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The Complutense University was founded by Cardinal Cisneros in the ancient town of Complutum, the present day Alcalá de Henares, by a Papal Bull granted by Pope Alexander VI in 1499. Its true history, however, can be traced back to May 20th 1293, the date on which Sancho IV of Castile created the Estudio de Escuelas Generales de Alcalá which two centuries later became Cisneros' Complutense University.
In the academic year 1509-1510 there were five Faculties : Arts and Philosophy, Theology, Canon Law, Letters and Medicine. In 1836 during the reign of Isabel II, the University was moved to Madrid, to calle San Bernardo, and was then called the Central University.
Later, in 1927, a university campus was planned in the Moncloa area on land granted for this purpose by Alfonso XIII. This was at the height of the ‘Silver Age' in Spanish culture. Teachers at the Complutense during this period included José Ortega y Gasset, Manuel García Morente, Luis Jiménez de Asúa, Santiago Ramón y Cajal and Blas Cabrera.
During the Civil War the Ciudad Universitaria was turned into a battle front, with the destruction of Faculty buildings and institutions on the campus and part of its rich scientific, artistic and bibliographical heritage as well as the loss of many prestigious members of the teaching staff.
In 1970 the Government embarked on a reform of higher education and the Central University was renamed the Complutense University, in reference to its origins. At the same time the Somosaguas campus was created to house most of the Social Science faculties and provide more space on the Moncloa campus.
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Each student is required to coordinate their own housing arrangements according to the options available at the exchange/affiliate university. You can view the university housing page at http://casaestudiante.ucm.es/alojamiento
Students are responsible for applying directly to the Universidad Complutense de Madrid as well as filling out the Baylor Study Abroad Application Packet.
For more information about applying to this university, go to http://www.ucm.es/sobre-la-solicitud-on-the-application
A passport and visa are required. Each student will pay all tuition costs directly to Baylor as if you were here on campus.
A passport and visa are required.
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