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Universidad Carlos III de Madrid EXC
Madrid, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
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Minimum Mark:
65%; Credit
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Postgraduate coursework, Undergraduate
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English, Spanish
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Program Type:
Exchange Semester/Year
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Location: Madrid
Year Established: 1989
Student population: 18,900
A young and vibrant university, the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) has always intended to be small and innovative, with high quality teaching and a primary focus on research. Although it’s a relatively new institution, it has a good reputation for research excellence, innovation and internationalisation.

The University has four campuses in Getafe, Leganés, Colmenarejo and in the heart of the city at Puerta de Toledo. It has an international outlook and has one of the highest numbers of exchange students in Spain.

Unique characteristics
The University specialises in Law and Social Sciences, Engineering and Humanities. It offers flexible, multidisciplinary courses and offers studies in most of the scientific disciplines and places a high value on individual merit.

Madrid is Spain’s capital and an artistic, vibrant city where you can view everything from Goya and Velázquez to the Dutch and Italian masters. It’s also one of Europe’s culinary capitals where you can enjoy modern cuisine alongside traditional Spanish cooking, including at the world’s oldest restaurant. Madrid has more bars than any other city and its nightlife is legendary. UC3M has four campuses around Madrid. The Getafe campus is to the south of the city.

Spain - UC3M - Getafe campus

Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university. Many disciplines also offer units of study in English: UC3M - Units in English - Arts, Social Sciences & Law and UC3M - Units in English - Engineering & IT

Subject Area/s:

Arts and Social Sciences





IT Communications




Consult the restricted courses at UC3M.
Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Semester 1: September- January
Semester 2: January - May

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University



The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
With honours (A+) – 9-10
Outstanding (A) – 9-10
Above Average (B) – 7-8.9
Pass (C-D) – 5-6.9
Fail (F) – 0-4.9

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in Spanish and English. Consult English units of study here: UC3M - Units in English (Engineering) and UC3M - Units in English (Social Sciences, Law, Humanities and Communication)
Language Requirement
Spanish language courses are available to exchange students. Please note these courses are offered on a fee-paying basis, not exchange.

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What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city.

Housing options are offered by the host university.
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

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Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university.
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar.
Orientation and a mandatory Welcome Event will be held prior to the start of semester.

Support Services 
A range of support services are available to students at the host university.

Information from the host university.
Information from the Spanish Embassy

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Student Experiences

Ruby Otto
Bachelor of Arts
Host city highlights
Madrid is a very vibrant and exciting city with countless things to do and see. Museums and art galleries like the Prado and the Reina Sofia are amazing to visits and most of the museums are free for students. Casa de Campo and Retiro park are great for picnics and relaxing when the weather is nice.
The classes I took at Carlos III were very similar in terms of format to the classes at the University of Sydney, a combination of lectures and tutorials. Class size varied depending on the course however the courses taught in English were mainly made up of exchange students. Most courses had continuous assessments and an exam during the formal exam period.
As Carlos III is not located in the city centre, most people live in the centre and commute to the university, depending on where you live it only takes about 40 minutes. I would definitely recommend living in the centre as it makes going out at night and doing things on the weekends a lot easier. There are a lot of agencies that help exchange students find apartments in the centre with other students.
Getting around
Public transport in Madrid is very accessible and cheap. People under 25 pay 20 euros a month for unlimited transport that allows you to travel quite far outside of the city and the airport. The metro system is very easy to use and to get to Carlos III the train is easy and reliable.
I found travelling around Spain very easy and cheap, especially if you book buses and trains in advance. the Renfe trains connect Madrid to most of the other cities such as Barcelona, Valencia, Seville. However prices can sometimes be expensive so buses are usually the cheaper option. If you don't mind spending more time travelling, I found buses around Spain to be cheap and very reliable.
Top tips
I would recommend living in the centre of Madrid rather than in Getafe near Carlos III. I also did the intensive Spanish course the university offers before the semester starts which increased my Spanish language confidence and allowed me to meet lots of other exchange students who were also new to the city.

Photo Credit: Joseph Gorta (UC3M, Semester 1, 2016) in Granada.Photo Credit: Joseph Gorta (Semester 1, 2016) in Granada.

Want to read more experiences from Carlos III de Madrid? Find more here.

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