The Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (BarcelonaTech) is a top-quality public university that is responsible and committed to society and its people and that is governed in a transparent, participatory, and democratic manner. It is a keeper of knowledge and practice in architecture, engineering, mathematics, nautical studies, optics, and physics, and has a humanistic and social base. It has deep local roots—many of its schools are over one hundred years old—and this enables it to have an impact on productive, economic and social processes in the counties of L’Anoia, El Bages, El Baix Llobregat, El Barcelones, El Garraf, El Maresme, and El Valles Occidental, as well as in the rest of Catalonia, in Spain, in Europe, and across the world.The UPC is responsible for providing education in its areas of knowledge at bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Its graduates help to maintain industry and services in our society. Its excellence in education is a consequence of the research and knowledge transfer engaged in by its lecturers. Efficient management guarantees quality. As a technical university, we are leaders in the transfer of knowledge to local industry, and we strive to be an essential element of social progress and balance in the region. From its base in Catalonia, the UPC is present in Europe and all over the world. It has a direct influence in 130 countries and collaborates with other universities in research and teaching via research, student exchange and double degree agreements and by participating in international networks.
There are many things that make Barcelona a very attractive city to study and live in: its historical and architectural heritage, its culture, its cosmopolitan nature, and its privileged location by the Mediterranean Sea. Most UPC schools, departments, and facilities are located in Barcelona, but there are some others in nearby cities, although they are all easy to get to on Barcelona's public transport network. The Sports Service of the UPC, makes available to the university community, a series of installations, both local and external, to facilitate participation and competition in different sports. With friends and colleagues, you can practice in the UPC Sports: soccer, basketball, volleyball, handball, table tennis, or badminton.