Universidad Carlos III De Madrid

Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M) was established on 5th May 1989, through an act of the Spanish parliament.

It aims to contribute to the improvement of society through teaching of the highest quality. The Department of Economics is ranked in the best top 50 in the world.

The university's three campuses are located in the municipalities of Getafe, Leganés and Colmenarejo. The  towns of Getafe and Leganés lie 10 km to the south of Madrid. Colmenarejo is located 35 km to the northwest of the capital. All the campuses are easily accessible by car, bus, subway or train, and their buildings are surrounded by wide green spaces.

The university is ranked as one of the best universities in Spain. The undergraduate degrees in Business Administration, Economics and Law are ranked first, first and second respectively among those offered by public and private universities in Spain, and its Master and Ph.D. programs also rank top in the country.The Department of Economics is among the 50 best worldwide, and in the top 10 worldwide best in Econometrics.

Campus facilities

UC3M consists of three campuses, all of which are located in Madrid. The School of Social Sciences and Law is located in Getafe.

Each campus has a population of more than 170,000 students. They are all easily accessible by car, bus, subway or train.

Getafe campus

The campus is located in the north of the town of Getafe, and is the largest campus of the university. It houses the School of Social Sciences and Law and the School of Humanities, Documentation and Communication.


The main UC3M library provides students with resources to assist their studies both on and offline. It has a vast range of books, e-books, e-journals and databases. There is an ‘Ancient Book’ section which houses a significant collection of texts, mostly focused on Economics and Law. This specialist collection includes printed books and manuscripts of the XVI, XVII and XVIII centuries as well as works from the decade of the 1830’s. In total there are 2,446 titles that are included in the Library catalogue.

Students have access to the library all year round, and it has extended open hours in the final semester when students are submitting final coursework’s and working towards exams. There are specific workrooms that can be reserved by students who wish to carry out group research or silent study groups. These can be reserved for a maximum of two hours at a time.

Other (Gym, clubs and societies)

On each campus there are sports facilities, including a sports centre which offers a variety of individual and team sports such as Volleyball, tennis, squash and basketball. These centres are open throughout the academic year.

There are also a number of sports teams to get involved with; these include girls’ basketball team, men’s volleyball team, a running team and many more!

UC3M has a strong theatre, music and dance presence. The Aula de Teatro is a theatrical community that provides courses, workshops and an annual theatre competition. It also consists of an orchestra and a chorus. The aim is to bring students together and open up cultural opportunities.

For more information:


Academic calendar

Autumn semester: September – December

Spring semester: January - May

The Welcome Event and the Orientation for international students will take place at the beginning of each term:


Buddies are regular UC3M students assigned to small groups of new students to help them with practical issues upon arrival and during their stay. Please register at:


Academic life

The educational system is comprised of lectures, seminars and supervised practice. Although attendance is not compulsory, it is an essential part of the university education. The average length of lectures is 50-60 minutes. Teachers can use additional didactic materials and go more deeply into the subjects by means of audiovisual methods. The credit (crédito) is the assessment unit. One credit is ten hours of theoretical or practical teaching. Credits are obtained by the appropriate verification of acquired knowledge. This assessment is generally in the form of written (or oral) examinations, or in the form of individual or group projects, as established by each university.

The student assessment is carried out by means of an exam in February (if it is a first semester subject) or June (if it is an annual subject or a second semester subject).

Spain uses a ten-point grading:

9,0 - 10,0 MATRÍCULA DE HONOR (MH) (Excellent, Distinction)

9,0 - 10,0 SOBRESALIENTE (SB) (Very good)

7,0 - 8,9 NOTABLE (NT) (Good)

5,0 - 6,9 APROBADO (AP) (Satisfactory, pass)

0,0 - 4,9 SUSPENSO (SS) (Fail)

The courses offered are different for each semester (Autumn/Spring). Courses from the first semester won´t be offered on the second semester and vice versa. Non-European students are allowed to take courses from any School and Campus but some courses may be restricted. Course registration is based on “first come first served”.



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 Language Courses
They are offered by the University Language Center. The student will receive a Diploma and 4 ECTS.



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 UC3M.


The University is located in Madrid. This is the capital of Spain, meaning that it has a rich historic, artistic and cultural heritage. With a population of approximately 3.3 million, there is never a quiet moment in this city! It is filled with museums, cultural events, architecture, cafes and bars. It is also very near the monumental cities of Segovia and Toledo. While Madrid possesses a modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighborhood’s and streets. Its landmarks include the Royal Palace of Madrid; the Royal Theatre with its restored 1850 Opera House; the Buen Retiro Park, founded in 1631; the 19th-century National Library building (founded in 1712) containing some of Spain's historical archives.

 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.

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Campus accommodation at the University is available for all students. There are more than a thousand places across the three halls of residence. All three halls offer cultural activities, forums and meetings which support and contribute to the personal development of the residents.

However, if you wish to stay in private accommodation, the University has special agreements with companies that specialise in private student housing. Contact details for these agencies can be found from the following link:


Cost of living

Cost of living varies depending on the student however it is recommended that the average cost of living including housing, food, local bus/metro transportation and medical insurance is approximately 700-800 euros per month. However, students participating in the study abroad program should allow for unexpected costs that occur in the initial transition period.

The prices are approximate and subject to change over the year.

Average Rent for  2 bedroom Apartment

800€- 1000€

Rent for 1 room

400 €

Monthly expenses in food and domestic products per person at a shared student flat


Taxi fare for a journey from the airport to the city center (20mins)


Single metro, bus, or urban train ticket

1 €

10 trips combined metro-bus ticket


Monthly transport card (covers metro, bus and trains travelling inside the central area)


Monthly transport card  for people under 21 (covers metro, bus and trains travelling inside the central area)


Coffee in a bar


Lunch menu or lunch at an average priced restaurant


Sandwich at a cafeteria

2,20 - 4,90€

Soft drink at vending machines on the street


Beer in a bar


Tapa or snack in a bar

1,90 - 3€




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Students who have been nominated to study at Universidad Carlos III 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

Students from the European Economic Area (EEA) do not require a visa to study in Universidad Carlos III De Madrid, however all other nationalities need a visa and should contact: 


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 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.



C/ Madrid, 126
Getafe – Madrid

Contact: Ms. Arantxa Solano
Phone: +34 91 624 95 50
Email: msolano@pa.uc3m.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: