University of Barcelona

Facts & Figures


Founded in 1450, the University of Barcelona (UB) is a historical institution that plays a major educational, scientific, cultural, and societal role in Barcelona, Catalonia, and Spain.


The UB is consistently ranked as the first Spanish university according to several rankings QS World University Rankings 2019 and ARWU/Shanghai Ranking 2019.


UB is the largest university in Barcelona and Catalonia: It has over 60,000 students and 5,000 researchers, as well as 340 graduate and 48 doctorate programs in 16 faculties (including mathematics, informatics, medicine and biology).


UB is part of the prestigious League of European Universities Research (LERU) and the Erasmus Chapter for Higher Education. It manages an average of 150 European research and innovation projects per year.


BCN-AIM is located at UB’s historical campus (Edifici Històric) in the centre of Barcelona (Plaça Universitat), built in 1863 by the Catalan architect Elies Rogent (see photos above).