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Universidad Complutense de Madrid

The Complutense University of Madtrid is also known in Spanish as 'Universidad Complutense de Madrid' (UCM) and in Latin as 'Universitas Complutensis'. Universidad Complutense de Madrid or the UCM, founded in 1293, is the largest university in Spain. It is a premier university with a rich past located on the sprawling Ciudad Universitaria district of Madrid. The campus buildings include institutes, private centres, hospitals, offices, sports facilities and computer clusters. The annexes of UCM located in the district of Somosaguas, in the neighbouring city of Pozuelo de Alarcon, has a huge campus. Currently, this institute has approximate 5,000 foreign students. Universitat Complutense de Madrid is one of the country's most distinguished universities. Read the following section to gain further insights about the history, programs and admissions details to enrol into a program in UCM.

  • The Universidad Complutense de Madrid was established in Alcalá de Henares by Cardinal Cisneros, who went on to become the Archbishop of Toledo. Following the request by Cisneros to the Pope Alexander VI, the school of 'Studium Generale' formed by King Sancho IV of Castile on May 20th 1293 was renamed in the papal bull as Universitas Complutensis.
  • In 1499, Alcalá de Henares had a different Latin name, Complutum. It was only in 1836 that the university was moved to Madrid. This was during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II where it was given the name of 'Universidad Central'.
  • In 1927, on a site bequeathed by Alfonso XIII there were plans to construct a new university complex in the Moncloa area of the city. But only in 1970, the current name of the university came into existence. This was after the Spanish government introduced a series of reforms to the higher education system in general. The Universidad Central henceforth became the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
With more than seventy degrees that is offered to the students at this university, here is a list of faculties that you will encounter in your tour.

  • Faculty of Fine Arts
  • School of Biological Sciences
  • School of Information Science
  • Faculty of Economics and Business
  • Faculty of Physical Sciences
  • School of Geological Sciences
  • School of Mathematical Sciences
  • Faculty of Political Science and Sociology
  • School of Chemical Sciences
  • Law School
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Philology
  • Faculty of Philosophy
  • Faculty of Geography and History
  • School of Computing
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • School of Psychology
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • School of Nursing, Physiotherapy and Podiatry
  • School Statistics
  • College of Business Studies
  • College of optics
  • School of Social Work
Admission Details
  • With the various courses being offered in this university, it is not surprising that the admission procedures vary along with the diversity of the programs which are available.
  • Along with a valid qualified degree and documents, a foreign student can apply to this university. The manuscripts required include academic transcripts for the past 3 years of study, two letters of recommendation, copy of the passport, copy of study visa, receipt of fee payment and two ID sized photographs.
  • With a valid student visa and a health insurance plan, students can pursue their academic career in this prestigious institute. Research well and find out if there are any particular entrances examinations to be undertaken.
The amalgamation of a proficient teaching workforce, unparalleled research, exceptional facilities and avant-garde scientific laboratories places UCM amongst the greatest higher-education institutes in Europe. It has more than hundred hectares of green area and over twenty-five hectares of sports facilities, including football fields, rugby terrains and tennis courts. With a healthy balance of sports and academics, Universidad Complutense de Madrid emerges as a place which has a wholesome and eclectic atmosphere that is ideal for foreign students.

Contact Information
International office
Universidad Complutenese de Madrid
Ciudad Universitaria district
Tel: +34 91 394 6922 or +34 91 394 6923
Fax: +34 91 394 6924
Email: [email protected]

Universidad Complutenese de Madrid Admission Process
Universidad Complutenese de Madrid has set a detailed admission process. All the required procedures must be followed to get enrolled in the course sought in the university.

Universidad Complutenese de Madrid Facilities
Universidad Complutenese de Madrid offers proper accommodation facilities to its students. Students have to share their rooms, which are equipped with all needed facilities. Internet connection is available in every room.