The University of Barcelona, Universidad de Barcelona in Spanish, is a public university in this city. There are over 60 thousands students enrolled at this university, studying one of the programs from undergraduate, graduate and doctorate program groups.
Founded under the request of Alfonso V of Aragon, the University is the result of medical school that was established in Barcelona, back in the end of fourteenth century. This medical school was also called Estudi General, but it was not officially recognized.
Over the years, the University has been through a lot of changes, as the situation in the country has greatly influence all of the public institutions. The University has even been closed for almost fifty years, but it was restored in 1837. Since the University was expanding, a new building was constructed in 1882. In 1970, that building was declared a national monument of historic and artistic interest. Hospital of Santa Creu i Sant Pau housed the medical science student.
Due to the large expansion of the University, additional buildings and facilities had to be constructed during the 20th century, most of which are in the university district of Pedralbes, which also known as the Pedralbes Campus.
Nowadays, the University of Barcelona is comprised of 18 faculties and 100 departments. Departments allow students to study various different topics including law, mathematics, medicine, geology, etc. Graduate programs allow students to obtain master’s degree in various different subjects, including master design Barcelona, master of psychology, etc.
The University of Barcelona is also an important place of research, since 30 research centers are available at this University. Research foundations include the Barcelona Science Park Foundation (PCB), the Bellvitge Institute for Biomedical Research (IDIBELL) and many others.
The University of Barcelona is considered to be one of the oldest universities in the world, with a long tradition and lots of notable alumni that attended the University at some point. Based on World University Rankings, which ranks the universities from around the world according to a specific score, the University of Barcelona is ranked 148th university in the world. Live Science and Biomedicine is the best ranked department on this university, based on the data from the same ranking. Based on the University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP), this university is ranked first in Spain and 83rd in the world.
The University has four campuses, as well as numerous volunteering opportunities and practices for students. Additionally, students’ organizations are also present at the University, and students can also participate in students’ publications, projects and international exchange, which are all great opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and gain practical experience in a certain field. The extensive library offers approximately 2 million volumes, some of which are allowed to be used only inside the premises of the library. As a part of development and adaptation to the current trends, the University offers learning possibilities through online courses, which allow students to gain knowledge and obtain bachelor’s and master’s degree in the specific field, regardless of the place of residence.