Why the University of Granada?

World-class Education

Classroom moment

At the UGR our commitment to excellence in education continues to yield outstanding results. The following facts stand as a testament to this commitment:

The UGR is currently ranked among the top 300 universities in the world in the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities ( ARWU 2016 ). Furthermore, the UGR is ranked second in Spain in the 2016 edition of the ARWU, the most prestigious and influential international ranking of its kind.

From the perspective of specialist areas in the ARWU rankings, the UGR is outstanding in Mathematics (ranked among the top 101-150 in the world in 2015) and Computer Science (ranked 42nd in the world). With regard to broader subject fields, the UGR is ranked among the top 101-150 universities worldwide in the discipline of Engineering (ARWU 2015).

In terms of student satisfaction, the UGR has been voted the number 1 study destination in Spain by international students, obtaining the prestigious International Student Satisfaction Gold Award from StudyPortals in 2013.

To continue reading about the UGR in Academic Rankings please visit the UGR in International Rankings section.

A University City

A vibrant study destination


Granada is, first and foremost, a university city. It has a population of 240,000 people, 80,000 of which are students, lecturers, and administrative and service staff at the UGR, meaning that a staggering 1 in every 3 inhabitants is directly linked to the university. This has given rise to the development of a modern, multicultural and vibrant study destination that welcomes people from all backgrounds.

It is also one of the least expensive cities in Spain, while it is commonly regarded as offering the highest quality of life.

An incredible historical legacy

Alhambra at night WP

The world-renowned Alhambra and Generalife palaces, which form the backdrop of Granada’s cityscape, are widely regarded as the most outstanding examples of Arabic architecture in the world. In 1984 these palaces, along with the labyrinth-like historical quarter known as the Albaicín, became UNESCO world heritage sites, further adding to Granada’s reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

A cultural hub

O Sister!

Thanks to its rich historical and cultural legacy, and to the presence of a pro-active university community at the UGR, Granada has firmly established itself as a vibrant cultural hub. It currently boasts a wide variety of festivals which take place throughout the year, such as:

  • A vast array of Flamenco Music and Dance Festivals

  • The International Jazz Festival

  • The Hocus Pocus Magic Festival

  • The International Music and Dance Festival

  • The International Theatre Festival

  • The International Tango Festival

  • The International Film Festival “Cines del Sur”

  • The Alhambra Sound Music Festival

  • The Zaidín Rock Music Festival

  • Retroback International Classic Film Festival

  • The International Poetry Festival

  • The International Young Directors Festival


Further information

To view the UGR’s cultural events guide, click here

To read more about the city of Granada, click here

To read a brief history of the UGR, click here

Worldwide Connections and ERASMUS

Erasmus Plus With over 800 active mobility agreements maintained with universities and higher level institutions throughout the world, the UGR’s global influence continues to flourish.

As a UGR student, this gives you the opportunity to choose from an astounding range of foreign study destinations.

For this very reason, we send more students abroad on Erasmus than any other European university. Moreover, we receive more international Erasmus students than any other European university.

But the UGR not only offers variety in terms of mobility, it offers unrivalled quality in terms of the support and services provided, which is why we were awarded the Erasmus Gold star in 2007.

Studying abroad for a year, a semester or even just a summer is a fantastic opportunity to broaden your personal and professional horizons, learn new languages, improve your career prospects and prepare you to work in international contexts.

Graduate Prospects

Career ProspectsGraduate prospects for UGR students are favourable for a number of important reasons:

The university itself is the biggest local employer, accounting for 3.3% of all local employment.

The Employment and Internship Centre provides employment support services during and after your time at the UGR, ensuring you acquire the skills required for today’s globalised labour market, and are provided with adequate career advice. Most undergraduate courses at the UGR include internships in companies, NGOs or other institutions in order to facilitate your insertion into the labour market upon completion of your studies.

Over the past number of years, the UGR has created over 80 spin-off companies, a clear indication of its innovative entrepreneurial role, both nationally and internationally.

An International Community

International Community

Approximately 5,000 international students are currently completing undergraduate studies at the UGR.

International students have a very positive impact, contributing to Granada’s development as a city where cultural diversity is fully embraced. Studying at the UGR is therefore a great opportunity to meet, and learn from, people from all walks of life and from different cultural backgrounds.

The UGR sends more students abroad on Erasmus than any other European university. Moreover, it receives more international Erasmus students than any other European university.

But the UGR not only offers variety in terms of mobility, it offers unrivalled quality in terms of the support and services provided, which is why we were awarded the Erasmus Gold star in 2007.

Additionally, the UGR maintains over 800 active mobility agreements with universities and higher level institutions throughout the world.

Unbeatable Services


As the university is at the heart of the city, Granada provides incoming students with an unbeatable range of services, activities and facilities.

Our sports centre offers over 40 different courses, in the areas of: body and mind, fitness, racket sports, mountain sports, dance and water sports.

The Casa de Porras, otherwise known as the Casa del Estudiante offers over 50 different cultural and vocational course in the areas of: the literary and performing arts, graphic arts, crafts, physical and mental wellbeing and lifestyle courses.

Our Modern Languages Centre (CLM), one of the most prestigious and well-regarded language institutions in Spain, allows international students to make the most of their time at the UGR by helping them to improve their general academic languages skills in Spanish. Over 8,000 students choose to study at the centre every year, and the centre also offers courses in 11 other languages.

We offer over 21 well-stocked libraries which are spread out across the city, meaning that a comfortable study environment is always close to home.

Teaching informed by Research

Research At the UGR, we are thoroughly committed to investing in the future, and excelling in innovation and research. Thanks to this sustained commitment, some of the leading research institutes and centres in Spain are found at our university.

Innovative research strategies adopted by the UGR over recent years have enabled our researchers to make key breakthroughs in many important fields.

The BioTIC Campus, which excels in the areas of Biohealth, ICTs, Earth System Sciences, and Heritage and Culture, has been designated an International Campus of Excellence by the Spanish Government and is at the forefront of innovation and research internationally.

This commitment to excellence in research and innovation ensures that the lecturers teaching our undergraduate programmes are up-to-date with the latest developments in their field.

To read more, please visit the UGR Research Profile section.