Sant Cugat, a university town next to Barcelona

Sant Cugat del Vallès is a city with an international atmosphere close to Barcelona, with an extensive university offer in modern and complete campuses. The privileged environment in which it is located allows you to enjoy many charms and offers many tools for students. Find out in this post why you should study in Sant Cugat!

Why study in Sant Cugat?

Sant Cugat is about 20 minutes by train from the center of Barcelona, ​​located behind the Serra de Collserola. It has all the comforts and services of a city in a metropolitan area as important as Barcelona, ​​but maintains a certain essence of a small town. The center of Sant Cugat enjoys many shops and restaurants of all kinds in a commercial axis completely pedestrianized. In the center of this pedestrian axis is the most relevant cultural heritage, the Monastery of Sant Cugat, a magnificent example of Romanesque architecture.

Many parks and gardens surround the quiet neighborhoods of the city, and the Collserola Natural Park is ideal for outdoor activities such as horse riding, mountain biking, running, walking, or simply enjoying nature. Sant Cugat also has the Theatre-Auditorium and cinemas in the town centre; an antiques market, Mercantic; as well as a shopping center with cinemas, restaurants, and many shops on the outskirts. Finally, the varied nightlife offer for all types of public is complemented by Barcelona’s non-stop nightlife.

The services for university students are extensive, apart from those offered on the campuses, Sant Cugat has 3 public libraries and one of them is open at night during exam season. It also has 4 residences for university students spread throughout the city and with good access to public transport.

Where can I study in Sant Cugat?

The city has 5 university centers that offer studies in various disciplines, mainly focused on health sciences, technology, creativity and business, among others. These 5 university centers are:

Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC)

The International University of Catalonia has three faculties in Sant Cugat, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Faculty of Dentistry, and the Faculty of Education Sciences, all three are located at the Hospital General de Catalunya, (General University Hospital of Catalonia). The Sant Cugat Campus offers degrees in Medicine, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Dentistry, Bioengineering, Psychology, Biomedicine, Early Childhood Education, Primary Education, and several double degrees, as well as the Doctorate in Education, Communication and Humanities.

It is easily accessible by public transport, as it is next to the Hospital General station, and by private vehicle via the AP7 motorway.


Escoles Universitàries Gimbernat (EUG)

The Gimbernat University Schools are attached to the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and specialize in Nursing, Physiotherapy, and Computer Science studies. This university center is located in the Can Sant Joan Business Park, next to the AP7 motorway, and has a railway station and various urban bus lines that lead to the center of Sant Cugat.



ESADE is a global institution attached to the Ramon Llull University. It is made up of a Business School, a Law School and an Executive Education area. It is located in the neighborhood of Torreblanca, next to Collserola and the center of Sant Cugat. The campus has all the amenities for students, such as a residence or a gym. Although there is no railway station nearby, Sant Cugat FGC station can be reached by walking around the center or using the various city bus lines in a few minutes.


Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura del Vallès (ETSAV)

The Higher Technical School of Architecture of Vallès, is a school attached to the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and offers an integrated degree in Architectural Studies and Master’s in Architecture that qualifies for professional practice, among other master’s degrees in specializations. It is located in the Colomer district, 10 minutes’ walk from Sant Cugat and Mirasol FGC stations, and very close to the Vallvidrera tunnels motorway.

Escola Arquitectura Vallès

Institute of Fundamental Theology

It is an academic center erected by the Holy See and entrusted to the Society of Jesus. It is incorporated into the Faculty of Theology of Catalonia of Ramon Llull University. In addition to Bachelor’s and Doctorate courses, the Institute also organizes permanent training courses. It is located in the Centre Borja, next to ESADE and, therefore, close to Collserola and the center of Sant Cugat.

Centre Borja

If you are already clear about what you want to study, don’t hesitate to choose Sant Cugat!