Complutense University of Madrid


The Complutense University of Madrid, located in Madrid, is a public research institute. The university is named after the historic Roman settlement of Complutum, now an archaeological site east of Madrid named Alcalá de Henares. Founded in 1293 in Alcalá (before relocating to Madrid in 1836), it is among the oldest operational universities in the world. It is situated on an expansive campus that inhabits the entirety of the Ciudad Universitaria district of Madrid, with additions in the district of Somosaguas in the nearest city of Pozuelo de Alarcón.

Since its establishment, this institute has attracted numerous intellectuals, scholars, and students from all over the world and Spain, forming itself as one of the significant international learning centres. By the Royal Decree of 1857, this institute was the only educational institute in Spain certified to grant doctorate degrees all over the Spanish Empire. In 1909, it became one of the world's first institutions to award a woman a doctorate degree.

Being a public research and higher education institution, Complutense University of Madrid offers high-quality continuing education degrees and graduate programs in almost all fields of knowledge: Art and Humanities, Sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences, Legal Sciences, and Health Sciences.


The university enrolled students over 86,000, which makes it 3rd largest non-distance European institute by enrollment. The Complutense University of Madrid has over 100 students and social, political and sports-related groups. Gym, aerobics, swimming, yoga, diving, tai-chi, tennis and several other courses are offered. In teams sports, they feature female and male football, volleyball, basketball and rugby. At the university, several internal university games are organized in which all schools in the university compete. It also competes in the regional university games.

Gaceta Complutense is a bi-monthly published university newspaper. Radio Complutense is a fully operational radio station of the university. This radio broadcasts 12 hours daily. School of Communication runs both newspaper and radio stations.


While the Complutense University of Madrid has a select number of living spaces in its dormitories, which are situated on the outskirts of the campus within contiguous neighbourhoods, no students genuinely live in these housing. Due to the fees and the fact that students do not consider the university's affiliated housing. Most Complutense's students live independently, either in apartments and shared flats or non-affiliated.


  • By Q.S. World Ranking, Complutense University of Madrid ranks 226.
  • According to Times Higher Education Ranking, Complutense University of Madrid ranks 501-600.
  • U.S. News and World Report rank the Complutense University of Madrid at 346.


Complutense University of Madrid
Av. Séneca, 2, 28040 Madrid, Spain

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