Study Abroad Program Overview
Many students in the Life Sciences can take care of their requirement for a year's worth of physics in only 8 weeks. Working in close collaboration with the amazing Carlos III University of Madrid, UCEAP now offers the intensive physics sequence at their campus just south of the city.
The International Office at Carlos III offers a variety of weekend excursions to make the summer more enjoyable and enhance your immersion into Spanish culture. Join your friends in Madrid for a wonderful summer experience and make significant progress toward your major requirements at the same time.
This intensive, fast-paced physics program offers two four-week modules in the summer for the equivalent credit of a full year. The program requires a substantial time commitment: attending classes, participating in labs, as well as time spent outside of class studying and doing research or homework. Due to the intensive nature of the course it is not possible to make changes to timetables or reschedule assessments. If you find you are struggling during the program, talk to a faculty or associate tutor immediately. Because of the intensive nature of the course, it is important that you continue to keep up with any new material regardless.
If you want to learn physics during the summer earning one full year of credit, and are prepared to invest your time and effort, this is the program for you.
Students attend classes with UC students only.
Language of Instruction
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You will live in an on-campus residence hall for quick access to class. The residence hall has its own tennis and basketball courts, a gymnasium, and a cafeteria where you can enjoy all of your meals included in the price of the program.
You will begin the program with a city tour of Madrid. A day trip to Toledo is included and will take place between the first and second sessions of the program.
While you're not busy studying, you can travel into the city to access Madrid's museums, cafes, historical sites, restaurants, public squares, and the many unexpected delights that the city has to offer.
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 the host institution, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and health and safety.
The Summer Physics Program at Carlos III offers two courses to be taken by all program participants. Physics I and Physics II at CIII have been designed specifically to meet the requirements of physics departments at the University of California. Check with your campus study abroad advisor to see how the department at your campus has evaluated these courses.
To determine readiness for this intensive physics program, you are encouraged to take these Math Readiness Tests
All students take two consecutive courses to complete a one-year sequence of calculus-based physics over the summer.
You will complete a full-time course of study while abroad. 12.0 quarter/8 semester UC units are required; two courses.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships and research projects are not available on this program.
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.
Carlos III has a reputation for dynamic classes and encourages all kinds of internationalization. You will be welcome here and encounter many opportunities to discover the rest of Madrid.
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:
- Pre-Departure expenses (passport, visa, health clearance, etc.)
- Cost of round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- On-site orientation
- Cultural activities
- Room and board
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Local transportation
- 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.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Not open to UCSB and UCSD students.
UCEAP requires that applicants have taken two sequential courses of Single-Variable Calculus with a minimum grade according to their UC campus of enrollment. The titles for equivalent courses at UC campuses are: • UC Berkeley (C-): Math 1AB, Math 10AB, or Math 16AB • UC Davis (C): Math 16B, 17B, or 21B • UC Irvine (C): Math 2AB or Math5AB • UC Los Angeles (C-): Math 3AB, Math 31AB, or Life Sciences 30AB • UC Merced (C-): Math 012 or Math 022 • UC Santa Cruz (C): Mathematics 11AB or 19AB or 20AB or Applied Mathematics and Statistics 15AB • All other UC campuses (C or varies): Titles for equivalent courses vary.
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 and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
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: