Universities in Spain

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EU Business School Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain
The EU Group (EU) is a network of professionally-accredited, multicultural, high-ranking business schools established in 1973. We have campuses in Barcelona, Geneva, Montreux, Munich and online. In addition to small, dynamic classes offered in English, EU students also enjoy a global environment while getting the best of both North American and European academic curricula. EU offers various programs at the foundation, bachelor’s (BBA/BA/BSc), master’s (MSc/MBA) and doctoral (DBA) levels, both onsite and online. Our majors include Business Administration; Communication &... See full description.

ADEIT - Fundación Universidad - Empresa de la Universitat de València

Valencia, Spain
ADEIT - Fundación Universidad - Empresa de la Universitat de València is an institution promoted by the Consell Social of the University of Valencia in 1989. Its purpose is the training, through recycling and specialization of professional and university students. Also through practices in Spanish and international companies.

Advance Business School

Madrid, Spain
Advance Business School is an institution belonging to the International University of la Rioja. It is created for the training of postgraduates in areas of business. The courses are given in two forms, in classroom and half in classroom and half distance learning.

Barcelona Architecture Center

Barcelona, Spain
The BAC , in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Catalunya and the Pompeu Fabra University, offers complete semester programs in architecture and urbanism, designed to immerse the undergraduate and graduate students in the urban environment and contemporary architectural culture of Barcelona, Spain and Europe. The standard course includes one design studio class, two or three seminar courses covering history/theory, construction or field studies. The students also have the option to participate in the study travel to a European destination. All courses are taught by... See full description.

Bircham International University

Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain
Bircham International University is a private distance-learning institution, founded in 1992 in the United Kingdom. It has been registered in Spain as a business in the ‘regulated educational services’ since 2010. Currently the school offers a wide variety of professional, undergraduate, and graduate degree programs. The institution has not gained any recognized educational accreditation, but is included in the 2011 edition of the DICES guide among a selection of academic institutions. Bircham is known for the innovative teaching methods it applies, while offering courses in... See full description.

BSc in International Relations, University of London, Academic direction: LSE

Madrid, Spain
This Bachelor Degree awarded by the University of London has been designed by The London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). It is a programme for those who wish to engage critically with the range of materials about contemporary international relations. Tuition is provided by Madrid Management Center in Madrid and Malaga. Students can also take individual courses to advance their career.

Cátedra de las Tres Religiones, Universitat de València

Valencia, Spain
Cátedra de las Tres Religiones, Universitat de València is an institution dedicated to the teaching, research and dissemination of the three religions' culture: Jewish, Islamic and Christian.

CEADE - Centro Andaluz de Estudios Universitarios

Seville, Spain
CEADE - Centro Andaluz de Estudios Universitarios is a private center of higher education, founded in Seville, in 1993. It is affiliated to the University of Wales, United Kingdom, according to authorization of the Junta de Andalucía.

CEMFI, Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros

Madrid, Spain
The Center for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI) is an institution, established by the Bank of Spain in 1987. Its main purpose is to provide graduate education and research in economics. CEMFI makes available a high-quality Graduate Program, leading to the official degrees of Master in Economics and Finance and PhD in Economics. The Master in Economics and Finance is a two-year full-time program, which aims to prepare students for a wide variety of public and private careers. It also serves as the first two years of the PhD in Economics at CEMFI. With regard to this, The PhD in... See full description.
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Centro de Estudios Superiores Vitaldent

Madrid, Spain
The Centro de Estudios Superiores Vitaldent is located in Madrid and is dedicated to training in issues related to dentistry. Their programs are tailored to the needs of each professional, through practical and clinical cases.

Centro de Formación Interdisciplinaria Superior (CFIS)

Barcelona, Spain
El Centro de Formación Interdisciplinaria Superior (CFIS) is an institution of higher education affiliated to the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), in Barcelona and directed to students of high level, by means of excellent interdisciplinary training.

Centro Superior de Diseño Hacer Creativo

Zaragoza, Spain
El Centro Superior de Diseño Hacer Creativo de Zaragoza offers degree programs at university level in the following subjects: design: fashion, product, Interior and graphic, both in classroom and online.

