Date of establishment: 1499.
Number of students: 54,000.
Name of the rector: María Vicenta Mestre Escrivà.

The University of Valencia was founded over five centuries ago. It has become a modern public university devoted to all areas of knowledge. It is situated in Valencia, the third biggest Spanish city.

For more than 500 years, UV has developed in parallel with the city and has been an inextricable part of its urban fabric, creating spaces for teaching, research and creation. Over the past two decades it has witnessed an accelerated process of transformation and growth, which has turned it into a leader regarding the application of new technologies, connected to international scientific and teaching networks. It has also become one of the top five scientific centres in Spain thanks to its commitment to excellence and to the wide range of teaching and research activities offered in all areas of knowledge.

Internationalisation is very important for us: UV is the third of the European universities that receive most Erasmus students!

UV is structured in three campuses:

  1. Blasco Ibáñez is located in the middle of the city and hosts arts and humanities, health and educational sciences, and the main administrative building - Rectorado;
  2. Tarongers is very close to the Mediterranean Sea and home to educational and social sciences, law, business and economics;
  3. Burjassot is a beautiful garden campus outside the city, where you can study basic sciences and engineering. The Scientific Park is located there and hosts research institutes, a business incubator, and scientific and technological companies.

Besides these campuses, UV owns other buildings in the city, such as the historical site known as La Nau, which is currently a cultural centre and a historical library; the Botanical Garden, situated in the heart of Valencia, and the Palau de Cerveró, which hosts the International Office and the Science History Museum, in the middle of the old city area.


In the thirteenth century, higher education was established in the city of Valencia thanks to King James I of Aragon who had obtained a Studium Generale institution from Pope Innocent IV in 1245. However, it was not until the 30th of October 1499 that the Juries of Valencia drew up the Constitutions of what was about to become the first University of Valencia: a university authorised by the Papal Bull on the 23rd of  January 1501, signed by the Valencian Pope Alexander VI and by the royal privilege of Ferdinand II the Catholic. It was granted on the 16th of February 1502.


The University of Valencia has a service called "UVdiscapacitat" (UVdisability). They can be reached by email and you can find further information here:


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