Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

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Sara Lopez Selga - Director of International


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Key facts about Universitat Pompeu Fabra

1st Spanish university and 15th best in Europe (EU’s U-Multirank ranking, 2014)

1st Spanish university and 13th highest ranked university in the world among those under 50 years of age (Times Higher Education ranking, 2014)

UPF has the highest rate of performance in the Spanish system

Over 30% of all UPF graduates have international experience, well above the European benchmark of 20% by 2020

90% of UPF's graduates would choose the same university again (2014)

One out of four graduates found a job through the university (2014)

1st Spanish university in the impact of its scientific publications

1st Spanish university in percentage of papers produced in collaboration with foreign institutions (Scimago, 2014)

Among the top 20 European universities with the largest number of competitive projects funded by the European Research Council

About Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) is a public, internationally recognised, research-intensive university with three campuses located in the heart of Barcelona.

UPF was founded in 1990 with the aim of providing top quality education. Over the years, it has also experienced substantial growth in research thanks to its policy, from the start, of recruiting top international talent. The results of this strategy can be seen in UPF’s excellent research indicators, including the number of EU-funded projects and the quality of its scientific productivity. For instance, UPF ranks among the top 20 European universities with the largest number of competitive projects funded by the European Research Council (ERC, 2015).

Today, UPF is both a specialized university with a unique teaching model and a cutting-edge research institution in three closely related fields of knowledge: the social sciences and humanities (Ciutadella campus), communication and information technologies (Poblenou campus), and the health and life sciences (Mar campus).

International partnerships

The University’s international profile starts with its faculty, most of whom have extensive international experience or are directly recruited abroad. This policy has helped to make UPF a multilingual university with three working languages (Catalan, Spanish and English) for both teaching and research. As a result, all doctoral programmes and a wide range of master’s programmes can be fully or partially taken in English, as can an ever-increasing percentage of undergraduate-level coursework.

In recent years, UPF has deepened its international collaboration with highly valued, strategic partners on all continents, yielding new opportunities for students, faculty and staff interested in mobility and enabling the launch of joint programmes. UPF has also increased its participation in European academic cooperation projects and has further enhanced its international profile by actively participating in international associations and networks.


UPF is an international research-intensive university that is open to the world and that incorporates prominent national and international researchers. The results of this policy can be seen in UPF’s excellent research indicators, including the number of EU-funded projects and the quality of its scientific productivity.

Despite its small size (it represents just 1% of Spanish university system's teaching staff); UPF obtained 10% of all the funding with which the European Commission (EC) provided Spain's universities through its 7th Framework Programme (FP7). Moreover, UPF also ranks among the top 20 European universities with the largest number of competitive projects funded by the European Research Council (ERC, 2015) and it is the most productive university in Spain according to several national and international rankings.