Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (English: King Juan Carlos University) is a public research university with campuses in the Southern area of the Community of Madrid- in Móstoles, Alcorón, Vicálvaro and Fuenlabrada. The Spanish university was named after king Juan Carlos I of Spain and was founded in 1996. Since then, the university has specialized in teaching and finding interdisciplinary solutions to current problems, therefore making it one of the best universities in Madrid. It was ranked among the best universities for excellence academic programmes and international scientific quality. Today, almost 38,000 students are enrolled in programmes at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC). The students benefit from the outstanding facilities and infrastructure of the campuses, as the university offers an excellent academic environment which is dedicated to research, innovation and learning. The school is the second biggest and second newest public university in the Community of Madrid. Students at Rey Juan Carlos University can study at undergraduate level, and also follow double degree, blended learning degree programmes. English-taught degrees are offered as well, aimed for international students, who are eager to develop their potential and have an international, professional and humanistic study experience. URJC can also delivers master and university-specific degrees, and PhD programmes. The school wants to make sure that every students is able to achieve their academic goal, and in order to make this possible, offers several scholarships and grants to students and graduates. All of the degree programmes are adapted to the European Higher Education Area. Prospective students can choose from a variety of subject areas- they could be studying towards a degree in Health Sciences, Experimental Sciences and Technology, Communication Sciences, Law, and Social Sciences, as well as Preschool Education, International Relations, Visual Arts and Dance, Criminology, and many more. The university also works closely together with numerous academic and professional partners.
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Universidad Rey Juan Carlos has many different study plans and that is an advantage that many universities don’t have. On the other hand, professors are quite inactive because they don’t have innovative ideas. In general, is a good university but I have to say that it’s not the best one. There are other universities in Madrid which have much more reputation.
The professors, in general, are very easy-going but they don’t get involved with the student’s progress.
There are many students from other countries and the URJC’s ESN is the biggest one in Madrid so you can involve in many different activities.
There are many others students groups which do more active the student life such a “Club de Debate” “Gaudeamus” or “ECOasoc”.
Another disadvantage is the price of languages courses, they are really expensive.
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos is one of the youngest Universities of Madrid; because of that the majority of its campus (Fuenlabrada, Móstoles and Alcorcón) have modern buildings and really good facilities, even though those are the campus located in towns outside the city of Madrid, which makes them a little far of the city center. There are two campuses located in the city center (Vicálvaro and Arguelles) but these have older facilities than the other ones, though they are good.
About the degrees, URJC is focused on Social Sciences and Communication and there are many different degrees related to those fields and the Professors are good (even though sometimes there are lazy/boring ones). In addition, URJC is launching a lot of new degrees about gaming, fashion or sign language, being pioneer among the public Spanish Universities.
One of the best things of the Uni is its international program. You have a lot of options to study abroad or make an internship, and there are a lot of grants which you can benefit from.
Also, if you are thinking about being a exchange student/Erasmus in this Uni I definitely recommend it. There is an international office in each campus which helps the exchange students. Also, it has an awesome Buddy Program which helps you meeting local students who will help you. There’s also a student association for the exchange incoming students called Erasmus Student Network Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. They help them with everything they may need during its exchange and they also organize a lot of trips and activities.
Only one campus (Vicálvaro) has student housing but it is really expensive, so I wouldn’t recommend living there.
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos is a modern, up-to-date, engaging university that offers numerous career paths and opportunities to develop your preferred studies. In their many campuses you can find a wide variety of majors (and even more, an incredible amount of interesting double majors that are not offered at any other public institution in Spain) that will help you feel prepared to face your professional future. It also offers an incredibly complete study abroad program that gives you the chance to explore other parts of the world and improve your CV. Also, I would really recommend it for international students looking for a place to study in Madrid as it offers a lot of their classes and majors in english. As a part of the Erasmus Student Network at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, I can assure you that we provide all the help needed to make Madrid your home away from home and make sure you make the most out of your stay!
I have been studying in the URJC for a short time, but at the moment I do not find any fault. All the teachers do their work correctly and put their effort and dedication, as well as clear explanations. The facilities are fine, all classes have a projector and computer, and you also have WiFi access throughout the center. The services offered at the university (bookstore, cafeteria, reprography …) are very economical and effective. And finally, the university offers weekly courses and seminars for all students, many of them free.
I spent the spring 2015 at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos as an ERASMUS exchange student. I have to say the university was a disappointment; the campus area was not comfortable and cold and I didn’t feel comfortable as an exchange student. Even if the university marketed itself as an “international university”, the personnel didn’t speak well English and even the welcoming ceremony was held in Spanish. Also the local students felt distant since we didn’t have any interaction between the local and exchange students. The price of the Spanish language course was way too high and I got a feeling that school had serious money problems.
The quality of the lectures wasn’t really good. We watched the movie Gladiator at the lecture of “Commercial history”, for example. Even if the lectures were quite easy, the exams were sometimes way too hard and badly organized. At one course it was hard to understand the questions since they were written in so bad English.
After all, I don’t recommend URJC to any exchange student in Madrid.
After studying the first year in the campus of Fuenlabrada in the URJC I can say that I am quite happy with the university. I study a double degree that only offers this one, which is very positive since it provides a much more exclusive professional possibilities for students. In general the teaching staff has been good and the content level also adapted well to the academic objectives of the degree.
I think I came out fairly prepared for the race but more on my own initiative than for what the university offered me first. They should give less theoretical knowledge that is useless in working life and contents that are more current and useful outside the classroom.