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To whom is UNED geared
Where is UNED
Distance Education System
Welcome plan
Contact information


What can be studied at UNED
Bachelor's Degree Studies (EHEA)
University Master's Degrees (EHEA)
University Access Courses (CAD)
University Admissions Examinations
Life Long Learning
University Center for Distance Language
University Extension Programs


UNED International
Other mobility
Cooperative Strategy

Facts and Data

The National Distance Education University (UNED) has as its mission the public service of higher education through the modality of distance education.

Facts and data about UNED:

  • At more than 205,000 students, UNED has the largest student population in Spain and is one of the largest universities in Europe.

  • Since 1972, UNED has sought to translate into action the principle of equal opportunity in access to higher education through a methodology based on the principles of distance learning and focused on the needs of the student.

  • UNED is the leader in the implementation of cutting edge technologies applied to learning, with the largest offer of virtual courses in Spain.

Study Programs Overview

  • Degrees and Diplomas:
    • 27 bachelor´s degrees adapted to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)

    • 76 official university master's degrees adapted to the EHEA.

    • 19 doctoral programs adapted to the EHEA.

    • 4 general diplomas and 5 technical engineering diplomas (all to be phased out in 2011-12).

    • 18 licentiate degrees and 3 advanced engineering degrees (all to be phased out in 2011-12)

  • University Access Courses (CAD) for those older than 25 and 45, respectively.

  • Languages. Course offerings in foreign and co-official languages ​​at the University Center for Distance Language Learning (CUID).

  • Life Long Learning (more than 600 courses).

  • University extension courses (more than 900, including summer and other courses).

  • UNED Senior, for people over the age of 55.

  • Interest in responding to the demand for training groups with special needs

  • Established in all the Spanish Autonomous Communities in the form of 61 Associated Centers and more than 100 extensions and classrooms, where tutoring takes place and also the venues for the proctoring of in-person exams.

  • Present in 13 countries in Europe (Germany, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Italia), America (United States, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela) and Africa (Equatorial Guinea).

  • Academic teaching staff of more than 1,400 in 9 Faculties, 2 Technical Colleges and the University Access Course (CAD) at UNED Headquarters. And more than 7,000 Professor-Tutors spread across the Associated Centers.