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Universities in Madrid

Universidad Complutense de Madrid

The Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) is the largest university in Spain with an annual enrollment of over 100,000 students. The origins of the Complutense date back to 1293 when King Sancho IV of Castile founded a study center in Alcalá de Henares, the town which would later be the birthplace of Cervantes. In 1499, the university acquired official status as a degree-granting institution. The university was transferred permanently to Madrid in 1836 and in 1970, it was renamed the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

The university is fully accredited and recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia). With 76 degree programs, the Complutense offers the widest range of degree courses in Spain. Its official degrees are arranged with respect to four areas of knowledge: Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Health Sciences, and Social Sciences.

The University Library contains over 2.2 million volumes, over 40,000 journal titles, and over 300 student computer terminals. The UCM employs over 2,500 tenured professors. The two UCM campuses, located in the Ciudad Universitaria (Moncloa) and Somosaguas, cover more than 900 acres. This includes a natural space of 250 acres, of which more than 160 are forested and 90 are landscaped grounds. International students have access to university resources including the library, sports facilities, an on-site counselor, and computer labs. The ISA office is located less than 30 minutes away from the UCM via metro.

The Complutense University of Madrid was ranked as the 6th best university in Spain by U.S News and World Report and is in the top 215 universities in the world, according to QS World University rankings.

Our programs at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Universidad Antonio de Nebrija

The Universidad Antonio de Nebrija is a private and independent university which takes its name from the 15th century humanist who published the first grammar textbook of the Spanish language. The University is fully accredited and recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia). In keeping with the effort to expand Spanish language and culture and to promote understanding between people of many nations, the University welcomes students from all over the world to experience modern Spain in a traditional university setting. The University aspires to maintain the highest quality of scientific investigation and academic instruction. It is a small university, with an annual enrollment of approximately 3,000 Spanish students and 300 international students. The student to teacher ratio is roughly 10:1.

The Universidad Antonio de Nebrija is divided into two campuses: Dehesa de la Villa and Berzosa. ISA students may have classes at either campus. The Dehesa de la Villa campus is conveniently located near the Moncloa campus of the Complutense University of Madrid in Northwest Madrid. The Berzosa campus is located further north of these campuses. Both are well-communicated by metro and bus to the rest of the city. The Dehesa de la Villa campus is home to international students taking classes at the Hispanic Studies Center and also to Spanish students taking classes in Industrial Engineering and Computer Science Engineering. All of these students, international and Spanish alike, share the same academic building and have access to the same library, computer lab, cafeteria, and general university services. The Berzosa campus enroll students with a more advanced level of Spanish who want to immerse themselves in an environment with Spanish students who are taking courses pertinent to their university careers and majors. Students on the Dehesa de la Villa campus have the option of participating in the University's International Club and other campus life activities in the following areas: tapas tastings, Flamenco shows, Theatre outings, conferences, Flamenco classes, studio theatre, creative literature, and professional development.

Custom Programs in Madrid

Academics vary by program and may be comprised of one or more of the following:
  • A U.S. university-taught course
  • Guest lectures by local experts
  • Visits to local companies or organizations
  • Enrolling in a course at the host university in Madrid
  • Service-learning and/or internships

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) is an innovative public research university that is focused on improving society through the highest quality teaching and research. Founded in 1989 and named for Charles III of Spain, the University has been ranked as a top 50 university under 50 years old by QS World University Rankings. The University is fully accredited and recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia). Current enrollment for UC3M is over 18,000 students. The University has a strong international focus, as 37% of graduates have participated in European international mobility programs and nearly 20% of all students are international.

UC3M consists of three schools: School of Social Sciences and Law, School of Humanities, Documentation and Communication and Higher Technical School. UC3M offers 29 Bachelor's programs, 63 Master's programs and 19 doctoral programs. UC3M has three campuses: Getafe, Leganés and Colmenarejo. ISA students will take courses at the Getafe campus of Carlos III, which is located about 30 minutes south of the center of Madrid, where the ISA office is located. The campus includes two libraries, sports facilities, recording studios and auditoriums. Students are also able to participate in clubs such as various international student associations and the Buddy Program.