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Autonomous University of Madrid

4.2 out of 5 (100 ratings / 98 reviews) Alcobendas, Spain
The Autonomous University of Madrid (Spanish: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) is commonly known by its Spanish initials UAM or as "la Autónoma". 



 UAM is a Spanish public university established in 1968, along with the autonomous universities of Barcelona and Bilbao (now University of the Basque Country) during one of Spain's most ambitious educational reforms, which took place during the late 1960s and the early 1970s.


Since 1971, the university's main campus has been located in Cantoblanco, a rural area in the northern outskirts of Madrid. Despite being part of the municipality of Madrid, the campus is nearer the towns of Alcobendas and Tres Cantos. 

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Student services

The mission of the Office of Studies and Institutional Evaluation (GEEI) consists in carrying out the evaluation and quality control activities entrusted to it by the governing team, focusing mainly on the quality of teaching and the activity of the teaching staff, as well as on conventional activities in support of teaching such as automated marking of examinations.

Housing services

The UAM offers university housing through the Colegio Mayor Juan Luis Vives and the Residencia Universitaria Erasmo on campus.

Library services

The Library  supports research, teaching and study, providing access to the necessary information resources from this university or elsewhere. The different service points serve the entire University community and are available in eight faculty or school libraries. There are also specialised documentation centres. 

Student Life

Campus life

  • Cantoblanco Campus Map-Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Medicine Campus Map-Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Student Reviews

Good and interesting program but could be better
Steffan Blanco rated 3 out of 5 stars

I like most classes subjects and the professors’ knowledge. Things that could improve include making it less Eurocentric, changing the methodology (let the students participate more and the professor talk less), include practices/internships, and trips to museums, libraries and governmental institutions. My overall experience was okay, 8/10

Ordinary people can also have extraordinary experiences
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Besides the fact that a year and a half was spent at home, university was an immersive experience that made me more aware of my capacities and it made me grow up, not only as a student, but also as a person.

It needs loads of constructive self-criticism
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Great campus, but kind of wasted, since there's not a lot of effort from the university to make this space an open place to socialize and create strong bonds, more like a "passing by" sort of situation. In the psychology program, we definitely need more social psychology, anti-psychiatric theory. In general, more constructive self-criticism. There are wonderful teachers...


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