Let’s Hit the Books! Spain’s Top Historic Universities

Did you know that Spain is home of the 8th oldest university in Europe? Or, that according to the latest statistics, Spain is the third most popular study abroad destination for US students? That’s right! Because it’s back-to-school season, we thought we’d take the time to “educate” you on Spain’s top universities. So, give your biophysics book a rest and let your mind wander to the scholarly setting of Spain. Who knows! Next semester, you might even find yourself sitting in a chair in the presence of one of Spain’s world renowned professor’s ;) Ready kids? Let’s hit the books!

University of Salamanca

Fun fact: this is the oldest university in Spain and the 8th oldest in Europe! Founded in 1218 (imagine THAT!), if you like history and heritage, the University of Salamanca is the school for you. It was the role model for other Spanish universities, way back when in the XIX century. Today, ask any Spaniard about “university cities in Spain” and they’re sure to tell you about Salamanca! Currently, it’s the central point for many big research projects in economics and science. For study abroad students, its programs for international students in humanities, law and economics are world respected. Be a trendsetter and study at the first university in Spain!

University of Seville

Let’s go back to the 1950s; an 18th century old  Royal Tobaco Factory was transformed into the University of Seville’s headquarters! In the midst of one of the warmest cities in Spain, this university in the heart of Andalusia is named a Campus of International Excellence. There are more than 70,000 US students on its international campus! What’s more, every student from the US who comes to study here gets their very own laptop. We encourage you to take your brand new laptop to Seville’s Guadalquivir River, sit back, soak up some Andalusian sun, all the while studying up for your next exam!

University of Granada

Did you know that 13% of its student population comes from outside of Spain? With a few campuses spread out in various cities of Granada province, its main campus in the city of Granada was actually founded in 1349 (then known as the University of the Nazarí Kingdom). That’s right-before the US was even founded! Now, it’s internationally recognized for its incredible Engineering and Mathematics programs. Just imagine: taking classes in an old palace. Then leaving class, and gazing at the grand Alhambra staring back at you…

University of Barcelona

Want the best of the best? Dating back to 1450, the University of Barcelona is now the highest-ranked Spanish University and the 160th best in the QS World University Rankings for 2016! With a whopping 90,600 students, a huge chunk of which are international students, you’re sure to find your way. Besides, who wouldn’t want to stroll past Gaudi’s masterpieces on the way to class?

University of Madrid

Get an education fit for a king! The “Universidad Autónoma de Madrid” is the alma mater of His Majesty King Felipe VI. Born in 1968, while this university might be a baby compared to Spain’s many other historic universities, it’s among the best and most reputable in the world for its research and professors! Upon its three campuses in the capital, thousands of its 36,000 students are study abroad students! Like field trips to museums? Then Madrid is your city, with 73+ museums across the city. History, fabulous professors, beautiful settings…it’s no wonder Spain is such a desired destination for scholars around the world! So, who’s ready to hop on a plane and hit the books? Written by: Casie Tennin September 22, 2016

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