Centro Superior de Estudios Universitarios La Salle

Madrid, Spain
The Centro Superior de Estudios Universitarios La Salle has been developing its educational work since 1949, having trained teachers for more than 50 years. La Salle has a diverse educational offering leveraging its synergies and accumulated experience around the world. Our school continues to renew its methods through research and experimentation to offer a more effective and lasting educational experience. Being a Christian school, we propose open dialogue on the relationship between faith and today’s culture, contrasting social values with the Gospels. Since 1980, CSEU La Salle... See full description.

Centro Superior Hostelería Mediterraneo

Valencia, Spain
The Superior Center of Hospitality and Tourism is an institution of higher learning, offering programs in both the hotel and tourism industry. It is officially approved and recognized by the Valencia Ministry of Education and Culture, and strives to apply a good variety of teaching methods, including online and video conference training; national and international company training; local training at superior centers of tourism in Valencia, and others. The Superior Center of Hospitality and Tourism is recognized as one of the top five tourism institutions within Europe and the leading... See full description.

Centro Universitario Cultural Santa Ana - Almendralejo - Adscrito a la Universidad de Extremadura

Almendralejo, Spain
The Santa Ana Cultural University Center, located in the city of the same name, is a college facility affiliated with the Universidad de Extramurda.  The primary aim of this popular institution is to provide focused training for both students and working professionals in a limited range of academic and career-related fields.  Some of these areas include: Primary School Education Secondary School Education Engineering Agriculture Social Work Food Services The Santa Ana University Center prides itself on its track record of giving its students the confidence... See full description.

Centro Universitario Villanueva

Madrid, Spain
The Centro Universitario Villanueva is an institution of higher education, which is affiliated to the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Its mission is to provide a quality education, based on Christian principles.

CES Don Bosco, Centro de Enseñanza Superior en Humanidades y Ciencias de la Educación

Madrid, Spain
CES Don Bosco, Centro de Enseñanza Superior en Humanidades y Ciencias de la Educación is attached to the Complutense University of Madrid. Its educational offer is approved by the Episcopal Commission of Teaching.

CESINE, Escuela Superior de Informática y Negocios

Santander, Spain
Cesine University Centre is a private institution in the north of Spain, which was established in 1993 with the purpose to become the reference point for higher education in the region it operates. The school consider themselves to be the leaders in Cantabria when it comes to the programs they teach. The areas that these cover include Business Administration, Advertising and Marketing, Information Technology Engineering, and Industrial Design and Multimedia Engineering. Cesine Bachelor honors programs are validated and awarded by the University of Wales. The school is also linked to the... See full description.

CESMA, Escuela de Negocios

Madrid, Spain
Located in Spain’s capital city of Madrid, the CESMA School of Business offers educational and training programs for both current and future executives and business professionals. Among its portfolio of business program offerings, the institution offers masters degree-level courses, specialization programs and professional seminars in a wide range of areas of expertise.  Some of these areas include: Business administration Marketing Communications Finance Account control Human resources Business technology And more... In addition to offering... See full description.

CESTE - Escuela internacional de negocios

Zaragoza, Spain
CESTE - International business school, founded in Zaragoza in 1987, is dedicated to the training of professionals, related to business administration, languages and communication technologies.

CESUGA - Centro de Estudios Superiores Universitarios de Galicia

La Coruña, Spain
CESUGA - Centro de Estudios Superiores Universitarios de Galicia was founded in A Coruña, in 1995, through an agreement between this entity and the University College Dublin, National University of Ireland. The degrees offered are: Business Administration and Architecture.

CEU Andalucía

Bormujos, Spain
CEU Andalucía, also known as the St. Paul Foundation Andalusia (CEU), is an educational institution located in the province and city of Seville, in the autonomous community of Andalucía (English: Andalusia).  Its founders, the Catholic Archdiocese of Seville and the San Pablo CEU University Foundation, established the higher education institution because it desired to develop, through the Foundation and the schools for whom it is responsible, the Christian principles in education that underlie the ideology of the Catholic Association of Propagandists (ACDP). The main... See full description.

CIFF, Centro Internacional de Formación Financiera

Madrid , Spain
CIFF, Centro Internacional de Formación Financiera, is an institution founded in Madrid, in the year 2001. It is dedicated to the training of graduates with financial and economic education, providing business expertise at international level.

