The University of Girona

The University of Girona (UdG) is a public institution of higher education that seeks excellence in teaching and research, and participates in the progress and development of society through the creation, transmission, dissemination and critique of science, The technique, the humanities, the social sciences and the arts.

The University of Girona is rooted in the country and the Catalan culture and is one of the main economic and cultural engines of its environment. At the same time, it expresses the vocation of universality and openness to all traditions, advances and cultures.

The University is based in the city of Girona and is part of the Catalan public university system.

The History

The University of Girona is heir to the so-called Estudi General, created in 1446 by King Alfonso the Magnanimous, who granted Girona the privilege of granting degrees of grammar, rhetoric, philosophy and theology, law and medicine. The initiative arose from the municipal trustees and the church, but the classes did not officially begin until 1572, in the environment of what is now known as the building Les Àligues, built expressly as a university seat. University studies were extended with a remarkable prestige until 1717, when the University was closed following the new plant decree, which led to the loss of the political institutions of Catalonia.

The University of Girona is heir to the so-called Estudi General, created in 1446 by King Alfonso the Magnanimous. 

Throughout the nineteenth century, and as a result of the liberal revolution, the city council promoted the so-called Free University of Girona, which offered Law and Pharmacy studies up to 1874.

The recent history of the University of Girona has as references the Normal School of Teachers and, in a special way, the initiatives that are carried out in the sixties of the twentieth century to re-establish university studies in Girona. The University College of Girona and the higher Polytechnic School are created, which depend, respectively, on the UAB and the UPC.

Subsequently, the Estudi General, which houses studies of Humanities, Business, Science and Social Sciences, is recovered. Finally, in 1991, a decree of the Catalan government created the new University of Girona, with contributions from the various university cultures, which make Girona a multidisciplinary reference point.


The University of Girona is rooted in the city, where it has three differentiated campuses (Montilivi, Barri Vell and Centre). The new construction campus of Montilivi is made up of unique buildings in an open space, the campus of the Barri Vell characterized by the rehabilitation of historic buildings, is part of the historical patrimony of the city.

In the middle of the shopping centre of Girona we find the Mercadal building, home of the UdG Foundation: Innovation and training.

A new area of development of the University is the one that occupies the Scientific and Technological Park, in the area of the Creueta.


Panoràmica de la Biblioteca de la UdG
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