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 (2019) Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking (2018) TopUniversities Ranking (2020) U.S. News & World Report Ranking (2019)
135 201 285 166
145 301 188 168
201 151 165 96
251 - 245 465
351 301 192 200
401 201 212 350
401 - 701 565
401 401 581 264
501 - 300 448
501 - - 612
501 - - -
601 - 298 698
601 401 336 500
601 - 801 486
601 - - 981
601 - 435 558
601 - - 750
601 - - -
601 - 501 822
601 - - -
601 201 511 310
601 - - -
601 - 601 562
601 401 651 407
601 - 601 475
601 301 651 380
601 - 801 743
601 - 432 517
801 - - 950
801 - - 995
801 - 801 863
801 - - 1017
Universidade da Coruña 801 - 801 973
801 - 701 -
801 - - -
801 - - -
- - 335 -
- - 591 -
- - - 587
- - - 627
- - - 737
- - - 783
- - - 810
- - - 914
- - - 919
- - - 955
- - - 1028
- - - 1060
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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

At Spanish universities, you�ll experience a friendly and laid-back atmosphere full of international students coming from all over the world. Although lectures are pretty formal, seminars and lab work are more relaxed, allowing students to freely discuss with professors and ask them questions regarding their course materials.

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