University of Granada
Universidad de Granada
Latin: «Universitas Granatensis»
MottoCarolus Romanus Imperator Semper Augustus Hispaniae Rex Fundator Universitatis Granatensis, 1531
Motto in English
Charles I, Roman Emperor always Augustus, King of Spain and founder of the University of Granada, 1531
Established1531; 493 years ago (1531)
FounderEmperor Charles V
Endowment395,663,000 €
RectorPedro Mercado Pacheco
Administrative staff
Granada, Andalousia
Colours  Red[1]
AffiliationsCoimbra Group, UNIMED

The University of Granada (Spanish: Universidad de Granada, UGR) is a public university located in the city of Granada, Spain, and founded in 1531 by Emperor Charles V. With more than 60,000 students,[2] it is the fourth largest university in Spain.[3] Apart from the city of Granada, UGR also has campuses in Ceuta and Melilla.

The university's Center for Modern Languages (CLM) receives over 10,000 international students each year.[4] In 2014, UGR was voted the best Spanish university by international students.[5] Outstanding in varied fields from Classics to Modern Languages and Computer Science, it has been recognised as the second best university in Spain and as one of the most important among European ancient universities.[6]


In 1526 a college was founded in Granada by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V for the teaching of logic, philosophy, theology and canon law.[7] On 14 July 1531, the establishment of a studium generale with the faculties of theology, arts and canon law was granted by a papal bull by Clement VII, marking the birth hour of the university.[7][8] This explains its motto "Universitas Granatensis 1531" and his official seal, based in its founder coat of arms with representations of the imperial double-headed eagle and Spanish kingdoms.

The rectorate of the university of Granada is situated in the Royal Hospital of Granada, inaugurated in 1526 as well during the reign of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and listed nowadays as BIC in the Spanish heritage classification.

Recent major new facilities include the Granada Health Science Technological Park, housing infrastructures and facilities devoted to its four main uses: teaching (98,000 m2), health care (120,000 m2), and research and business development (170,000 m2), with the participation of Spanish CSIC institution.


University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[9]201-300 (2023)
CWTS World[10]261 (2023)
QS World[11]403 (2023)
THE World[12]601–800 (2023)
USNWR Global[13]313 (2023)

According to several rankings,[14] the University of Granada ranks among top five best Spanish universities and holds first place in Translation and Interpreting studies. It is also considered the national leader in Computer Science Engineering. UGR also plays a major role in scientific output, placing high in national ranks and being one of the best world universities in computing and mathematics studies.[15]

Centres and Qualifications

UGR is composed of 5 Schools, 22 Faculties and 116 Departments responsible for teaching and researching into specific subject areas.[16] They are spread over five different campuses in the city of Granada (Centro, Cartuja, Fuentenueva, Aynadamar and Ciencias de la Salud), plus two more campuses located in the cities of Ceuta and Melilla, Spanish territories in Northern Africa.[17]

Centres located in Granada

The Renaissance court of the Royal Hospital of Granada (1511-1526)

Campus located in Ceuta

Campus located in Melilla

The University of Granada also offers a wide range of postgraduate programmes (Master's Degrees, Doctorate Programmes and UGR's Postgraduate studies), made up of studies adapted to the European model.

School for Modern Languages

The UGR began admitting international students in 1992 with the founding of the School for Languages (Centro de Lenguas Modernas). As of 2009–2010, there were some 5,000 international students, including Erasmus programme exchange students from the European Union. The CLM has agreements with 20 universities and study abroad organizations in the U.S. and in Canada in order to bring North Americans to the UGR, including the American Institute For Foreign Study, Arcadia University, International Studies Abroad and the University of Delaware.[18]

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ NCG116/1b: Manual de Identidad Visual Corporativa de la Universidad de Granada - website of the University of Granada
  2. ^ "Granada y la Universidad". Universidad de Granada (in Spanish). Retrieved 2022-07-05.
  3. ^ "Estadística de la Enseñanza Universitaria en España" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-04-29.
  4. ^ "University of Granada, GRANADA, SPAIN, Ranking, Reviews, MBA, Master, Courses". Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  5. ^ Europa Press (10 January 2014). "La Universidad de Granada, la mejor de España por los estudiantes internacionales". Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  6. ^ "La UGR se sitúa como la segunda mejor universidad de España según la nueva edición del Ranking de Shanghai". Canal UGR (in Spanish). Retrieved 2024-02-02.
  7. ^ a b Jílek, Jubor (ed.): "Historical Compendium of European Universities/Répertoire Historique des Universités Européennes", Standing Conference of Rectors, Presidents and Vice-Chancellors of the European Universities (CRE), Geneva 1984, p. 160
  8. ^ Frijhoff, Willem: "Patterns", in: Ridder-Symoens, Hilde de (ed.): A History of the University in Europe. Vol. 2: Universities in Early Modern Europe (1500–1800), Cambridge University Press, 1996, ISBN 0-521-36106-0, pp. 43–113 (80–89)
  9. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities - University of Granada". Shanghai Ranking. Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  10. ^ "CWTS Leiden Ranking 2023". Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  11. ^ "QS World University Rankings - University of Granada". Top Universities. Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  12. ^ "World University Rankings - University of Granada". THE World University Rankings. Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  13. ^ "Best Global Universities - University of Granada". U.S. News Education (USNWR). Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  14. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 July 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "La UGR se distancia de Sevilla y adelanta a Córdoba en excelencia". 17 February 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  16. ^ "University of Granada". Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  17. ^ "University of Granada". Archived from the original on 2012-02-03. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  18. ^ "Collaborating institutions and study abroad programs". Archived from the original on 2013-12-24. Retrieved 23 July 2015.