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University of Barcelona (UB)

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University of Barcelona


Founded in 1450, the Universitat de Barcelona or University of Barcelona (UB) is the oldest and largest of the six universities in Barcelona and boasts a rich academic tradition and a diverse student body.  With a present day enrollment of over 76,000 students and 5,000 staff and personnel, UB is the second largest university in Spain.  Today, UB consists of 20 university schools spread out over four campuses around the city.  GSE students attend the central campus located in the city center in Plaza Universidad, a short five minute walk from Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s most famous boulevard.  UB has an average annual international student population of nearly 1,300.  As a GSE participant and UB student, you are sure to make friends from all over the globe.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations
 At least 18 years of age
 2.5 cumulative GPA
 Must submit an unofficial high school or college transcript
 One semester of college level Spanish or equivalent (recommended)

University Facts
 Over 76,000 students and 5,000 faculty and staff personnel
 Over half the total student population of Catalonia
 Largest university in Catalonia; second largest in Spain
 Five minute walk from the city's main boulevard, Las Ramblas
 Average class size of Intensive Language Course, 10-20 students
 Host to over 1,300 international students annually

Spanish Grading System

Spanish Verbal Grade US Verbal Equivalent Spanish Number Grade US Letter Equivalent
Sobresaliente Excellent  9-10 A
Notable Very Good 7-8 B
Aprobado  Adequate/Pass 5-6 C
Suspenso  Insufficient/Fail 0-4 F
No presentado Incomplete or Exam not taken N/A N/A

*Students who enroll in a Summer Intensive Spanish Language course at UB and elect not to take the final will receive a certificate of attendance only, with no grade for the course.

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