Universidad Carlos III de Madrid fact sheet

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Madrid, Spain

Spring Semester 2022

Applications due to the College International Office by September 30, 2021

University: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M)

Student body: 21,672 students

International students at university: 4,400 students


Course load: IU students are expected to take 15 credits. This is the equivalent of 30 ECTS credits.

Course catalog: View course catalog

Select the desired discipline and click on ´study program´ to see the list of courses. You can click on each course to find the course description.

Language of instruction: Spanish and English

To take courses in Spanish, UC3M recommends a C1/B2 level of proficiency. Depending on the discipline, students will be able to take a full slate of courses in English. However, the College strongly recommends that students have intermediate Spanish language skills in order to get the most out of their time in Madrid. UC3M offers a Spanish language course for 265€ a semester and the College urges students to take this. Financial assistance may be available.

Grades + Transcripts: UC3M grades are done on a 0-10 scale. Passing is a 5 or above. At the student’s request, IU departments will review courses to determine how they will apply to your degree. Please note that IU does not accept Pass/Fail.

Academic calendar:

Spring semester:
Orientation: on/about January 28, 2022
Classes:  January 31-May 18, 2022
Exams: May 18-June 3, 2022


Traveling to & living in Spain

Coronavirus updates

Student visa information: A student visa is required for those spending longer than 90 days in Spain.

Learn about immigration + travel

Air travel: Exchange students will be responsible for arranging and purchasing their own round-trip international airline tickets for dates appropriate for the term at the host university. Exchange students should only purchase tickets once UC3M has confirmed the dates of arrival. Students who are nominated for the exchange are eligible to apply for a travel grant from College International.

Nearest international airport: Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD)

Housing: Exchange students may stay in one of the three student dorms although they are unlikely to get a space unless they stay for an academic year. UC3M has agreements with housing agencies to provide a variety of housing options.

Learn more about housing

Pre-departure orientation: College International staff will provide an orientation near the end of the fall semester to help students prepare for their programs. Nominated students will also be invited to enroll in the one-credit “GLLC-G 291 Study Abroad: Before You Go” for the second eight weeks term.

Departure preparation + arrival details:

Estimated costs per semester:

  • Tuition: IU Tuition
  • Food: $1,800
  • Housing: $3,000
  • Transportation and other expenses: $1,200
  • OVST administrative fee: $238
  • Plus insurance, visa, airfare, and any extra course fees

Application information

Student eligibility requirements:

  • Must be pursuing a degree within the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Have completed a minimum of one year at IUB prior to enrolling abroad and not be in your last semester
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Have a passport by the time applications are due at the host university, valid at least 6 months after the anticipated return date

For this exchange program, students must be nominated by the College International Office.

Deadline for student applications to College International:

  • September 30, 2021

Application process:

  • If you would like to apply for this exchange, please visit http://go.iu.edu/ASPIREexchanges.
  • Complete the form and upload a statement of intent.
  • Send the recommendation form link to the person who will supply a reference for you. It must be submitted by the application deadline.
  • College International staff will conduct interviews with select students (semi-finalists) to determine their suitability and preparedness for the exchange. Students must come to the interview prepared with a list of prospective courses they might like to take abroad.
  • College International will nominate finalists to UC3M. Upon acceptance, UC3M will contact students to invite them to apply for admission. An academic transcript and copy of your passport will be required at this point.

Have questions?

Questions can be directed to the College International Office at collOIA@indiana.edu.

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