Universidad Complutense de Madrid

The Complutense University of Madrid is the largest and one of the oldest educational institutions in Spain. It is located on a sprawling campus that occupies the entirety of the Ciudad Universitaria district of Madrid, with annexes in the district of Somosaguas in the neighboring city of Pozuelo de Alarcón.

According to the annual university rankings conducted by El Mundo, the Complutense University ranks as the top public university in Spain.

UCM is divided into three campuses, Moncloa, Somosaguas, and Aranjuez; Economics & Business Administration is located in Somosaguas, northwest of Madrid.

School of Economics and Business Administration is located in the Campus of Somosaguas: http://www.ucm.es/centros/webs/fccee/

Campus facilities


UCM has one of the most important libraries on Business and Economics in Spain. (The second one after the Central Bank library). Its collection contains about 115,000 books + 2,100 papers +700 electronic journals. All these sources are mostly of free-access. Among the services offered by the library are: regular & inter-library loans, information and bibliographic searches, etc.

For more information regarding the Faculty of Business and Economics Library, please visit the web site:

The European Documentation Centre is placed within the premises, and it is part of the information centre network created by the European Union for all member States. This centre provides quick and easy access to European databases. 


The Computer Head Office (Somosaguas Campus) provides e-mail accounts to every exchange student. There are several Computer Areas available for all students, free of charge.

Other (Gym, clubs and societies)


The Complutense University campus has five large sports centres, four on the Moncloa campus and one in Somosaguas. These have pitches for football, indoor football and rugby, tennis courts, paddle tennis, volleyball, beach volleyball and basketball, covered playing fields and swimming pools.

All members of the university can take part in the sports schools which offer many different activities including tennis, paddle tennis, aerobics, keep-fit, swimming, yoga, body-building, diving, tai-chi, Greek dancing, rafting, mountain trekking, cardio-boxing, capoeira, pilates, batuka, chess, archery, kayak polo, etc.

The Student House

The Student House is part of the Complutense University’s commitment to students and is a permanent centre for students and their associations. The House offers a wide range of monthly activities, initiatives and events designed to enrich the cultural and social life of UCM students:

  • Participation and association: a meeting point between students and associations, assistance in registration and legalisation of associations, support and launching of projects, proposals, etc.

  • Social assistance meetings and intercultural activities

  • Non-academic activities: cultural and social activities, workshops and short courses, collaboration with other Complutense University bodies

  • Campaigns: environmental, social and health, campaigns, time bank and language exchange campaign.


The cultural activities organised by the Complutense University aim to offer students access to world of theatre, music, literature, cinema and debates on the Campus to give them the opportunity to widen their cultural horizons and to participate actively in these cultural initiatives. http://www.ucm.es/cultura_2

Academic calendar

Autumn Semester:

First week of October to the end of January

Exams period 3 weeks in February

Spring Semester:

Start Date: Last week of February to the first week of June

Exams period: 3 weeks in June

Please follow this link:http://www.ucm.es/calendario-escolar

Academic life


Most courses still follow the old credit and grading system. It ranges from MH (outstanding or excellent, given to students having obtained a grade over 9.0) to SS (fail). On final lists, grades are normally rounded off. The grading system is listed in the table below. 



NT NOTABLE   (7-8.9)

AP APROBADO   (5-6.9)


SS SUSPENSO   (0-4.9)















EBSL students - Spanish SPA:

You are required to take a minimum of 20 ECTS per SPA semester from the subjects approved by EBSL, although you may want to register for more if you wish.

EBSL students - English SPA:

You must enrol in 30 ECTS. The courses you choose must be approved by your Programme Director.

Please note the following when selecting your modules:

  • You may not enrol in any course that you have previously taken at EBS London, Regent's University London
  • Ensure the module you are interested in is running in your SPA semester (AS =autumn semester = 1st semester SS= spring semester = 2nd semester)
  • Courses must be one semester long. Students may not be allowed to take yearlong courses
  • All courses must be taught and examined in the target SPA language
  • You must submit your Learning Agreement with the courses you have registered for no later than three weeks after your arrival at the host institution

Spanish Course:

Pre-semester Spanish course are available free of charge to Erasmus students which are taught each semester at the Faculty of Philology at the UCM. This course is a short course taught over 3 weeks and is free of charge.

The semester long course also taught at the Faculty of Philology will incur additional fees.

All the courses are divided into different levels, fixed according to the Common European Framework of Reference for languages. The level of all the students will be determined at the beginning of each semester by carrying out a compulsory placement test.

Please follow this link for more information: http://filologia.ucm.es/curso-de-espanol

Passing requirements

EBSL students - Spanish SPA:

Students must pass a minimum of 15 ECTS per semester during their Study Period Abroad.

EBSL students - English SPA:

In order to pass your SPA semester you must pass 30 ECTS.

Students must sit all the exams for the courses they have registered for. Students are permitted to take resit exams on SPA at the host institution.

Students who fail to pass all their courses will be required to make up the missing SPA credits.

Please contact the Outbound Unit (outbound@regents.ac.uk) for more details.


Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at Universidad Complutense de Madrid.


Madrid is a vast city, with a population of approximately five million inhabitants, which is continuously increasing. It is located in the centre of the Iberian Peninsula on a plateau at an altitude of 650 meters. (http://www.madrid.org/)

Madrid is a modern capital and business centre housing the most important multi-national companies. Madrid is a cosmopolitan city with an intense life, where one can enjoy a great variety of artistic and cultural activities. There is a variety of art, especially related to paintings. Madrid boasts three magnificent portrait museums, the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofa Centre of Modern Art, all located in the same zone otherwise known as The Art Triangle. You can enjoy going to the opera at the Teatro Real and a whole assortment of theatres, ranging from huge to small putting on all kinds of performances. The city offers many other leisure opportunities. Madrid also has many parks, such as the well-known Retiro Park.
There are many traditional cafes, cafes which serve chocolate, sidewalk cafes, bars which specialize in beers and bars which serve typical appetizers or cocktails. There are also many installations for practicing a variety of sports, including golf and skiing. The ski station of Navacerrada is located only 50 km from the centre of Madrid.

The region of Madrid features the rare Continental Mediterranean climate with cool winters due to altitude, including sporadic snowfalls and minimum temperatures often below 0°C (32°F). Summer tends to be hot with temperatures that consistently surpass 30°C (86°F) in July and that can rarely reach 40°C (104°F). Due to Madrid's altitude and dry climate, nightly temperatures tend to be cooler, leading to a lower average in the summer months. Precipitation levels are low, but they can be observed throughout the year. Summer and winter are the driest seasons, with most rainfall occurring in the autumn and spring.

Madrid is connected with other Spanish cities and other countries by air, road and sea. Madrid is served by Barajas Airport. Madrid has one of the most extensive and fastest-growing metro networks in the world. It runs until 1am, after which the night buses start to run.

For more information pelase view the Country Information Packs avaialble on the IPO Study Abroad pages on Balckboard. Click here to log into Blackboard.


On-campus housing is not offered at UCM.

Provided by UCM:

Alojamento en la UCM (Accommodation at UCM) is a service that UCM offers to the university community, with special interest for incoming Erasmus+ students. It offers individual or shared apartments well connected by public transport, fully furnished and at the best price.

Please visit: http://casaestudiante.ucm.es/encuentra-tu-alquiler

Office: Edificio de Alumnos
Avda. Complutense, s/n
28040 Madrid, España.
Subway: CIUDAD UNIVERSITARIA – Bus: G, I, U, 82, 132

Exchange students may find accommodation in shared flats (aprox -prices 280€ to 450€, a one month deposit is required.) UCM helps to find lodging, but early information is needed about the needs of each student (arrival date, stay duration, etc.) by early completion of the housing application form.

For more information please visit: https://www.ucm.es/oficina-de-alojamiento-en-la-ucm

Not provided by the UCM - useful web sites for other accommodation options:

Cost of living

Universidad Complutense de Madrid suggests the following:

  • Electricity bills: for two people bills are about 40€/month, going up about 30% or more during the summer if you have air conditioning

  • Gas bills: for two people with a gas water heater and a gas stove, bills are about 40€/month

  • Telephone bills: 25€/month, plus the calls you make. If you have standard internet, add 0.02€/minute

  • Food: for two people, our food bills are 350€/month. An average restaurant per person bill is 12€. A glass of beer or wine at a bar is 2€. A tapa is 2€. A good lunch (menu del dia) is 5-9€

  • A gym is approx. 30€- 50€/month

  • A movie theatre ticket is around 6€

  • A mans haircut is about 12€


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Students who have been nominated to study at Universidad Complutense de Madrid will be sent an application pack via email the semester before they are due to start their SPA.

Health Insurance 
You must provide evidence of having an appropriate health insurance. This is usually required at the time of submitting your application.

If you come from an EU country, remember to apply for a European health insurance card (EHIC) before leaving.

Visa requirements

For visa requirements, please contact the Spanish Consulate: Consulado General de Espana 20 Draycott Place, London SW3 2RZ Tel: 020 7589 8989 E-mail: visas@conspalon.org W: http://www.conspalon.org/

You have a maximum of 30 days after entering the European Union to begin the process of applying for a Student Residence Card. For this, you will need to present your flight ticket (boarding ticket) or the stamp on your passport showing the date on which you entered the European Union. The Student Residence Card (Autorizaci n de Estanciais a temporary residence valid while you are studying in Spain. This permit is valid for maximum of one academic year and can be renewed every year until you finish your studies. Your academic performance will be taken into account when renewing your permit. This document gives you the right to remain legally in the country while you study.

This is for your information only, it is the student's responsibility to obtain the correct visa.



Contact: Susana Martín
Department: Oficina de Relaciones Internacionales
Phone: 00 34 91 394 24 47
Fax: 00 34 91 394 23 37
Email: out.erasmus@ccee.ucm.es

Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: Spain
Language of tuition: English,Spanish
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Erasmus+ exchange

Applicable Regent's programmes for a study period abroad: