Criteria valued when choosing the best universities in Spain 

In order to decide which university best suits their educational and professional goals, students evaluate the university landscape. To do this, it is useful to consult the ranking of the best universities in Spain. Although it is true that there is no universal scale for measuring university excellence, there are a series of metrics that are taken into account for the main university rankings. They are:


  • Academic reputation: this metric is calculated by surveying academics around the world about the merits of the university.
  • Citations by faculty: which consists of studying the strength of research in each of the universities on the basis of the number of times research papers are cited by other specialists.
  • The proportion of academics in relation to the number of students. 
  • The internationality of teachers and students.

Although it is true that some experts claim that it is not possible to objectively measure the quality of a university, it is possible to offer a series of practical examples of aspects that may be useful for the future university, such as specialisation, the trajectory of professors, teaching methods, attention to students, exchange programmes, or university residences, among others. 


How many universities are there in Spain? 

In Spain, there are a total of 83 universities, of which 50 are public and 33 are private. Each of their faculties and facilities are distributed in 169 municipalities in Spain. The total number of students in the 83 universities in the academic year 19/20 was 1,633,358.


Top 5 universities in Spain 

In this way, and taking into account all of the above, the 5 best universities in Spain are: 

1) University of Navarra

One of the best universities in Spain is the privately owned University of Navarra. Founded in 1952, it has more than 12,000 students every year and stands out for the great importance it gives to scientific education. Our micampus Pamplona residence hall is located just 300 metres from this university. 

2) University of Seville

It is another of the best universities in Spain and is publicly owned. It has a long history, having been founded in 1505. It is one of the universities in Spain with the most students, with around 70,000. Micampus has 4 university residences in Seville, all of them close to the University of Seville. 

3) Complutense University of Madrid

The Complutense University of Madrid is not only one of the best universities in Spain, but it is also the oldest public university in Madrid. It is publicly owned and has more than 70,000 students. 

 4) Autonomous University of Madrid

It is one of the most modern universities, created in 1968 and also publicly owned. It has more than 30,000 students and has been valued for its multidisciplinary education model. 

5) Nebrija University

It is one of the youngest universities in Spain, having been founded in 1995, although it is considered one of the most prestigious universities. It is privately owned, with more than 12,000 students. 

But... Which is the best university in Spain? 

There are numerous rankings with the best universities in Spain, varying the positions of each of them, so it is difficult to know which is the best university in Spain. Each ranking has its own criteria, but you have to make the final decision based not only on the criteria established by the different rankings, but also taking into account other factors such as the type of study, the city, the accommodation, the university outings, etc.