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Barcelona – The smart city capital of Europe

Epitech es una escuela universitaria que ofrece una variedad de programas sobre informática. Una escuela como ninguna otra, que cuenta con valores únicos y formada por una red internacional de 20 campus.

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Why Barcelona ?

Barcelona is the capital city of the region of Catalonia in Spain and the country’s second most populated city after Madrid, with a population of 1.6 million. Its urban area extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of around 4.7 million people, being the seventh most populous urban area in the European Union. It is the largest city on the Mediterranean Sea.

Founded as a Roman city in the Middle Age and besieged several times during its history, Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important cultural center and a major tourist destination. Highly cosmopolitan and dynamic, Barcelona has developed a very strong economical, industrial and technological activity.

Since the city hosted the Olympic Games back in 1992, Barcelona transforms into a smart city by introducing smart digital services that integrate new technologies and upgrade some of the city’s existing services and resources, becoming an inspiring example for other European cities. Connected urban furniture (Internet of Things), free WiFi and other tech aspects aimed at improving the quality of life of its citizens and have contributed to the city’s inclusion in Top 5 ranking of the most intelligent cities in the World.


Barcelona is one of the top 15 safest cities in the World

Attractive for talent

Barcelona is the 4th European city with more funding rounds and the 6th in terms of total investment with 1500 million Euros in 2021


Barcelona is one of the ten most appealing cities in the world for launching a digital business

UNESCO Heritage Site

Barcelona has nine of the buildings recognized as Human Heritage Sites by UNESCO, including seven Gaudí buildings, the Palau de la Música, and the Hospital de la Creu i Sant Pau

Barcelona, a great city to live in

40% increase in the demand for digital workers during last year
30% of IT talent comes from other cities
+100 tech companies
1200 startups headquartered in the city
6th top startup hub in Europe
5th largest investment hub in Europe

Career opportunities:

Barcelona is the economic, cultural and business heart of Catalonia, a creative, cosmopolitan and innovative city, well-known for its quality of life. Barcelona is also one of the most densely populated cities in the European Union and continues to attract students, business professionals and investors from around the world. The city is also investing more in its R&D ecosystem and, with the Barcelona Science Plan 2020-2023, hopes to become Europe’s science and innovation capital. Since it was founded in 2017, our Barcelona campus has been forming tailor-made partnerships with companies. This approach helps us place innovation at the heart of different economic sectors. Most of the students who want to work in Barcelona can make it for an internship in world-class companies and startups. In Barcelona, the job market is very wide, with start-ups and international companies always looking for new IT experts. Our students are given regular opportunities to work for big names in the tech industry.

Here are some of the companies that have trusted our students in previous years:

Epitech Barcelona is linked to many associations and platforms that support tech startups and educational initiatives in the city and abroad.

Barcelona Tech City
Barcelona Activa
22@ Network
Mobile World Capital
Barcelona digital talent
French Tech Barcelona


Become an expert in the field of Smart City & IoT:

In the technological field, in addition to your year program, you’ll complete your expertise through subjects specifically dedicated to Smart-Cities and IoT industry. Ranked in the Top 5 of most rankings of the World’s best Smart Cities, Barcelona has developed a unique strategy to improve the quality of life of its citizens and companies using technology. This is why studying Epitech Barcelona is a unique opportunity to delve deep into initiatives that improve our daily lives through unique masterclasses, company visits and workshops.

Meanwhile, other technical courses will be developed on both semesters to enrich this innovation proposal, most of them related to the IoT domain, thanks to the relevant position of Barcelona’s ecosystem on this context. In addition to that, all the technical and transversal courses will be developed by a great team of experts and professionals in these areas of expertise. Our teaching approach is highly focused and practical.

An additional IoT certificate will be awarded by Epitech Barcelona at the end of this course.

Life on Campus

Our modern campus is located in the 22@ technological neighborhood, next to the city center and very close to the beach. It was completely refurbished and enlarged in 2022 to currently offer everything you need to learn and have fun during your international year.

Campus ecosystem

Epitech Barcelona is linked to many associations and platforms that support tech startups and educational initiatives in the city and abroad.

Tech City
World Capital
digital talent
French Tech

Activities on campus

Team-building activities are a great tool to help students learn to work together, listen carefully, communicate clearly and think creatively. They also give our students the chance to get to know each other, build trust as a community and, best of all, have fun! In order to do so and engage with the local ecosystem, at Epitech Barcelona we organize plenty of fun events throughout the year.

Epitech Fun Day 2022

The Epitech Spain Student Council

The Epitech Spain Student Council is the organization in charge of coordinating student life in the Spanish campuses of Epitech. This organization centralizes all contacts between external entities and own associations, creating new programs and initiatives to provide opportunities for growth and professional interaction for all our students.


Our modern campus is located in the 22@ technological neighborhood, next to the city center and very close to the beach, and features everything you need to learn and have fun during your international year.

International student interview
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Multidisciplinary project by Epitech Barcelona Tek4
and design school L'idem students (2019)

Living in Barcelona

Perfect weather 360 days a year

Warm summers and semi-cold winters. The ideal temperature for the whole year. Thanks to its geographical position, Barcelona offers a perfect climate and ideal weather conditions for you to enjoy your new life in Spain every day.