CIS - The College for International Studies

Madrid, Spain
The College for International Studies is based in Madrid, Spain, and was opened in 1981 with the purpose to serve as a meeting point for Spanish students and students, who come from around the globe. The school is specializing in the first two years of a university program, following the American curriculum. This means that students can go there for their freshman and sophomore year, before transferring to an American university. They are able to begin studying almost any degree with the exception of medicine, nursing, physical therapy and law (Spanish or European law require official... See full description.

Colegio Universitario Cardenal Cisneros

Madrid, Spain
The Cardenal Cisneros University College is a private institution, established in 1971 and located in Madrid. It is affiliated with the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, accommodating students, who pursue Psychology, Business Administration and Management (ADE) degrees, or the simultaneous Law and ADE (Business Administration and Management) degrees. The school currently educates about 1,000 students. It also welcomes international Erasmus students, aiming to offer an environment, where they can grow professionally, personally, and emotionally.

Conservatorio Superior de Música de Salamanca

Salamanca, Spain
El Conservatorio Superior de Música de Salamanca es un conservatorio oficial y de carácter público, en el que se imparten enseñanzas musicales de grado superior en diferentes materias e instrumentos. El Conservatorio Superior de Música de Salamanca imparte también ,desde el curso 1998/99, interesantes programas de postgrado en diferentes áreas musicales. Somos el Centro pionero en la implantación del Grado Superior LOGSE en España, encarando por ello el futuro con serenidad, empeño y un proyecto dinámico, a partir de la plataforma de lanzamiento que le presta el nuevo edificio... See full description.
Study Programs: Music... See all programs.

CUNEF, Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros

Madrid, Spain
The University College of Financial Studies is a center specialized in degrees of Law and Business Administration as well as Master in Law and Finance, Master in Banking and Master in Stock Market.

Cursos de Postgrado en Derecho para Iberoamericanos de la Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (España)

Toledo, Spain
University of Castilla-La Mancha came into existence in 1982 through mergers of different institutions. The university has four campuses: Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca and Toledo and extends to Almaden and Talavera la Reina, in addition to Puertollano Centre for studies. The institution offers degree programs in the fields of Arts & Humanities, Sciences, Health, Social & Judicial Sciences and Engineering & Architecture. University credits are easily transferrable in Europe and Rest of the World. A final point is that the school is an active participant at several international forums:... See full description.
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E.U.T. Euroaula

Barcelona, Spain
The EUROAULA University School of Tourism is an affiliated institution of the University of Girona, for which reason all programs are official and recognized by the university. E.U.T. was established in 1987, and calls itself an institution which keeps up to date with the most advanced pedagogical methodology and new technologies. The school grants a 3-year degree in Tourism, master’s and postgraduate degrees, Senior Technician Degrees, Cabin Crew and other specialization courses. These are distinguishable with their strict specialization, highly personalized student approach, and very... See full description.

EADA

Barcelona, Spain
EADA is an academic institution in Barcelona, Spain, founded in 1957 – it was one of the first ones to offer training programs that are specifically targeted at the business world. Their reputation is based on the fact that they strive to create strong ties between theory and practice, for which reason EADA’s educational methodologies promote the ‘learning by doing’ approach. EADA offers MBA, master’s and executive programs, having so far welcomed over 120,000 participants from over 40 countries. All programs are designed in a way that serves best the tasks that an individual... See full description.

EADE - Estudios Universitarios

Pedregalejo, Spain
EADE - Estudios Universitarios is a private higher education center, located in Malaga, which offers postgraduate degrees and is associated with the University of Wales, in the obtaining of official university degrees.

EAE Business School

Barcelona , Spain
EAE Business School is a business school, which was founded in 1958, and since then has educated more than 50 thousand executives and managers. It is located in Barcelona and Madrid, Spain, and ranked 4th best business school in Spain according to Ranking MERCO in 2009 – therefore it is one of Spain’s most reputable schools. Furthermore, the institution is associated with the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, the University of Barcelona, and Universidad Camilo José Cela. EAE has also developed an Online Business school, which offers one of the most diverse range of postgraduate... See full description.

