Spain has a lot of things going for it: Great climate and nature, beautiful cities, tasty cuisine, friendly people. And: Many Spanish universities are among the best in Europe and the world.
Across the leading international rankings, you will usually find around a dozen Spanish universities in the world’s top 500, and dozens more in the world’s top 1,000. Many of the best-known institutions are concentrated in Spain’s two largest cities: Madrid (the capital) and Barcelona (the economic powerhouse). Beyond the traditional rankings, there are also many highly-ranked business schools in Spain.
You will have a hard time finding a student who didn’t enjoy their time in Spain. And with a degree from one of the country’s leading universities, many doors will open for you.
|University||QS Ranking 2020||THE Ranking 2020||ARWU Ranking 2019|
|University of Barcelona||165||201||151|
|Autonomous University of Barcelona||188||157||201|
|Universidad Autónoma de Madrid||192||251||301|
|Complutense University of Madrid||212||501||201|
|University of Navarra||245||251||701|
|Pompeu Fabra University||285||143||301|
|Charles III University of Madrid||298||801||–|
|Polytechnic University of Catalonia||300||601||601|
|Technical University of Valencia||336||801||401|
|University of Zaragoza||432||801||401|
|Technical University of Madrid||435||801||501|
|University of Alcalá||501||601||901|
|University of Granada||511||601||201|
|University of Valencia||581||401||201|
|Ramon Llull University||591||–||–|
|University of Seville||601||801||401|
|University of Salamanca||601||601||601|
|University of Santiago de Compostela||651||601||501|
|University of the Basque Country||651||601||401|
|University of Alicante||701||801||801|
|Rovira i Virgili University||701||501||501|
|University of Vigo||801||801||601|
|University of A Coruña||801||801||–|
|University of Oviedo||801||601||401|
|University of Murcia||801||801||701|
|University of Castilla–La Mancha||801||801||701|
|University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria||–||801||901|
|University of Valladolid||–||1001||801|
|University of Málaga||–||801||801|
|University of Jaén||–||801||801|
|University of Girona||–||601||801|
|University of Extremadura||–||–||801|
|University of Cantabria||–||–||801|
|Pablo de Olavide University||–||801||801|
|Miguel Hernández University of Elche||–||601||801|
|University of Lleida||–||601||701|
|University of La Laguna||–||601||701|
|King Juan Carlos University||–||801||701|
|University of Córdoba||–||801||601|
|Jaume I University||–||601||501|
|University of the Balearic Islands||–||601||401|
|University of Deusto||–||801||–|
|University of Cádiz||–||801||–|
|Open University of Catalonia||–||501||–|
|University of León||–||1001||–|
|University of Burgos||–||1001||–|
|University of Almería||–||1001||–|
|Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena||–||1001||–|
The QS World University Rankings are among the most important, most-referenced rankings. The QS ranking relies heavily on its academic survey, asking thousands of academics worldwide about the reputation of universities.
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings (or the THE Rankings for short) compile a wide range of statistics. Equal weight is put on teaching quality, research excellence, and research impact through citations (meaning how often a university’s research is referenced elsewhere).
The Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (often just Shanghai Ranking, or ARWU) focuses on research output and quality, for example measured by the number of published and cited scientific papers and the number of staff or alumni winning the Nobel Prize or Fields Medal.
It's not just the great weather and the beautiful beaches: Spain attracts students with world-class universities and offers high-quality education at modest tuition fees.