Why the University of Granada?

World-class Education

Classroom moment

At the UGR, our commitment to excellence in education continues to yield outstanding results. National and international rankings reflect the UGR’s position among the top universities in Spain and among the best in the world.

The 2017 edition of the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), the most influential ranking system of its kind, places the University of Granada in 268th position in the world and as the second-highest ranked University in Spain, after only the University of Barcelona.

From the perspective of specific academic subjects in the 2017 ARWU, particularly noteworthy are the UGR’s achievements in the subjects of Library & Information Sciences (11th worldwide), Food Science & Technology (30th worldwide), Computer Science & Engineering (33rd worldwide), and Mathematics (top 76-100 in the world). In the disciplines of Earth Science, Psychology, and Dentistry & Oral Sciences, the University of Granada features among the top 101-150 institutions on the globe, and among the top 151-200 in the subjects of Electronical Engineering, Instruments Science, Geography, and Statistics.

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, and receiving a score of 9+ (excellent) in the 2016 edition.

To find out more about the UGR’s performance in international rankings please visit the University Rankings section of this website.

A truly international experience

Alumnos de la UGR

The UGR is the most popular destination among European exchange students (Erasmus+) and the European leader in figures of both incoming and outgoing Erasmus students.

The UGR is a welcoming cosmopolitan university: about 10% of the students enrolled are international students. Moreover, the UGR participates in more than 750 bilateral and multilateral exchanges with institutions around the world, meaning you will have the opportunity to choose from a vast selection of study destinations if you choose to complete a mobility period abroad during your bachelor’s degree.

An ideal university city

An ideal University City


Granada is, first and foremost, a university city. It has a population of 240,000 people, 75,000 of whom are students, lecturers, and administrative and service staff at the UGR, meaning that a staggering 1 in 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 also has campuses in the North African cities of Ceuta and Melilla, making it a truly intercontinental institution.

Moreover, Granada is one of the least expensive cities in Spain, while it is commonly regarded as having one of the highest levels of quality of life.

An extensive range of programmes

Students at the library

The UGR offers an extensive selection of high-quality academic programmes with a clear international vocation. In the academic year 2017/2018 the UGR will offer:

  • 98 undergraduate degree programmes in a wide range of fields (including international double degrees).
  • 104 master’s degree programmes; 18 of which in international partnerships.
  • 28 doctoral programmes in three interdisciplinary doctoral schools.
  • An extensive range of intensive, language, certificate, summer and online courses.

Language learning opportunities

Students at the Library


Students can learn Spanish and other languages alongside the 10,000 local and international students who enrol each year on courses offered by the UGR’s Modern Languages Centre, Confucius Institute (Chinese), “Russkiy Mir” Russian Centre and “al-Babtain” Chair in Arab Studies.

An unbeatable location

Alhambra de Granada

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.

Granada, a safe modern city, also has an outstanding geographical location just 40 minutes from the Mediterranean Coast with its tropical climate, and 40 minutes from the Sierra Nevada ski resort.

A cultural hub

A cultural Hub

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 cultural activities, including festivals of flamenco, jazz, tango, theatre, poetry, magic, classical music, and dance.

Professional development and prospects

Professional development

Graduate 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 Work Placement Office (CPEP) 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 70 spin-off companies, a clear indication of its innovative entrepreneurial role, both nationally and internationally.

Top-quality services

Top-quality services

As the University is at the heart of the city, Granada provides incoming students with an unbeatable range of services, activities and facilities, covering all aspects of university life (sports, physical and mental wellbeing, refectories, high-speed Wi-Fi, disability services, etc.)

Our Sports Centre (CAD) 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" University Cultural Centre (Casa del Estudiante), offers over 50 different cultural and vocational courses in the areas of the literary and performing arts, graphic arts, crafts, physical and mental wellbeing and lifestyle courses.

We offer 19 well-stocked libraries that are spread out across the city, meaning that a comfortable study environment is always close to home.

Teaching informed by 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.

Our 400+ research groups work in all areas of scientific knowledge, collaborating closely with other national and international leaders in their fields, as well as key industries.

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