Student Resources

Resources and tools for Barcelona GSE students


Students at the Barcelona GSE have access to the world-class research libraries at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).

UPF Library

  • Over 500,000 publications and more than 6,000 periodical subscriptions
  • Electronic Library: on-line access to full-text information resources including catalogs/databases, over 10,000 electronic journals, 6,700 electronic books, and continuously updated research websites
  • Long opening hours, including 24-hour access during exam periods. Check UPF library hours on their website.

UAB Library

  • Over 1 million volumes and more than 19,000 periodical subscriptions
  • Electronic Library: on-line access to full-text information resources such as catalogs/databases, 9,000 electronic journals, 6,000 electronic books and research websites
  • Long opening hours, including 24-hour access during exam periods. Check UAB library hours on their website.

Services available at both libraries

  • Hundreds of study spaces, IT workstations, charging outlets, and wifi access
  • Training courses to help students take full advantage of library resources
  • Mendeley bibliography tools
  • Printing and photocopying facilities
  • Inter-library loan service
  • DVD/video viewing equipment
  • Group study rooms
  • Dedicated study space for Barcelona GSE students

In addition to the spaces available at UPF and UAB libraries, Barcelona GSE students have exclusive access to study rooms in the same building where the majority of classes are held. This building is open Monday-Friday from 8:30am-9:00pm.

Information Technology Resources

The Barcelona GSE, UAB, and UPF provide students with state-of-the-art IT resources to support teaching, learning, and research.

Internet Access

An extensive wifi network is present at all facilities to allow access to email and the Internet on campus.

Off campus, students have access to the Barcelona GSE email system and the Barcelona GSE Virtual Campus.


The library is equipped with high-quality printers, which can also be used directly from laptops via the wifi network.

Programming Resources

At the beginning of the Fall term, students at the UPF Ciutadella campus will be able to take a computational tools brush-up course, which provides an introduction to two important mathematic applications: Matlab and Stata. These applications will be useful for many of the master's courses as well as independent research.

Virtual Campus

The Barcelona GSE's Virtual Campus allows students to access to a secure on-line space for:

  • Viewing course and exam schedules
  • Downloading course materials
  • Checking grades
  • Contacting fellow students or instructors via an internal message service
  • Receiving reminders about administrative matters such as room changes
Language Learning

While all the Barcelona GSE classes are taught entirely in English, one of the best ways to enhance the cultural experience of living abroad is by studying the local languages and customs. Barcelona GSE students will enjoy the chance to regularly immerse themselves in the unique Romance languages of Spanish and Catalan.

Spanish being the second most-spoken language in the world and with the increasing emergence of Latin American economies, students will benefit from daily Spanish exposure and may discover their language fluency to be an asset in future employment opportunities. Besides Spanish, Catalan is the language of Catalonia, and is widely used in Barcelona as the city's co-official language. Locals are always happy to help beginners practice, and students are encouraged to take full advantage of the language resources available.

Language Schools Offering Spanish For Foreigners in Barcelona

In Ciutadella Campus or Downtown Barcelona

UPF Programa d’Ensenyament d’Idiomes (PEI)
Address: Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27, 08005 Barcelona
+34 93 542 19 21

International House Barcelona
Address: Trafalgar 14, Barcelona 08010
+34 93 268 4511

Berlitz International
Address: Avenida Diagonal, 382, 08037 Barcelona
+34 93 215 01 00

Idiomes UAB
Address: C/ Sant Antoni M.Claret,171 08041 Barcelona
+34 93 433 50 60

Inlingua Barcelona
Address: Bruc 140-142 Baixos, 08037 Barcelona
+34 934 123 302

BCN Languages
Address: Pl. Gal·la Placídia 22, Entr. 1ª, 08006 Barcelona
+34 932 38 45 16

In the Bellaterra Campus

UAB Languages Campus
Address: B4 Building, UAB Campus, 08193 Bellaterra
+34 93 581 13 25

Catalan and Spanish Preparation Courses

UPF - PEI Language Center
Registration at PEI Main Office: Roger de Llúria building, Room 40.177
+34 93 542 1921

The UPF Programa d´Ensenyament d´Idiomes (PEI) Language Center offers both Catalan and Spanish preparation courses for official certificates and diploma examinations. For Catalan this is the "Certificat de la Comissió Interuniversitària de Formació en Llengua Catalana (CIFOLC)", and for Spanish the "Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE)."

Other Languages

UAB Language Department - UAB Idiomes
+34 93 581 1325

UAB offers courses for languages other than Spanish and Catalan. Options include Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, and Japanese.