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Prof. Dr. Juan Cayón Prof. Dr. Juan Cayón Peña Rector of the
Nebrija University

"If you have reached this page, you are probably one of the candidates to study with us or, at least, you are interested in learning more about Nebrija University. I hope these lines serve as my most cordial welcome and brief introduction to who we are.

The Spanish university scene provides a very wide offer, so I am sure that you will want to know what characterizes Nebrija compared to other institutions. To summarize, I encourage you to dive into our website to look for clues of what I like to call the four "E"s, namely, Excellence, Experience, Employability, Ethics. These are the cornerstones of our commitment to transform you throughout your education process so that when you finish your time with us, we have managed to make you a better professional.

Excellence, because we love a job well done and we will demand that you give the best of yourself, just as we try to give you our best. Our extensive experience confirms that a requirement and commitment to excellence are the focal point that should guide the transformation process that is your stay at the University. Take advantage of the possibilities we offer in order to stand out.

Experience, because we were pioneers in making an Experiential University tangible through the highest exposure to the international environment and the huge offer of complementary training activities that made one of our mottos come true, Living Nebrija, living University.

Employability, because through the Nebrija Contract, from the first day, companies and employers are integrated into your education process, providing you not only with very useful knowledge but also with the most important skills and competence of the work environment, making you a better professional.

Ethics, because we think that today's world needs, more than ever, professionals committed to the values that characterize the Western civilization in which we are find ourselves.

I hope to greet you in person soon, but in the meantime, enjoy our virtual headquarters"

Prof. Dr. Manuel Villa Cellino Prof. Dr. Manuel Villa-Cellino President of the
Antonio de Nebrija Foundation

"Antonio de Nebrija University has followed a path of growth in quality, relevance and size since its authorization by Law 23/1995, of July 17 (BOE of July 18). These twenty-three years of academic experience have made us a university loved and appreciated by all the members of the National University Community and by part of the wide international university world.

Our current challenge is to drive this dynamic national and international activity of the Foundation and the University for those who are going to join our academic reality, because they are or will in the future be students of its various degrees, or candidates in its Master's degrees and Doctorate programs, or because they belong to one of the numerous Institutions, Universities and Companies that are usually associated with the university.

The different epigraphs of the electronic pages and the interactive website are a brief overview of our University’s reality, always attractive and personalized. Dive into its content to discover your specific interests and to share with us the path of intellectual rigor and personal education that is the essence of the institutions and people dedicated to generating, transmitting and sharing knowledge in the sizeable areas of Languages and Education, Communication and Arts, Social Sciences, Engineering, Architecture and Health Sciences.

This "website" is made with the same dedication to quality in daily work that has given us so many fruits in the past. The links of this University "website", with the particular pages of the Antonio de Nebrija Foundation, the Nebrija Institutes and the Nebrija Residences, allow one to know of many of the services, aids, scholarships and professional opportunities that are important for our students.

All the Departments and Institutions of the University are at the service of the best and fastest personal, professional and human development of the chosen youth that is incorporated annually into our classrooms. I encourage all of you, students, professors and staff of the University, to continue promoting this beautiful academic reality with your dedication to university education within the Spanish, European and international society.

My congratulations to all those who participate in its preparation, to those who have written, corrected and laid out its pages, and I extend this congratulations to those who choose Antonio de Nebrija University as "their University", to be educated in a privileged environment and join the challenges of this exemplary University Community".

What sets Nebrija University apart?

  • Employability and orientation towards the profession, with internships in companies and institutions for 100% of the students.
  • Academic Excellence with personalized teaching in small groups, the closeness between teachers and students and the meeting of relevant people from the academic and professional world.
  • Internationalization with bilingualism of international students in Madrid and with programs abroad, one of the essential experiences before finishing the studies.
  • Pedagogical innovation with spaces of knowledge and employment to be creative, enterprising and interact in the university with all sectors, such as that of automobile, performing arts, international relations, communication, etc.

Since its creation, Nebrija University has maintained the differentiating values of its educational model, based on quality teaching and on research as knowledge creation, with comprehensive training in the skills, competences and abilities of all its students. These are key principles to achieve the development of individual talent and the best opportunities for professional integration.

Our philosophy is to learn by doing, which becomes a unique university experience. It is a vital experience in the transformation of the student towards global knowledge, in order to star and lead the changes in which he/she is immersed. The "Nebrija" student focuses on the construction of knowledge for the life's important challenges.

Also, there is a firm commitment between the University and companies for the development of training in professional skills, which guarantees quality internships for the student, in order to achieve his/her ambition to grow in life and intellectually during the university phase.

The Board of Trustees of Nebrija University and the Academic Councils, made up of relevant personalities, link their knowledge and prestige to the study and research programs. Nebrija University students know how to fully articulate their knowledge and skills within the national and international society in which they will carry out their professional skills.

Who was Antonio de Nebrija

Elio Antonio Nebrija was born in Lebrija (Seville) - hence his pseudonym - in 1441. He studied Humanities at the University of Salamanca and continued his philological studies in Bologna, where he interacted with Italian humanism. His teaching began at the University of Salamanca, to which he devoted a large part of his life. Summoned by Cardinal Cisneros, he went to the University of Alcalá to participate in the publishing of the Polyglot Bible, a project he abandoned due to differences with the group of translators. The last years of his life were spent teaching at the University of Alcalá, where he died in 1522.

The illustrious humanist struggled throughout his life to recover the cultured Latin spoken by Cicero and Quintilian and that was being lost in favor of vulgar speech. For this, he based it on the natural method, which started from a good knowledge of the Romance language -the language of the people-, as the best means to avoid losing that cultured Latin.

Among his works the following stand out: Introductiones latinae (1481), Lexicon latino-castellanum et castellano-latinum (1492), Gramática castellana (1492) and Reglas de orthographia en la lengua castellana (1517). Of all of them, the most important, for the repercussion that it has had in Hispanic philology, is that on Castilian Grammar, which is the first codification of a modern language, and whose prologue is dedicated to Queen Isabel the Catholic.

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Grabado: Antonio de Nebrija impartiendo una clase de gramática en presencia de D. Juan de Zúñiga. Introducciones Latinae, 1486. Biblioteca Nacional

Antonio de Nebrija teaching a grammar class in the presence of Juan de Zúñiga. Introducciones Latinae, 1486. National Library.