List of Universities in Spain – Spanish Universities Ranking

Top Universities List in Spain

1University of Almería

The University of Almería is a public university situated in Almería, Spain. Located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, it belongs to the La Cañada de San Urbano district of Almería City. In 2008 the University offered 38 different degree programs, with 871 lecturers, and 11,628 students.

2University of Cádiz

The University of Cádiz, commonly referred to as UCA, is a public university located in the province of Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain, noted for its medicine and marine sciences curricula. It was founded in 1979 and has the Latin motto Non Plus Ultra. Its headquarters are located in Cádiz, where the Rectorate is.

3University of Córdoba

The University of Córdoba, is a university in Córdoba, in Andalusia, Spain, chartered in 1972. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate studies in humanities, social sciences, health sciences, natural sciences and engineering.

4University of Granada

The University of Granada is a public university located in the city of Granada, Spain, and founded in 1531 by Emperor Charles V. With approximately 80,000 students, it is the fourth-largest university in Spain. Apart from the city of Granada, UGR also has campuses in Ceuta and Melilla.

5University of Huelva

The University of Huelva was founded in 1993 by popular demand. Since then its aim has been to provide quality teaching and research, as well as promoting economic, environmental, and cultural developments in the city and province. We are an international university that is committed to the region.

6University of Jaén

The University of Jaén is a public university based in Jaén, Andalucía, Spain. It is a young university established by Law 5 / 1993 of the Andalusian Parliament of July 1, 1993. In addition to the principal campus, Campus Lagunillas, located in Jaén, the university has two satellite campuses in Linares and Úbeda.

7University of Málaga

The University of Málaga is a public university ranked 23 among all Spanish universities and 683 in the world. It was established in 1972 and has, as of 2016, 30,203 Bachelor students and 2576 on a Master’s program, 1255 tenured and 1056 temporary teachers.

8University of Seville

The University of Seville is a university in Seville, Spain. Founded under the name of Colegio Santa María de Jesús in 1505, it has a present student body of over 65,000 and is one of the top-ranked universities in the country.

9International University of Andalusia

The International University of Andalucía or UNIA is a university in Andalusia, set up in 1994 to complete the region’s educational system. It offers postgraduate and specialty courses. It has campuses in four Andalusian provinces: Huelva, Jaén, Málaga, and Seville.

10Pablo de Olavide University

Pablo de Olavide University is a public university in Seville, Spain. UPO offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in the traditional majors, as well as in biotechnology, environmental sciences, humanities, labor relations, second language acquisition, social work, sports sciences, and translation.

11Loyola University Andalusia

Loyola University Andalusia is a private Catholic higher education institution run by the Spanish Province of the Society of Jesus in Spain with campuses in Seville and Córdoba, It opened it doors for classes in the 2013-14 academic year.

12University of Zaragoza

The University of Zaragoza sometimes referred to as Saragossa University is a public university with teaching campuses and research centers spread over the three provinces of Aragon, Spain. Founded in 1542, it is one of the oldest universities in Spain, with a history dating back to the Roman period.

13San Jorge University (in Spanish)

San Jorge University (USJ) – private nonprofit higher education institution in Spain. USJ became active in 2005. Studying at San Jorge University has the advantages of both urban and rural life, in no small part thanks to being inside Zaragoza. San Jorge University always ends up in the top 80 best universities of Spain.

14University of Oviedo

The University of Oviedo is a public university in Asturias. It is the only university in the region. It has three campus and research centres, located in Oviedo, Gijón and Mieres.

15University of the Balearic Islands

The University of the Balearic Islands is a Balearic Spanish university, founded in 1978 and located in Palma on the island of Majorca. The university is funded by the autonomous Government of the Balearic Islands.

16University of the Basque Country

The University of the Basque Country is a Spanish public university of the Basque Autonomous Community. Heir of the University of Bilbao, initially it was made up of the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences of Sarriko, Medicine and Sciences.

17University of Deusto

The University of Deusto is a Spanish private university owned by the Society of Jesus, with campuses in Bilbao and San Sebastián, and the Deusto Business School branch in Madrid. The University of Deusto is the oldest private university in Spain.

18Mondragon University

Mondragon University is a non-profit cooperative private university in the Basque Country, officially established and recognized in 1997. It is part of Mondragon Corporation. Its main campus is in Mondragón, Gipuzkoa.

