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Carlos III University: Hispanic Studies

Study Abroad Program Overview

UCEAP'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 UCEAP'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

 language study is required during the semester.​


Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Fall :  
Late August to mid-December​ (regular university courses follow a different calendar and international students take exams in mid-December) ​

None :  







You may extend your UCEAP participation from the fall to the spring (regular university courses) at Carlos III University or to the spring term at the Complutense University of Madrid, but will need to plan in advance for your visa.​


The UCEAP Study Center arranges rooms in advance in private homes in Madrid or Getafe (the suburb where Carlos III University is located). 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.

Extracurricular Activities

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 email 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.
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.
Certain classes, such as environmental studies, include field trips. The entire program travels to Andalucía for a weekend to visit the cities of Córdoba and Granada.

Picture yourself in Spain...

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 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; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing.

Course Opportunities

The Hispanic Studies program, also known as the Curso de Estudios Hispánicos or CEH, at the Carlos III University of Madrid offers coursework that focuses on Spanish culture and an exploration of Spain’s place in Europe and the world.
Although there is a set list of Hispanic Studies courses developed for international students, this program offers students the opportunity to take courses with local students as well. UC participants can opt to incorporate a full-length course from the regular facultades of Carlos III University, or one or more humanities mini-cursos (short length seminars work 1 to 3 UC quarter units) that cover a wide variety of topics.
Also offered are mini-cursos, short courses which are often taught by visiting academics and other public figures who focus on their particular area of interest. Note that because of the shorter-schedules, mini-curso offerings are subject to change.
A minimum of five courses are required for all students:
  • Spanish (students at the intermediate level take two courses*)
    offered at various levels depending on placement, upper division, 5 UC quarter units 
  • Three* or four other Hispanic Studies courses
    upper division, 5 UC quarter units each
Note: The units for one Hispanic Studies course may be substituted with either:
  • One regular Carlos III University course
  • Two or more humanities mini-cursos
  • Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
    • Host institution catalogs or course listings:
    • 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. 22.5 to 25 quarter/15 to 16.7 semester UC units are required; a minimum of five Hispanic Studies courses.

    Internships, Research, and Independent Study

    Opportunities for internships and independent research for academic credit are not available on this program.

    Carlos III University of Madrid

    Carlos III University, 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. 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). The 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. Carlos III has extensive opportunities for students to participate in cultural activities and sports. The modern campus has cafeterias, 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
    • Homestay lodging and 2-3 meals per day
    • Two-day excursion to Andalucía or Galicia
    • 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
    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?

    • 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: