8 Best Universities in Spain for international students
April 28, 2023

As the Spanish capital, Madrid is the largest university city in Spain and one of the largest in Europe. In Madrid, a great number of higher education institutions provide high-quality programs with worldwide recognization. Madrid is also one of the major financial centers in Europe, attracting numerous overseas investors every year. Its economic development is unpredictable.

The 8 most attractive universities in Madrid for international students:

  • Complutense University of Madrid (UCM)

The Complutense University of Madrid was founded in 1499. It’s one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the world. Today, it is a comprehensive university with 11 faculties and a full range of departments. With its strong teaching resources and high-quality educational experience, it has become one of the most popular options for local Spanish and for international students. It is ranked 226th in the QS World University Rankings 2023.

  • Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM)

Ranked 215th in the 2023 QS World University Rankings, the Autonomous University of Madrid is the third-best university in Spain and the No.1 in Madrid. It’s also listed among the 100 most prestigious institutions of higher education in Europe. UAM has also been recognized as a Campus of International Excellence in the UAM-CSIC program.

  • Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM)

The Polytechnic University of Madrid was founded in 1971, but most of its faculties date back to the 18th or 19th century. The faculties of architecture and engineering at UPM have a global reputation. Three majors in these two faculties (architecture, mineral engineering and civil engineering) are ranked in the top 50 worldwide in the QS World University Rankings.

  • Charles III University of Madrid (UC3M)

Charles III University of Madrid is a relatively young university in Spain, placed 22nd in the QS Top 50 under 50 Ranking (list for 50 best universities established in recent 50 years). UC3M stays firmly in the top 500 best universities in the world. UC3M has the largest number of bilingual undergraduate programs in Spain. Besides, it has an excellent reputation worldwide, especially in the fields of economics and business

  • University of Alcalá(UAH)

The University of Alcalá is also one of the oldest higher education institutions in the world and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Premio de Cervantes, the most prestigious award in the field of Spanish literature, is awarded here every year. It is placed among the best universities in the world in terms of teaching material, employability, internationalization, research productivity, innovation, facilities and infrastructure, sustainability and social commitment.

  • IESE Business School

IESE Business School, a business school affiliated with Navarra University, is one of the top business schools in the world. According to the Executive Education Programs ranking published by Financial Times, IESE Business School has been ranked No.1 in the world for five consecutive years, from 2015 to 2020. It is also ranked in third place worldwide in the MBA ranking released in 2023.

  • European University of Madrid (UEM)

The European University of Madrid is one of the largest and most reputable private universities in Spain, with a full range of disciplines. It keeps leading positions in areas of dentistry, sports management, philosophy and psychology. It has received 4 stars (maximum 5 stars) in the QS Star rating.

  • Nebrija University

Antonio de Nebrija University is named after Antonio de Nebrija, the writer of the first Spanish grammar book. It’s recognized as one of the top ten private universities in Spain. It has received the highest rating of 5 stars in QS Star in terms of employability, teaching, internationalization and online learning.

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