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 Spring semester, 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.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars
late January to early June
The UCEAP Study Center arranges rooms in advance in private homes
in Madrid or Getafe (the suburb where Carlos III University is located), where you will live from the start of the program until March 1st. UCEAP’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 a typical family unit, but most have been welcoming UCEAP students for years and are familiar with student needs. The homestay arrangement includes three typical Spanish meals
per day in order to help give you time to get to know your Spanish host.
After the homestay ends at the end of February, you may find your own housing in Madrid or make arrangements to stay with your host family for the semester.
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
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.
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 Madrid are administered by a UC faculty member who serves as Study Center Director and visits frequently from Barcelona. The Director and local staff will help you integrate into Spanish culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
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.
Carlos III University of Madrid 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 those typically available at your home UC campus. The easiest way to look for courses is by looking through the Carlos III degree (grado) pages.
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 bilingual options (offered in English and Spanish) are noted on these pages.
- 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)
- 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 are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 25 quarter/16.7 semester UC units are required; a minimum of five courses.
Students typically meet the requirement by taking five regular Carlos III courses, four regular courses plus an Hispanic Studies course, or combining four courses plus two or more humanities mini-cursos ranging from 1.5 to 2.5 UC quarter units each.
Research and Independent Study
Opportunities for independent study and research may be available on this program. Arrangements are generally made at the UCEAP Study Center after arrival in Spain. Consult with the program coordinator, the UC faculty director, as well as your individual professors, early in the program to discuss possible options.
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.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
- Create content for the website and blog of a corporate video company
- Draft and/or translate articles for an English-language publication
- Complete service projects with Non-Governmental Organizations
- Provide administrative and social media support for a small publishing company
- Work on the marketing campaign and development of a monthly newsletter for an English-language school
- Gain clinical experience in speech pathology by observing lessons with pathologists and psychologists
- Apply your knowledge of scientific theory and analysis by monitoring research results and testing new technologies in a university lab
Please note: Current internship offerings may vary. You may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.
Setting Up Your Internship
- All internships are secured once you are on-site.
- Study Center staff will help set up your internships and will be available to assist you throughout the process.
- You must work 10-15 hours per week if you are seeking academic credit for your internship.
At UC Berkeley, there aren’t any classes or degrees regarding speech-language pathology and I wanted to see what the field entailed before I applied to graduate schools to make sure it was the right choice. . . This experience has affirmed my interest to further pursue speech-language pathology in the future [and] I would recommend to any future study abroad student to absolutely take the opportunity of doing an internship: it can give you an insight to a field that you never knew about, show you further career opportunities, and give you the chance to speak with professionals about their career.
-Lauren Phillips, UC Berkeley
With some dedicated investigation and a bit of persistence, it is possible to find an internship that fits the needs of your unique discipline and more importantly provides you with an enriching experience. . . I would recommend to all study abroad students, but especially to science based majors, that you be unrelenting in your search for an internship!...An internship abroad is an unparalleled experience, one that combines academics and occupation with innovation and hands-on creativity in a setting utterly new and unfamiliar. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience your education from an alternate perspective.
- Whitney Jones, UC Santa Barbara
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 Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional 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 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 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 the same 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.
- UC fees
- Tuition at Carlos III University
- Homestay lodging and 2-3 meals per day for the first month
- Estimated room and board for the remainder of the program
- Two-day excursion to Basque country
- Arrival hotel and transportation to homestay locations
- On-site orientation
- Round-trip airfare from California
- Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
- 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
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
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: