The Complutense University of Madrid, founded in 1822, 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 figures and famous figures from the world of arts, sciences, philosophy and politics, among others. Figures such as Antonio Machado, Federico García Lorca, King Juan Carlos I, Severo Ochoa and Mario Vargas Llosa stand out, along with many others.

It has two campuses located in the western area of the municipality of Madrid. The Moncloa Campus, the largest and where most of the faculties are located, and the Somosaguas Campus. Between both they number more than 80,000 students, of which about 60,000 are undergraduate students, 5,000 graduate students and 7,000 doctoral students.

The university offers 71 different degree courses, dominated by the social, business and legal sciences, followed by the arts and humanities, health sciences and engineering.

Internationally, UCM has cooperation agreements and covenants with universities around the world. More than 900 institutions in a total of 77 countries in Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East, Africa and Oceania, including such prestigious institutions as the University of Oxford, the University of Rome and Harvard University