19University of La Laguna

The University of La Laguna, also known as the ULL, is a Spanish university situated in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, on the island of Tenerife. It is the oldest university in the Canary Islands. It has six campuses: Central, Anchieta, Guajara, Campus del Sur, Ofra and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

20University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, also known as the ULPGC is a Spanish university located in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the capital city of Gran Canaria island. It consists of five campuses: four in Gran Canaria and one in the island of Lanzarote, with Tafira being the largest.

21European University of Canarias

The Universidad Europea de Canarias is also known as the UEC is the first private higher education institution in the Canary Islands. It began its activity in October 2012, having its headquarters in the municipality of La Orotava. The university is integrated into the Laureate International Universities network.

22University Fernando Pessoa-Canarias

Founded in 2014, Universidad Fernando Pessoa Canarias (Fernando Pessoa Canarias University) is a for-profit private higher-education institution located in the large town of Santa María de Guía de Gran Canaria (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), Las Palmas. Officially recognized by the Ministerio de Universidades, España (Ministry of Universities of Spain), Universidad Fernando Pessoa Canarias (UFPC) is a coeducational Spanish higher education institution.

23University of Cantabria

University of Cantabria, is a public university located in Santander, Torrelavega and Comillas in Cantabria, Spain. It was founded in 1972 and is organized in 15 schools and colleges. It was selected as Campus of International Excellence by the Government of Spain in 2009.

24European University of the Atlantic

The European University of the Atlantic, or UNEATLANTICO, is a private Spanish university located in the Scientific and Technological Park of Cantabria, in the city of Santander, Cantabria. This academic institution opened on September 29, 2014, with 8 university degrees and 350 registered students.

25University of Castilla–La Mancha

The University of Castilla–La Mancha is a Spanish university. It offers courses in the cities of Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Toledo, Almadén and Talavera de la Reina. This university was recognized by law on 30 June 1982 and began to operate three years later.

26University of Burgos

The University of Burgos is a public university in the Spanish city of Burgos with about 10,000 students studying over 30 different undergraduate degrees, over 20 PhD Programmes, as well as several Official Masters and other graduate courses.

27University of León

The University of León is a Spanish public university with a campus in León and Ponferrada. The germ of the university is found in 1843 when it was created the Normal School for Teachers or Masters.

28University of Salamanca

The University of Salamanca is a Spanish higher education institution, located in the city of Salamanca, west of Madrid, in the autonomous community of Castile and León. It was founded in 1134 and given the Royal charter of foundation by King Alfonso IX in 1218.

29University of Valladolid

The University of Valladolid is a public university in the city of Valladolid, province of Valladolid, in the autonomous region of Castile and Leon, Spain. Established in the 13th century, it is one of the oldest universities in the world. The university has 26,000 undergraduate students and more than 2,300 teachers.

30Catholic University of Ávila

Saint Teresa of Jesus Catholic University, commonly known as the Catholic University of Ávila, is a private, Catholic university, located in Ávila, Castile and León, Spain. It’s named after Saint Teresa of Ávila. The current rector of the university is Maria Rosario Sáez Yuguero.

31IE University

IE University is a private university with campuses in Madrid, the Community of Madrid and Segovia, Castile and León. IE University’s programs are run in English and Spanish and are compliant with the terms of the European Higher Education Area.

32Isabel I University (in Spanish)

The Isabel I University is a private university, with headquarters in the Spanish city of Burgos and with a headquarters in Valladolid. The teaching offer consists of official online degrees and master’s degrees, as well as their own postgraduate degrees and language school, all adapted to the European Higher Education Area.

33Miguel de Cervantes European University

Miguel de Cervantes European University is a private university located in Valladolid, Castilla y León. UEMC has 4,500 undergraduate and graduated students enrolled in three Faculties and offers 17 Bachelor’s degrees, 6 double degrees, 6 International double degrees, 11 Master’s degrees and numerous Diplomas.

34Pontifical University of Salamanca

The Pontifical University of Salamanca is a private Roman Catholic university based in Salamanca, Spain. This Pontifical University has its origins in the unique University of Salamanca, founded in 1218 and one of the oldest institutions of all Europe and the whole world. Resulting from the resolution of the Spanish kingdom of dissolving the faculties of Theology and Canon Law at the University of Salamanca in 1854, Pope Pius XII decided to establish a new pontifical university and restore those faculties in a new institution. Additional faculties and schools were added over the years.

