Pompeu Fabra University


The Pompeu Fabra University is a public institute located in Barcelona, Spain. It was founded in 1990. University’s name Pompeu Fabra was credited with normalizing the modern Catalan language in the late 19th and early 20th century. UPF has three campuses near one another in the city's heart. Poblenou, Cituadella, and Mar are three campuses.

University has three broad academic focus areas: health and life sciences, social sciences and humanities, and communications and information technologies. This institution is affiliated with the UPF group, a collection of specialized research and teaching universities, including the Mar nursing school, Elisava School of Design, and UPF Barcelona School of Management. Pompeu Fabra University follows a trimester-based academic calendar. Here three languages are spoken in classrooms: English, Spanish, and Catalan. The primary language for most undergraduate courses is Catalan, but some subjects are also taught in English. 


Admission committee process and accepts the application from foreign nationals. UPF has a student body of around 12,000, among which 1500 are international students. The ratio is one international student to 8 local ones. A large number of teachers and professors here are also from overseas. About 732 teachers are international. The Pompeu Fabra University participates in various international exchange programs between academic staff and students.

It offers various sports, cultural, social, and other extracurricular activities. In sports, many students can participate in inter-university competitions in individual and team sports. The University  Community Assistance Service (SACU)  manages these activities.


Some student residence halls are affiliated with Pompeu Fabra University, but the university does not manage these halls. La Ciutadella Residence Hall is the first housing option located near to Cuitadella campus. This hall offers fully furnished single and double studios equipped with a kitchen, free WiFi, bathroom, etc. Here you can enjoy the freedom of living and studying at your own pace. It is open 24 hours and day all year around.

Campus del Mar Residence Hall is the second living space affiliated with the university. It is the perfect option because of its location close to the university, city center, beach, Olympic port, etc. This housing is in the neighbourhood of La Barceloneta. Here you get the best atmosphere to study and make new friends.


Following are the global rankings of Pompeu Fabra University.

  • By QS World Ranking, Pompeu Fabra University ranks on 233.
  • According to Times Higher Education Ranking, Pompeu Fabra University ranks on 156.
  • U.S. News and World Report rank Pompeu Fabra University at 188.


Pompeu Fabra University
Plaça de la Mercè, 10-12, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

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