The Universidad de Granada, founded in 1531, continues a long teaching tradition, the roots of which can be traced back to the madrasahs of the last Nasrid Kingdom.
In Granada, there are four University Campuses, as well as the “Campus Centro”, in which all the centres spread throughout the historic part of the city are brought together. The UGR's policy of using buildings of historical and cultural value has enriched its heritage, as well as promoting the restoration and maintenance of these buildings. There are two other UGR Campuses in the cities of Ceuta andMelilla, in Northern Africa.
The University of Granada (UGR) is an institution that is open to the world in every aspect: studies, teaching, research, university management and co-operation. The UGR has a long tradition of international academic collaboration, which, today, has become a firm conviction to go even further into every area of internationalization, forming part of any initiative that will enhance the UGR’s international standing.
In fact, the UGR is one of Europe’s top-ranking international universities, coming first in many international mobility statistics. Every year, the UGR offers over 4,000 international mobility places for undergraduate and postgraduate studies through the different programmes launched during the academic year: mainly LLP/Erasmus, UGR Exchange Programme and Erasmus Mundus (without forgetting our specific training and summer courses). All these initiatives place the UGR at the head of Europe as regards student mobility. Not in vain, we are the HE institution that most Erasmus students receives (over 2,150) and sends (more than 2,100) in Europe, and was awarded the Erasmus Gold Star in 2007.
The possibility of the discovery of a new world was emerging even before the conquest of Granada. The city had already been Iberian, Roman and later Jewish and Islamic before the coming together of American and European cultures. The capital of the former Nazarí Kingdom, Granada was the last city in the Iberian Peninsula to be ceded by the Muslims in 1492, an event that resulted in the formation of Spain. The Christian conquest did not taint the city´s brilliance as a cultural center, and sciences and the arts found the best way to develop. The University of Granada was founded in 1531 by Emperor Charles V through a papal bull by Clement VII. In this way, Granada affirmed its status as a university city open to culture, people and beliefs. The institution of Granada continued the tradition of the Arab university of Yusuf I (Madraza, 14th century). With 470 years of tradition, the University of Granada has been the witness of history, from the time of its influence in the social and cultural surroundings of the city up to its development into an intellectual and cultural nucleus in the south of Spain, a period of nearly five centuries.
Numerous national and international ranking agencies that evaluate higher education teaching and research have placed the UGR among the top universities in Spain, as well as including it within the top 3% of the best higher education institutions worldwide. Indeed, according to the Shanghai ranking, the UGR appears as one of the world’s top 500 universities.
The UGR merges with the city, distributing their schools and campuses and giving at the city of Granada a typical student environment with more than 70,000 students.
The city of Granada, safe and modern, also has a privileged geography, located halfway between the sea and the mountain: 40 minutes from the Mediterranean coast with tropical climate and 30 minutes from the ski resort of Sierra Nevada.