College Preparatory School in Barcelona

Academia Guiu

Academia Guiu is a College Preparatory school in Barcelona founded in 1892 by Manuel Guiu Casanova, author of several Mathematics books.

The school created a unique Pathway Program for the Spanish University Entry Exam (EBAU) in 1983, becoming a pioneer school at a national level in this field. In 1991, the school created the first courses for international students with equivalent High School studies.

Academia Guiu has more than 40 highly qualified teachers with plenty of experience teaching to foreign and national students. The school guarantee that the students that are willing to work will obtain the results they are expecting, 9 out of 10 school’s students reach their goals.

This College Preparatory school in Barcelona develops all its programs specifically tailored to the students’ knowledge and availability.

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School's Location

College Preparatory School in Barcelona

Barcelona has 12 prestigious and internationally renowned universities in which you will feel at home thanks to the international student assistance offices.

If the university you are interested in is outside of Catalonia, from Barcelona you can access any Spanish university. Academia Guiu will support you in choosing the university and degree in Spain that best fit your needs.

Barcelona is a multilingual and multicultural city, hence the exceptional adaptation wherever you are coming from.

The city hosts one of the largest university communities in southern offer Europe, having more than 758 university degrees and more than 700 master’s and postgraduate programs, and it is also at the forefront of international research and development, having 15 science and technology parks.

Academia Guiu is located in 2 different buildings in the locations in the city center, Aragó (headquarters) and Rambla Catalunya.

Passeig de Gràcia (4 mins)

Lines L2, L3 & L4

College Preparatory School in Barcelona

Academia Guiu

University system in Spain

There are more than 80 universities in Spain, more than 50 are public and the rest are private.

Spanish universities are distributed all over the country, but the largest and most important cities having the highest number of universities are Madrid and Barcelona.

All the universities in Spain accept international students, in a wide range of degrees and postgraduate studies.

Academia Guiu is the best college preparatory school in Barcelona and it will help you pass the Selectividad exam and access the university in Spain of your choice.

School features

Spanish university entrance exam for international students

The exam of selectivity, since 2018 is called EBAU (Evaluation of the Baccalaureate for the Access to the University), and is a written test that is done by the students who wish to access to university studies in public and private universities of Spain and Europe.

The purpose of the EBAU is to assess the academic maturity, knowledge, and skills acquired during the baccalaureate in each of the countries. This exam gives 40% of the total access grade, while the remaining 60% is obtained from the average of the last two years of High School.

Depending on the average grade obtained you will be able to choose the university career that you want to study, the higher is the grade, the higher is the priority to choose. Also, the cut-off grade is the minimum that is used to access a particular degree. This grade varies from year to year and is different according to the university and career.

The exam is held at the official UNED headquarters in each province, usually during the first week of June. During the first week of September, the second extraordinary session takes place (which the student can also take if they have not passed the first or they want to improve their grade).

Academia Guiu, the best college preparatory school in Barcelona, will help you enroll and pass the EBAU exam.

Homologation of studies

The school will take care of the recognition (in Spanish: Homologation) of your studies on your behalf. Homologation is a bureaucratic procedure by which the Ministry of Education of Spain officially states that the level of high school in Spain is equivalent to the studies taken in your country. Your studies must be approved by the Ministry of Education of Spain in order to be admitted as an international student in a Spanish university.

University pre-registration

The university pre-registration procedure in Spain can be complicated for foreigners, however students don’t need to worry about it, the school has plenty of experience dealing with the Spanish university registration and they can take care of it on the student’s behalf.

Guardianship certificate

The school can offer a Guardianship certificate for minors. The legal guardian must be located in Spain. He has to write a letter confirming his personal details stating that he will be responsible for the minor during his stay in Spain. Students under 18 years old need this certificate in order to get a Student Visa to study in Spain.

University access & Spanish lessons courses

In order to start the Academia Guiu pathway program, students must have at least a B1 level of Spanish be able to fully understand all the lessons of every subject, that’s why the school also offers Spanish courses (ELE) that can be taken before the University Pathway courses (EBAU/UNED).

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College preparatory school in Barcelona


In order to get access to a degree program at a university in Spain, international students must pass university access entrance exams (EBAU/UNED).

This College Preparatory school in Barcelona offers three University Pathway Programs for international students (via EBAU/UNED) along the year, all of them available for the paths of sciences and humanities. Academia Guiu also offers a combination of these courses with Spanish lessons (ELE):


Available starts

January, May, July and October


ANNUAL PATHWAY (October to June)
ELE SPRING (May to September)
ELE SUMMER (July to September)
ELE FALL (September to January)
ELE WINTER (January to April)

Schedule (weekdays)

EBAU / UNED Sciences

EBAU/UNED Humanities

The schedule is for guidance only and may vary depending on the chosen course.


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The prices provided above are for reference purposes only. 

Disclaimer: Prices in currencies other than euro are estimated based on the latest exchange rates.

The academic fees shown include the following services:


•Teaching material (books, notes and folder)
•University education counseling
•Help with the approval of credentials and homologation processing*
• Help with the translation processing*

Services during the course

• Mark consultation
• Processing of the registration of selectivity*
• University pre-registration in 1 autonomous community
• University pre-registration in 3 autonomous communities
• Customized tracking at Embassies and Consulates
• Advice on Visa procedures
• Help with the processing of NIE in Barcelona
• Help with appointments at City Hall
• Help with appointments for NIE
• Processing of fees
• Monthly attendance report
• Quarterly attendance report
• Personalized telephone assistance advice for the student

* official rates not included

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Frequently asked questions

Academia Guiu, with over a century of educational expertise, is your trusted path to achieving your academic goals through dedicated effort.

It is home to a dynamic team of 40 highly qualified educators who bring extensive experience to the table.

A remarkable 90% of their students at Academia Guiu reach or surpass their anticipated academic milestones.

They take your unique knowledge and scheduling needs into account, crafting customized programs just for you.

In their annual courses and intensive programs, they offer a guarantee of success – if you encounter difficulties, they’ll provide additional support until you pass the University Entrance Exam.

You’ll find the school conveniently situated in the heart of Barcelona, ensuring easy access for all.

At Academia Guiu, the instructional team consists of 40 dedicated and experienced educators committed to guiding you towards academic excellence.

Achieving academic success is the norm at Academia Guiu, with an impressive 90% of our students realizing their expected results, thanks to their tailored programs and expert guidance.

For admission to the university, the final grade must be equal to or greater than 5. The test score (EBAU) accounts for 40%, while the remaining 60% is determined by your overall High School performance.

Each university degree sets its own cut-off grade. To secure admission, you must meet or exceed the specified grade for your chosen program. Keep in mind that highly sought-after degrees may have higher cut-off grades.

To be eligible, you must maintain an average score of at least 5, calculated from both your High School performance and the EBAU exam results. Without the University Entrance Exam, you cannot gain admission to the university.

Choose your intended field of study wisely, considering which subjects from the University Entrance Exam are most relevant to your future degree. Seek advice when making this critical decision.

Familiarize yourself with the wide range of services offered by your university. Many students fail to explore the full extent of available resources. These may include information and assistance offices, cultural and sports services, employment assistance, curricular planning, study abroad programs, volunteer opportunities, language courses, and supplementary training programs.

Dedicate significant time to review and work with course materials regularly. Consistent daily effort yields better results than last-minute cramming. University education requires a different approach compared to previous educational levels, demanding increased dedication for favorable outcomes.

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