EENI

Corbera de Llobregat, Spain
EENI (The Global Business School) is a European business school, established in 1995. Its formation happened in Spain with the purpose to focus on International business and global marketing. The school currently educates more than 4 000 students from 100 countries, whilst also collaborating with different experts for the development of the course contents. All courses are available in several languages: English, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Catalonian, Swedish and Chinese. The mission of these is to provide high quality education within a multilingual,... See full description.

Emme - Escuela de Negocios del Mediterráneo

Ceuta, Spain
EMME - School of business of the Mediterranean was founded in 2010, in the city of Ceuta. The school offers an annual course, which lasts six months, called Advanced Management Program.

English Literary Studies, 1485-1714

Huelva, Spain
The English Philology Department is part of the School of Humanities at the University of Huelva, which is a young and high quality public Spanish institution, focusing on higher educational programs and academic research activities. The school is located at Huelva, and teaches 60 different degrees, master’s and doctoral programs. The professors from the English Philology Department, all belong to the field of English Philology, and teach at different Schools: School of Humanities, School of Education, School of Business Administration and School of Nursing. The degree in English... See full description.

EOI Escuela de Organización Industrial

Madrid, Spain
EOI is a Business School, established by the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Education in 1955, in Spain. It was aimed at engineers, who wished to equip themselves with management and organizational skills. The school also claims to be the first one in the country, offering business administration training. The programs that the school offers are graduate ones for young professionals, as well as Executive Masters for professionals with over five years of experience. It also provides a number of other specialized courses in the areas of Environment, Sustainability, Technology,... See full description.
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EPHOS - European School of PharmaStudies

Madrid, Spain
EPHOS - European School of PharmaStudies was founded in Madrid in 1989, and is dedicated to the creation of training programmes related to the pharmaceutical industry.

ERAM CrossMedia College

Salt, Spain
ERAM College offers the Master in Design, Creativity and Technology. It is a double degree program in cooperation with the University of Northampton (UK) and University of Girona (SP). The entire course, 60 ECTS, which is taught in English, is divided into two semesters. The second semester is focused on the final thesis project, where all the previous knowledge acquired is put into practice.

ESADE - Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas - Universidad Ramon Llull

Barcelona, Spain
The Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas (ESADE) is a private college, founded in 1958 in Barcelona, Spain. It is associated with the Ramon Llull University, encompassing the following three departments: the ESADE Business School, the ESADE Executive Language Center, and the ESADE Law School. The institution operates additional campuses in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Madrid, Spain and São Paulo, Brazil. ESADE Business School has a very strong reputation both in the academic and professional worlds, being ranked 10th by the Financial Times for its MSc program. To sum... See full description.

ESADE Business School

Barcelona, Spain
ESADE Business School is a business school, established in 1958 in Barcelona, Spain. The institution is part of ESADE and the Ramon Llull University. On top of the Barcelona campus, the school has established operations in Madrid, Buenos Aires, and Casablanca. The institution has made available graduate business education, which consists of a full-time MBA, a one-year MBA, a part-time MBA, an MSc & CEMS MIM, an MSc in International Management, and an MSc in Marketing Management. Another noteworthy fact about ESADE is that it has signed collaboration agreements with more than one hundred... See full description.

ESADIB - Escola Superior d'Art Dramatic Illes Balears

Palma de Mallorca, Spain
ESADIB - Escola Superior d'art Dramàtic Illes Balears is a center for higher studies in dramatic art, founded in 2005 and located in Palma de Mallorca.
Study Programs: Acting... See all programs.

ESAT - Escuela Superior de Arte y Tecnología

Valencia, Spain
ESAT - Escuela Superior de Arte y Tecnología is a center of training in classroom and online, located in Valencia. The institution conducts its study programs in technological and artistic areas.

ESCI, Escuela Superior de Comercio Internacional - Universidad Pompeu Fabra

Barcelona, Spain
The ESCI, Escuela Superior de Comercio Internacional - Universidad Pompeu Fabra was founded in 1993 and is located in Barcelona. Its training offer is related to issues of internationalization of companies, marketing and human resources, among others.

