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Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)

3.9 out of 5 (49 ratings / 45 reviews) Madrid, Spain
It is no exaggeration to state that over one and a half centuries great part of the history of Spanish technology has been written by the Schools of Architecture and Engineering. They have been during a lot of years nearly the only and in some cases actually the only schools. All of the important personalities in the area of teaching and research passed through the respective centres as students or lecturers.

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The Technical University of Madrid (UPM) celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1996, although the majority of its centres are over hundreds of years old and were founded in the 18th and 19th centuries. Each of them maintained its independence until being grouped together to form the UPM.


As set out in its statures, the Technical University of Madrid has, among its objectives, the creation, development, transmission and criticism of science, technology, and culture. To this end it also works from its Institutes and Research Centres, assimilating the changes taking place in out society and maintaining its vocation for excellence, which is why it has both national and international recognition. The Technical University of Madrid holds double recognition as a Campus of International Excellence, a distinction that refers to the quality of its research and teaching activity.


UPM researchers take part in the world largest study about obesity that points out that this disease already affects to one over 10 men and one over 7 women in the world.

UPM researchers have developed an emulator that estimates the power fluctuation of a set of photovoltaic plants within the same climatic region. This emulator will allow us a greater introduction of this renewable energy into the electric system.


Regardless of the services provided through the Business Plan Competition, the Entrepreneurship Program provides personalized advice for any project that contact us.The Program is a service for the entire Technical University community: teachers and researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, administrative and service staff, even people coming from outside as long as they collaborate with one of the previously named projects.The Entrepreneurship Program supports projects that have some innovation, or are based on research results. Through counseling, the initial idea is shaping up to an optimal level of development

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Library services

The School library is located in the modern building,and was opened in 2001. The library itself has numerous spaces for both individual and group work, including three study rooms (415 reading stations), consultation rooms for theses and projects (12 seats) and several multi-purpose rooms usually used for group work.

ICT services

The School has four rooms equipped with computers free of use for students, and another five for practical classes.The entire centre is equipped with a wireless network, which can be used with a university electronic account or a special pass extended by the IT Services.

Medical services

If you have no Social Security in your home country or there is no kind of medical agreement with Spain, you will need to take out private health insurance. This must in all cases provide full health cover during your time at UPM. You may take out a policy in your country of origin or when you arrive in Spain.

Student Life

Sports facilities

The Montegancedo Campus is equipped with newly built sports facilities open to all UPM students:

  • Fitness room (unsupervised)
  • Outdoor basketball courts
  • 7-aside artificial turf football pitch
  • Outdoor 5-aside football pitch
  • Tennis court

Student clubs

Student associations are one dynamic element that improve the Educational Process by mean of cultural and sport activities. In this moment, student associations more active are:

  • Cultural association "La Carrasca".
  • Photography association "Fotomate"
  • Ecologist Association "Materia Activa"
  • Musical Association "Música Alternativa"

Student Reviews

being joyfull while studying what you like
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Everything worked pretty well, I really enjoyed studying there and I also learned a lot of new aspects about nutrition and aspects on how to take part on your own food company

Inspired by change
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My experience war relatively good, moderate flexibility and good help when needed

Theory is not everything
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

A good university that makes you improve your research skills and your knowledge about a great variety of fields in the engineering world. But not good at applying these theoretical concepts to reality.