Now you can 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!
- 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.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
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The EAP Study Center arranges rooms for the first month in advance in private homes in Madrid or Getafe, Colmenarejo, or Leganés (the suburbs where Carlos III University campuses are located). EAP’s housing coordinator and on-site staff work hard to appropriately match your needs with homestay situations. Most homes are located in Madrid. The hosts are not necessarily families, but most have been welcoming EAP students for years and are familiar with student needs. The homestay includes two meals per day in order to help give you time to get to know your Spanish host.
After the first month in a homestay, you may find your own housing in Madrid or make arrangements to stay with your host family for the semester.
"Intercambio" program designed for Spanish language practice with CIII students is a great way to make friends with Spaniards. Certain classes (environmental studies) have field trips. Entire program travels to Andalucia for the weekend.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. UCEAP programs in Madrid are administered by a UC faculty member who serves as Study Center Director. The Study Center Director and local staff will help you integrate into Spanish culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
Meet our staff...
See the EAP Program Guide (PDF)
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
Carlos III University of Madrid
Organized very specifically in the spirit of Spain’s 1977 Constitution and the associated university reform movement, Carlos III 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.
Carlos III is a young and modern university with its broadest offerings in social sciences and engineering. Humanities courses are available as well, but are not as extensive as at UC. The easiest way to look for courses is by looking through Carlos III’s degree requirements.
- http://www.uc3m.es/portal/page/portal/titulaciones_grado. 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 bilingual options (offered in English and Spanish) are noted on those pages.
- Courses in the sciences and engineering are available and can be found by following the different Ingeniería links: Grado en Ingeniería [type]... > "Programa" link in blue/green square in the center of the following page.
- Most courses are worth 6 ECTS or 5 UC quarter units (approximately 3.3 UC semester units)
The minimum unit requirement is 21 UC upper-division quarter units. All students are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. You may meet the unit requirement by taking four regular Carlos III courses, or by combining three regular courses plus one or two mini-cursos.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships are not an option through this program
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.
* Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2012-13. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2012-13 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. 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:
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.
- Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare from California
- UC fees
- Tuition at Carlos III University
- Accident and medical insurance
- Arrival hotel and transportation to homestay locations
- On-site orientation
- Homestay lodging and meals
- Two-day excursion to Andalucía
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Thanksgiving dinner
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 7 quarters / 5 semesters with a minimum language GPA of 2.85.
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental predeparture 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.
Visit your Campus EAP Office for more information: