About Villanueva University

Villanueva is a private university affiliated by charter to the Complutense University of Madrid since 1997. It aims to be an innovative University, capable of leaving its mark on society as it advances into the third millennium. Villanueva University provides quality higher education based on the principles of Christian humanism.

One of the features of this endeavor is our specialization in the Social Sciences. Our ambition is to improve interdisciplinary research and development in these fields, and to apply results to teaching and to the professions. The fact that the University is privately owned, yet affiliated to a state university, has two important implications: first, students obtain a degree that is widely recognized and second, the college can operate with enormous flexibility and adaptability without losing the traditional spirit and academic standards of the parent University. The Complutense University of Madrid was founded in the XVI century and is today the most highly respected of the Spanish state universities.

  • Specializing in a variety of social sciences: Business, Law, Communications, Education and Psychology.
  • A commitment to an interdisciplinary, transversal and integrated education in humanities.
  • A professional character, coupled with the commitment to research, which defines the university’s key role of transmitting knowledge.
  • A university environment open to discussions, critical analysis and continual assessment, in which the master classes and individual tutoring, group assignments, lectures, and oral and written exercises are combined. All this is accomplished using the latest teaching methods, both face-to-face, and online.
  • The transmission of human and ethical values through lesson content, born from the belief that the students will have an influence on society through their work environments.
  • Provide solid and extensive training to prepare professionals who stand out for their work ethic and spirit of service.
  • The participation and involvement of teachers as major figures in the educational process.
  • Support for student training through academic tutoring and personal counselling.
  • The relevance of our training, both in teaching methodologies and work practice programs, aimed at facilitating employment for graduates.
  • A clear international focus, present in our curriculum, which offers the possibility of studying part of the course abroad thanks to partnerships and agreements with universities in other countries.

All of the above are reflected in a full range of academic degrees, combined degrees, master’s degrees and certificates or diplomas of specialization. Practically all of our students study two degrees, a joint degree or a degree with an additional certificate, seeking greater preparation, specialization and professional expertise, which equates to a rapid and smooth entry into the labor market.

Degree Programs

The Undergraduate Degrees awarded are related to the Social Sciences: Journalism, Audiovisual Communication, Publicity and Public Relations, Law, Business Administration and Management, and Primary and Pre-school Education Teaching. Admission standards and selection procedures are demanding due to the limited number of places available.

The official Complutense Graduate Degrees offered include:  Master’s in Access to the Profession of Lawyer, Master’s in Teacher Training for Secondary and Vocational Education and Foreign Language teaching, Master’s in Psychopedagogy, Master’s in General Health Psychology, Master’s in Early Childhood care and attention, and Master’s in Organizational Communication.

Villanueva offers its own Master’s Degrees: Legal practice in the Digital Age, Entrepreneurship and Technology; Master’s in Promotion and Management of Audiovisual Productions; Master’s in Digital Marketing; Master’s in Criminology and Forensic Science; Master’s in Directing Educational Centers; Master’s in Event Planning; Master’s in Sports Journalism; Master’s in Online Sports Journalism.

Villanueva in Numbers

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Villanueva abides by two criteria that form part of its identity:

to not segregate students into suburban campuses removed from the professional and social reality in which they should be immersed; and to preserve a compact dimension in keeping with the degree of excellence that it demands of all of its activities in the specialized areas of learning in which it is engaged.

The University is located in the Mirasierra district:

Costa Brava, 2
Costa Brava, 6

International Programs

Villanueva has been designing and organizing international programs since 1988 and is a founding member of European Business Schools International (EBSI GROUP) and a member of Businet Network. Villanueva receives between 150 and 200 international students each academic year.

From its origin, Villanueva Centro Universitario has established a growing number of international academic agreements with different universities outside of Spain, thus enabling our students to study abroad through different exchange programs.

Villanueva is a Higher Education Center with an international outlook. We believe in the importance of an international education. This is why spending time, through our semester abroad program, at two of our partner universities is an integral part of many of our degree programs. The choice of universities at which students can spend their foreign academic year depends on their course of study. The number of international universities they can choose from varies according to their particular field of specialization. To guarantee the quality of the international education provided, the network of partner institutions is continuously updated and extended.

The programs abroad enable students to pursue their academic study in a different language and work on specialized subjects in a different academic culture. Students will also get to know the host country, its customs, move their foreign language skills towards proficiency, and build up a network of international contacts.

The international perspective of the degrees at Villanueva can be observed right from the beginning with language classes (English and French or German), intercultural seminars, the presence of international students and the opportunity to participate in different events at foreign universities (International Law Week, International Marketing Week, Business Week-Finance, International Semesters etc.). Furthermore, students enrolled in the BA + Law and Bachelor in International Business degrees complete their studies with an International Year split between two universities abroad.

Some of these universities form part of the International EBS (European Business School) with centers in London (Regent’s University London), Paris (EBS Paris), Dortmund, Frankfurt and Munich (ISM: International School of Management. Other universities are part of the EBC Hochschule group in Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Düsseldorf or the BUSINET (Global Business Education Network) like the EPHEC in Brussels, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Avans, Stenden and NHL in The Netherlands or Link University in Rome.

Villanueva also has bilateral agreements with American universities (Berkeley College in New York, the University of California Riverside in Los Angeles, and Georgia State University in Atlanta) and Asian universities (Shanghai University in China), as well as with other prestigious European universities such as the Paris-Est Creteil Val-de-Marne University, University of Liège and the Pantheon Sorbonne University (Paris I).

Students enrolled in the Master’s in Access to the Profession of Lawyer (MAAB) also have the possibility of completing their postgraduate studies with an International Legal Semester in Berlin, New York or Shanghai. The courses are aimed at gaining greater knowledge of the German legal system, European institutions or the idiosyncrasies of the American legal system. Work placement at multinationals or international law firms is available at all of the destinations.

The International Year ends with an internship, which allows our students to experience different cultures in an academic, social and business setting, thereby improving their knowledge and communication skills in other languages. The countries and universities are determined by the languages chosen and studied in previous years.