Study Abroad Program Overview
Enjoy the historical neighborhoods, museums, cafés, contemporary culture, and democratic enthusiasm of Madrid
. Students going for the fall semester will be pressed to fit everything in. Go for the year and enjoy the late night dinners, sociability of the plazas, choices of music and film, clubs, return visits to your favorite art exhibits, and relaxed environment of your favorite café.
Study abroad at the prestigious Complutense University of Madrid
, the largest and often most highly ranked university in Spain. Like most major European universities, the Complutense has medieval origins, but in the late 20th century a dramatic expansion and modernization placed it at the forefront of Spanish higher education. You may pursue virtually any major at the Complutense, and the UCEAP staff stand ready to assist you in navigating the academic offerings of this large institution.
As part of the university's internationalization program, many degrees are offered with English language instruction to make some of your choices even easier!
Enhance Your 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 or Year options, and it is also open to Fall and Year 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
The program begins with a 3-week Spanish intensive language program (ILP). During the year, Spanish language study is available but not required.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
mid-August to late January
Pre-ILP + Fall
early July to late January
late August to early June
Pre-ILP + Year
early July to early June
Students participating in the fall option will not return in time for the winter quarter / spring semester at UC.
You may extend your UCEAP participation from the fall to the year. You will need to plan in advance for your visa.
During the first 3 weeks of the program, you will live in a prearranged homestay. UCEAP’s housing coordinator and on-site staff work hard to appropriately match your needs with a homestay situation. 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
While living in your homestay, you will search for housing
for the remainder of the fall or year in an apartment, private home, boarding house, or colegio mayor
(university residence). You may live with international students, other UC students, or Spanish students.
The UCEAP Study Center in Madrid organizes a tour of Madrid, participation in language exchanges, a two-day excursion
to Andalucía, and a group Thanksgiving dinnerduring the fall semester. During the spring semester, an additional two-day excursion to the north of Spain goes to the Basque Country and visits the cities of Bilbao and San Sebastian (don't miss the tapas tour!). The city of Madrid and the Complutense offer countless social and cultural activities of every description. In addition, past UCEAP participants have also participated in volunteer work in hospitals and schools.Picture yourself in Spain
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; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; the intensive language program; and health and safety.
Regular university courses in most academic disciplines are available at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Many students take courses in the Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociología (legal studies, sociology, political science, and social anthropology) as well as the Facultad de Filología (language and literature).
Offerings are also available in the Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales (economics and business administration), as well as the Facultad de Psicología (psychology and behavioral science). Courses in environmental studies and the sciences can be found across several facultades.
Although all participants must meet the Spanish language eligibility requirement, there are some departments that offer entire degrees in English. See below.
A selection of core courses specially organized by the UCEAP Study Center are also available each term.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
- Host institution online catalogs or course listings (all pages are in Spanish):
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered. Since courses in new programs have not yet been taken for credit, they may not appear in the MyEAP Course Catalog.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad.
ILP: 3-6 quarter/2-4 semester UC units are required; one language course.
Term: 18 quarter/12 semester UC units are required each semester; minimum of four courses.
Most UCM courses are worth 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units. Units taken during the pre-ILP
and ILP do not count toward the semester minimum unit or course requirement.
Research and Independent Study
Opportunities for independent study and research are 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.
Complutense University of Madrid
The prestigious Complutense University of Madrid
is the largest university in Spain, enrolling nearly 100,000 students on two campuses. The Moncloa campus, known as the Ciudad Universitaria
, is an extensive complex of 20th-century architecture occupying its own grounds on the western edge of Madrid. It accommodates the vast majority of facultades
and the UCEAP Study Center. There is also a smaller Somosaguas campus that houses the Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales
. In either setting, UCEAP students may take advantage of an urban university setting in which to interact with the academic and social culture of Madrid.
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.
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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 the Complutense
- Intensive language program instruction and lodging at the colegio mayor
- Room and board during the remainder of the program
- Tour of Madrid
- Two-day excursion to Andalucía
- Two-day excursion to Basque Country (yearlong students only)
- Arrival reception and orientation
- Round-trip airfare from California
- Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
- Participation in language exchange with Spanish students
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Thanksgiving dinner
- 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.
Which UCEAP Spanish Language Requirements Apply to Me?
- 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 the language prerequisites listed below. In this program, you will enroll in Spanish courses specifically designed for Native/Heritage Speakers.
- Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with no formal study of Spanish are not required to meet the language prerequisites listed below. In this program, you will enroll in Spanish courses specifically designed for Native/Heritage Speakers.
- Students studying Spanish as a second language are required to complete the intermediate series 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 required to provide proof of completed Spanish course(s) or study, or proof of equivalent via AP exam, IB exam, SAT II exam, or UC language evaluation.
- Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with no formal study of Spanish are required to complete a minimum of one university level Spanish course for Native/Heritage speakers.
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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: