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Top Universities and Colleges in Spain

As if Spain wasn't already on your destination list for its food, siestas, and fiestas, it should definitely climb another step for its highly-ranked universities. Based on The Academic Ranking of World Universities and Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Spain has 29 top-ranked universities. And we don't have to tell you: that's a lot!

Top Ranked Universities on PhDPortal

Universities Times Higher Education Ranking (2021) Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking (2020) TopUniversities Ranking (2021) U.S. News & World Report Ranking (2021)
Pompeu Fabra University 152 301 287 180
Autonomous University of Barcelona 182 201 213 154
University of Barcelona 198 151 183 90
University of Navarra 251 501 252 451
Autonomous University of Madrid 301 301 200 188
University CEU San Pablo 401 - - -
University of Valencia 401 201 591 226
Universidad Complutense de Madrid 501 201 206 336
Jaume I University 601 601 - 856
Polytechnic University of Catalonia 601 701 314 534
Rovira i Virgili University 601 501 751 557
UIC Barcelona 601 - - -
Universidad Miguel Hernández 601 601 - -
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) 601 - - -
University of Deusto 601 - - -
University of Girona 601 801 - 689
University of Granada 601 201 501 295
University of La Laguna 601 601 - 801
University of Lleida 601 701 - 1012
University of the Balearic Islands 601 501 - -
Carlos III University of Madrid 801 901 311 756
Pablo de Olavide University 801 801 - 1031
Polytechnic University of Valencia 801 301 326 525
The University of Oviedo 801 401 801 543
Universidad de Cordoba 801 701 - 888
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid 801 501 451 587
University of Alcalá 801 801 499 898
University of Jaén 801 701 - -
University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 801 801 - -
University of Salamanca 801 701 601 672
University of Santiago de Compostela 801 401 701 523
University of Seville 801 401 581 516
University of the Basque Country 801 301 751 453
University of Vigo 801 501 - 822
University of Zaragoza 801 401 501 618
University of Alicante - 601 801 994
University of Extremadura - 701 - 997
University of Malaga - 701 - 864
Universidad de Castilla la Mancha - 801 - 941
University of Cantabria - 801 - 480
University of Valladolid - 801 - 1065
Rey Juan Carlos University - 901 - 1089
The University of Cádiz - 901 - -
IE University - - 327 -
Blanquerna - Universitat Ramon Llull - - 601 -
ESADE - - 601 -
ESDi Higher School of Design - - 601 -
La Salle IGS (International Graduate School) - - 601 884
Comillas Pontifical University - - 651 -
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University Rankings Explained

World University Rankings created by Times Higher Education takes into account the reputation of research done by universities and how often papers produced by universities were quoted around the world.

Academic Ranking of World Universities created by Shanghai Jiao Tong University focuses on the number of award-winning scientists, most cited researchers from the listed universities, and their contribution to the scientific community.

QS World University Rankings created by TopUniversities surveys a large number of academic experts about the reputation of universities and also measures the quality of teaching.

Best Global Universities Rankings created by U.S. News & World Report analyses university graduation rates and how many students remain enrolled in their second year of studies. It also surveys university representatives on the performance of universities.

Study in Spain

Spain attracts thousands of international students every year with its friendly and laid-back lifestyle. The weather is also excellent, allowing you to enjoy the warmth of the sun and relaxing beaches when you’re not in class. Higher education institutions charge relatively low tuition fees and go head-to-head with other big-name institutions worldwide. Spanish universities are well known for their offer of prestigious Business studies. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn Spanish, which is a great asset on any CV, especially if you want to start a career in Spain or at a multinational company.

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