25 years of the world's first online university

The UOC was created in Barcelona in 1994 and teaching began in 1995, with 200 students. It was the first university ever to run exclusively online. The University continually uses cutting-edge e-learning research and innovation to refine the UOC methodology. This is possible thanks to UOC R&I and its 50 plus research groups, as well as the eLearn Center, which drives educational innovation at the UOC. Furthermore, as pioneers and leaders in education's digital transformation, we lend our knowledge and experience to education administrations in need of them. Find out how.

Moreover, with more than 85,700 graduates, it is now one of the biggest universities in Spain.




A global university with social impact

Created by the Catalan government, the UOC is a university run privately to provide a public service and facilitates equitable and inclusive access to higher education.

We adopted the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as our roadmap.

Active members of international networks

MIT J-WEL | Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab International Asssociation of Universities (IAU)
The UOC is a member of the MIT’s Jameel World Education Lab, which seeks to promote excellence and transformation in education.
European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) Centro Interuniversitario de Desarrollo (CINDA)
  • Part of the "Virtual Mobilities" Working Group.
  • Contributors of specialised publications about inclusion initiatives based on e-learning.
  • The President of the UOC has chaired the Executive Committee of the CINDA Network since 2016.
  • Participation in different projects to promote mobility programmes.
Our educational model

A unique online methodology

The UOC's methodology – its proprietary learning model – is based on three basic elements: learning resources, personalized student support from teaching staff, and collaboration.


faculty members & research staff
of whom are full-time researchers
affiliated teaching staff


Our educational model

Rankings and quality accreditation

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Research and innovation

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7 fields of knowledge

Arts and Humanities Arts and Humanities
Information and Communication Sciences Information and Communication Sciences
Health Sciences Health Sciences
Law and Political Science Law and Political Science
Economics and Business Economics and Business
Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications
Psychology and Education Sciences Psychology and Education Sciences


Alliances with UN institutions

Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)

This institution has provided support for the Master's Degree in Food, Society and International Food Governance.

United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR)United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR)

Joint programmes for the Master's Degree in Conflict, Peace and Security and the Master's Degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy.

World Health Organization (WHO)World Health Organization (WHO)

We collaborate with the WHO in the area of e-health and jointly launched the Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Programme in French.