35Autonomous University of Barcelona

The Autonomous University of Barcelona is a public university mostly located in Cerdanyola del Vallès, near the city of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. As of 2012, the university consists of 57 departments in the experimental, life, social and human sciences, spread among 13 faculties/schools.

36Polytechnic University of Catalonia

The Polytechnic University of Catalonia, currently referred to as BarcelonaTech, is the largest engineering university in Catalonia, Spain. It also offers programs in other disciplines such as mathematics and architecture.

37Pompeu Fabra University

Pompeu Fabra University is a public university located in the city of Barcelona, Catalonia in Spain.

38Rovira i Virgili University

University of Rovira i Virgili is located in the Catalan cities of Tarragona and Reus, Spain. Its name is in honor of Antoni Rovira i Virgili.

39University of Barcelona

The University of Barcelona is a public university located in the city of Barcelona, Catalonia in Spain. With 63,000 students, it is one of the biggest universities in Spain. It is one of the oldest universities in Catalonia, established in 1450. It is considered one of the best universities in Spain.

40University of Girona

The University of Girona is located in the city of Girona, Catalonia, Spain. It was reconstituted as a university in 1991, and as of 2010 consists of several campuses and buildings across Girona: Montilivi, Barri Vell, Centre, and Parc Científic i Tecnològic, but his history remounts to its creation in 1446.

41University of Lleida

The University of Lleida is a university-based in Lleida, Spain. It was the first university in Catalonia and the whole Crown of Aragon. It was founded in 1300, using the name of Estudi General de Lleida.

42Escola Superior de Conservació i Restauració de Béns Culturals de Catalunya

The Escola Superior de Conservació i Restauració de Béns Culturals de Catalunya is an official and public higher education center , which depends on the Generalitat de Catalunya. Higher education in the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage is taught. It was created in 1991. It is based in Barcelona, ​​in Carrer Aiguablava.

43Abat Oliba CEU University

Abat Oliba CEU University is a private university located in Barcelona, Spain. It was founded in 1973 as the Abat Oliba College. In 2003, the Parliament of Catalonia approved its conversion to Abat Oliba CEU University.

44International University of Catalonia

International University of Catalonia (UIC) – private nonprofit higher education institution in Spain. UIC started accepting students in 1997. The International University of Catalonia has an urban campus in Barcelona. The International University of Catalonia is often found in the rankings of top Spain’s 90.

45Open University of Catalonia

The Open University of Catalonia is a private open university based in Barcelona, Spain. The UOC offers graduate and postgraduate programs in Catalan, Spanish and English in fields such as Psychology, Computer Science, Sciences of Education, Information and Knowledge Society, and Economics.

46Ramon Llull University

University Ramon Llull is a private university located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain established in 1990. Currently, it is formed by several different colleges specialized in different topics, most of which are located in downtown Barcelona.

47European University

The European University of Bangladesh or EUB is a private university located at Dhaka, Bangladesh. The university was established in 2012 under the Private University Act, 1992. Dr. Mokbul Ahmed Khan is Vice-Chancellor of the University.

48University of Vic

The University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia, is a Catalan university with premises in Vic, Manresa and Granollers. It is a privately managed institution, under public supervision through its proprietor, the Balmes University Foundation, whose chair is the Mayor of Vic.

49University of Extremadura

The University of Extremadura is a Spanish public university in Extremadura. It was founded in 1973 by Decree 991/1973, May 10 of the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain. Currently, the University of Extremadura offers 64 Bachelor’s Degrees and 32 Master’s Degrees in many different fields of knowledge.

50University of A Coruña

The University of A Coruña is a Spanish public university located in the city of A Coruña, Galicia. Established in 1989, university departments are divided between two primary campuses in A Coruña and nearby Ferrol.

51University of Santiago de Compostela

The University of Santiago de Compostela – USC is a public university located in the city of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain. A second campus is located in Lugo, Galicia. It is one of the world’s oldest universities in continuous operation.

