Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

About the university

UPF is a modern, high-quality public university that was founded in 1990. It focuses on the knowledge areas of the social sciences and humanities, communication and information technologies, and health and life sciences. It has 12,000 enrolled students in 22 undergraduate studies, 28 Masters (EHEA) and 9 PhD programmes. UPF welcomes more than 1,500 international mobility students per year, and 30% of their undergraduate students have done an exchange abroad. UPF ranks in the Times Higher Education ranking 2014 as the 1st Spanish university (165th worldwide and 75th in Europe) and 13th highest ranked (worldwide) among those under 50 years of age.



In an urban setting with all sorts of conveniences. The UPF campuses are located in the heart of the city of Barcelona, from Rambla Street in the very centre to the 22@ Technological district. It is an urban university, meshed into the fabric of the city, which can be easily reached by public transport. It has modern facilities and services for learning and research and offers a wide range of activities for experiencing the city and integrating into the university community that enrich students' time at the UPF even more.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Course information

Enrolment in courses takes place before the student's arrival at the UPF. The Mobility and Welcome Offices (OMA) will send you detailed instructions on how to carry out the enrolment process. Courses are filled by strict order of receipt of student enrolment requests. UPF recommends you have various alternative course options in case your first-choice course is filled.

View Academic Information and select "Course offer" to see courses by faculty.

Academic calendar

  • Term 1: September - December
  • Term 2: January - March
  • Term 3: April - June

For exact dates, visit Academic Information and select "Academic Calendar." Each term consists of 10 weeks of classes and 2 weeks for the exams. Orientation days are planned to welcome exchange students at the beginning of each term. Attendance at these sessions is compulsory.

Language of instruction

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Catalan

Areas of study

  • Communication
  • Economic and Business Sciences
  • Health and Life Science
  • Humanities
  • Law
  • Political and Social Sciences
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • Polytechnic School