Complutense University of Madrid
As a national identity of the state, Complutense University of Madrid is the most iconic university in Spain. In addition, the university is ranked the 206th in the QS World University Rankings in 2021. Seen from the infrastructure and history, it can be regarded as a good model of the university system in Spain.
The history of Complutense University of Madrid can date back to 1293 (in late 13th century), On May 20, 1293, the king of Spain Sancho IV de Castilla ordered to build a comprehensive school, based on which Complutense University of Madrid was officially establised by Pope Alexander VI in 1499. In early days, this newly-built university mainly focused on theology, law, medicine and art. In the next three centuries or so, Complutense University of Madrid gradually became widely known, which was closely related to the growing power of Spain. The 31st chapter of Don Quixote by Cervantes also mentioned that students were studying in Complutense University of Madrid.
Complutense University of Madrid is equipped with a strong faculty team and its high-qualified education has received a world-wide reputation. This university has cultivated 7 Nobel Prize winners by now. Moreover, the Spanish King Juan Carlos I, Queen Letizia and many famous scholars and politicians at home and abroad used to study in Complutense University of Madrid.
Its main campus in Madrid totally has 26 departments, 5 colleges, 35 college research institutes, 9 vocational colleges, 4 university hospitals and 32 libraries. Among these departments, with comfortable environment and libraries and laboratories in each college, the campus life is very rich and varied, which is also beneficial to a better academical development for students.
There are two major campuses in Complutense University of Madrid, Moncloa (located in the downtown of Madrid) and Somosaguas (mainly for the Department of Social Science). Additionally, there are also a lot of foreign research institutes in the Complutense University of Madrid, such as Real Colegio Complutense of Harvard University (Complutense Royal Academy, the college of Higher European Studies from Paris), "Miguel Servet" (Miguel Servet Senior School of European Studies), Dubcek Chair at Comenius University of Slovakia (Comenius University) and professorship for Karlova Complutense University of Czech Republic.
Spanish Language Teaching Center of Complutense University of Madrid
CCEE began to offer Spanish courses for foreign language learners since 1928. The Spanish language teaching center, which is under the direct leadership of the principal, is equipped with qualified members that are either excellent teachers or professors in the Department of Literature of Complutense University of Madrid.
This language teaching center is set up within Department of Languages, but it is not an independent school. It mainly offers professional Spanish courses. Meanwhile, students take Spanish courses in the Department of Languages and share the teaching building with Spanish students.
The center is able to offer more practical courses like Business Spanish.
The CCEE is an official test site for Diplomas de Español Como Lengua Extranjera (DELE) and Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española (SIELE). For this reason, the center also offers intensive courses for examination preparation.
All CCEE students can get a student ID card at the beginning of a term, which enables them to have the same rights as that of native Spanish students and allows them to get access to the wireless network, library resources and all stadiums in the university.
In the language course, students can take part in a lot of activities organized by CCEE (such as lectures, movies, operas and dramas, exhibition and school trips), by which students can gain in-depth knowledge about Spanish culture.