What is Universitas?

We are inspired by the initiatives that appeared in the period known as Late Antiquity, where the aim was to bring together and pass on the different legacies of Greco-Roman and Eastern wisdom that gave rise to the universities of the Middle Ages.

Universitas General Studies is an academic project supported by the International Organization New Acropolis.

Origin of the name

The foundation of universities resulted in the need to organize knowledge. The first differentiation was that of intellectual knowledge and manual practice, which later became Theory and Practice, the latter being relegated to the learning of trades.

The word University derives from the Latin Universitas. “An abstract noun based on the adjective Universus – a- um (all, whole, universal), which is derived in turn from Unus – a- um (one)”. This term is attributed to Cicero, who used it for the first time to mean a whole consisting of many parts and having a single aim: universitas rerum and universitas generis humani.

Alfonso X the Wise defined it as “a community of teachers and scholars which is established in some place with the intention and understanding to study the different branches of knowledge(Partid. II, Title XXXI, Law 1), alluding to the name universitas magistrorum et scholarium.

Until the 14th century, the term Universitas coexisted with another older term, first Studium and then Studium generale and also Studia Generalia (plural). This was the name given to the first universities: the Bologna School of Law (14th century), the schools of Philosophy in Paris (12th century) and the monastic schools of Oxford (12th century).

In this antecedent we base ourselves to add the term “General Study” in singular or plural, “General Studies”, in the vernacular languages or in Latin Studium Generale or Studia Generalia . It refers to a center of instruction for all types of people, where lessons are given on various academic disciplines.

Academic Proposal

Interdisciplinary education

A science-based interdisciplinary education accessible to everyone who is looking for knowledge in different fields. The common thread that Universitas provides is an ethical approach, based on universal and timeless values.

Education for life

We want to contribute to improving our societies through individual education, by expanding the horizons of knowledge in a profound and grounded way, that will help us to deal with the different situations of life, as well as improving our environment and societies.

Specialist teaching staff

Although the basis of our programme is interdisciplinary, we combine this with a specialized training delivered by lecturers with an in-depth knowledge of their subjects and a wealth of professional experience.

About our courses

Broaden your knowledge and put it into practice


Universitas General Studies is an online learning platform with eight subject areas and specialist teaching staff.


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