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Physics, Carlos III Univ.

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 has also hosts a variety of weekend excursions and evening activities 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.

Students attend classes with UC students only.

Language of Instruction


Language Study



Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Summer :  
Mid-June to mid-August









​​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.

Extracurricular Activities

​Planned excursions for the program include a city tour of Madrid, access to Madrid museums, weekend trips to the beautiful cities like Barcelona and Seville, and perhaps a cooking class.
In addition, you will be in close proximity to the cafes, historical sites, restaurants, public squares and unexpected delights that the city of Madrid has to offer.

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 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 (coming soon!) 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.

Course Opportunities

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.
​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.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* 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
  • Tuition
  • 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.​


Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Language Prerequisites:



2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

Other Eligibility Requirements:

UCEAP requires that applicants have taken two sequential courses of Single-Variable Calculus with a minimum passing grade according to their UC campus of enrollment. The titles for equivalent courses at UC campuses are: • UC Berkeley: Math 1AB, Math 10AB, or Math 16AB • UC Davis: Math 16B, 17B, or 21B • UC Irvine: Math 2AB or Math5AB • UC Los Angeles: Math 3AB, Math 31AB, or Life Sciences 30AB • UC Santa Barbara: Math 2AB or Math 3AB or Math 34AB • UC San Diego: Math 10AB • All other UC campuses: 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: