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Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

Universitat de Barcelona, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
3.95 / 5 based on 750 reviews.
The University of Barcelona (UB) was founded in 1450. The present central building was inaugurated in 1871.

Today the university has four campuses, in different parts of the city. The UB is the oldest and largest of the six universities in Barcelona, and of the ten in Catalonia.

It has 74.000 students --more than half of the total student population of Catalonia-- and is the second largest in terms of students number in Spain. Read more

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Make the effort to step outside of your comfort zone while in Barcelona. If your focus is to improve your Spanish or Catalan skills, take any opportunity to practice these languages. Talk to your classmates. Sign up for a language exchange. Take advantage of your time in Barcelona, you won't regret any of it! Read Review
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by Ken, Medizinische Universitaet zu Luebeck, Luebeck, Germany
Medicine, Erasmus
Personal assessment
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? Your own apartment, preferably shared with some other exchange students or even better some locals, gives you the maximum of independance and makes you feel more like a real citizen of the city.
Personal comments:
Like most of the exchange students to the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), I was referred to HabitatgeJove for the difficult quest for accommodation. This doesn't have to be the best choice: While I was very lucky with my flat, I heard of other misfortunate students who only found housing in sleazy suburbian flats. Therefore it may be more advisable to engage into the tiring and sometimes frustrating search for flats yourself. Take a look at the blackboards in the Central University building of UB where usually a lot of flat ads can be found (watch out for dodgy ones, though!) and at newspaper stands for buy & sell journals.
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by nileshp69, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom
Art, Erasmus
Personal social experience
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
Did not get involved.
Describe host city: Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
Activities, Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Clubs: La Palloma; massive diso built in the 1930's as a dance hall; thursday nights are the best. Best bar: "Vela de Negro" (The Black Sheep); just off the top of the Ramblas near the metro "Catalunya". Attracts a high number of young people from all over the world, & also very cheap sangria (although it isnt very strong!). Best bar: "Sherlock Holmes"; located at Placa Reile, a very private bar, traditional with high ceilings and a laid back atmosphere with cheap drinks. Very easy to pass by though, as a door bell has to be rung in front of huge doors. The bar which has about 3 rooms is located up a fleight of 2-storeys! Best restaurant: "Lapaloma"; located near the top of the ramblas at Catalunya metro, lovely & varied food, which is not too expensive either. Also a choice of sitting upstairs by the window & watching the world go by on the ramblas; beautiful. Best night spots for tapas & bars: "Fontana" metro, off the side streets somewhere are alot of small restaurants & bars. Art gallerys: lots of independent art gallerys located in the "Barri Gotic" district; as you are heading to the coast on the Ramblas, it on the left hand side; one feels like a child in a maze. Be careful of muggings though, as it is quite common in these little side streets. Best jazz club: "Harlem Jazz Club", located in the Barri Gotic, but not quite sure where. different music every night, which includes live bands. Lovely atmosphere. Museums; the sex museum on the ramblas; highly recomended.
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by Aga, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, United States
Language, University Agreement
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
The Knox College in Barcelona Program arranges its own courses taught by UB faculty on the UB campus. Enrollment in these courses, which are limited to topics dealing with Spanish language and culture with a few exceptions, is open to program participants only, most of which come from the United States, or more specifically, are Knox College students. While the professors the program employs are very knowlegeable in their areas of expertise and enjoy working with international students, the isolation of the program within UB is sometimes detrimental to the students' efforts to adjust to life in Barcelona. For example, many students continue to speak English with their American classmates in the program because it is the most comfortable and natural for them and they have difficulty making friends among the Spanish students who they don't interact with in regular classroom settings. While placing all program participants in classes together is comforting because of the common past experiences in American universities and the present situation having to intergrate themselves to life in Barcelona, most of the students find that they do not get to meet and interact with Spanish students at the UB as much as they would like to. Only some of the students have the opportunity to actually enter the Universitat de Barcelona and then take the same classes all Spanish students there can take, but these students must be staying on the Knox College program for the duration of the UB term as well, which is not always equal to program terms.

My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Personal comments:
See "recommendations in regard to courses" above.

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by Aga, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, United States
Language, University Agreement
Language difficulties
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Administrative / Institutional
Language of instruction: Spanish
Was learning Spanish a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Spanish
How much did you improve your Spanish?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: At ease in most situations
Personal comments:
The official language of the Universitat of Barcelona is Catalan, but the Knox College Program in Barcelona is focused on the students' study of Castillian (Spanish), and so all courses were taught in Spanish. Although there are several opportunities to study Catalan for free within the UB through use of the language laboratory or arrangement of language exchange with Catalan-speaking students, I feel that Knox College Program should take some resposibility for teaching the students basic skills of the language. It is impossible to spend any amount of time in Barcelona and not encounter Catalan. In several cases, some host families spoke Catalan at home or watched Catalan TV (although the Knox College Program contract asked them not to do so in the presence of their students), which made the students who stayed with them feel excluded and upset. While the Catalan people certainly may speak Catalan whenever they please, I feel that the Knox College program should have taken some responsibility to prepare its participants for such situations by giving some instruction in the basics of the language.
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by nileshp69, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom
Art, Erasmus
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits:
I spent alot of money eating and drinking out, regularly. The food and drink was cheap in comparison to England, but I indulged alot more! However, the rent was cheaper, so that made a difference. I think that if a student is sensible, then they could spend less than at home; but the cafe's/restaurants/bars and shops are all too tempting!
Food, Overall, Nightlife: was more expensive than at home.
Travel: was the same price as at home.
Housing, Telephone: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
Take out a student overdraft facility before you go (jusy in case) and also sort out on-line banking too, before you go, as it saves alot of hassle. Do not carry all of your bank cards at the same time as muggings are common. Leave a travellers cheque under the bed, just in case. Photocopy everything, twice. One copy in your room, the other in england. Buy phone cards from the stalls on the ramblas to make local and international calls; very cheap. Some of the tourist spots, such as the "MareMagnum" are outrageously expensive for drinks in bars & clubs. (10 euros). Wine and other alcoholic drinks are dirt cheap from local supermarkets, only 90 cents for a decent tasting wine. Take advantage of it!
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by maobregon81, Universidad La Salle del Noroeste, Cd. Obregon, Mexico
Marketing and Sales Management, Independent
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
Very Important.
Not really important.
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
There's so much to do in Barcelona, I'd wish I hadn't wait to do certain things or visited places like parks or museums until the end. You think "I will have plenty of time to do that later" but you don't. Get to know the people and Barcelona since the first day you arrive!
In my opinion:
Most people loved it.

During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
Winter semester doesn't have a lot of student activities (parties, day trips,..) like the spring one(feb-june).The campus of facultats economiques is nice, but central campus is prettier, it's worth visiting it.


Don't get stuck trying to make friends only in Universitat de Barcelona, almost all of my friends over there were guys and girls from all over Spain that studied in different schools in Barcelona. Be sure to meet local people eventhough they seem a little rude at the beginning you'll find out that they are very nice people, and that they do really good and honest friends.
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