Complutense University of Madrid
The origin of The Complutense University dates back to the late 13th century, when Sancho IV of Castile granted the Archbishop of Toledo, Gonzalo García Gudiel, a licence to create the General School of Study in Alcalá (Estudio de Escuelas Generales de Alcalá) in the city of Alcalá de Henares in the spring of 1293. It is one of the oldest universities in the world. The university enrolls over 86,000 students and consistently ranks as one of the top universities in Spain.
The Complutense University has two campuses in Madrid, Moncloa and Somosaguas Campus. In addition, some other university premises are located in the downtown of the city of Madrid.
There are easy connections to UCM from Madrid Barajas Airports and you will find that Madrid’s extensive public transport system is convenient and easy to use.
The Ciudad Universitaria was conceived in 1927 as an integrated campus, where education, science and culture would harmoniously merge with each other. The Moncloa Campus project endeavours to take the lead in responding to the challenges of the 21st century, namely knowledge and sustainable development
Faculty of Medicine of the Complutense University of Madrid
Pza. Ramón y Cajal, s/n
28040 – Madrid, Spain
University English website: www.ucm.es/english
Public transport to venue
Metro line 6 – Ciudad Universitaria station
- Line 82 – station Mocloa-Barrio de Peñagrande
- Line 132 - station Moncloa-Hospital de la Paz
- Line G - station Moncloa-Ciudad Universitaria
- Line U – station Avenida de Séneca-Paraninfo
Madrid, the Spanish capital since 1561, celebrates itself and life in general around the clock. A vibrant crossroads, Madrid has an infectious appetite for art, music, and epicurean pleasure, and it's turned into a cosmopolitan, modern urban centre while fiercely preserving its traditions.
The modern city spreads east into the 19th-century grid of the Barrio de Salamanca and sprawls north through the neighbourhoods of Chamberí and Chamartín, but the Madrid you should explore thoroughly on foot is right in the centre, in Madrid's oldest quarters, between the Palacio Real and the midtown forest, the Parque del Buen Retiro. Wandering around this conglomeration of residential buildings with ancient red-tile rooftops, punctuated by redbrick Mudejar churches and grand buildings with grey-slate roofs and spires left by the Habsburg monarchs, you're more likely to grasp what is probably the city's major highlight: the buzzing activity of people who are elated when they're outdoors.
Top sights in Madrid
For more information about Madrid, ideas on places to visit and events guide you can check out Madrid’s official tourism website www.esmadrid.com
Spain is a fantastically welcoming, vibrant country, characterized by its love of life. With a population of over 44 million it’s a diverse place, too, with regional identities as characteristic as their local landscapes: the Basques, Galicians and Catalans all adding their own languages and cultures to the mix. No matter where you decide to visit though, many of the clichés of Spanish life, such as the siesta, busy bars and restaurants open late into the night, and towns celebrating lively festivals, still pretty much ring true.
Spain’s land area is around half a million square kilometres – about twice the size of the UK or Oregon. The population is around 46 million – some eighty percent of whom declare themselves nominally Catholic, though religious observance is patchy.
Politically, Spain is a parliamentary monarchy; democracy was restored in 1977, after the death of General Franco, the dictator who seized power in the Civil War of 1936–39.
The main official language is Spanish (Castilian), but sizeable percentages also speak variants of Catalan (in Catalunya, parts of Valencia and Alicante provinces, and on the Balearic Islands), Galician and Basque, all of which are also officially recognised languages.
The highest mountain on the Spanish peninsula is Mulhacén (3483 m), the longest river is the Rio Tajo (716 km).
Spain has 43 sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.