The University of Cádiz, known in Spanish as Universidad de Cádiz and often referred to as UCA, is a public university located in the province of Cádiz, Andalusia, in southern Spain.
Although officially established in 1979, the university can trace its origins back to the 15th century and the founding of the Colegio de Pilotos de los Mares de Levante y Poniente. Its medical faculty, meanwhile, has its origins in the Royal Naval College of Surgery, founded in 1748.
UCA is comprised of four campuses. The main Cádiz campus is located in the old city, alongside the Caleta beach and Genovese Park and is arranged in a series of picturesque narrow streets. This campus houses departments covering socio-humanistic and health studies. It also includes the college of engineering, the computer studies department and central administration services.
The Puerto Real campus houses the university’s science and technology centres, including the school of marine, nautical and radioelectronic engineering; faculty of education sciences; and faculty of marine and environmental sciences.
The Jerez campus is primarily dedicated to social and legal studies and also has a hall for nursing studies. Two schools, the faculty of law and faculty of social and legal sciences, are based here, along with the headquarters of the new University Institute for Research in Sustainable Social Development (known as INDESS).
Finally, there is the Bay of Algeciras Campus, which faces the Strait of Gibraltar. Among the courses taught here are nursing, business administration and management, law, labour relations and human resources, along with degrees in early childhood education and primary education.