• Living in Barcelona

Get ready to experience Barcelona!

Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city with more than one and a half million inhabitants. The capital of Catalonia, it is located in the east of Spain and sits on a privileged enclave between the sea and the mountains. Life never stops moving in Barcelona, which features countless things to do and a wide range of cultural, historical, and leisure activities.

Barcelona is a multicultural city that is delighted to welcome new people whose ideas make the city shine even brighter. If you are looking for a city that combines culture, diversity, and fun, Barcelona is the right city for you.

Guide before arriving at Barcelona

How can you study at IQS?

European Union students

Students belonging to a Member State of the European Union (EU), Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein who wish to reside in Spain for a period of six months or longer must handle certain formalities.

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Non-European Union students

Non-European Union students with a student visa for less than 180 days or more than 180 days.

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The Student Life Office also offers help and advice to students who want to study at IQS and have already pre-registered for one of our programmes. Don't hesitate to contact the IQS International Relations Office to discuss your situation as they can give you expert advice or simply listen to you and offer support.


If you need help with accommodation, IQS is happy to recommend residence hall or flat rental options.

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All non-European Union students must be covered by medical insurance without co-pays or waiting periods that includes liability. The Universitat Ramon Llull has an agreement in place with OnCampus Estudia, a company that meets these requirements.

For more information, please contact legalhelp@iqs.url.edu.

Bank Account

To open a bank account you must present your passport and NIE (Spanish Foreign Resident ID). In any case, you must take into account the following:

  • Different banks may have different requirements
  • Requirements may be different depending on your country of origin
  • Banks may request additional information if deemed necessary

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