Complutense University of Madrid

The Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) is the largest public university in Spain, ranking the first among all public universities. UCM stands out for its geographical location, comprehensive disciplines and highly-qualified academic staff. UCM is the leader of the Spanish University Alliance and plays a key role in the field of international communication between China and Spain.

Founded in 1499,  Complutense University of Madrid is one of the oldest universities in Spain and Europe. Its origin can be traced back to 1293, when King Sancho IV de Castilla ordered the establishment of a multidisciplinary school in Alcalá de Henares. Based on the school, the pope Alexander VI  officially established the Complutense University of Madrid in 1499. In the beginning, the school mainly taught theology, law, medicine and art. In the following three centuries, as Spain’s national strength grew, UCM became more and more famous. A great evidence of this is that the well-known writer Cervantes mentioned the situation of the students at Complutense in the 31st chapter of his book Don Quixote.

UCM ranked the second among all Spanish universities in 2021 in the ranking of Spanish newspaper El Mundo. In addition, the university ranks the 206th in the QS World University Rankings in 2021. The university stands out in a considerable number of academic areas, covering humanities, social science and natural science. Many disciplines rank top 50 worldwide.

Arts & Humanities

Modern Languages37
Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies101-120
English Language & Literature101-150
Art & Design151-200

Arts & Humanities

Veterinary Science35
Pharmacy & Pharmacology86
Agriculture & Forestry101-150
Biological Sciences201-250

Engineering & Technology

Chemical Engineering101-150
Computer Science & Information Systems151-200

Social Sciences & Management

Communication & Media Studies51-100
Education & Training101-150
Accounting & Finance151-200
Statistics & Operational Research151-200
Business & Management Studies201-250
Economics & Econometrics201-250

Engineering & Technology

Earth & Marine Sciences101-150
Physics & Astronomy151-200
Environmental Sciences201-250
Materials Science201-250