How to apply for graduate programs in Barcelona?
Are foreign degrees recognized?
APPLICATIONS. Applications for graduate study
should be send to the respective graduate program directors. See the
websites of the various MA programs in Barcelona (and the list of
elsewhere on this site). See also the
information for international students on the websites of the UPF
, and UB
ADMISSION CRITERIA. In general international students, especially from
the European Union, with the equivalent of a bachelor degree
(licenciatura, now simply called 'grado' or 'degree') are admitted to
graduate studies in Spain. However, they may be required to do some
extra coursework if they apply for a Master degree in a different
discipline than their undergraduate studies. Admission to doctoral
study (currently only consisting of writing a PhD thesis) is
based on a previous Master's degree and presenting a detailed PhD
project (to be defended before a committee) after provisional admission to the program. Also in this
case extra (MA) coursework may be required from students with an MA
degree in a different discipline than that of the doctorate they apply
DEGREE RECOGNITION. Official recognition of foreign degrees by awarding
an equivalent Spanish degree (a procedure called "homologation") may be
required in order to be able to exercise specific professions (e.g. in
medicine, law, etc.). This procudure is carried out by the Ministry of
Education and Culture (MEC
), and may take many months, if not years.
Also in this case, additional coursework may be required in
order to obtain 'homologation' of one's foreign degree(s).
For more detailed information, see the regulations of the
University of Barcelona
Courses are taught in what language?
Graduate courses in Barcelona are mostly taught in Spanish
but often also in Catalan, and only some in English. Previous knowledge
essential -- whereas at least passive knowledge of Catalan can be
acquired relatively quickly on the basis of previous knowledge of
Spanish. Learning Catalan during one's stay in Barcelona is highly
appreciated (there are many free language courses), and crucial if one
wants to find a job in Catalunya. Since much of the scholarly
literature used in MA programs is in English, at least good reading
knowledge of English is required.
In general the Spanish universities have very
few scholarships for
graduate students. Foreign students are generally supposed to
have a scholarship in their own country, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
or an international organizationl (Fundación
Carolina. See as well the website Universia
and the information
about scholarships in Autonomous University website and in the
website of the university of Barcelona
Also the universities of Barcelona have few scholarships
for graduate students. Sometimes, especially for students from Latin
America, high graduate enrollment fees (about 6000 euros) may be waved.
Students from the European Union generally pay the same as students in
Spain -- that is, relatively little (about 1200 euros) compared to
other MA studies in Europe.
For more information about
University of Barcelona