Summer Courses in El Escorial
The Summer Courses in El Escorial are among the most prestigious events organised by the Complutense University Foundation. Since their creation in 1988 these courses have brought together every summer the most distinguished figures in national and international academic life. Writers, scientists, politicians, artists and personalities from many different fields come to this attractive cultural forum and take part in an exchange of information and knowledge that is of great benefit to all participants.
For five weeks during July and August the historic town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial hosts this wide ranging representation of every branch of human knowledge, ranging from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, through Medicine or Architecture, History, Literature and Music, to Communication, Economics and Politics.
The courses are designed following criteria of academic rigour, current interest, diversity and internationality. They are given by experts in their respective fields and are attended by university undergraduates and postgraduates and by working professionals.
The 2009 Summer Course in El Escorial included 60 courses, 32 congresses and symposia, 4 workshops, 7 training courses and 19 performances, with the participation of some 4,000 students and 2,000 speakers.
The Complutense Summer School
The Complutense Summer School is an educational initiative of the Complutense University of Madrid and of its General Foundation, offering in-house specialist higher education courses.
These courses offer undergraduate and postgraduate students from other universities the opportunity to include a higher education diploma from one of the most important and highly regarded universities in Europe in their CV.
The 2009 Summer School included 170 courses with more than 6,000 places offered for students from all over the world. 1,500 teachers took part and non-academic activities were also arranged. Funded places were available for participants in the different courses.
Complutense Latin-American School
In 2006 the Complutense University , through its General Foundation, set up the Escuela Complutense Latinoamericana, an ambitious educational initiative with the aim of promoting an international university based cooperation framework, encouraging activities which increase and strengthen the bonds between institutions and especially between individual members of the university communities.
The Complutense Latin American School is intended especially for students, graduates and postgraduates in Spain and Latin-America , although this is an academic activity without borders where students from any part of the world can participate who want to discover the roots of Latin-American university culture.
The 2009 School was held in the Universidad Nacional de la Plata (Argentina) and the Universidades de Cartagena y Tecnológica de Bolívar (Colombia). Around 700 students took part in 24 courses which included many important present day disciplines, given by more than 100 teachers from the Complutense University and from the organizing Universities.