Universidad Complutense de Madrid


Universidad Complutense de Madrid is a universitywide partner in Madrid, Spain.

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General information for exchange students

Course information 

English taught course offer (limited)

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Academic calendar

Semester I: 1st week of September - 3rd week of January
Semester II: 4th week of January - last week of May

Orientation generally commences at the start of each semester.

Exams take place mid December until late January for Semester I and in May for Semester II.

Academic Calendar


Language Requirement

It is essential that your Spanish language skills are good enough for you to follow an academic course. 
In general bachelor students need a B1 level of Spanish. However different faculties might have a higher requirement: Language Requirements by Faculty

B2 level of Spanish is required for students applying to courses from the Faculty of Philology, Facultad de Ciencias de la Información, Facultad de Bellas Artes and  Facultad de Comercio y Turismo

You must meet the required Spanish language level at the time of nomination!
Semester 1: before 15 April, Semester 2: before 15 August

Master: A level of C1 or higher in Spanish is recommended for students enrolling in Master's courses. 

UCM offers a free Spanish Language Course for levels below C1 to students who ask for it when applying, but it will not provide you with an official Language Certificate.

General Language Requirements

Areas of study open to UU students

Most areas, except Medicine, Pharmacy, Odontology, Veterinary Medicine, which are excluded from the agreement.

At this university you have the option of doing a ‘Nederlands als Vreemde Taal-stage’. If you are interested please contact Dr. Marijke de Belder (m.n.r.debelder@uu.nl)  for additional information and before applying.

Courses at Master’s level


Language of instruction

Mostly Spanish and some courses in English.

Housing assistance

Housing through the university is available. The university offers information to incoming students in finding accommodation.

Information on housing options

Estimated living costs per month

Although the average monthly expenses of a student are about €900-1,300, prices (especially housing) vary quite a lot depending on the place you choose (and if you choose a shared flat, a hall of residence, etc.).

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Normal study load per semester in credits: 30 or in courses: 5 or 6.

Number of places available

20 places per year. Places are allocated to subject areas and faculties (see below). Business & Economics and Social Sciences fill up quickly as they have courses taught in English. 

Subject AreaLanguage of instructionAvailable places
Social Sciences & Law  15 (Max. 6 Psychology)
 PsychologySpanish and English 
 Political sciencesMostly Spanish 
 International RelationsSpanish 
 Sociology / cultural studiesMostly Spanish 
 Social WorkSpanish 
 Teacher TrainingSpanish and English 
 MarketingMostly Spanish 
 Economics / businessSpanish and English 
Arts & Humanities  3
 Language acquisition/humanitiesMostly Spanish 
 History/ArchaelogyMostly Spanish 
 PhilologyMostly Spanish 
 PsilosophyMostly Spanish 
 GeographyMostly Spanish 
 Fine Arts/Art HistorySpanish 
Science  2
 Earth sciences/geologySpanish 
 ChemistryMostly Spanish 
 Computer ScienceSpanish and English 
 MathematicsMostly Spanish 

For Social Sciences, selection was necessary in the past few years.



If you have any questions about this universitywide partner university, contact the universitywide International Office:

Asia, Latin America & Middle East

Name: Ms. Clim Gorissen
E-mail: region1@uu.nl

North America & UK

Name: Ms. Cathelijne van Weelden
E-mail: region2@uu.nl

Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Spain*

Name: Ms. Tessel Arendsen
E-mail: region3@uu.nl

* Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Universitat de Barcelona


Name: Ms. Mandy van den Houten
E-mail: region4@uu.nl

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General exchange questions

Name: Patrick Chan
Email: exchange@uu.nl

Erasmus+ grant questions

The International Office can only help you with questions related to the content of your Learning Agreement and with signing documents on behalf of the Sending Institution.

For all other Erasmus+ grant related questions, please refer to the Erasmus+ grants for Studies page (scroll down to “Contact the Erasmus Office” to make an appointment) or send an e-mail to erasmus@uu.nl

For questions about faculty programmes and internships, contact the Faculty International Offices.

Phone availability

Phone: +31 (0)30-2531224
Office hours for calling: Monday and Thursday, 13:30-15:00 - NOT AVAILABLE: 15 July – 15 August 2024

Make an appointment via Teams

We are available for appointments via Teams. If you have a question, use the calendar below to make an appointment.

If you are unable to make it to your appointment, please do not forget to cancel.