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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: GT applicants only
  • Estimated Program Costs: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/21/2020 06/07/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Level: Undergraduate Program Type: University Exchange
Credit Hours: 12 Weeks per term: 17
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Academic Disciplines: Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Business Administration, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, History, Technology, and Society, Industrial Engineering, International Affairs, Literature, Media and Communications, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Preferred Participating Majors (Exchange Programs): Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Housing Type: Homestay, Private Apartment
Advisor: Cassy McInnis International Service Learning: No
Affiliated with GT Serve-Learn-Sustain: No
Program Description:
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Location Information

Spring semester:  Late January – Late May
Academic Year:  Early September – Late May
Fall semester:  Early September – Late December

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.

The 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 full-time 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).

Academic Info
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.

Fall Semester:
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Strategic Management
  • Origins of the Modern Firm
  • Spanish History: 20th Century
Spring Semester:
  • Marketing Management
  • Innovation & Technological Change
  • International Business Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • International Financing
  • Financial Economics
  • Advertising & Communication

English and Spanish undergraduate curricula

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
  • Complete information about how to apply for or renew a U.S. passport is available here.
  • You must obtain all proper immigration documents, such as an official passport and a visa if required. Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations. For visa information visit the U.S. State Department website here.
Participants of this program must have a valid passport and visa. Please note that getting a Spanish visa can be a lengthy and complicated process, so start as early as possible.
Essential Functions of Study Abroad

OIE is committed to supporting students with disabilities who plan to embark on an international experience. Along with this one of a kind experience comes with the knowledge that there are different cultural viewpoints and legal standards for disabilities throughout the world. Contact your study abroad advisor for additional details about the essential functions of this particular study abroad program. Notify the Office of International Education and the Office of Disability Services about your accommodation needs as soon as possible, but at a minimum, we suggest at least six months before your expected departure. Please note, that depending on your needs, it may take longer to determine if accommodations are in place for the program that you have chosen.
Experiences of Former Students
Want to hear from former study abroad students about the realities of daily life at the host school? Want to see snapshots from around the world - taken by former study abroad participants? Check out these helpful links: Peer Advisors and Study Abroad Photo Contest.

Can't find a student perspective for your particular program? Contact this program's Exchange Abroad Advisor for a list of recent participants who are eager to tell other GT students about studying abroad.
Advisor Information
Cassy McInnis