Spain currently receives around 90,000 international students each year (data from the 2015-2016 MECD Report); almost 30,000 of them come to the Autonomous Community of Madrid making the region the largest recipient of international students in the country.
Year after year new students from third countries enroll in the universities of Madrid for their studies; for every Spanish student going abroad two international students come to our country.
As for Universidad Europea, almost one third of our students come from abroad and we are the second largest destination university in Madrid. As a member of the Laureate International Universities Network we are also connected to over one million students at 70 universities across the world. Our international outlook makes us stand out from the rest; we offer an education that is open to the world.
And the best example of this international trend is the Erasmus+ program, which has increased the number of foreign Bachelor’s degree students in the Spanish University System tenfold. In fact, according to a recent study by the CyD Foundation marking the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus+ program, Madrid is one of the regions in Spain that attracts the most foreign students.
One key that makes Madrid unique is the innate hospitality it offers foreign students choosing the city as the destination for their studies. Most want to come back after their academic experience and are therefore our best ambassadors when they return to their countries. There are many reasons to justify the fact that Madrid is one of the best destinations for studying not only in Spain, but in all of Europe.
The Autonomous Community of Madrid offers a wide range of study options according to the demands of a global market. The educational offering at the Universidad Europea de Madrid campuses includes Bachelor’s degrees, Double degrees, Graduate degrees, Advanced Career and Technical Education and PhDs so that students develop their full potential and acquire a professional profile that is attractive on the international market.
For years, Universidad Europea de Madrid has been responding to this innovation model in higher education, widely and successfully developed in areas such as health, social sciences, architecture, engineering and sport.
True to our commitment to innovation, we offer an international educational model that is connected to the professional world, with high academic quality and based on acquiring knowledge, competences and values. We also seek to generate and transfer knowledge through applied research.
Concerts, sporting events, theater, exhibitions, movie premieres, catwalks, conferences... Or having a drink in the city center, Madrid has developed a vibrant, outstanding and attractive range of cultural options.
Madrid is a multicultural, cosmopolitan city and, thanks to its unique personality, you can enjoy food from all over the world without leaving the city.
It cuisine is a reflection of the cultural wealth and diversity of a city that combines very diverse cultures.
Quality of life is an element students consider most when assessing a city. Factors such as how easy it is to find accommodation, the weather, healthcare services, transport, nightlife, the character of the locals, price of living, etc., converge in Madrid to make the region the leading destination for foreign students.
Spain is a very safe country. In fact, it ranks 17th place in the 162 safest countries, proof that it is one of the safest countries in the EU and, therefore, one of the safest in the world.
As for Madrid, it is one of the six safest cities in Europe and ranks in the top 15 worldwide, making it a tranquil city ideal for walking and enjoying its unique personality and quality of life.
Madrid’s privileged location makes it easy and affordable to travel to different places. In just two hours or less on public transport students can visit World Heritage Site cities such as Toledo, Segovia, Cuenca, Ávila, Salamanca or Córdoba.
One of the reasons for students completing part of their studies abroad is that learning a second language is important. In this area Madrid is also privileged as it offers the opportunity to learn the second most commonly-spoken language in the world today.
In a global context, in terms of the prospect of being able to speak a language in constant expansion, –the 2017 Annual Report prepared by the Cervantes Institute estimates that by 2050 the Spanish-speaking population will grow to 754 million people worldwide. –, over 7.8% of the world’s population –. This is without a doubt one of Madrid’s best strengths.