Segovia Campus Santa Cruz la Real

The IE University Segovia Campus: history in the making

Welcome to the Convent of Santa Cruz la Real, a place where you’ll study, relax and make friends during your time at IE University. First built in 1218, the site has been home to a monastery, a prison, an orphanage, a hospice, and most recently, the IE University Segovia Campus.

Our campus is located in the ancient city of Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage site that’s famous for its Roman aqueduct, winding streets and fairytale castle. What’s more, it’s just a 25-minute high-speed train ride from the bustling city of Madrid, where you’ll find the IE Tower and much more.

By studying at IE University in Segovia, you will enjoy a truly authentic campus experience alongside like-minded students from over 100 different countries. And when you graduate, you’ll be adding your story to hundreds of years of history.

"Walk around the city center, frequent the small shops, and make friends with the locals—they’re very nice and it provides you with a great opportunity to practice your Spanish. "
Caio Emanuel Marques, DUAL DEGREE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION + INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
"The environment at the university is ideal. Segovia is my home. It’s a quiet city yet, at the same time, I live in an international environment surrounded by students from across the globe."
Teresa Olombrada, DUAL DEGREE IN LAWS + INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
"Segovia is an amazing, and incredibly beautiful place to live in. I love photography and Segovia never fails to surprise me by showcasing the perfect scenes for it. "
Anurag Phalke, BACHELOR IN DESIGN
"Studying in Segovia has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Everyone is nice, there are many nationalities and cultures to experience right on campus. It is a very lively city full of activities and fun things to do. "
Alicia Clara, BACHELOR IN PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS, LAW AND ECONOMICS (PPLE)

A journey through time

1218

The Convent of Santa Cruz was the first Dominican convent in Spain, and was first built in 1218. Rumor has it that Saint Dominic of Guzmán chose that exact spot because it’s where he used to repent his sins.

1290

Over the years, the Dominicans were becoming increasingly popular in Segovia because Saint Dominic kept performing miracles. King Alfonso X of Castile took note, and set up an annual donation to the monastery that continued for decades.

1478

The monastery truly started flourishing during the Catholic monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella’s reign. They granted it “royal” status, and that’s when it became known as The Convent of Santa Cruz la Real. If you look closely, you can see Ferdinand and Isabella’s motto written on the Aula Magna doors, as well as other references to them throughout the building.

1478 – 1500

Thanks to their close ties to the Catholic Monarchs, the Dominicans had enough money to reconstruct the convent. That’s when spaces like the Aula Magna and the main entrance were built.

16th century

By the end of the 16th century, donations to the monastery had started to increase, and people were even adding it to their wills. What’s more, this is when the building first started to become a center for education and learning.

1809

The huge art collection that once belonged to the monastery was destroyed by a fire in 1809. Some of it was salvaged, however, and you can find it in Madrid’s Prado Museum.

1836

The 19th century began with a social and economic reform in Spain, so religious buildings were donated to the state. The Convent of Santa Cruz la Real was one of them, so the Dominicans left and it was converted into a hospice and nursing home for the elderly.

1843

In May of 1843, the convent became an orphanage as well, and the orphans lived in what we know as the student residence today.

The Sala Capitular was once a prayer room for the friars, and then it was converted into a kitchen for the orphanage. If you look at the ceiling, it’s all black from the smoke!

20th century

The building suffered a series of fires at the beginning of the 20th century, and was abandoned as a result.

2006

Renovations took place in 2006, and the monastery was converted into the IE University Segovia Campus that we all know and love today.

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