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Carlos III Univ.

Study Abroad Program Overview

Enroll directly in the Carlos III University of Madrid and take classes with Spain's best students at one of Spain's most innovative universities! Open to UCEAP students for the Fall or Spring semesters, most all of the degree program classes are available and many have half of their courses if not the entire program in English. In particular, International Studies, Economics, and Engineering from Aerospace to Telecommunications have rich offerings in English.
Consider the other possibilities:

  • Live in Madrid with access to the art and culture of this cosmopolitan capital.
  • Amazing staff in UCEAP's office at Carlos III to assist you with your academic life.
  • Intimate welcoming campus atmosphere.
  • Access to a range of clubs, sports, and music groups.
  • Take short courses with public figures from all walks of life.​​​​​​​ 

Enhance Your Fall Program with a Summer Term

Get a head start on your study abroad experience by choosing the Pre-Intensive Language Program (pre-ILP), Cádiz. The pre-ILP can be used to qualify for the Fall option, and it is also open to Fall applicants who feel they may benefit from additional language preparation and want to spend their summer on the beautiful Atlantic coast of Southern Spain.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.

Language of Instruction

English; Spanish

Language Study

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Spanish language study is required for all students who are not exempt via the language placement exam upon arrival in Madrid.


​Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars
Pre-ILP + Fall :  
early July to mid-December

Fall :  
late August to mid-December​​

Spring :  
mid-January to early June







Students make arrangements for their own housing prior to departure. Housing resources are available your Pre-Departure Checklist.

Extracurricular Activities

The Carlos III University offers a wide variety of student services and activities.  The campus is a great place for students to get involved in sports and fitness programs.
The "Intercambio" program is designed for Spanish language practice with CIII students and is a great way to make friends with Spaniards. Certain classes, such as environmental studies, include field trips. The entire program travels north to the Basque country for a weekend to visit the cities of Bilbao and the Bay of Biscay.

On-site Support

UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. UCEAP programs in Spain are administered by a UC faculty member who serves as UC Faculty Director of programs in Spain. The local staff will help you integrate into Spanish culture and provide assistance with academics, safety, and other issues.​ 
​See the UCEAP Program Guide for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and health and safety.

Course Opportunities

Carlos III University of Madrid is a young and modern university with its broadest offerings in social sciences and engineering. Some semester-long humanities courses are available as well, but the offerings are not as extensive as those typically available at your home UC campus. Short-term humanities seminars with lower unit values may be easier to find; these mini-cursos are occasionally taught in English and offerings vary from term to term or year to year. Also available are Hispanic Studies courses, set classes specifically designed for international students to improve Spanish language skills while also delving into Spanish history, culture, and contemporary social issues.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
  • Host institution catalogs or course listings:
    • Regular course offerings (Grados ⇾ Oferta de Titulaciones): Click through the course of study that interests you to get to a page with a “Programa” link that lists current courses, broken down by year.
      • Courses with English or bilingual-taught options are noted in parentheses.
      • Courses in the sciences and engineering are available and can be found by following the different ingeniería links: "Grado en Ingeniería [type]..."  then the "Programa" link in the center of the following page.
    • Humanities courses (mini-cursos) these short courses typically range from 1.5 to 2.5 UC quarter units; simply hit the search button on the page to see all available results.
    • Hispanic Studies courses are typically offered both semesters and are worth the same number of units as regular courses (5 UC quarter units).
  • MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Courses that have not yet been taken for credit will not appear in the Course Catalog. Additional courses may be available at the host university and not all courses cataloged may be offered each term.
  • Academic Information in the Program Guide


You will complete a full-time course of study while abroad. 22.5 - 25.0 quarter/15.0 - 16.7 semester UC units are required; a minimum of five courses.

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

Internships for academic credit are not possible on this program.

Carlos III University of Madrid

Organized very specifically in the spirit of Spain’s 1977 Constitution and the associated university reform movement, Carlos III University of Madrid is dedicated to the concept of an integrated education that combines science and culture as parts of the same global ideal. 
One of the first Spanish universities to "Europeanize" its curriculum, Carlos III offers dynamic classes and encourages all kinds of internationalization. You will be welcome here. The university has extensive opportunities for students to participate in cultural activities and sports. The modern campus has cafeterías, restaurants, a bookstore, and a bank.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

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These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

​ Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • UC fees
  • Tuition at Carlos III University
  • Estimated room and board
  • Two-day excursion to Andalucia (Fall students)
  • Two-day excursion to Basque country (Spring students)
  • On-site orientation
  • Round-trip airfare from California
  • Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Thanksgiving dinner (Fall students)
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​


Language Requirements 

Which UCEAP Spanish Language Requirements Apply to Me?

The Pre-ILP+Fall option is available to a limited number of students who wish to gain the required language skills to enroll in non-langauge courses taught in Spanish at the Carlos III Univ. of Madrid


  • Students studying Spanish as a second language are required to complete a minimum of the 5th quarter or 3rd semester of Spanish language courses at the university level, or provide proof of equivalent via AP exam, IB exam, SAT II exam, UC language placement exam, or UC language evaluation.
  • Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with some formal study of Spanish are not required to meet a language requirement.
  • Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with no formal study of Spanish are not required to meet a language requirement.

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Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.  

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: