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Program Description


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Quick Facts

  • Take classes alongside local students in English or Spanish (for advanced speakers)
  • Great scholarship opportunity for Arizona resident, W. P. Carey Business School majors - William and Gigi Poortvliet Scholarship  (for more information, contact Michelle Laws)
  • UC3M's excellent international reputation attracts a large number of students from around the world who contribute to making UC3M a center of diversity, equality and tolerance in which to pursue your studies
  • See how Universidad Carlos III de Madrid is the right place for you!
  • To receive priority consideration for this program, application review for the fall semester will begin February 1st and application review for the spring semester will begin June 15th. Applications will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis after these dates as space allows.


Edificio Metropolis
Photo courtesy of ASU student Alex Schreck.

Location Details

The capital and geographic center of Spain, Madrid (pop. 3,000,000) is a wonderfully vibrant city with intense cultural, artistic, and intellectual activity. Students will be captivated by Madrid's impressive universities, royal palaces, pristine parks, and world-famous art museums. The city itself is a unique combination of old and new. Certain areas of Madrid are filled with modern high-rise apartments and bustling commercial zones, while other areas offer traditional landscapes with picturesque neighborhoods and quaint cafes. Inhabitants of the Spanish capital, referred to as "madrileños," seem to celebrate life at every turn, enjoying the company of friends and making the most out of each picture-perfect day. Madrid's cultural diversity, world-famous art and architecture, and dynamic nightlife are sure to satisfy international students of all types!

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. You are encouraged to start researching visa requirements as soon as possible as the process is lengthy and will require in person appointments at the Spanish Consulate (ASU pertains to the Los Angeles Spanish Consulate's jurisdiction). For more information, please visit the LA Spanish Consulate's website. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

The University of Carlos III in Madrid, one of Europe's preeminent public universities, was founded in 1989 and is located on two main campuses, Getafe and Leganés. UC3M offers certain courses in English.

Engineering classes are offered at the Leganés Campus, southwest of central Madrid (easily connected with central Madrid's Atocha train station by local commuter train line Cercanias).

Business, social sciences, humanities, communications and law classes are generally offered at the Getafe Campus, south of central Madrid.

For those students that have completed 5 semesters of college-level Spanish, or its equivalent, you may also choose courses from those available in Spanish.

As a general rule, courses are only offered in one semester (ie. if a course is listed on UC3M's website as a term one course, it will only be available during the fall semester). ASU students are able to select courses from any degree program at UC3M for which they meet prerequisites.

Course registration generally opens during orientation onsite in Madrid and registration is based on a 'first come, first served' process for students in the same study area. Due to UC3M's schedule and course sequencing, students will find it challenging to gain access to any year 1 or year 2 level classes, as space in lower level classes is generally taken by UC3M degree seeking students. ASU students will find more availability of upper division courses as most UC3M students pursue study abroad during their third or fourth year.

UC3M may not verify that prerequisites are met for all classes before allowing enrollment. It is up to the student to ensure they are registering for classes in which they are likely to succeed.

Glossary of Terms:

  • Term/Semester One = U.S. Fall Semester
  • Term/Semester Two = U.S. Spring Semester
Check out our list of current course equivalencies for classes that have already been taken at Carlos 3.

Course Levels, Credit & Grades

Course Levels Course One & Course Two (Year One & Two) Lower division
Course Three & Course Four (Year Three & Four) Upper division
Credit Click here to view the UC3M credit & grade conversion scale
UC3M Biblioteca

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Photos courtesy of ASU student Alex Schreck.


Photo courtesy of UC3M (Getafe Dorm)

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Program Housing

UC3M offers on campus accommodations on each campus. They will cover all your needs throughout your exchange program and have an excellent price-quality relation. On campus accommodations are first come, first served and are not guaranteed. Due to increases in enrollment in recent years, on campus housing is generally reserved for full-year students ONLY. Single semester participants should expect to find independent housing off campus.

Students may decide to arrange their own independent housing in the city center, or they may apply to stay in the Carlos III residence halls on campus in Getafe or Leganes.  Most students prefer to pursue independent housing as Getafe and Leganes do not offer as wide of a variety of entertainment as they are more residential suburbs of Madrid.  However, while there may be more do do in central Madrid, please know that it is a 30-45 minute commute using public transportation to campus from the city, depending on the area you stay.

Carlos III International Office offers assistance to exchange students in arranging housing, for more information, please visit their accommodations website.  Additional tips on finding safe housing abroad can be found on our website here.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

Exchange program participants will pay ASU tuition and fees for the term of the Exchange program, according to the individual student's classification and degree level. In addition to ASU tuition and fees, participants are also responsible for paying the following fees:

  • $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • $400 Administrative Fee (non-refundable)
  • Carbon Offset Fee*
  • International Travel Service Fee (Including Insurance)*
All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

*The actual amount of the International Travel Service Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration and the Carbon Offset Fee will increase annually (in July) by approximately $2.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 09/25/2020
Rolling Admission 01/28/2021 06/04/2021
NOTE: For priority consideration, apply by June 15th! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis after this date until the final deadline as space allows.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

Fall Semester 2021 04/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Academic Year 2021-2022 04/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2022 09/25/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed