Study at One of Spain’s Top Ranked Universities

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If you’re a student looking to study at one of Spain’s best universities there are many options to choose from. However, some schools are ranked higher than others. To help you pick the institution that is just right for your academic or professional needs, below we have listed some of Spain’s Top Ranked Universities, with a brief description of each.

Spain’s Top Ranked Universities

5. The University of Murcia

The University of Murcia, or the Universidad de Murcia, is the main university in Murcia, Spain. With 38,000 students, it is the largest university in the Región de Murcia. The University of Murcia is the third oldest university in Spain, with only the University of Salamanca (1218 AD) and the University of Valladolid (1241 AD) topping the school in this category. The University of Murcia is also the thirteenth-oldest university in the world. The University of Murcia was established in 1272 by the King Alfonso X of Castile, under the Crown of Castile.

The majority of the facilities and buildings of the University of Murcia are spread over two campuses: the older is La Merced, situated in the town center, and the newer, yet larger campus is Espinardo, located just 5 km to the north of Murcia. A third campus for Medical and Health Studies was recently completed next to the suburban area known as Ciudad Sanitaria Virgen de la Arrixaca, 5 km south of the city; and a fourth campus, located in the town of San Javier, now hosts the Sports Science faculty.

The motto of the University of Murcia is “To Understand the Causes of Things,” and the current president of the university is José Antonio Cobacho Gómez.

4. The University of Malaga

The University of Málaga, or the Universidad de Málaga, is a public university established in 1972. With more than 39,000 students and 2,400 lecturers/teachers, the University of Málaga offers 60 degree courses, over 40 doctoral programs, more than 50 Master’s Degrees, as well as 30 internal degrees and 100 courses throughout the academic year. Education takes place in 24 centers by appointed teachers in 81 departments. The great majority of the teaching is organized within the two campuses, although classes also take place in locations spread around the city centre, as well as in the towns of Ronda and Antequera.

The University of Málaga has 278 research groups, which are involved in 80 national projects and 30 European and International projects. In the last few years, the number of agreements and contracts with businesses and organisations has varied between 350 and 400 and an average of over 50 patents have been registered—30 of them of an international nature.

3. The Complutense University of Madrid

The Complutense University of Madrid, or in Spanish the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, is a prestigious Spanish university, located in the nation’s capital of Madrid.

The origins of this university lie in the middle ages, when King Sancho IV of Castile created the Studium General on May 20, 1293. In 1499, Pope Alexander VI granted the request of one of its former pupils, Cardinal Cisneros, to convert it into a full university; this was named the Universitas Complutensis, after Complutum, which was the Latin name of Alcalá de Henares, where it was located.

The Complutense University of Madrid is the largest university in Spain, boasting nearly 98,000 students and nearly 9,500 staff members, of which nearly 6,000 are involved in teaching duties.

The campus is spread over a large area, with faculties in both the Moncloa and Somosaguas communities of Madrid, spanning a total of over 36,000 acres including the university gardens.

The Complutense University of Madrid is made up of university colleges located on two separate campuses situated in the Ciudad Universitaria:

Complutense Campus in Moncloa (central Madrid)
Complutense Campus in Somosaguas (south Madrid)

The university offers a wide variety of degrees and courses, ranging from Humanities and Arts to the Sciences. The university hosts a large number of international students each year and sends a similar number to its partner universities throughout Europe and the Americas. The Complutense University of Madrid has a wide network of international connections, including the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard (United States); the Colegio de Altos Estudios Europeos “Miguel Servet,” in Paris; and the University of California Center at Complutense (U.S.), as well as other partnerships in a variety of European Programs.

2. The University of Valencia

The University of Valencia, or as it is locally known, the Universitat de València, is a university located in the Spanish city of Valencia. It is one of the oldest surviving universities in Spain, the oldest in the Valencian Community, and is regarded as one of Spain’s leading academic institutions.

The University of Valencia was established in 1499, and currently has around 55,000 students. Most of the courses are given through the medium of Spanish, but the university has promised to increase the amount of courses available in Valencian. Moreover, in some degrees part of the teaching is now in English.

The University of Valencia is located in the Mediterranean Spanish baseline, in the city of Valencia which is the capital and most populous city of the autonomous community of Valencia and the third largest city in Spain, with a population of just over 810,064 in 2014.

The University of Valencia has three campuses:

  • The Burjassot campus houses the colleges of Biology, Pharmacy, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and the School of Engineering.
  • The Blasco Ibañez campus hosts the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, Philosophy and Educational Sciences, Psychology, Geography and History, Languages, Physical Education, Physiotherapy and Nursing.
  • The third campus, at Tarongers, houses the Schools of Law, Economics and Business, Social Sciences, and the School of Elementary Teacher Training, which recently moved from its previous location near the Blasco Ibañez Campus.

The University of Valencia is committed to keeping and establishing links with universities world-wide, either through bilateral agreements or by taking part in international programs and networks. Thanks to international exchanges, students from different nationalities and cultures live and work together at the Universitat de València.

The Strategic Plan of the University of Valencia is oriented towards excellence in teaching, research and cultural diffusion to society.

The current chancellor of the University of Valencia is Esteban Morcillo Sánchez.

1. The University of Barcelona

Recently ranked as the top Spanish university in a recent survey, the University of Barcelona, known locally as the Universitat de Barcelona, is a public university located in the city of Barcelona in the Catalonia Province of Spain.

With 75 undergraduate programs, 353 graduate programs and 96 doctorate programs available to the school’s 65,000 students, the University of Barcelona was ranked as the best University in Spain in the 2011 QS World University Rankings, which also ranked the university the 148th best overall higher education institution in the world. The University of Barcelona’s worldwide subject rankings were: 74th in Life Sciences & Biomedicine, 89th in Arts & Humanities, 87th in Natural Sciences, 143rd in Social Sciences and 175th in Engineering & IT.

The University of Barcelona is the principal center of university research in Spain and has become a European benchmark for research activity, both in terms of the number of research programs it conducts and the excellence these programs have achieved. According to the 2014 CYD Report, it is the highest-placed Spanish university in terms of scientific output, with more than 20,000 papers published between 2007 and 2014, also leading the ranking of Spanish universities in terms of percentage of papers published in high impact journals.

The University of Barcelona has 106 departments and more than 5,000 full-time researchers, technicians and research assistants, most of whom work in the university, and 243 research groups as recognized and supported by the Government of Catalonia.

In 2014 the University of Barcelona was awarded 175 national research grants and 17 European grants and participated in over 500 joint research projects with the business sector, generating an overall research income of 70 million euros. The work of these groups is overseen by the UB’s research centers and institutes which collaborate with leading research institutions and networks in Spain and abroad.

The University of Barcelona is also home to three large research foundations: the Barcelona Science Park Foundation (PCB), which includes the Institute of Biomedical Research of Barcelona (IRBB); the August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS); and the Bellvitge Institute for Biomedical Research (IDIBELL).

It is a member of the Coimbra Group, LERU, European University Association, Mediterranean Universities Union, International Research Universities Network and Vives Network. Established in 3 November 1450, it is the fifth oldest university in Spain and one of the oldest universities in the world.