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University education. Students enrolled. By branches of study and universities

University education. Students enrolled in degrees oficials. By branches of study and universities Catalonia. 2022
Art & Humanities Sciences Health sciences Social and legal science Enginnering and architecture Total
Students enrolled 26,044 12,711 47,484 99,005 43,473 228,717
State university system 17,142 12,114 29,402 58,417 33,431 150,506
University of Barcelona 7,270 5,118 9,945 19,517 1,389 43,239
Autonomous University of Barcelona 4,992 4,136 8,194 12,178 2,926 32,426
Polytechnic University of Catalonia 129 340 349 1,639 20,850 23,307
Pompeu Fabra University 1,959 0 2,039 9,770 1,954 15,722
University of Girona 981 1,281 2,771 6,268 2,237 13,538
University of Lleida 776 351 3,052 3,334 1,631 9,144
Rovira i Virgili University 1,035 888 3,052 5,711 2,444 13,130
Private university system 2,877 597 9,378 13,875 2,573 29,300
Ramon Llull University 882 245 2,328 8,215 1,780 13,450
University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia 1,863 352 4,181 2,821 468 9,685
Internacional University of Catalonia 90 0 2,468 1,440 325 4,323
Abat Oliba CEU University 42 0 401 1,399 0 1,842
Open University of Catalonia 6,025 0 8,704 26,713 7,469 48,911
Source: Ministry of Business and Knowledge.
Note: Integrated and attached centers.

Last update: June 20, 2023.


These statistics have a specific section with all the information available: Statistics on University Teaching (EU).

Methodological note

Definition of concepts

University education
Education that seeks to prepare and specialise professionals, foster cultural progress and develop research. Access to university requires candidates to pass PAAU (university entrance aptitude tests). In the case of university colleges there is a set of reserved places for students proceeding from CFGS or FP2. University can also be accessed by people aged over twenty-five years that pass regulatory university entrance exams as proposed by universities, even though they do not possess the batxiller certificate. University education taken in higher technical colleges and faculties involves three cycles: first cycle studies, first and second cycle studies, second cycle studies and third cycle studies. Since the Bologna Plan came into force, university certificates are structured into three cycles: bachelor's degree, masters and doctorate. Bachelor's degrees replace diplomas and licentiates. Masters courses are for acquiring specialised training focused on research and the professional world. The aim of doctorate courses is to offer students advanced training in research techniques.

Methodological aspects

We have used the information obtained from the statistics services of Catalan universities. Data is offered on the number of teachers, and students enrolled at and qualified by the private and public universities that make up the Catalan university system. Data is also included in relation to the number of students taking third cycle (PhD and continuing education) courses. Since the Bologna Plan came into force (2010), information has been included on students enrolled for official degrees and masters. At the moment there are two coexisting systems until the expiry of the old plan. Data is also provided on PhD theses, and on students on the different student mobility programmes.

The mobility data for the Catalan university system are made up of all the students who take part in mobility actions, whether through international programmes or bilateral agreements with the different universities, and both the students who come and those who leave.

Catalan universities are:

Name Year established
University of Barcelona (UB) 1837
Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) 1968
Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) 1971
Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) 1990
University of Lleida (UdL) 1991
University of Girona (UdG) 1991
Rovira i Virgili University (URV) 1991
Open University of Catalonia (UOC) 1995
Ramon Llull University (URL) 1991
University of Vic (UVic) the 2014 renamed University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC) 1997
Internacional University of Catalonia (UIC) 1997
Abat Oliba CEU University (UAO) 2003

Unavailable information is represented using the symbol ":". When the value is lower than that of the minimum unit to be able to estimate the statistical operation or if it effects statistical confidentiality, the symbol used is "..".