Escola d'Infermeria i Fisioterapia Blanquerna

Barcelona, Spain
Blanquerna Foundation is part of Ramon Llull University, which is a non-profit institution, based in Barcelona, Spain. The school was established in 1990, and the Physiotherapy department lies within Blanquerna’s Faculty of Health Sciences, which pursues the mission to educate in a personalized and humanistic way its future physiotherapists, nutritionists, and nurses. The faculty is proud to have a good tradition in research, as well as the sound professional recognition of its graduates. The course programs are carefully designed, and very well-updated. Finally, the faculty has... See full description.

Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyers de Camins, Canals i Ports de Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain
The Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyers de Camins, Canals i Ports de Barcelona was established in 1973, aiming to pursue excellence and an international research vocation. Currently it offers three degrees in the area of civil engineering: Civil Engineering, which takes five years to complete; Technical Engineering in Civil Works – three-year course; and Geological Engineering – five-year program, jointly executed with the University of Barcelona. The university is known with the fact to have one of the most impressive research records in Spain, while it is also among the best... See full description.

Escola Universitària de Turisme i Direcció Hotelera adscrita a la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain
Escola Universitària de Turisme i Direcció Hotelera is attached to the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, in Bellaterra Campus, considered one of the best universities in the country. Theoretical training, throughout the studies, is complemented by national and international internships.

Escola Universitària de Turisme MEDITERRANI

Barcelona, Spain
The Escola Universitària de Turisme MEDITERRANI is a centre affiliated to the University of Girona, founded in 1987. It is dedicated to train professionals in the tourism business.
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Universities in Spain by City:

Alcala de HenaresAlfara del PatriarcaAlmendralejoAlmeríaAlteaAtarfeAvilaBadajozBaezaBarcelonaBellaterraBilbaoBormujosBurgosBurjassotCadizCantoblancoCartagenaCastellón de la PlanaCatarrojaCerdanyola del VallèsCeutaCiudad RealCorbera de LlobregatCordobaDonostia ElcheGetafeGironaGranadaGuadalupeHoyo de ManzanaresHuelvaJaénLa Almunia de Doña GodinaLa CoruñaLa LagunaLas Palmas de Gran CanariaLas RozasLeioaLeónLleidaLogroñoMadridMalagaManisesMarbellaMoncadaMondaMondragónMóstolesMurciaOviedoPalma de MallorcaPamplonaPaternaPedregalejoPozuelo de AlarcónSalamancaSaltSan Lorenzo del EscorialSan SebastianSan Vicente del RaspeigSant Cugat del VallèsSant Pol de MarSantanderSantiago de CompostelaSegoviaSevilleSitgesTarragonaTerrassaToledoValenciaValladolidVicVigoVillafranca del CastilloVillanueva de la CañadaVillaviciosa de OdónVitoriaZamudioZaragoza

About universities in Spain

Since the days of the Emirate of Cordova, when much of present-day Spain was ruled by Muslim leaders from Arabia, Spain has been a center of learning and higher education. At a time when most of Europe was mired in the depths of the Dark Ages, the Emirate of Cordova was a bastion of knowledge, science, art, and culture. Today, Spain’s education system continues to be among the world’s best.

There are 73 universities and colleges in Spain, most of which offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The majority are at least partially state funded, but a few are private institutions. Some of the latter are affiliated with the Catholic Church. As in most countries, Catholic universities in Spain are not known to be either exceptionally good or particularly bad, nor do they tend to have a special curriculum. Although theology and Christian history may be more emphasized in Catholic institutions, they are not studied to the exclusion of the arts, sciences, and humanities.

In an effort to integrate its education system into the broader community of higher education in Europe, Spain has accepted membership in the European Higher Education Area. Composed of 47 nations in Europe, the EHEA is an organization that attempts to standardize curriculums, academic standards, and degree requirements across the countries of Europe so that employers can better understand the educational credentials of prospective employees from other countries. As the economic and social boundaries in Europe become ever more fluid, the need for a coordinated educational policy has become paramount, and so Spain has undertaken the effort to systematize its education system in a way that makes it commensurate with systems of higher education in other European countries. The EHEA covers everything from undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degrees up to Master’s and Doctoral degrees.

In addition to participating in the external standardization of the European Higher Education Area, Spain has also been undergoing a process of internal standardization regarding its universities. Part of this process has been an increasing reliance on standardized tests. Spanish high school students who plan to go to college have to complete 2 years of college preparatory training and get good grades, then score well on one of Spain’s standardized college admissions tests. These tests have a major influence on which students will be accepted and which will not.

University of SalamancaThe University of Salamanca Library, Source This section will assist you in finding universities in Spain that match you interests. You should know that Spanish universities are under the jurisdiction of the Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deportes (M.E.C.) and offer several degree programs: Diplomaturas (three years), Licenciaturas (four to five years, six in Medicine) and Doctoral programs (three years after the degree of Licenciado). Also, there are Masters, University Specialists, and University Experts programs.

If you wish to complete a degree program in a Spanish University--not just a semester or a Spanish Language program--you must begin by contacting the Spanish Embassy or Consulate in your home country to validate or "convalidar" your current education. Once this is done, you will have to take the Spanish university entrance exam and secure a opening in the college where you wish to study.

In general, Spain is considered to have one of the best higher education systems in the world. Internationally, is ranked 5th–behind only the USA, Germany, the UK, and Canada. In addition to its quality, Spanish postsecondary education is set apart by its consistency, in that it lacks “star” institutions that outshine the rest. Nearly all of the 73 colleges and universities in Spain meet high standards of academic rigor and quality of instruction.

Funding for institutions of higher learning in Spain comes primarily from the government. The majority of the colleges and universities in Spain are at least partially state-funded, although there are some private (mostly Catholic) schools as well. The private schools are generally to be about as good as public schools, although the curriculum varies somewhat at Catholic schools. Overall, though, there is no significant difference in quality between private and public universities in Spain. Unlike many countries, where public colleges are wildly better or worse than the private alternatives, all colleges and universities in Spain are fairly similar in quality.
 

Spanish University in Santiago de CompostelaThe University of Santiago de Compostela, Faculty of History

Recent developments in Spanish higher education have been characterized by efforts to standardize curricular and evaluative systems. Along with many other European countries, Spain participates in the European Higher Education Area, also known as the EHEA or Bologna process. This process is designed to ensure that educational credentials throughout Europe are comparable–enabling employers and educational institutions from various European countries to coordinate their efforts more effectively. The increased fluidity of borders in Europe has created a need for education and training programs that can prepare students for a transnational job market, and this is the need that the Bologna process seeks to meet.

In addition to its participation in the EHEA, Spain has also seen increased standardization of admissions requirements. After completing their college preparatory training, prospective university students in Spain must achieve high scores on standardized college admissions tests, which greatly affect the student's chances of acceptance. As in all countries that rely heavily on standardized testing, Spanish educational authorities have had to confront the controversial problem of “teaching to the test.” Finding the right balance between test preparation and broader education will likely be a challenge for the Spanish education system in years to come.

Spain has a number of excellent and high-performing universities—both public and private schools spread out among the country’s many provinces and cities.  Among these universities are a number of international institutions of higher education, as well as several satellite campuses for universities in other countries, including the United States.  Below we will take a closer look at some of the public and private universities in Spain, with a special focus on international institutions, American universities with campuses in Spain, and some of the more popular degree programs in the country in which English is the primary language of instruction.

Public and Private Universities in Spain

Spain is a country that consistently ranks among the world leaders in terms of the quality of life for its citizens—a quality of life that is bolstered and, in large part, sustained by the country’s excellent system of higher education.  During the 2012/2013 academic year, 18 Spanish universities appear in the QS World University Rankings, 14 of which were ranked in the top 500.  Spain’s higher education landscape includes both public and private universities, large and small.  The largest universities are predictably located in some of Spain’s larger cities, particularly Barcelona and Madrid, the country’s capital.  Private universities tend to be smaller, with the majority owned and operated by the Catholic Church, by far the largest religious affiliation in the country.  Below is a brief sample of some of the public and private universities in Spain, along with the cities in which they are located.

