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.


The University offers courses from 71 different bachelor’s degrees, mainly from 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 from all around the world, with more than 900 institutions in a total of 77 countries in Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East, Africa and Oceania, including prestigious institutions such as the University of Oxford, the University of Rome and Harvard University.