Universidad Carlos III de Madrid fact sheet

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Madrid, Spain

Fall semester 2021 and Academic Year 2021-22

Application due to OIA by March 1, 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 ETCS credits.

Course catalog: View course catalog

Language of instruction: Spanish and English

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:

Fall semester: Second week of September – Late January
[Academic Year: Early September-Early June]

Early Assessment:

UC3M will allow students from non-European universities to take exams early, the third week of December, with arrangement with the professor. https://www.uc3m.es/ss/Satellite/UC3MInstitucional/en/TextoMixta/1371220471732 

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 OIA.

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: The College OIA staff will provide an orientation the prior semester to help students prepare for their programs.

Departure preparation + arrival details:

For arrival details and travel information https://www.uc3m.es/studies/international-students/bachelors-degrees

UC3M’s Buddy Program https://www.uc3m.es/ss/Satellite/UC3MInstitucional/en/TextoMixta/1371220461929/ 

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 Office of International Affairs (OIA).

Deadline for student applications to OIA:

  • March 1, 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.
  • OIA 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.
  • OIA 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 Office of International Affairs at collOIA@indiana.edu.

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