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Study Spain: Universities in Spain - Spanish, American and International Universities


This section will assist you in finding universities where to study 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 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 Spain 73 colleges and universities 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 Spanish colleges and universities 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 education. Unlike many countries, where public colleges are wildly better or worse than the private alternatives, all colleges in Spain are fairly similar in quality.

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 college 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, Spain had 18 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

  • 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. 

One of Spain’s largest and most respected international universities is European University 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 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 Barcelona is just one of the many institutions 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.

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 Spanish universities 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.

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Ganduxer 70, Barcelona, Spain, 08021
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Established in 1973, European University (EU) is a triple-accredited, multicampus, international business school. In addition to small, dynamic classes offered in English, EU students also enjoy an international environment while getting the best of both North American and European academic curricula. EU Business School has a global network, with...
Study Programs: Business Administration (BBA), Business Finance, Communications , Cross MBA, DBA (Doctorate in Business Administration), e-Business, EBBA (Executive Bachelor of Business Administration), Flex MBA, Global Banking and Finance, Human Resources Management, International Marketing, International Relations, Leadership, Multimedia Management, Public Relations,...
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Type of studies: University Degree Programs, Graduate, Professional Programs, Distance, Online Learning
Language of instruction: English
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Contact: ADEIT - Fundación Universidad - Empresa de la Universitat de València

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Plaza de la Virgen de la Paz, 3, Valencia, Spain, 46001
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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.
Study Programs: Accounting, Actuarial Science, Administrative Law, Advanced Computer Technology, Aquaculture, Auditors, Banking, Biodiversity Conservation, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Business Law, Civil Defense and Emergency, Communications , Counseling, Criminology, Dentistry, Environmental Health, Fashion Styling, Finance, Financial Counseling, Financial...
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Type of studies: University Degree Programs, Graduate, Professional Programs
Language of instruction: Spanish
Type of school: Public University
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Contact: Advance Business School

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C/ Rosario Pino nº 14, 5ª planta, Madrid, Spain, 28020
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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.
Study Programs: Digital Technology, Financial Counseling, General Management, Human Resources Management, Marketing, Sales Management
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Type of studies: Graduate, Professional Programs
Language of instruction: Spanish
Type of school: Private University
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Contact: AEPC - Asociación Española de Psicología Conductual

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Avda. Madrid, S/N. Edif. Eurobequer. Bajo., Granada, Spain, 18012
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AEPC - Asociación Española de Psicología Conductual, Granada.
Study Programs: Psychology
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Type of studies: Graduate, Professional Programs
Language of instruction: Spanish
Type of school: Independent Private College
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Contact: ANESTUR: Federación Española de Escuelas de Turismo

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c/ Marqués de Mondéjar, 29/31, 1º, Madrid, Spain, 28028
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ANESTUR: Federación Española de Escuelas de Turismo, Madrid.
Study Programs: Tourism, Tourism Business Management
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Type of studies: University Degree Programs
Language of instruction: Spanish
Type of school: Affiliated School
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Contact: ARTENEO Formación en Artes Visuales

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C/ Raimundo Lulio, 9, Madrid, Spain, 28010
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Study Programs: 3D Studio MAX, Accesory Design, Architectural Design, Arts, Computer Animation, Corporate Communication, Creative Arts, Design, Drawing and Illustration, Geothermal Energy, Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting, Software Application Specialist, Video Game Design, Visual Arts, Web Design
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Type of studies: Graduate, Professional Programs
Language of instruction: Spanish
Type of school: Independent Private College
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Contact: Barcelona Architecture Center

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C/ Girona 37, pl. 2ª, Barcelona, Spain, 08010
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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...
Study Programs: Architecture, Building Construction, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Design, Urban Architecture & Design
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Type of studies: University Degree Programs, International Study Abroad Programs
Language of instruction: English, Japanese, Spanish
Type of school: Affiliated School
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Contact: Bircham International University

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Plaza Chueca, 10 - 1º Izq., Madrid, Spain, 28004
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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...
Study Programs: Engineering Science, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Health Occupations, Humanities, Information Technology, Psychology
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Type of studies: University Degree Programs
Language of instruction: Spanish, English
Type of school: Private University
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Contact: BSc in International Relations, University of London, Academic direction: LSE

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Calle Duque de Alba, 15, Madrid, Spain, 28012
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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...
Study Programs: International Studies
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Type of studies: University Degree Programs
Language of instruction: English
Type of school: Private University
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Contact: Cátedra de las Tres Religiones, Universitat de València

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Vicerrectorado de Comunicación y Relaciones Institucionales, C/ Cirilo Amorós, 54-56, Valencia, Spain, 46004
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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.
Study Programs: Chair of the three religions: Islamic, Jewish and Christian
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Type of studies: University Degree Programs
Language of instruction: Spanish
Type of school: Public University
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Contact: CEADE - Centro Andaluz de Estudios Universitarios

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Isla de la Cartuja - C/ Leonardo Da Vinci, 17-B, Sevilla, Spain, 41092
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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.
Study Programs: Advertising, Architectural Design, Audiovisual Communication, Business Administration, Communications , Design, Digital Communications, Digital Design, Fashion and Design Management, Fashion Styling, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Journalism, Marketing, Photography, Public Relations
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Type of studies: University Degree Programs, Graduate, Professional Programs
Language of instruction: Spanish
Type of school: Private University
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Contact: CEDIP. Centro de Estudios de Doctorado y Postgrado, Universidad de Alicante

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Carretera San Vicente del Raspeig s/n, San Vicente del Raspeig, Alicante, Spain, 03690
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The Centro de Estudios de Doctorado y Postgrado (CEDIP)) manages doctorates and official masters degrees from the University of Alicante.
Study Programs: Accounting, Administrative Management, Advanced Computer Technology, Applied Biological Sciences, Applied Economics, Archeology, Architecture, Automatics , Banking, Biodiversity Conservation, Biomedical Sciences, Biotechnology, Building Construction, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Child and Adolescent Services, Clínical Biopathology, Clínical...
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Type of studies: Graduate, Professional Programs
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Type of school: Public University
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Contact: CEMFI, Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros

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C/ Casado del Alisal, 5, Madrid, Spain, 28014
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CEMFI, Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros is an institution founded in 1987 by the Bank of Spain. Its formative offer, in coordination with the International University Menéndez Pelayo, is adressed to obtain official titles of Master in Economics and Finance and a PhD in Economics.
Study Programs: Economics
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Language of instruction: English
Type of school: Private University
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Contact: Centro de Estudios Garrigues

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Paseo de la Castellana, 52, Madrid, Spain, 28046
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Study Programs: Accounting, Banking, Finance, Human Resources, Labor Relations, Law
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Type of studies: Graduate, Professional Programs
Language of instruction: Spanish
Type of school: Independent Private College
Telephone: +34 91 514 53 30     Fax: +34 91 514 53 40
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Contact: Centro de Estudios Superiores Vitaldent

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Calle Albalá, 5, Madrid, Spain, 28037
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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.
Study Programs: Dental Surgery, Implant Prosthesis, Oral Implantology, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Surgery, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Periodontology
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Type of studies: University Degree Programs
Language of instruction: Spanish
Type of school: Private University
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Contact: Centro de Formación Interdisciplinaria Superior (CFIS)

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Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, C. Pau Gargallo núm. 5, , Barcelona, Spain, 08028
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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.
Study Programs: Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Industrial Technology Engineering, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematics, Physics Engineering, Technical Engineering in Aeronautics, Telecommunications Technology Engineering
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Type of studies: University Degree Programs
Language of instruction: Spanish
Type of school: Private University
Telephone: +34 93 401 07 84     Fax: +34 93 405 44 95
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Contact: Centro de Psicologia Virtual

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Avenidad de Arteixo Nº 19 Entreplanta, La Coruña, Spain, 15004
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Study Programs: Psychology
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Type of studies: Distance, Online Learning, Graduate, Professional Programs
Language of instruction: Spanish
Type of school: Affiliated School
Telephone: +34 98 114 08 80     Fax: No disponible
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Contact: Centro Internacional Carlos V de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

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Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Facultad de CC.EE. Y Empresariales. Carretera de Comenar km 15. Ca, Madrid, Spain, 28049
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Study Programs: Banking, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, International Business, Management
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Type of studies: Graduate, Professional Programs
Language of instruction: Spanish
Type of school: Public University
Telephone: +34 91 397 39 20     Fax: +34 91 397 39 18
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Contact: Centro Superior de Diseño Hacer Creativo

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C/ Alcalde Sainz de Varanda 1-3, Zaragoza, Spain
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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.
Study Programs: Fashion, Fashion and Design Management, Fashion Styling, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Pattern Design , Product Design
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Type of studies: University Degree Programs, Distance, Online Learning
Language of instruction: Spanish
Type of school: Private University
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Contact: Centro Superior de Estudios Universitarios La Salle

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C/ La Salle, 10, Madrid, Spain, 28023
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Study Programs: Early Childhood Education, Education, Information Technology Systems, International Trade, MBA, Modern Languages, Music, Occupational Therapy, Primary Education, Project Management, Psychopedagogy, Social Education, Special Education, Tax Consulting, Teacher Training for Audition and Language
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Type of studies: University Degree Programs, Graduate, Professional Programs
Language of instruction: Spanish
Type of school: Private University
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