52University of Vigo

The University of Vigo is a public university located in the city of Vigo in the Province of Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain. There are three campuses: Campus of Vigo in Lagoas-Marcosende, between the municipalities of Vigo and Mos, 15 kilometers away from the city center.

53University of La Rioja

The University of La Rioja is a public institution of higher education based in Logroño, La Rioja, Spain.

54International University of La Rioja

The International University of La Rioja is a private open university in Spain focused on online education, based in Logroño, La Rioja. Also has a presence in Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. In December 2019, the institution had more than 45,000 distance learning external students, 12,000 of them overseas students.

55Menéndez Pelayo International University

Menéndez Pelayo International University is a public university with administrative headquarters in Madrid and campuses in Santander, Valencia, Barcelona, Cartagena, Cuenca, Granada, La Línea de la Concepción, Seville and Tenerife.

56Autonomous University of Madrid

The Autonomous University of Madrid, commonly known as simply la Autónoma, is a Spanish public university located in Madrid, Spain. The university was founded in 1968 alongside the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the University of the Basque Country, in Barcelona and Bilbao, respectively.

57Carlos III University of Madrid

University Carlos III of Madrid is a public university in the Community of Madrid, Spain. Established in 1989, UC3M is an institution with a distinctly international profile.

58Complutense University of Madrid

The Complutense University of Madrid is a public research university located in Madrid. Founded in Alcalá in 1293, it is one of the oldest universities in the world.

59National University of Distance Education

The National Distance Education University, known in Spanish as Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, is a public research university of national scope, it was founded in 1972 and is dependent on the Ministry of Universities.

60Rey Juan Carlos University

Rey Juan Carlos University is a Spanish public research university located in the southern area of the Community of Madrid, with five campuses at Móstoles, Alcorcón, Vicálvaro, Aranjuez and Fuenlabrada. It is named after former King Juan Carlos I of Spain and has the Latin motto Non nova, sed nove.

61Technical University of Madrid

The Technical University of Madrid or sometimes called the Polytechnic University of Madrid is a Spanish university, located in Madrid. It was founded in 1971 as the result of merging different Technical Schools of Engineering and Architecture, originating mainly in the 18th century.

62University of Alcalá

The University of Alcalá is a public university located in Alcalá de Henares, a city 35 km northeast of Madrid in Spain and also the third-largest city in the region. It was founded in 1293 as a Studium Generale for the public and was refounded in 1977.

63Alfonso X University

Alfonso X el Sabio University is a private university in the Community of Madrid, Spain. The number of enrolled students amounts to 8,500 The UAX offers its students the option of carrying out a university exchange in one of more than 150 universities.

64Antonio de Nebrija University

Nebrija University is a private university based in Madrid, Spain, named after Antonio de Nebrija. It has operated since 1995 and is headquartered in the Nebija-Princesa building in Madrid. The university has 7 schools and online programs.

65Camilo José Cela University

The University Camilo José Cela is a private university established in 2000 and based in Madrid, Spain. Its main campus, located in Madrid-Villafranca, includes undergraduate studies in five integrated faculties.

66CEU San Pablo University

CEU San Pablo University is a private Catholic university in Madrid. It is involved in a number of academic exchange programs with renowned universities worldwide, work practice schemes and international projects with over 200 higher education institutions in Europe, Latin America, North America and Asia.

67European University of Madrid

European University of Madrid is a private university in Madrid, Spain. Founded in 1995, the school was purchased in 1999 by Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc. In 2004, Sylvan Learning Systems later changed its name to Laureate Education Inc. During 2010/2011 the University has adapted almost all the teachings it offers to the European Higher Education Area.

68Francisco de Vitoria University

Francisco de Vitoria University is a private university located in Pozuelo de Alarcón, in the Community of Madrid, Spain. It is a Roman Catholic institution run by the Legion of Christ. It is named after Francisco de Vitoria, a Spanish philosopher, theologian, and jurist.

69Comillas Pontifical University

Comillas Pontifical University is a private Catholic higher education institution run by the Spanish Province of the Society of Jesus in Madrid Spain.

70San Damaso Ecclesiastical University

The San Damaso Ecclesiastical University is a catholic university erected by the Holy See in the Archdiocese of Madrid. It teaches Philosophy, Theology, Classical Philology, Canon Law and Religion Sciences with official validity in all the universities of the Catholic Church. Its name is taken from Pope Damasus I.

71Universidad a Distancia de Madrid (in Spanish)

The Distance University of Madrid is a private Spanish university located in the Madrid town of Collado Villalba ( Spain ) that teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses through online digital tools. The Madrid Open University teaching starts on 14 June 2006. 1 belongs to the same group like the Center for Financial Studies, an institution created in 1977. The university campus is located in the Madrid town of Collado Villalba. UDIMA thus becomes the third distance university in Spain, the first of its kind private.

72University of Murcia

The University of Murcia is the main university in Murcia, Spain. With 38,000 students, it is the largest university in the Región de Murcia. The University of Murcia is the third oldest university in Spain, after the University of Salamanca and the University of Valladolid, and the thirteenth in the world.

73Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena

The Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena or UPCT, is a public university located in the Spanish city of Cartagena, in the Region of Murcia. The university mainly specializes in technology and business studies. It has formally existed since August 3, 1998.

74Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia

The Universidad Católica San Antonio, also known as the Universidad Católica de Murcia, is a private university located in Murcia in south-eastern Spain.

75University of Navarre

The University of Navarra is a private not-for-profit university located on the southeast border of Pamplona, Spain. It was founded in 1952 by St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, the founder of Opus Dei, as a corporate work of the apostolate of Opus Dei.

76Universidad Pública de Navarra

The Public University of Navarre is a public university created in 1987 by the government of the Spanish autonomous region of Navarre.

77Jaume I University

Jaume I University is a university in the city of Castelló de la Plana, Valencia, Spain. It was founded in 1991, and in 2014 there were approximately 15,000 students enrolled who share a single campus.

78Valencian International University

The Valencian International University is a private university in Spain with an international remit. It was founded by the regional government of Valencia in 2008. 70% of it was later acquired by the Planeta publishing house. The university is officially recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education.

79Miguel Hernández University of Elche

The Miguel Hernández University of Elche, is a Spanish Public University, open to the world, offering education, research and services facilitating the comprehensive development of its students. It is located in the province of Alicante and was established in 1996.

80Polytechnic University of Valencia

The Polytechnic University of Valencia is a Spanish university located in Valencia, with a focus on science and technology. It was founded in 1968 as the Higher Polytechnic School of Valencia and became a university in 1971, but some of its schools are more than 100 years old.

81University of Alicante

The University of Alicante was established in 1979 on the basis of the Center for University Studies, which was founded in 1968. The University’s main campus is located in San Vicente del Raspeig/Sant Vicent del Raspeig, bordering the city of Alicante to the north.

82University of Valencia

The University of Valencia is a university located in the Spanish city of Valencia. It is one of the oldest surviving universities in Spain, and the oldest in the Valencian Community, and is regarded as one of Spain’s leading academic institutions.

83Valencia Catholic University Saint Vincent Martyr

Valencia Catholic University Saint Vincent Martyr is a private, catholic university, located in Valencia, Spain. It also campuses in Valencia, Godella, Burjassot, Torrent, Alzira and Xàtiva. The university has 26 undergraduate degrees and 58 masters.

84Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera

CEU Cardenal Herrera University is a private university in Valencia, Spain. It is part of the CEU Foundation, being the first private school of Law ever founded in Valencia.

85European University of Valencia

The European University of Valencia is a dynamic institution, oriented to contribute value to its society and to actively contribute to its progress. Faithful to its innovative vocation, it promotes an applied and useful research for society and sustains its activity in the empowerment of the individual, with an international educational model, connected with the professional world and of high academic quality. This philosophy has made it the first private university in Spain by the number of students. Since 1999, it has been part of the Laureate International Universities network, a leading institution in higher education that offers over 1,000,000 students worldwide training in 28 countries.

86Schellhammer Business School

Schellhammer Business School, founded in 2009 as Marbella University is the first Business School in southern Spain that teaches in English.

87Les Roches Marbella International School of Hotel Management

Les Roches Global Hospitality Education – Marbella, Spain is a private hospitality management university located in the Mediterranean coastal city of Marbella, Spain. Since its founding in 1995, the University offers accredited undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in international hospitality management.

88Harbour Space University

Harbour Space University is a private uncredited university in Barcelona, Spain that teaches technology, design, and entrepreneurship.


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