Superior Telecom Engineer (within Spanish territory).
Rob
The program is very complete and most of the professors are outstanding. Totally recommended.

Contact

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Campus Nord, Calle Jordi Girona, 1-3
08034 Barcelona Catalonia
Spain

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