Catalonia offers university students a prestigious, quality higher education system, with over seven centuries of history and tradition. The system comprises twelve universities —seven public universities, a distance-learning university and four private universities— that serve almost 240,000 students and offer over 500 qualifications. Along with the degree courses, they provide a series of services, such as libraries, teaching laboratories, language services, sports facilities, medical insurance and services, as well as job banks for graduates.
The Catalan universities are renowned worldwide for their excellence in fields as diverse as architecture, design, biomedicine, chemistry, mathematics and economics. In addition to teaching, Catalan universities are known as centres of research, recognised as Campuses of International Excellence.
Of the 12 Catalan universities: