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La Universidad Carlos III is located in Spain's capital, in Madrid. To learn more about Madrid and Spain, please visit:
Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M) was established by an Act of the Spanish Parliament on 5 May 1989, within the framework of the University Reform Act of 1983. From the outset it was intended to be a relatively small, innovative, public university, providing teaching of the highest quality and focused primarily on research.
To find out more about housing options: click here.*
*cost for living with a host family is roughly around $5500 for a semester. For students who want to look for off-campus apartments, prices can vary anywhere from $5000/semester to $7500/semester. Living in student residences is also an option and prices vary from $5000-$6000/semester.
Buddies are regular UC3M students assigned to small groups of new students to help them with practical issues upon arrival and during their stay. Students can register for the buddy program by clicking here.
For additional information about UC3M, please check out the following videos.
- Georgia Tech degree-seeking student.
- Good Academic Standing with a 3.0* (or higher) GPA at time of application
- Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at GT.
- At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
- Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
- Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
- All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
- All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).
*Some host schools have stricter requirements such as higher GPA or more time in school before study abroad. (See Academic Info on your host school GT program page for any restrictions.)
Carlos III offers many courses taught in English. The Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Energy Engineering are offered entirely in English, and students in these majors do not need any previous Spanish language skills. For all other bachelor's degree programs, students are required to complete at least 2 years of college level Spanish or have the equivalent advanced/3000 level of skills before participating in this program.
Although UC3M offers many English-taught courses, there are some that are in high demand. Students should be aware that the following courses may no longer be available by the time they arrive and expect to have back up course options.
English and Spanish undergraduate curricula: click here
For students studying ISyE, please note that those courses can be found in the Business and Statistics bachelor's degree at UC3M. These courses are only offered in Spanish.
Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here. Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.
UC3M uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
1.4 ECTS credits = 1 GT credit, or 1 ECTS credit = .714 GT credits
UC3M Grade - GT Grade
9-10 = A
7-8.9 = B
5-6.9 = C
0-4.9 = F
Program Costs (Estimated)
- For most exchange programs, participants must pay GT tuition, GT campus fees, and study abroad insurance to the GT Bursar for each GT semester they are abroad. No other expenses associated with this program are paid to GT; instead, these expenses are paid on site.
- Keep in mind the costs of books, health insurance, food, living expenses, and travel money, as well as pre-departure costs like your passport and visa.
- Following are cost estimates for one semester at the exchange program school that may help you prepare for your term(s) abroad. All costs are in USD.