Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Year of foundation: 1968
Approx. number of students: 51,000
Period of study: Early September-Early February; Mid February-Early June
MCI partner since: 2004

The City

Barcelona is the capital, most populous city of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, with a population of approx. 1.6 million people. The city is located on the Mediterranean coast.

Barcelona is recognized as a global city because of its importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts and international trade. Barcelona is a major economic center with one of Europe's principal Mediterranean ports, and Barcelona International Airport is the second largest in Spain after the Madrid-Barajas Airport (handles about 30 million passengers per year). The city is well known in recent times for the 1992 Summer Olympics. The headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean are located in Barcelona.

People in Barcelona speak usually Catalan, not Spanish.

The University

The Autonomous University of Barcelona consists of 50 departments in the experimental, life, social and human sciences, spread among 11 faculties and three university schools.

Most UAB academic activity is done on the Bellaterra campus, Vallès Occidental. Several centers exist in Manresa, Sabadell, Terrassa, Sant Cugat del Vallès and Barcelona.

The UAB campus is about 30 km away from the center of Barcelona. It is accessible by air (flights to Barcelona, Girona, or Reus), by train (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat, RENFE), by coach (SARBUS), or by car (AP-7 and C-58 motorways).