The Community of Madrid lies at the centre of Spain, wich is the second largest country in the European Union. It hosts 6 public universities (Alcalá, Autónoma, Carlos III, Complutense, Politécnica and Rey Juan Carlos), 9 private universities (Alfonso X el Sabio, Antonio de Nebrija, Camilo José Cela, CEU-San Pablo, Europea de Madrid, Francisco de Vitoria, Internacional Villanueva and Open University of Madrid (UDIMA), and 1 catholic university, Pontificia Comillas), as well as the headquarters of the National Open University (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED).
In the 2020-2021 academic year, 321,261 university students were enrolled in the Community of Madrid as follows:
- 195,289 in public universities.
- 17,642 in affiliated centres linked to public universities.
- 65.201 in private and catholic universities.
- 7,914 in the Open University of Madrid (UDIMA)
- 35,215 in the headquarters of the National Open University (UNED), sited in Madrid.
Many of those university students come not only from other spanish regions but also from abroad. Our foreign students are from Europe and Latin America mainly. They come attracted by an aim of academic success, the wide range of degree options within the Madrilenian universities, its high education level and its well know prestige. The city is known as an open, fun and a friendly place, where you are likely to meet up with interesting people from all over the world and exchange experiences.
Procedure to be accepted in a Madrilenian university, depends on the education system of the student´s country: