University of Alcalá

151-200 th
Young University Rankings 2017
601–800 th
World University Rankings 2018
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The University of Alcalá is a public university located in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the longest standing European universities which dates back to May 20, 1293 marking the creation of the institution’s ‘‘General Study.’’ In 1499, Cardinal Cisneros expanded the institution’s studies with the creation of Higher College, which would later become the University of Alcalá, one of the first examples of a model university town.

Nowadays the University of Alcalá is a modern and innovative institution, which offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes adapted to the European Higher Education Area and covers all fields of knowledge, from humanities to engineering, and from social science to experimental and biomedical science.

Today's University of Alcalá preserves its traditional humanities faculties, a testimony to the university's special efforts, past and present, to promote and diffuse the Spanish language through both its studies and the Cervantes Prize, which is awarded annually by the King and Queen of Spain in the Paraninfo (Great Hall). The University has added to its time-honoured education in the humanities and social sciences new degree subjects in scientific fields such as health sciences or engineering, spread out across its different 9 faculties and 23 departments (located in the Alcalá Campus, the Science and Technology Campus and Guadalajara), all of which are a key factor in its projection abroad, while also acting as a dynamo for activities in its local region.

The University is firmly committed to research and to technological innovation, collaboration with the worlds of business and industry.

Some of its main strengths are friendliness, quality international outlook and social commitment. Its goal is to be a leading university globally, socially committed, inclusive and open to the world. Moreover, it seeks to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and the education of men and women through quality teaching, research excellence and the fostering of ethical, socially responsible attitudes.

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Contact Details

Plaza de San Diego, s/n
28801 Alcalá de Henares
Madrid (Spain)
Telf.: (free number) 900 900 411 / +34 91 885 40 00

10 reasons to choose the University of Alcalá:

1.- TRADITION AND INNOVATION. The UAH, one of only 5 universities worldwide declared World Heritage, also boasts the most up-to-date facilities.  

2.- EMPLOYABILITY. Top university in Spain for employability. In other words our students are among the most sought after in the labour market. Agreements with over 4,000 companies.

3.- BROAD DEGREE PORTFOLIO. Undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education. Our degrees are among the best in Spain.

4.- A FRIENDLY UNIVERSITY. Teacher-student ration of 1:7, which means direct and permanent contact between students and teaching staff.

5.- ACTVIVE LEARNING.  Continuous monitoring of students’ work and dynamic methods combining theory and practice.

6.- QUALITY RESEARCH. Rated one of Spain’s best universities for research quality.

7.- INTERNATIONAL ATMOSPHERE. Over 6,000 students from around the world visit us each academic year. We also guarantee opportunities for you to study abroad.

8.- INTERNATIONAL BENCHMARK FOR LEARNING SPANISH and disseminating Spanish language and culture.  

9.- SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGAGEMENT. The UAH is committed to equality and offering support to those with particular difficulties, and is among the world’s most sustainable universities.

10.- VARIED RANGE OF SPORTING AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES. Outstanding facilities and an attractive range of cultural and leisure activities.

The UAH has 9 faculties and 23 departments spread across 3 campuses (2 in Alcalá de Henares, 1 in the city of Guadalajara), and it boasts a wide range of a working units offering something for everyone. This includes 9 university institutes, around 200 research groups and 20 chairs, as well as various research-dedicated units. It also has 2 Teaching Support centres: 

  • Educational Science Institute (ICE), which is dedicated to educational training and specialist instruction in educational innovation for teaching staff
  • Support Centre for the Teaching of Health Sciences (CAD-CCS), which runs teaching-learning activities in clinical and communication skills.

The UAH also has 4 research support centres:

  • Centre for Advanced Ethnology and Official Approval (CATECHOM), which offers support to research and technological development related to Telecommunications, Electronics and Information Technologies.
  • Medical and Biological Research Support Centre, which is part of the Madrid region’s Laboratory Network and supplies the necessary infrastructure and backup for research in the areas of, for example, biomedicine and biotechnology.
  • Chemical Research Support Centre, which provides UAH research teams with the equipment required to carry out quality, competitive research.
  • Centre for Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology, whose mission is to enable and stimulate collaboration in I+D+i projects between academic research groups and the Chemical, Pharmaceutical and other related sectors.

For its part, the UAH Library Service, which has recently renewed its 400+ European Excellence Seal, puts at the disposition of our students and teaching and research staff the Learning and Research Resource Centre (CRAI). This facility is a building of over 9,000 m2 which is fully adapted to the needs of the disabled and boasts 1,200 work stations, a 24-hour study room, 20 rooms for group work, and 6 multimedia rooms for multiconferences, teleteaching and viewing, and 10 offices for researchers.  The CRAI is complemented with 9 other service points across the university’s 3 campuses. In all, the UAH library holds 600,000 titles in different supports, 118,000 eBooks, more than 32,000 e-journals, and around 90 databases.

The UAH also has its own I+D+i funding scheme which provides mobility grants for its trainee researchers, teaching staff and research staff and for scientists and technologists visiting from abroad. It also offers travel grants.  

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Key statistics

  • 55 : 45
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 18,023
    Number of Students
  • 13.1
    No. of students per staff
  • 21%
    Percentage of International Students
Based on data collected for the 2018 World University Rankings


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