International communities

More than 300,000 foreigners live in Barcelona, representing over 170 nationalities in the city. The expat communities therefore make up a large part of its population. This means that you will have no problem getting to know other people who are as far away from home as you are, even from your country of origin.


Barcelona’s architecture attracts millions of visitors each year. The most important architectural monuments include works from Antoni Gaudí, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, and modern architects such as Jean Nouvel.

The Eixample district is known for its modernist architecture and is the area in which you will find most examples of these monuments. Amongst works by Antoni Gaudí here you will find La Pedrera (Casa Milà) and Casa Batlló along Passieg de Gràcia. You’ll also find Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia, his masterpiece that is still under construction. From here, Avinguda Gaudí connects you to Hospital de Sant Pau by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. In the Montjuic area, one of Barcelona’s famous hills, there are more interesting buildings such as Mies van der Rohe’s and Joan Miró’s Foundations, MNAC (Catalonia National Arts Museum), Palau Sant Jordi or the Olympic stadium.

The Barri Gòtic is full of neo-gothic and roman architecture hidden amongst its narrow streets. For example there’s Barcelona Cathedral, built in 1460, but renovated by the 20th century to a much grander scale. There’s Santa Maria del Mar church nearby in Born, an area that also hosts the Mercat del Born.

Close to La Rambla, in the Raval neighbourhood you can visit another Barcelona monument, Palau Güell, famous for its 20 colourful chimneys. It’s yet another building from the renowned Antoni Gaudí.

Unless you count Gràcia and its famous Parc Güell, you’re less likely to find modernist style buildings or works by Gaudí in these districts, but away from the centre there’s lots of architecture to sightsee with easy access via public transport. Monestir de Pedralbes (Pedralbes Monastery) is a charming escape built in the gothic style consisting of three buildings with many arches and columns.

Finally, there’s Camp Nou, an iconic location for football fans and followers of FC Barcelona. It’s one of the best examples of European stadiums as it’s the highest capacity at almost 100000 people.

Cultural life

Museums, exhibition centres, art galleries, music and UNESCO heritage… The cultural life of the city of Barcelona is very dynamic. Find more about it here. It is certainly not pretentious to say that Barcelona’s cultural heritage is extraordinary. As you wander around the city, you will come across a number of monuments that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

In addition, there is no shortage of museums. Between the Picasso Museum, the Joan Miro Foundation, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Art Museum of Catalonia, Moco Museum, you won’t know where to turn! On the music side, there are several festivals held in the city. A Flamenco Festival in June, a Festival de la Música Antigua (ancient music) in April and a Jazz Festival in October.

Must do activities

The art of living in Barcelona means wandering around the different neighbourhoods, buying fruit and vegetables at the Boqueria, sitting on a terrace and sharing tapas with friends, eating at different hours, listening to music in the open air and partying all night long until the early hours…

Taste local products at La Boqueria, Barcelona's covered market

If there’s one place you need to go to get a taste of Barcelona’s gastronomy, it’s La Boquéria! Seasonal fruit and vegetables, freshly caught fish, cheeses, condiments, sweets, cold cuts, snacks and ready-made meals: you’ll find everything you need for a tasty snack.

Discover Barcelona's street art

Urban art in Barcelona is very popular. Barcelona was considered in 2005 as the “world capital of street art”. You can find several frescos while walking in the Raval, the El Born or Gracia districts. Several renowned artists are active in Barcelona: Invader, JR, El Pez, Juanjo Surace, Alice Pasquini or the French Miss Van.

Going out in Barcelona

Barcelona is well-known for its intense nightlife scene. It offers a wide variety of bars and nightclubs offering all kinds of music and an open atmosphere for all kind of tastes. Nightlife is specially vibrant on weekends, when the city is more crowded.

The city is famous for being a party town, full of young people who like to have fun in terraces, bars and nightclubs, from the afternoon until sunset. Barcelona is also well-known for beach clubs of the highest level, most of which are specially visited by tourists during the warm and sunny summer season.

At night the main electronic music dominates the party scene, with many international DJs and rising stars who parade in the most prestigious clubs.

Barcelona also hosts some very prestigious international music festivals, which include Sónar, Primavera Sound, Barcelona Jazz Festival and the concerts of the modernist Palau de la Música.

Practical Information

Whether you have just arrived here or are looking us up from another country to find out a little more about Barcelona, we offer you practical information, giving you the answers you need when moving to our city.

Housing options

Epitech Barcelona is linked to many associations and platforms that support tech startups and educational initiatives in the city and abroad.

Private room in a student residence:
700 €/month
Private room in a shared flat:
350€ - 500 €/month
Whole flat (1 to 3 people):
800€ - 1200 €/month

Housing options

Public transport:
50 € /month
Fill in your fridge:
200 €/month
Internet at home:
30 €/month
Eat tapas:
Cinema ticket:
Museum ticket:

For more information of practicalities, cost of living, housing and other questions you may have, please visit the international FAQ section of the Barcelona City Council: here

In addition, find here a guide with all the information you need to settle and live in Barcelona.

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