The best universities in Madrid

February 1st 2023
María Castillo
The best universities in Madrid

If you are a foreigner and you are going to live in Madrid, we invite you to get to know the list of the main universities in the capital Take note!

1.- Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM):

Founded in 1968, it is a public university with an outstanding trajectory. It is considered one of the most prestigious universities in the world and the second most important in Spain. It has one of the largest campuses in Europe and one of the most environmentally sustainable. The best degrees offered by this university are in Law, Physical Education and Natural Sciences. It also has important international relations with prestigious universities around the world. More information at

2.- Carlos III University of Madrid (UC 3M):

This prestigious university is among the top 27 universities in the world. Founded in 1989 by Gregorio Peces-Barba, it is one of the pioneers in careers such as Business Administration, Economics and Documentation. In terms of mobility, UC3M is a leader in the Erasmus program ranking. It has several campuses in Madrid, Getafe and Leganés, with modern facilities and numerous cultural and social activities. More information at

3.- Complutense University of Madrid (UCM):

This university has a long history, founded in 1822 and is one of the oldest in the city. It is located on Avenida Seneca in the heart of Madrid's university district. It was formerly known as the Central University or the University of Madrid and is one of the top 10 Spanish universities. Among its specialties, careers such as Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry and Classical Philology stand out. It is internationally recognized for its high educational level. More information at

4.- Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM):

This university is public and stands out for being the best polytechnic university in Spain. It has one of the best student exchange systems, making it an excellent choice if you want to do an Erasmus program. It stands out in study programs such as Art&Design, Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, among others. More information at

5.- Francisco de Vitoria University:

It is a private Catholic university and is located in Pozuelo de Alarcón in the community of Madrid. It has a prestigious research area and offers more than 50 degrees and double degrees, higher education cycles, postgraduate school and doctorates. It also has an extensive international network with renowned study centers in the United States, Europe, Mexico and South America. More information at

6.- Rey Juan Carlos University:

It is a public university founded in 1996, with campuses in Alcorcón, Aranjuez, Fuenlabrada, Madrid and Móstoles. With more than 45,000 students enrolled, it is among the 200 best universities in the world. The most outstanding degrees are Engineering, Humanities, Arts, Social and Legal Sciences and Health Sciences. More information at

7.- ESIC University:

Known as the Escuela Superior de Ingenieros Comerciales, it is a private university with campuses in the main cities of Spain such as Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Valencia, Malaga, Zaragoza, Pamplona, Granada and Bilbao. Its degrees in Business Management, International Business, Digital Business, Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations stand out. More information at


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