Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros (CUNEF)

CUNEF (University College for Financial Studies) is a highly prestigious Spanish university. With a focus on teaching and research, it specialises in business administration, economics, finance and law. Supported by over 40 years of experience, CUNEF has the organisational backing of the Spanish Banking Association, a professional association open to all banks operating in Spain. The faculty includes leading professionals working in their fields as well as distinguished scholars.

It is a small, private instiution located in the University Area of Madrid (Ciudad Universitaria), very well connnected by public transport and surrounded by green wide areas and parks.

Campus facilities

Located in Ciudad Universitaria, CUNEF is easlily reached by public transport (around 20 minutes from Sol –City Center):

-          By bus: 132

-          By Metro:

-          Line 6: Metropolitano

-          Line 7 : Francos Rodríguez

Buddy Programme

All incoming students are invited to take part in the welcome reception organised by the International Relations Department before classes begin, to meet other students and obtain their schedules, find out about courses, complementary activities... International students can also apply for a Mentor (Buddy), i.e. a Spanish student that will help them out with different things that foreign students may require during their stay in

"Disfruta Madrid"

CUNEF provides all international students with the Card " Disfruta Más Madrid" totally  free of charge . This is a project created in collaboration with the Tourism Office of Madrid, Madrid's universities, and with the support of the Instituto Cervantes. The objective is to provide international and national students studying in Madrid with the best information and services in everything related to art, culture, and leisure in the city. The website will keep you up-to-date on everything going on in the city, while the membership card offers discounts of up to 50% in museums, theatres, restaurants, cinemas, mobile phones, clothing stores, dance schools, hair salons, gyms, city sport centers, bicycle rentals, everything that an international student may need during the stay in Madrid. 


The Library's bibliographic collection hosts approximately 13,700 copies and 50 magazine titles. Every day the newspaper library offers the main national, international and financial newspapers. You can check the Library catalogue through the website, and access summaries of the latest magazines added to the collection.



The Department of Academic Management and Quality Assurance develops a host of technology projects and initiatives to ensure excellent quality during the exchange of information and during the teaching process, and to assist all administrative tasks undertaken by CUNEF.

WiFi is available throughout the Center, allowing users to connect personal portable devices to the Internet. Furthermore, all students can access the CUNEF intranet where they can securely share information, applications and resources between students and teachers.



The Sports service manages and promotes taking part in sports, as a way to enhance the values of coexistence, friendship and solidarity, by coordinating student participation in internal and external competitions. Further information:

Academic calendar

Autumn Semester: End of September to end of December

Exams: January

Spring Semester: End of February to end of May

Exams: May


Academic life





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1 CUNEF credit is 10 lecture hours 


Spanish SPA:

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

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 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

  • You must take a minimum of 20 ECTS credits, this can includes one language course

  • 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

Passing requirements

Spanish SPA:

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

English SPA:

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

All students:

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

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

Please contact the Outbound Unit ( for more details.



Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at CUNEF for students who have disabilities.


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.

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.

Ticket types & Prices

There are five different types of tickets and all are relatively inexpensive:

  • Metro Combinado: Cost €2

  • MetroMadrid: Cost €1.00

  • MetroSur: Cost €1.00

  • TFM: Cost €1.00

  • Abono Touristico: €5.20 per day

The province of Madrid is also served by an extensive commuter rail network of 370 kilometres (230 miles) called Cercanias. The National Rail, the Red Nacional de Ferrocarriles Espanoles (RENFE) operates the vast majority of Spains railways. In Madrid, the main rail terminals are Atocha in the south and Chamartin in the north.

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Exchange students may find accommodation in shared flats (approx-prices 290€ to 350€) (a one month deposit is required). The University helps to find lodging, but early information is needed about the needs of each student (arrival date, stay duration, particular wishes about board, economic restrictions, etc). The housing application form must be received as soon as possible, but, in any case, at least three months in advance of the arrival date.


Students Flats
Pabelln de Gobierno de la Ciudad Universitaria
C/ Isaac Peral s/n (Metro Moncloa)
28040 Madrid
TEL : +34 91 394 69 67
FAX : +34 91 394 69 27

A student may spend about € 800 per month (rent, food and running costs). 

Madrid housing   
CUNEF, through partners companies which are Madrideasy ( ) and Eavante ( ) facilitates the search for accommodation in Madrid for a semester or a full academic year. The possibilities offered to students are as follows:

Home stay
Shared flats
Residential accommodation

CUNEF is not responsible for the accuracy of the information provided by the owners and CUNEF does not guarantee the accommodation to students. The service is intended to facilitating the search for accommodation.


Cost of living

Approximate living expenses in Madrid

The cost of living in Madrid can reach approximately 900€ to 1000€ per month. This estimate includes accommodation, maintenance, and various expenses.

  • 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

  • Food: for two people, our food bills are 350-400€/month. An average restaurant per person bill is 15€. A glass of beer or wine at a bar is 3€. A tapa is 2-3€. A good lunch (menu del dia) is 5-9€

  • A gym is approx. 30€- 50€/month

  • A cinema ticket is around 7€



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Students who have been selected to study at CUNEF will be sent an application pack via email the semester before they are due to start their SPA in Madrid.

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.

The Spanish government requires non-EC students to have medical insurance coverage to cover any health problem, plus a repatriation policy in case of death.

Visa requirements

For visa requirements, please contact the Consulado General de Espana:

20 Draycott Place, London SW3 2RZ, Tel: 020 7589 8989



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 Estancia is a temporary residence permit) 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.


Ciudad Universitaria
C/Leonardo Prieto Castro, 2

Contact: Esther Cadiñanos
Department: International Relations Office
Phone: 0034 913 946 922
Fax: 0034 914 489 105

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: