The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona has always been at the forefront of East Asian Studies in Spain. From the time when the Facultat de Traducció i Interpretació formerly the Escuela Universitaria de Traductores e Intérpretes (EUTI) – introduced Chinese and Japanese language teaching in 1989 within the framework of its Degree in Translation and Interpreting, East Asia and its languages have been present in the degrees on offer at the university. These include the Graduate Diploma in International and Intercultural Studies (2001-2008), in which students could specialise in the studies related to the region of East Asia; a second-cycle Degree in East Asian Studies (2003- 2010), and the current European (EHEA) Degree in Asian Studies (Grado en Estudios de Asia Oriental ).
At the level of postgraduate studies, the University was pioneer in offering UAB-specific postgraduate qualifications in East Asian studies, and in 2006 was the first university to offer a Master's degree in Research on Contemporary East Asia, recognised by Spanish Ministry of Education. Finally, the UAB excels in its PhD programme in East Asian Studies – the first of its kind in Spain. Staff responsible for the programme have supervised theses in a number of different disciplines.