Complutense University of Madrid

The Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), Campus of International Excellence, offers Spanish courses for foreign students since 1928 in the Faculty of Philology at the Complutense Center for Spanish (CCEE). The staff are high-qualified teachers and professors from the renowned Faculty of Philology of the Complutense University.

The courses on Spanish language and culture include:

  • All levels in the European Common Language Framework

  • Practice in all language skills

  • Business and working environment oriented courses

The Complutense Center for Spanish (CCEE) also offer some specific courses:

  • History, Art, Literature and Culture courses

  • Courses for teachers of Spanish as a second language

  • High-level courses on Spanish Cultures by renowned professors

The Complutense Centre for Spanish organises many different activities to enhance students' knowledge of Spanish language and culture, such as guided tours, visits to cultural sites and emblematic institutions.

Complutense Center for Spanish


As a national identity of the state, Complutense University of Madrid is the most iconic university in Spain. 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.

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