Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid is an exchange destination for bachelor students of Utrecht University School of Economics.

Student experiences

Student experiences Madrid 


General information

Course information

Academic calendar

Semester I: Beginning September - End of December
Semester II: Beginning February - Beginning of June

Academic calendar -> right menu. You can also find the key dates for exchange students at this page.

There is also a Orientation and Welcome Event

Areas of study open to exchange students

Course information

Students can only select courses from the School of Economics.

Language of instruction

Primarily Spanish, very few English-taught courses available. 


Due to the limited supply of courses in English, a whole study period solely in English is unfeasible. Even when choosing English-taugh courses, a B2 level Spanish will still be required.* 
Although sometimes some English-taught courses seem to be offered, you will have to be prepared to follow mainly Spanish-taught courses. The reason for this is that the English taught courses are often full or not available when you try to register for them. Hence, if your level of Spanish is not sufficient, you might not be able to reach the minimum required amount of ECTS (also for the Erasmus+ grant!)

Language requirement: a minimum language level of B2* (CEFR) in Spanish. Students can hand in the following documents at the time of their Utrecht University Study Abroad application:

  • Language certificate from a recognised language school
  • Letter by (high school) Spanish teacher attesting your Spanish level
  • Babel free language level test results

* Utrecht University needs to declare sufficient English and Spanish level for nomination.



Housing assistance

Housing information

Estimated living costs per month

Living expenses in Madrid (including sharing an apartment, food and transportation) would be around 700/800 €/month.


Number of credits (ECTS) allowed per semester:

Minimum: 1 subject per semester
Maximum: 33 ECTS per semester (66 ECTS for whole academic year)

  Spanish Grading System ECTS
NP No report  
<4.9 Fail F
5 to 5.9 Sufficient E
6 to 6.9 Satisfactiry D
7 to 7.9 Good C
8 to 8.9 Very Good B
9 to 10 Excellent A
10 MH Excellent with Distinction A+


Number of places available

4 places per year

Health insurance

We highly recommend that you buy an International Health Insurance policy that covers repatriation and sanitary transfer of the Policyholder due to sickness or accident.
UC3M has an agreement with a private company, OnCampus, which offers coverage for our international students. Only one payment at a very economic price.
If you are interested, please contact the company directly through their website: oncampus.es/seguros/oncampus-estudia/ Website and Registration (in Spanish)


Visa information

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Do you have any questions about this partner university or would you like to know more?

Contact the International Exchange Office of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance.

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