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The UAH in the leading university rankings

The University of Alcalá (UAH) is among the best universities in Spain, according to the assessment carried out in various Spanish and international rankings. The UAH ranks among the top Spanish universities in virtually all of the parameters studied, in the total of 81 universities in Spain.

International rankings: A university open to the world

Alumnos del Instituto Frankling de Investigación en Estudios Norteamericanos de la UAH

The UAH is listed in the world's three most prestigious university rankings : the QS World University Ranking (QS WUR), the Times Higher Education World University Ranking and the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). It has also achieved excellent results in the QS Stars University Ratings evaluation. We welcome over 6,000 international students from other countries every year, which makes us the second-ranking Spanish public university in terms of our ability to attract international students, according to the QS WUR.

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Teaching quality: An accessible high quality university teaching quality


The UAH is among the top ten universities in Spain in terms of the quality of doctorates and the highest rated degree courses. Our classrooms provide personalised tuition, which is adapted to our students' needs. In surveys, our students rate their training with a score of 9.4 out of 10. (See external evaluation)

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Research and Innovation: A university for science and enterprise innovation


The University of Alcalá is the eighth-ranked university for research productivity in Spain and one of the country's leaders in doctoral theses, the generating patents and spin-off companies. At the University of Alcalá, we combine tradition and modernity, cutting-edge research and innovation at one of the oldest universities in Europe, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Environmental sustainability and social commitment: A responsible and caring university

The University of Alcalá fosters the development of its environment and the welfare of citizens. We are the world's third most sustainable university, according to Coolmyplanet and the world's fifth university in energy efficiency and combating climate change, according to the Greenmetric index. Our initiatives in defence of heritage, social commitment, equality between men and women, fair trade and the prevention of occupational hazards, among others, have been recognised by various Spanish and international organizations. We offer grants and payment arrangements to our students in order to facilitate and maintain access to higher education.

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Transparency and Dissemination of Information: A university committed to transparency and accountability transparency

The University of Alcalá was the first Spanish university to make a Transparency Portal  available to all citizens, in an initiative to facilitate understanding and awareness of the university's work.

Our commitment to transparency and accountability to the public has been recognised by institutions working for greater transparency and accessibility of information.

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The UAH is among the best universities in Spain in Spanish and international rankings