EAP's Hispanic Studies Program at the Carlos III University of Madrid enables you to spend a semester at one of Spain's more innovative universities. This program is designed for international students and provides unusual flexibility in course choices; you will take most of your classes from among the specially designed Hispanic Studies offerings, but you may also take a course or two with Spanish students in the regular Carlos III facultades. Located in the Madrid suburb of Getafe, Carlos III's modern campus offers a comfortable environment in which to study while still remaining within reach of downtown Madrid.
Imagine ready access to the art and culture of this cosmopolitan capital. The art museums alone will take a semester to investigate! Staff in EAP's office at Carlos III will not only assist you with your academic life, but will keep you informed about great destinations and special events throughout the city.
Students attend classes with international students.
Language of Instruction
Language study is required during the semester.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
early September to mid-December
mid January to late April (regular university courses follow a different calendar and go through May)
You may extend your EAP participation from the fall to the spring (regular university courses). You will need to plan in advance for your visa.
The EAP Study Center arranges rooms in advance in private homes in Madrid or Getafe (the suburb where Carlos III University is 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.
The Study Center arranges a number of social and cultural activities, including the E-xchange Program arranged before you leave. Through this program, you will be put in e-mail contact with Spanish students studying English before arriving in Madrid. The E-xchange gives both you and the Spanish students the chance to begin practicing language skills and building friendships that you can continue after arrival in Spain. It also gives you the opportunity to ask Madrid students about Spanish culture, everyday life for university students, and what to generally expect once you arrive in Spain.
Certain classes (environmental studies) have field trips. The entire program travels to Andalucia for a weekend to visit the cities of Cordoba and Granada.
EAP students are supported by UC’s network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. EAP programs in Madrid are administered by a UC faculty member who serves as Study Center Director. The Madrid 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. As such, its degree structures and course offerings are modern, flexible, and interdisciplinary. Carlos III departs from the traditional Spanish university structure by requiring that all undergraduates, regardless of their major concentration (carrera), complete a certain number of hours of instruction in the humanities (which may be equated to UC’s breadth requirements). Carlos III University enrolls some 13,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and has more than 1,200 faculty members on its three campuses. The Hispanic Studies Program takes place at the Getafe campus, located approximately 40 minutes by bus from the center of Madrid. The university has extensive opportunities for students to participate in cultural activities and sports. The modern campus has caféterias, restaurants, a bookstore, and a bank.
This program features Spanish culture and exploration of Spain’s place in Europe and the world. You may supplement the Hispanic Studies classes with a class from the regular facultades of Carlos III University, although this is easier to do in the spring semester when the calendars better coincide. Carlos III also offers 1-, 2-, or 3-unit humanities mini-cursos that allow you to learn about the topics most exciting to a variety of public figures and to share a classroom with Spanish students.
Five courses are required:
- Spanish 114, Spanish 118, or Spanish 128, depending on placement, for 4.5 UC quarter units (intermediate students take two: Spanish 107 and Spanish 108)
- Four other Hispanic Studies courses for 4.5 UC quarter units each (or substitute one regular Carlos III course)
Students generally enroll in five or six courses to meet the minimum requirement of 21 UC upper-division quarter units. All students are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad.
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.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* 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:
- 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
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.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 2 years (6 quarters / 4 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: