Universidad Francisco de Vitoria

Francisco de Vitoria University is part of an international network of schools which include 22 institutions of higher education in America and Europe. Programs offered at UFV combine theory, practice and seminars.

UFV has more than 3,500 students and 1,000 postgraduate students, with over 15% of the student body being international.

In 2001 the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (UFV) was fully accredited as a private university (not-for-profit catholic institution).

The campus is located in the leafy suburbs of Madrid.

Campus facilities

Please note that la Universidad Francisco de Vitoria is not located in the centre of Madrid but in the outskirts of the city. The exchange students usually live in the centre of Madrid and commute to the campus by bus or car. The campus is very well connected with the city centre.

Public bus service to and From UFV (ZoneB1)

From Moncloa: bus 657

From Aluche: bus 561, 561-A or 561-B

From Majadahonda/ Pozuelo: bus 650A or 650B

IT, Library and other (Gym, Sports, Club)

Students will have full use of all the state of the art university facilities including computer labs, 2 cafeterias, research centers, library,etc. 23hectares campus with all kind of facilities: sports, cultural activities, compute rlabs,TV andr adio studios,post production and animation.

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Academic calendar

Autumn Semester: October - February (exams included)

Spring Semester: February - June (exams included)

Orientation Programme 

Orientation takes place one week prior to the start of classes each semester. You will be given information on class registration, timetable, ect. Please check for exacts dates on the academic calendar.

Orientation Sessions are compulsory for all students.


Academic life

Students have an option to begin the semester with a four week intensive Spanish Language and Cultural Immersion Course, and following that, they enroll as full time students in classes with other Spanish and international students.


0 – 4.9            Suspenso                                                      Fail

5 – 6.9            Aprobado (minimum grade to pass is 5)           Satisfactory

7 – 8.9            Notable                                                         Good

9 – 10             Sobresaliente                                                 Very good

10                   Matricula de Honor                                         Honorable Mention / Excellent

Intensive Spanish Language and Culture Course (4 weeks)

The four week course runs before the academic semester begins and carries 8 ECTS (92 hours). This course is a fee paying course. If you are an Erasmus student, you shall get a special discount.

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Spanish as a Foreign Language

This is taught during the academic semester and carries 5 ECTS. Classes are free.

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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

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

Support services at Universidad Francisco de Vitoria include:

  • wheelchair accessible classroom

  • wheelchair accessible accomodation in female residence

  • special examination arrangements

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at UFV.


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.

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.


The UFV International Office assists study abroad students in locating housing in Madrid, this comprises of homestays and female only residence on campus. UFV will also provide support and information about alternative forms of accommodation such as shared apartments.


UFV works in collaboration with selected host families  who live in the centre of Madrid. UFV believes that homestays are the best way for international students to become familiar with the culture and customs that form an essential part of Spanish identity, and provide them with opportunities to improve language skills.

Homestays are diverse, and homes are located in various neighborhoods in the city centre. All host families undergo a screening process.


UFV works with residences and “upper colleges” in the center of Madrid that host both national and international students. Because of the high demand of residence accommodations in Madrid, especially during the academic school year, students should contact UFV well in advance to inquire about possibilities for residence accommodations.

Accommodations in a residence can cost between 770 € and 1000 € per month.

Shared apartments

If you wish to find out more about housing in shared apartments you may contact the International Relations Department at UFV directly.

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Cost of living

Approximate living expenses in Madrid

  • Average rent for 2 bedroom apartment 800-1000€

  • Rent for 1 room 400€

  • Monthly expenses in food and domestic products per person 150€

  • Monthly transport card for under 21(covers metro, bus and trains travelling inside the central area) 30.70€  

  • Monthly transport card (covers metro, bus and trains travelling inside the central area) 47.20€ 

  • Coffee in a bar is 1.50€

  • Beer in a bar is 1.50€; drinks in bars, pubs or clubs at night 8€

  • A tapa is 1.90-3€;  lunch at an average priced restaurant 10€; dinner at an average priced restaurant 9-30€

  • A gym is approx. 30€- 50€/month

  • A cinema ticket is around 8€

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 Francisco de Vitoria 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.  Any other kind of private insurance must include all the conditions. Without insurance students cannot be registered.

Visa requirements

For visa requirements, please contact the 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.


Pozuelo-Majadahonda, km 1,800
Pozuelo de Alarcón

Contact: Mónica Alberich
Department: Dpto. Relaciones Internacionales
Phone: (+34) 91 351 03 03
Fax: + (34) 91 709 1418
Email: m.alberich@ufv.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: