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Barcelona Academic Institution

University of Barcelona
The University of Barcelona recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a degree granting institution of higher learning.
Available Programs
Spanish Language & Culture
Spanish Language Studies
University of Barcelona

University of Barcelona

Founded in 1450, the University of Barcelona is the oldest and largest university in the Catalonia region and boasts an annual student population of over 90,000. It has always placed importance on international relations and for many years it has been the leader among European universities to host international students. The university boasts an international student population of approximately 5,000 students annually.

The University of Barcelona consists of 20 university schools, 97 departments and 78 degree courses. Postgraduate and graduate school programs are also offered, as well as a large number of continuing education courses. Overall, ten thousand bachelor degrees and 450 PhDs are awarded each year. There are four campuses located throughout the city. Classes are instructed by university faculty through Estudios Hispánicos at both the main campus centrally located in original, restored 16th century building, and a secondary campus located just outside city center, easily reached by metro or bus. University services available to CEA students include university ID, library, sports facilities, and campus bookstore.

Classroom Information

  • International faculty from University of Barcelona will teach your language courses and electives.
  • Homework assignments and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Teaching styles in Spain can be very different from those found in the US or Canada. Be prepared to adapt to the different classroom structures and coursework expectations for your school.
  • Class size ranges between 10 and 20 students for language courses and electives and between 30 and 70 students for culture electives.
  • You will be in class with international students from the US, Europe, Canada and other parts of the world. Due to the superior mastery of the language required, you will not be in classes with host national students.


The Spanish grading system is based on a scale of 10, as opposed to 100 in the US system. It would be inaccurate to merely multiply a Spanish grade by 10 to find its US equivalent. Also, please keep in mind that grading varies from subject to subject. For example, in mathematics a student may receive a 10 for completing all the problems correctly, whereas in the humanities, a 7 on an essay is a very acceptable grade. Grading in Spain can be severe and grades of 9 and 10 are quite rare.

In addition to listing a numeric grade for each course, transcripts from Spanish universities list a verbal grade. Based on our research, the verbal grades from university to university are much more consistent than the numeric grades. In other words, we have found the verbal grades to be more universal and reliable when determining US grade equivalents. Therefore, even though a numeric grade is listed, we rely primarily on the verbal grade since the verbal grading scale is consistent across Spanish universities.

The University of Barcelona has released the following chart to assist US Universities in interpreting the Spanish grading scale. Per the University of Barcelona, interpretation of the Spanish grading scale is as follows:

Spanish Verbal Grade US Verbal Equivalent Spanish Number Grade US Letter Equivalent