The Complutense University of Madrid was founded in 1822 and is the oldest public university in Madrid and one of the most prestigious in Spain and in the Spanish-speaking world. Among its ranks, seven Nobel laureates have passed or taught, as well as a multitude of eminent and famous personalities from the world of arts, sciences, philosophy and politics, among others. Personalities such as Antonio Machado, Federico García Lorca, King Juan Carlos I, Severo Ochoa and Mario Vargas Llosa stand out, along with many others.
UCM has two campuses located in the western area of the municipality of Madrid. The Moncloa Campus, which is the largest one and where most of the faculties are located, and the Somosaguas Campus. Between both campuses, they have more than 80,000 students, of which about 60,000 are undergraduate students, 5,000 graduate students and 7,000 doctoral students.