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Study in Barcelona

All the information you need about studying in Barcelona as an international student.

Why study in Barcelona?

Barcelona has a glamorous, stylish profile. It has great nightlife, culture, excellent food and beaches, making it a dream international student destination.

Barcelona’s architecture is well-known, particularly the work of Gaudi. You can see his best known work at the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. Alternatively, head to the Camp Nou to see the Barcelona football team, who are one of the best in the world.

Universities in Barcelona

Barcelona is home to some of Spain’s most respected universities where you can study as an international student. There are also a number of private institutions and colleges that specialize in a particular area, including business schools and art colleges.

It’s important to be aware that many programs in Barcelona will be taught in Catalan as well as Spanish. English is used as a language of instruction at some universities too.

What to study in Barcelona

Barcelona is home to several large public universities, all of which offer a wide range of programs across all the main subject areas. This means you should be able to find the right program for you if you want to study in Barcelona.

The city is particularly strong in offering business programs, with a number of prestigious business schools located in Barcelona.

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Student reviews for Barcelona

  • Anouar Jeroundi
    Morocco
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    ESEI International Business School Business Management
    Tell us about Barcelona
    Barcelona, It's an amazing city. Culture as Gaudi legacy / Monuments / Concerts / Museums; Nightlife is present in everday basis in Barcelona; Sports with the famous club FC Barcelona and Camp Nou staduim.
    The transports facilities are really good, a lot of metro lines ocver all Barcelona, plus buses and tram. There is a lot and big shopping centers.
  • Temur Khazaradze
    Georgia
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    3 stars
    ESEI International Business School Business Administration
    Tell us about Barcelona
    I’m studying in Barcelona and I think this is best place for students life, international city with lot to do go to beach, party, hiking anything, best thing is weather we have always sun that gives us motivation and energy everyday.
  • Hatim Fadla
    Morocco
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    ESEI International Business School Business Management
    Tell us about Barcelona
    Barcelona is a vibrant city that i would love to end my life in.
  • Lucas Helaouet
    France
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    ESEI International Business School Marketing Communications
    Tell us about Barcelona
    Barcelona is an amazing city, the culture, food, climate, etc.
    It's also very international, which makes it easy to integrate as a foreigner.
  • Erman Oymavuto
    Turkey
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    3 stars
    University facilities
    2 stars
    ESEI International Business School Entrepreneurship
    Tell us about Barcelona
    Barcelona is one of the biggest Mediterranean economy which offer you a very reasonable work - life balance. Transport in the city is quite easy (I used bike & motorbike to go to work but it has a very effective metro network). Plus it's a very international city that you can socialize easily. However it's also notorious with pickpocketing.

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How to study in Barcelona

Once you found the program and university you want to attend in Barcelona, you’ll need to meet the requirements set by the University, which for some of the more competitive programs may include a Spanish university entrance examination (Selectividad). This includes tests on text analysis, the history of Spain and a foreign language exam.

To apply as an undergraduate student, you’ll need to contact the Spanish National University for Distance Education to validate your documents. You can then apply directly to the university of your choice.

When you’ve received confirmation of your place at a university in Barcelona, you’ll need to apply for your Spanish student visa.

Cost to study in Barcelona

International students can expect to pay around $3,000 per year for tuition at a public university in Barcelona. Fees at private universities can be much higher, and can be as much as $25,000 per year, but the exact amount will depend on the institution and program you’re applying for.

Barcelona is a relatively affordable city to live in, although it is slightly more expensive than other cities in Spain like Seville or Madrid.

Key facts of Barcelona

  • 73/48°F Summer/winter temperature
  • 1.6 million Population
  • 22 Universities
  • Spain Country