Public Universities in Spain

Public Universities in SpainLa Complutense, one of Madrid's public universities
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid—Madrid
  • Universidad Politecnia de Madrid—Madrid
  • Universidad de Granada—Granada
  • Universidad de Barcelona—Barcelona
  • Universidad de Seville—Seville
  • Universidad de Valencia—Valencia
  • Universidad del Pais Vasco—Bilbao
  • Universidad Pompeu Fabra—Barcelona
  • Universidad de Malaga—Malaga

Private Universities in Spain

  • Catholic University of Avila—Avila
  • Loyola University Andalusia—Seville
  • University of Duesto—Bilbao
  • Pontifical University of Salamanca—Salamanca
  • Abat Oliba CEU University—Barcelona
  • University of Vic—Vic
  • Alfonso X University—Villanueva de la Canada

International Universities in Spain

Spain is home to several international universities—schools that promote international education, with a credit and degree structure that is generally accepted at most higher education institutions around the world.  International universities boast a very diverse faculty and host students from every corner of the globe.  These institutions are generally accredited by international bodies, and have a non-selective student enrollment.  Instruction at Spain’s international universities is typically provided in English, or bilingually in both English and Spanish. 
 

International Universities in SpainEU Business School in Barcelona

One of Spain’s largest and most respected international universities is the EU Business School in Barcelona.  EU Barcelona, as it is popularly known, is one of Europe’s leading international business schools, providing accredited undergraduate and graduate programs in business, management and finance.  In each of these programs, the language of instruction is English.

EU Business School Barcelona is located in the very attractive Bonanova neighborhood of Barcelona, and is part of the EU system of university campuses spread throughout Europe and Asia.  With small, dynamic classes, EU Barcelona offers the best of European and American academic traditions in an international environment.  The school offers undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Finance, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and specializations in a broad range of management disciplines.

EU Business School is just one of the many universities in Spain offering a broad range of international programs.  Some of the other international universities in Spain include:

  • Isabella I of Castile International University—Burgos
  • International University of Catalonia—Barcelona
  • International University of La Rioja—Longrono
  • European University of Madrid—Madrid
  • Valencian International University—Castellon de la Plana
  • Marbella Design Academy—Monda (about 15 kilometers from Marbella on the Costa del Sol in the south of Spain)

American Universities with Campuses and Study Abroad Programs in Spain

Spain plays host to a handful of American-based universities.  In addition, there are a countless number of Spanish universities that host study abroad programs in the country, where American students can come to Spain and study for a semester or full academic year.
 

American Universities in SpainSaint Louis University, Madrid Campus

One of the more popular American universities with a campus in Spain is Saint Louis University (SLU).   SLU is a Jesuit institution, ranked among the top 100 research and teaching institutions in the United States.  Its programs are distributed over two campuses: the St. Louis Campus in the U.S. state of Missouri, and the Madrid Campus, located in Spain’s diverse capital city.  The University enrolls more than 11,000 students, 650 of which elect to pursue their studies in Madrid.  While originally established in the 1960s as a study abroad program for U.S. students, the Madrid Campus is now a free-standing campus of Saint Louis University, where students from more than 65 countries study undergraduate and graduate courses to obtain either a 4-year undergraduate degree or a graduate degree in a variety of disciplines.  All degrees earned at the Madrid campus of SLU are recognized by the United States.  Students merely studying abroad for a semester or two can also gain credits towards their degrees on their home campuses.

There are many universities in Spain that sponsor study abroad programs for American students.  One such institution is the University of Oviedo, which hosts a spring semester program for students who attend Temple University (TU), located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States.  TU’s spring semester program in Spain was developed in 2008 in response to the huge success of its existing summer session in Oviedo. This relatively new program is designed for students who are committed to enriching their education and for those looking to gain valuable Spanish language skills and a deeper understanding of Spanish culture.

English Programs at Spanish Universities

To keep up with the rising demand for English-instruction in Spain, many of the country’s universities now offer a few degree tracks in which the language of instruction is entirely English.  This, of course, does not include the international universities in Spain, or the U.S. study abroad programs, in which the language of instruction is always available in English.

While many of Spain’s traditional universities feature English-only degree programs, most of these programs are only available at the graduate level.  According to a recent survey, the most popular area of study in which English is the language of instruction is Business and Economics, where English-taught Master’s Degree programs make up 28 percent of the total offerings in this field.  Within that discipline, the most popular English degree tracks are International Business, International Relations, Business Administration (MBA) and Business Management.  Other areas in which English-taught degrees are often available include the Social Sciences, Engineering and Technology, while the least represented fields tend to be the Humanities and Natural Sciences at the universities in Spain.

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