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Living in Catalonia

Catalonia is a region of Spain, in the western Mediterranean, strategically located for close relations with continental Europe, and with the rest of the Mediterranean Arc. Throughout its thousand-year history, Catalonia has been a melting pot of civilisations, at the forefront of thinking, science, technology and art. In recent years, Catalonia has advanced determinedly towards consolidating the knowledge society thanks to a university and research system of the first order.

Students who come to study at our universities benefit from quality courses that are backed by research that is an international benchmark. They can also enjoy a wealth of cultural and leisure activities, the exceptional Mediterranean climate and the character of society that is open, multicultural and committed to modernity and progress.

There are welcome and guidance services available to university students that will help them find accommodation and in dealing with the language. The Barcelona University Centre has a bank of flats and rooms for rent in the centre of Barcelona available to the academic and research community. The universities also have international student services offices that will help with all the basic processing to make stays in Catalonia easier (healthcare information, foreign resident permits, sports and leisure activities, and so on).