University of Alcalá

University of AlcaláUniversity of AlcaláThe University of Alcalá (UAH) is one of Europe’s most venerable universities and can trace its origin as far back as 1293 and the medieval Studia generalia. In 1499, Cardinal Cisneros founded the College of St Hildephonse with a view to creating a prototype university city which would act as a model for others in Ibero-America.  Among its most illustrious students it boasts figures such as Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca, Francisco de Quevedo, Tirso de Molina, Fray Luis de León, Ignacio de Loyola or Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, as well as María Isidra de Guzmán -the first woman in Spain to obtain a doctoral degree. Its unique university model and the conservation of its rich architectural and artistic heritage led to its declaration as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1998. 

The UAH has 28,000 students and 2,000 teaching staff and 800 service and administration staff. Included in the main national and international rankings, the UAH is among the world’s best universities both in global terms and for indicators such as teaching, employability, internationalization, research output, equipment and infrastructures, sustainability and social commitment.


The comprehensive training of students and their personal and professional development through high quality teaching, the creation and transmission of knowledge and the dissemination of science and culture.


To be a leading university in the international context, committed to society, inclusive and open to the world, contributing to the advancement of knowledge and the training of citizens by means of quality teaching, excellence in research and the promotion of ethical and socially responsible attitudes.


PROXIMITY: We are a university based on proximity, which promotes direct and continuous contact between teaching staff and students. We believe that dialogue and interaction between all members of the university community are essential principles to ensure the progress and improvement of the institution and of society in general.

QUALITY, EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION: Our research aims to be at the forefront of knowledge, exploring new ways to improve people's quality of life. Likewise, our teaching is based on the highest standards of quality, by developing innovative methodologies and students' active participation in the teaching and learning process.

INTERNATIONAL VOCATION: Since its beginnings, the University of Alcalá has been an international university, open to the world, which encourages the recruitment and attraction of talent, and aims to contribute to the development of a global world, in the service of its citizens.

SOCIAL COMMITMENT: We are committed to the progress of society, equal opportunities and sustainability. As a public higher education institution, we believe in the defence of human rights, freedom of thought and conscience and the defence and protection of the environment. We aim to manage our resources efficiently and transparently, and to be accountable to the society we serve.

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