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Program Description


Video courtesy of UC3M

Quick Facts

  • To receive priority consideration for this program, submit complete fall or academic year applications by February 1st and spring applications by August 1st.  This program may fill to capacity based on priority applications.  If space allows, additional applications will be considered after the final deadline.
  • Take classes alongside local students in English or Spanish (for advanced speakers)
  • Great Scholarship opportunity for W. P. Carey Business School majors - William and Gigi Poortvliet Scholarship  (more information can be found below in the Resources section)
  • Carlos III's excellent international reputation attracts a large number of students from around the world who contribute to making Carlos III 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!


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. 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 general opens during orientation onsite in Madrid and registration is based on a 'first come, first served' process for students in the same study area.

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

UC3M Spring
Photos courtesy of ASU student Alex Schreck.


Photo courtesy of UC3M (Getafe Dorm)

Photo courtesy of SAO

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 may be limited depending on the term.

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.


Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Madrid - Prado


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 non-refundable fees:

  • $50 Application Fee
  • $400 Administrative Fee
  • Mandatory Medical Insurance Fee*
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 Medical Insurance Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration. 


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
Academic Year 2019-2020 04/01/2019
Rolling Admission 08/30/2019 05/31/2020
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by February 1, 2019. If space allows, applications will continue to be accepted through March 1, 2019.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Fall Semester 2019 04/01/2019
Rolling Admission 08/30/2019 12/20/2019
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by February 1, 2019. If space allows, applications will continue to be accepted through March 1, 2019.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2020 09/25/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by August 1, 2019. If space allows, applications will continue to be accepted through September 25, 2019.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in 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