In this blog note we will introduce you to one of the most prestigious universities in Barcelona, the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Barcelona is a highly recognized university city in Europe, mainly for its prestigious institutions of higher education, its variety of academic offer and the options for undergraduate and master studies.
The UAB was born in 1968 to promote four ideas: free hiring of teaching staff, free admission of students, free writing of curricula and free administration of the flows available to the University. Its location outside of the city of Barcelona was not accidental, its based in Sardañola del Vallés in order to disperse students to reduce their protests against the Franco regime. In fact, the campus of Sardañola del Vallés is located in a valley (The Moronta Valley ) because when the time comes, it could easily be taken by the security forces. The university offers different areas to study:
- Engineering school
- Faculty of Biosciences
- Science Faculty
- Faculty of communication sciences
- Faculty of Education Sciences
- Faculty of Political Science and Sociology
- Law School
- Faculty of Economics and Business
- Faculty of Philosophy and Letters
- School of Medicine
- Faculty of Psychology
- Faculty of Translation and Interpretation
- Veterinary school
Spanish universities begin academic courses in September-October and end between June and July of the following year. In these 9-10 months of academic year there are two short periods of holiday rest between December-January (Christmas) and between March / April (Easter). As a general rule, the academic year is divided into two semesters.
In addition, it has the best postgraduate courses in Europe, with official master’s degrees, Erasmus, own postgraduate courses, postgraduate degrees in English, online postgraduate courses and even specialization courses, as well as doctorates, language courses and summer courses among other programs. Studying at the UAB guarantees the necessary training in the chosen field of study and thus being able to start your career and find a good job.
Where to live?
The university has a residential area for students, the “Vila Universitaria”. In the apartments of the Vila Universitaria you will share a home with students from all over the world in spacious apartments with all the necessary facilities, such as laundry, single and shared rooms, bathroom, kitchen, living room and even some terraces. Close by there are 2 towns called Cerdanyola or Sabadell where you could also find an apartment.
The University is 30-45 minutes away from the Barcelona city center. If you want to live in your own home, we recommend living in Barcelona in order to fully enjoy the experience of studying abroad. You will definitely have lots of fun with friends, get to know the city, try delicious restaurants, enjoy the nightlife in the many bars and clubs etc. Barcelona presents all these options and many more!
Here you can find more information about each of the neighborhoods and our SmartMove apartments: