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Study in Madrid

The Community of Madrid lies at the centre of the second largest country in the European Union. It hosts 6 public universities (Alcalá, Autónoma, Carlos III, Complutense, Politécnica and Rey Juan Carlos), 7 private universities (Alfonso X el Sabio, Antonio de Nebrija, Camilo José Cela, CEU-San Pablo, Europea de Madrid, Francisco de Vitoria and Open University of Madrid (UDIMA), 1 Catholic university (Pontificia Comillas), and the headquarters of the National Open University (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED).

The Community of Madrid has the highest concentration of students in Spain and one of the highest in Europe. The number of students registered in the region for the 2015-2016 academic year was:

  • 195,390 in the public universities.
  • 12,450 in affiliated centres linked to the public universities.
  • 57,656 in the private and catholic universities.
  • 5,964 in the Open University of Madrid (UDIMA)
  • 37,525 with the Madrid centre of the Open University (UNED).

That makes a total of 308,985 students enrolled in these institutions. Many students from other parts of Spain come to Madrid to study at University, as do many foreign students, mainly from Latin America and Europe. Why? For academic success, attracted by the broad and diverse nature of the degrees on offer and the prestige of Spanish universities. Madrid's exciting cultural and leisure activities are another draw. The city is known as an open, fun, friendly place, where you are likely to meet up with interesting people from all over the world.

The procedure to be accepted into a University depends on the education system from which you come:

Information for citizens of countries from the UE, European Economic Area and Switzerland

How can I study in Madrid?

If you would like to study in Madrid you can apply for your admission at the University you prefer. The requirements and access regulations vary on every level (Undergraduate, Master and Doctorate degrees). Information on the University System of Madrid is available in this website to help you prepare your admission.

Some Universities in Madrid have specific offices for international students where you can ask your questions related to legal issues.

What are the necessary procedures?

If you have been admitted for an up to three months-course, you do not have to complete any procedures. You just have to hold a valid identity card or passport.

If you have been admitted for a more than three months-course, you should ask for your registration in the “Registro Central de Extranjeros” within three months form the date of your arrival.

Further information about procedures

Information for citizens of countries different from the UE, European Economic Area and Switzerland

How can I study in Madrid?

If you would like to study in Madrid you can apply for your admission at the University you prefer. The requirements and access regulations vary on every level (Undergraduate, Master and Doctorate degrees). Information on the University System of Madrid is available in this website to help you prepare your admission.

Some Universities in Madrid have specific offices for international students where you can ask your questions related to legal issues.

What are the necessary procedures?

Once you have been accepted by a University, you should apply for a student visa. The student visa incorporates the authorization for stay in Spain. It allows you to stay and study in Spain for up to the visa validity with a maximum of six months.

Further information about procedures

 


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