The University of Alcalá (UAH), justly considered one of Europe’s oldest, may trace its origins to
the “General Study” (Estudium generale) created on 20 May 1293. In 1499, Cardinal Cisneros gave
a new impulse to that institution by founding a “Greater” College (Colegio Mayor), from which
point the University of Alcalá became one of the world’s first university cities. It was declared
Patrimony of Mankind in 1998.
With a clear international vocation, the UAH is one of the most prestigious public universities in
Spain. The UAH is widely recognised for its role in defending and strengthening Spanish language
and culture, and the Cervantes Prize, considered the most prestigious prize in Spanish literature,
is awarded annually in its auditorium.
Forming an integral part of the city of Alcalá de Henares, University of Alcalá is located 30
kilometres from Madrid and 20 kilometres from the Madrid-Barajas airport.
The University of Alcalá in figures
- 30,000 students
- 2,100 university teaching staff and researchers
- 8 students per teacher
- 5,400 international students
- 36 undergraduate degree courses
- 100 PhD and Master’s degree courses
- 16 libraries which have obtain
Research and innovation
The University of Alcalá is committed to research as the driving force behind innovation and
- Ranked among the top universities in Spain as regards number of doctoral theses, patents and
- research projects.
- Research and technology transfer through companies located in our Science and Technology
- 150 research teams.
- 11 million Euros devoted to competitive R&D&i projects.
- 5 Teaching and Research Support Centres.
- 3 University Research Institutes.
- 6 associated University Hospitals and leading biomedical research centres.